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Oct
16
reviewed Looks Good Receiving Too Much Change
Oct
16
reviewed Looks Good Matayim - mi yodeya?
Oct
16
comment Where is there a good online source to check how often a word appears in Tanach?
@avi For Tanach? I imagine the concordance has been pretty much perfected by now.
Oct
16
revised Gabai speaking during chazaras hashatz, kaddish or kriyas hatorah for the sake of the tzibbur
whoops
Oct
16
comment Reading a newspaper
I wasn't aware there was debate about what the Netziv's position was. What emergency could there possibly have been anyway? Here you can read what the Netziv's nephew (primary source!) wrote about the Netziv's reading newspapers: hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=48316&st=&pgnum=122
Oct
16
comment Which alphabet were the original Torah scrolls in?
@Gary I don't see any discussion in the Yerushalmi about tet; only ayin. Also, the Yerushalmi quotes the opinion that it was a samech as well so you can't prove that they knew it was Ivri based on their personal experiance, only that they knew it might have been Ivri.
Oct
16
comment Which alphabet were the original Torah scrolls in?
@yoel Maybe yes maybe not, but good thing this site is not such a site. We expect questions about Jewish life/learning/tradition but we will accept anything that answers the question, and for many possible questions academic science or other 'neutral' sources of information are perfectly good ways of dealing with the issue qua Judaism. Feel free to bring it up on meta if you disagree.
Oct
16
comment Was the Hebrew Alphabet also given with the Tablets and Law?
@AvrohomYitzchok See the version in the Yerushalmi רבי לוי מאן דאמר לרעץ ניתנה התורה עי"ן מעשה ניסים מאן דאמר אשורי ניתנה התורה סמ"ך מעשה ניסים because in Ktav Ivri an Ayin looks like an O.
Oct
16
comment Saving a Jew's life on Shabbos if s/he does not observe Shabbos
It seems like this discussion is missing an important modern component judaism.stackexchange.com/a/11733/759
Oct
15
comment Breaking Shabbos to keep future Shabbos(os)?
Moreover I'm confused. Are you saying that the baseline is we never die instead of sinning and then we are told to die in 3 instances, or the baseline is we always die instead of sinning and then we learn a special heter from Shabbat? If the former why learn from Shabbat; if the latter why call the Big 3 "Gezeirot Haktuv"?
Oct
15
comment Breaking Shabbos to keep future Shabbos(os)?
It's only a proof for things of lesser severity than Shabbat. Think of the Kal Vachomer: If Shabbat which is Chamur (Sekilah) is Kal (life beats it), other Aveirot which are Kal (less than Sekilah) all the more so are Kal (life beats it)! If something is on the same level as Shabbat then we don't know if we should compare to it or to eg. Avoda Zara which is also Sekilah.
Oct
15
revised Breaking Shabbos to keep future Shabbos(os)?
i would hope not!
Oct
15
comment Breaking Shabbos to keep future Shabbos(os)?
@Michoel Maybe. judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/17234/…
Oct
15
comment Breaking Shabbos to keep future Shabbos(os)?
But what about "Let him hit his father one time so that he doesn't hit him again"? That's also Sekilah (ie more grave than most sexual offenses) but isn't yehareig v'al ya'avor.
Oct
15
comment Why build migdal bavel in a valley?
Ummm...perhaps they were just building a tall tower. Consider the modern English: *Sky*​​​​​​​​​​​​​​scraper. Moreover, it just says they lived in the valley, not that they built it there. Basically the story is that they wanted the biggest tower so they'd be uber-cool, and God comes down and reminds them Who's boss. It's a Gaavah thing.
Oct
15
comment Shabbos Chol Hamoed Pesach Torah reading
Also it's the same as Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot.
Oct
15
comment Kohen as Chazzan During Birchas Kohanim
I seem to recall a preference for a Yisrael (as opposed to a Levi) to be the prompter.
Oct
15
comment My hands are cold in synagogue. May I put them in my pockets? May I wear gloves?
Perhaps then the OP can wear gloves in Shul the whole time except Shmone Esrei. That might solve his problem.
Oct
15
revised V'Sain Tal U'Matar for someone from Eretz Yisrael in Chutz L'Aretz (and vice versa)
edited tags; no offense intended to other diasporan countries
Oct
15
comment Which alphabet were the original Torah scrolls in?
I'm not sure what it means for the Ge'onim to paskin what letters were used.