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awarded  Yearling
Jan
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comment Why was Rabbi Yitzchok Alfasi known as the Rif - rather than the Ria? (הרי"ף - רבי יצחק אלפסי)
Curiously, A few years ago I asked the one Rabbi Alfasi we knew, who taught at a Jewish day school in Los Angeles, if he was Sfardic. He answerd in the negative, saying he was Ashkenazic and I believe his family came from Poland. (On the other hand, some years ago, Rabbi Berel Wein was visiting LA, and in a lecture mentioned that he had discovered that in his ancestry, he should have been Sfardic). Go figure -- we are such a mixed up people!
Jan
27
answered Where can I find Prenumeraten/Prenumeranten?
Jan
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comment Kosher Cheese without a posted hechsher
OK, here's either a comment or answer: Check out this website that lists all kinds of cheeses in the USA. Surely some must make it up north: kcheese.com/US.htm
Jan
12
comment Dipping fingers in Havdalah Wine
My father who was born in Slovakia to a father who had smicha from the Pressburg Yeshiva, had the custom of dipping pinkies in the havdallah wine and tapping them to his forehead and pants' pockets. He told me that it was in hopes of not having any headaches (physically or spiritually, I presume) and having parnassah throughout the week. He died when I was 15, so I never had a chance to ask him any other details. But if this is what he learned at home, it must have been quite acceptable.
Jan
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awarded  Revival
Jan
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asked When did the use of Rashei Tevot, Heh Kuf, הק׳ in writings, books, letters, etc., begin?
Jan
12
answered how to call up a kohen/levi as acharon
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revised Illegitimacy in 18th-19th century Europe
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Jan
11
comment Kosher Cheese without a posted hechsher
I presume you are asking about hard cheeses or slices or blocks, because you should not have difficulty finding some cream cheeses and cottage cheeses with hasgachot. (As for kosher Parmesan, Miller's makes a grated Parmesan in a shaker container that can be refrigerated and lasts for ever (or until Pesach, when you might want to get a new one!)
Jan
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comment Illegitimacy in 18th-19th century Europe
All good information and thanks for responding.
Jan
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comment Illegitimacy in 18th-19th century Europe
All good information and thanks for responding.
Jan
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comment Illegitimacy in 18th-19th century Europe
All good information and thanks for responding.
Jan
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asked Illegitimacy in 18th-19th century Europe
Jan
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comment Where can I find Prenumeraten/Prenumeranten?
Your definition is certainly more succinct and accurate than mine. Thanks. Madeleine
Jan
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comment Where can I find Prenumeraten/Prenumeranten?
THanks, Dave, but my search on that website resulted in a snippet about the Kezmarker's Rabbi son (Meir Gruenberg) in the USA. Wrong time period. But thanks for the reference.
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Jan
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comment Where can I find Prenumeraten/Prenumeranten?
Thank you, but in looking for what I needed, this source referenced only the Chief Rabbis of the community, while my grandfather assisted the rabbi since it was not his full time job. But I appreciate your effort.
Jan
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comment Where can I find Prenumeraten/Prenumeranten?
Of course I tried that -- spelling it in English and Hebrew. It was only because I couldn't find anythin that I decided to post it here.