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comment Is the Targum Neofiti a valid source of translation?
@not-allowed. No problem :). (I've upvoted, fwiw). The only thing I (personally) would add to the question is what the significance of it being authoritative would be, and why it or Onkelos is different from modern "authoritative" translations (e.g., Artscroll, JPS, et al.) This is, again, something more knowledgeable people might know, but I like to recommend keeping the bar as low as reasonably possible.
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comment Is the Targum Neofiti a valid source of translation?
Try to include as much info in the question as possible, and keep reliance on links to a minimum. This will also help pique the interest of people who may not otherwise look twice at your question. Then you get better answers, more interaction (and more upvotes ;)) These are general rules to keep in mind. It's better to explain too much, than to assume that everyone will know what you mean.
Jul
28
comment What's her husband doing at the gates in the middle of her song?
Don't give up! My "hiatus" was not really intentional, and now I'm trying to get back into it (and having trouble). The site's worth it, we just have to figure out how to either avoid or change the behaviors of some. @Monica and I (and others) have discussed this in chat several times, and if you have any input I (and they, probably) would love to hear it!
Jul
28
comment What's her husband doing at the gates in the middle of her song?
Moving on! It's great to give people credit! But you should make sure to at least quote and/or paraphrase them, so that your answer isn't completely dependent upon their post. (This can cause issues if, for example, they delete theirs, or more answers are added and then people have to go to page two just to understand your answer). If one answer is so dependent on another, it may be a better idea to leave it as a comment instead. In this case, you're adding sources, so that does add new info, but it should at least include an explanation of those sources, else it should be a comment.
Jul
28
comment What's her husband doing at the gates in the middle of her song?
Interesting! I've never come across this practice. You might want to consider explaining why "his success is her's" in your answer, especially for if "her" refers to the Torah. (though it may seem largely self-explanatory, it will make your answer more self-contained and approachable). Also, any sources would be very helpful.
Jul
25
comment What's her husband doing at the gates in the middle of her song?
But every other pasuk is listing a praise for her, it seems that there are many praiseworthy things that a woman does that doesn't involve hee husband's accomplishments. And why is becoming a judge a man's tafkid?
Jul
25
comment What's her husband doing at the gates in the middle of her song?
"Kollel wife" l'afukei mai?
Jul
22
comment If a virgin birth actually disqualifies a Messianic candidate, how then should Isaiah 7:14 be interpreted?
'Twas my bad, I misread on my first pass.
Jul
22
comment If a virgin birth actually disqualifies a Messianic candidate, how then should Isaiah 7:14 be interpreted?
That her naming would be prophetic is mentioned by Rashi, but he doesn't specify that that is what the proof is. "and this is the sign, for she is a young girl, and she never prophesied, yet in this instance, Divine inspiration shall rest upon her. ... And some interpret that this is the sign, that she was a young girl and incapable of giving birth."
Jul
9
comment Hassidim and white shirt
Assuming that the answer is yes, the reason is so that the right side of the garment should be buttoned over the left, thereby putting chesed on top of gevurah.
Jul
9
comment Hassidim and white shirt
Hey @maaaan, welcome to Mi Yodeya! Usually, it's the opposite: Chesed is connected with the right side and gevurah with the left. Also, what do you mean by "button these shirts from the left?" You mean that the buttons are on the left side (from the wearers perspective)?
Jun
3
comment Mesorah of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Ah, that is true, thanks! Well, if the chain is made up of people who they just "learned from," that ought to be very easy, but if the chain is more of "rebbe to rebbe" (i.e., mentor to mentor) than we're back to the Baal Shem Tov, I think.
Jun
3
comment Mesorah of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Out of curiousity, why ask about Lubavitch? Your question is really about the Baal Shem Tov's mesorah, right?
Mar
2
comment What's wrong with “we want moshiach now”?
Was R' Shimon referring to the demand, or to the repetition?
Feb
28
comment How many Oreos in a kezayis?
@DoubleAA Actually, I'm so stringent that I don't eat Oreos. Except special runs. :D And then I make sure to eat at least 30. Cause I'm so stringent.
Feb
28
comment How many Oreos in a kezayis?
@DoubleAA Basically, yes. Mishna Berura and "most poskim."
Feb
23
comment Is there a Kabbalistic source for not walking with one's hands behind one's back?
@YEZ I haven't seen a definite source in the Arizal (the Ben Ish Chai doesn't cite one AFAICT), so while I trust the Ben Ish Chai of course, I brought an older definite (i.e., "clearly defined") transmission "chain link." Does it make the idea more reliable? No, I'd agree with you that it probably does not. If you want to, feel free to remove that part; I concede that it doesn't add much.
Feb
23
comment Is there a Kabbalistic source for not walking with one's hands behind one's back?
@YEZ The point was to give an example of this idea prior to the Ben Ish Chai, as well as a prominent Torah personality being careful about it. Unless you mean to say that the (Previous) Lubavitcher Rebbe isn't reliable enough. So yes, if that's your assumption, then the story is not a reliable example of this idea predating the Ben Ish Chai. (Imagine someone using the Zohar to say that a concept preceded, say, the Ramban. If you accept the Zohar as being from the Rashbi, the answer stands. Otherwise not.) So just like everything in Judaism, it depends on whether you rely on the transmission.
Feb
21
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
@ wberry, Judaism does not consider a "composite" G-d to be "one." There was actually a huge argument when kaballah began to be taught widely, as some people thought that the idea of sefiros meant that G-d had "parts." (He doesn't.) So the whether or not Christians consider it one or three gods, it is definitely, not a Jewish one, and not acceptable to Judaism. I'll leave the discussion on its possible idolatrous nature to those who are more familiar in this subject.
Feb
4
comment Is there a negative connotation to Yair Mazolam - יאיר מזלם?
I allowed for the possibility that there was some miscommunication between the author and the source, perhaps turning an indefinite article into a definite one, and that the bad omen was that the Rebbe found it necessary to give a special blessing. If you find out either of these are true, let me know so I can finally discover what felt tastes like. ;) That being said, perhaps you should add the question of "did" to your current question of "where."