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Jul
3
comment Shalsheles Trop
Also from R. Breuer: The vertical bar that always follows a shalshelet is not a psik, but rather is part of the shalshelet itself, just like the vertical bar is part of the munach legarmeh. Since there are two different types of munach, one indicating a break and the other connecting to the next word, the vertical bar distinguishes between these two. Similarly, in Tehilim, Mishlei, and Iyov, there are two te'amim that look like shalshelet, of which the break has a vertical bar. Although the rest of Tanakh only has one type of shalshelet, we keep the bar, since it also indicates a break.
Jul
3
comment Shalsheles Trop
More about shalshelet, from R. Mordechai Breuer's "Taamei HaMiqra": Shalshelet has the same function as segol, namely that it divides the first half of a pasuk (i.e. the part of the pasuk preceding the etnachta) in half, when the first half of the pasuk is long. However, a segol requires a zarqa earlier in the pasuk, so when a segol would occur on the first word of a pasuk, it becomes a shalshelet. This explains why shalshelet always occurs on the first word of the pasuk, and why there is always at least one zaqef between the shalshelet and the following etnachta.
Apr
28
comment Chametz owned by a public company
Fortunately, this is not of immediate practical concern, since the snacks are restocked daily. I just need to know about the supplier. But I still thought it was an interesting question.
Feb
10
comment Ish chai rav pe'alim mikavtze'el
thanks for the interesting citation!
Feb
2
comment Ish chai rav pe'alim mikavtze'el
Indeed, the inscription does not say בן
Feb
2
comment Order of birth of Ya'akov's children
I don't see how the Feldheim dates fit with your point that there should be a break between Yehuda and Yissachar. Also, once Leah is pregnant with Yissachar, why would Zilpah continue to have children? The straightforward understanding would seem to imply that Yissachar should come after Gad and Asher.
Dec
9
comment Silent aleph (no, I mean really silent)
I'm not sure exactly who you are responding to, but yes the aleph in בְּרֵאשִׁית is a מלא tzere vowel.
Dec
2
comment Calculating shabbat candle lighting time
what about altitude?
Dec
1
comment Silent aleph (no, I mean really silent)
Yosef: Regarding the tsere in ישמעאל, my understanding is as follows: Any of the five long vowels can sometimes be written מלא, i.e. appearing as a written letter. For tzere, chirik, and kamatz, when we write in nikudim, we write the nikud before the the letter that represents the מלא vowel. (See ראשי in Bamidmar 28:11 for example of kamatz aleph, and there are abundant examples of chirik yod.) Only for cholam and shuruk do we write the vowel on the letter, generally vav. I'm no expert on this, so I welcome any more accurate information.
Dec
1
comment Silent aleph (no, I mean really silent)
What do the dash and apostrophe represent?
Nov
30
comment Silent aleph (no, I mean really silent)
I don't have the list of 48 words, but the Feldheim Tanakh does not mark the aleph in ישמעאל as silent, presumably because the aleph is being used as a vowel, representing the sound of the tzere.
Nov
30
comment Avot keeping Mitzvot
More responses to the video: R. Natan Slifkin: rationalistjudaism.com/2010/11/… R. Gil Student: torahmusings.com/2010/11/bears-avos-and-mitzvos.html creator of the video: torahmusings.com/2010/11/…
Nov
25
comment Avot keeping Mitzvot
But clearly WAF did not mean to say that the Avot only followed mitzvot that are binding on non-Jews. That's why I wonder what he meant by mitzvot that apply only to Bnei Yisra'el (as opposed to the Avot).
Nov
25
comment Avot keeping Mitzvot
Thanks, I edited my question to give examples of seeming contradictions. I wasn't referring to knowledge of the future per se, although this does have the potential to generate logical paradoxes. In any case, you do already address some of the issues I have listed. I will have to look at the Igrot Moshe you cited when I get a chance, but if would care to list some of the answers you found, that would also be useful. Also, I am curious to know what you mean by mitzvot that apply exclusively to Bnei Yisra'el. Which mitzvot are not in that category?
Nov
22
comment Hours, minutes, and chalakim
I don't really see either of these issues as problems. I don't see a problem per se with using thirds of seconds to announce the molad. And also I don't see why it matters whether people in shul are able convert in their heads from 868 chalakim to... well what would they be converting to anyway? why should people in shul be needing to make any calculations? And if they are calculating the next molad, leaving out the minutes would arguably make it easier, since there is one less unit to deal with.
Sep
5
comment What is a good way to make one's website inaccessible on Shabbat?
I'm not sure what you mean by warning. It would make sense to have a short friendly message that says something about Shabbat, but what is the point of going thru the effort to make this message and then just let them continue onto the site anyway. We should be responsible for our fellow Jews and not just say "it's their problem". If I really thought that people would be likely to read the message about Shabbat and then continue on to the site, surely it would be better to not have the message at all.
Sep
3
comment What is a good way to make one's website inaccessible on Shabbat?
By the way, perhaps the title of the question linked to by Shalom should be made more descriptive, since I searched for a question like this before posting and didn't find this.
Sep
3
comment What is a good way to make one's website inaccessible on Shabbat?
I wasn't really asking about whether or not this precaution is required, since clearly there are many different types of websites for which the answer may be different. But for what it's worth, I have in mind a private website where my family members can collaborate on compiling genealogical data. Since most of my family is Jewish, and many are not Sabbath observant, this seems like it might be a reasonable precaution to take. And the chance that people may be incorrectly blocked is not the greatest concern, altough I would certainly prefer to avoid it.
Mar
11
comment Why doesn't the OU put DE on food packages anymore?
According to the last paragraph of oukosher.org/index.php/common/article/…, if you contact the OU about a specific OU-D product, they will tell you whether or not it actually contains any dairy ingredients. I tried this and they confirmed that original flavor Oreo cookies have no dairy and are only "dairy equipment". This applies to other shapes (e.g. double-stuffed) but they said they could not comment on other Oreo flavors. But don't just take my word for it; call them yourself!
Mar
2
comment Reading multiple versions of words in Megilla and Zachor
Regarding the ordering of the version, I believe that the Piskei Teshuvot says to do the "correct" way last, because it appears when you read the second version as though you are correcting the first version. However, someone told me he generally does it the other way as you described, although didn't know the reasoning for that way.