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Questions related to how something was in the past, and how it's developed since then.

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Here is the Wikipedia article on the topic.
answered Apr 14 '10 by Isaac Moses
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feed of his lectures (both Responsa and Jewish History, which is equally fascinating) using this RSS link. …
answered Feb 8 '11 by Isaac Moses
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The Jewish year varies in length, with an extra month some years and with some years having one more or one less day than usual. Ultimately, the main reason for the variation is to keep it from drifti …
answered Dec 22 '16 by Isaac Moses
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I'm pretty sure that almost every time I've heard rabbis mentioning R' Moshe's last name, it was with a long "e" sound. The pronunciation (of anything) in this video is by no means authoritative. I t …
answered Mar 19 '10 by Isaac Moses
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Sefer Hachiunuch doesn't list the reading/learning as its own commandment. Instead, part of his definition of the commandment for the king to write a Torah scroll, Commandment #494, includes "so that …
answered May 6 '13 by Isaac Moses
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I just read a news story about a newly discovered sentence-long fragment of the Jerusalem Talmud that apparently resolves a previously unintelligible section of Tractate Bikkurim. Does anyone know mo …
asked Mar 25 '10 by Isaac Moses
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I had never heard of this claim before. It certainly doesn't fit with everything I understand about Judaism. The Wikipedia article on Uzair (Qur'anic Arabic for Ezra, apparently) contains a great dea …
answered Sep 28 '11 by Isaac Moses
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Here's (PDF) an interesting essay-length one that was recently forwarded to me.
answered Jan 4 '11 by Isaac Moses
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Siftei Chachamim (שפתי חכמים) is a super-commentary on Rashi's commentary on the Torah, written by the 17th-Century CE Polish scholar Shabbethai Bass. It tends to be included in Mikraot Gedolot editio …
asked Feb 11 by Isaac Moses
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I don't know if he quite counts as a "rabbinic/Judaic scholar," but Robert Aumann is a serious learner, has published on Talmudic topics, and has an Erdos number of 3. If he doesn't quite count, he ma …
answered Mar 21 '11 by Isaac Moses
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Telephone exchanges in the US used to have two letters, sometimes referring to the neighborhood the exchange serves, and one number. So, Rav Moshe's phone number was 677-1222. ORegon/67 was an exchan …
answered Jul 1 '10 by Isaac Moses
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In general the tsiburim dress like the rav they follow. I think this premise of your question is mistaken. From what I've heard, dressing like the rav is a practice that the Chassidim introduced …
answered May 17 '11 by Isaac Moses
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The Torah tells us (Genesis 4:17) that Kayin built a city and named it after his son, Chanoch. If Chanoch was only of the third generation of humans, how was the total human population at the time eno …
asked Oct 3 '10 by Isaac Moses
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The Talmud, in Arachin 12b, quotes a baraita saying that Yovel was observed seventeen times: שבעה עשר יובלות מנו ישראל משנכנסו לארץ ועד שיצאו Seventeen jubilee [cycles] did Israel count from …
answered May 17 '17 by Isaac Moses
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Dr. Jeremy Brown, in a post on his Talmudology blog on science in the Daf Yomi, points out that Rava, quoted in Yevamot 97a, provides the first published claim that boys' puberty can be delayed by the …
answered Jan 16 '15 by Isaac Moses

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