Skip to main content
10 votes

How to kill Kosher grasshoppers

They don't need any particular sort of killing. (Okay there's also a concept of bal teshaktzu, "don't do gross things", that would include swallowing a live insect, but from a kosher ...
Shalom's user avatar
  • 134k
7 votes

What does איברא mean?

Here is Jastrow on Eivara (a limb), and Ivra (to be sure). He says that the latter comes from A-V-R, which is a lashon of strength in Aramaic.
רבות מחשבות's user avatar
6 votes

Why are Tzaddikim protected from improper foods?

This question is addressed in Einei Shmuel, a commentary on Aggadic passages: וכתבו התו' דהיינו דווקא במידי דאכילה ואמר מורי ז"ל הטעם דמה שמשמרין מאכילת איסור דווקא דהלא באמת שוגג אין כאן איסור ...
Alex's user avatar
  • 49.6k
6 votes
Accepted

Is there ever a rule not to place certain words on separate lines in a Sefer Torah?

Yes, that custom still exists. The most famous example is the toponym בית-אל. The Arukh HaShulchan (YD 275:24) lists the following examples, though surely there are some variant customs out there: ...
Double AA's user avatar
  • 99.5k
5 votes
Accepted

Where is Moshe in the Torah?

Rashi (there) addresses your question. He explains that it asks for a hint that references him before he came: ועוד זה שאלו ממנו - מנין למשה רמז קודם שבא שסופו לבא This is clearly the ...
mevaqesh's user avatar
  • 35.7k
5 votes
Accepted

What is the etymological definition of הגיס?

Rashi (Beitzah 34a) says that it means to stir (literally overturn) with a spoon: מגיס - מנער בכף, שקורין קומיבר"א Rashi (Shabbos 18a) explains similarly that it means to overturn. מגיס - מהפך ...
רבות מחשבות's user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

Who is "Mar" ("The Master") in the Bavli?

Welcome to Mi Yodeya, great to have you learning with us and spread Torah! Great question! According to this article it can mean that it is, as Robev mentions, referring to something that has been ...
Shmuel's user avatar
  • 10.4k
5 votes

Who is "Mar" ("The Master") in the Bavli?

Amar Mar in the gemarra is a reference to a previous speaker. It is a form of honorific. If you see Amar Mar, it means the gemarra is quoting an earlier phrase. If you look earlier, you'll see who it'...
robev's user avatar
  • 19.9k
4 votes

How is Sugar kosher?

The Star-K goes through the manufacturing process and concludes there really aren't any serious concerns. The main steps and ingredients are quite simple. https://www.star-k.org/articles/kashrus-...
Shalom's user avatar
  • 134k
4 votes
Accepted

Is it permissible to kill an animal and its mother without shechita?

The Rambam (MT Shechitah 12:3) answers your question and states it is permitted The prohibition against slaughtering [an animal] and its offspring applies only with regard to ritual slaughter, as the ...
mbloch's user avatar
  • 52.9k
4 votes

Where does it say in Halacha that you can double wrap with aluminum and put in traif oven

I found an article by Star-K and one by OU Ⓤ that talk about this issue. Star-K states "If one wants to cook in a treif oven, the kosher food should be double wrapped. That is why kosher airline ...
BID's user avatar
  • 749
4 votes
Accepted

Does reishit hagez apply to chutz Laaretz sheep brought to eretz Yisrael

It's not about "is the sheep Israeli" or "was the sheep born in Israel." It's about at the moment you shear the sheep, is the sheep located in Israel. (Okay we could nitpick about ...
Shalom's user avatar
  • 134k
4 votes

Question on discrepancy between Rambam and Gemara

See Kessef Mishneh ad loc. who explains that this is a specific rule which applies to the first shearings (reishit hagez), derived from the word תתן used in Devarim 18:4.
Joel K's user avatar
  • 43.8k
4 votes
Accepted

Why is melika - not shechita - done on the bird korban?

The Sefer HaChinuch writes regarding the prohibition of removing the head of the Chatas Haof (Mitzva 124) the folllowing: (Source from Sefaria.org) וענין המליקה והאזהרה שלא יבדיל גם זה מפרטי הקרבן ...
TrustMeI'mARabbi's user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

How to kill Kosher grasshoppers

Rambam הלכות שחיטה פרק א ד: דגים וחגבים--אינן צריכין שחיטה, אלא אסיפתן היא המתרת אותן: הרי הוא אומר "הצאן ובקר יישחט להם, ומצא להם; אם את כל דגי הים ייאסף להם, ומצא להם" (במדבר יא,כב), אסיפת דגים ...
Danny Schoemann's user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

What does איברא mean?

Here is what Sokoloff records in his dictionary of Babylonian Aramaic: To answer the etymological question, therefore, the word comes from Middle Iranian.
Argon's user avatar
  • 3,817
2 votes

Why is myrrh the allusion to Mordechai?

One answer 1 is based on a Midrash 2, which expounds the verse: מי יתן טהור מטמא, who will bring out purity from the impure 3. The Midrash brings many examples of such a concept, such as Avraham, who ...
robev's user avatar
  • 19.9k
2 votes

Why does Rashi explain "למאי נפקא מינה" on חולין דף ח ע״א?

From my own understanding of Rashi: The Gemara chose to express the initial question by saying "Do we judge" this wound as a "blow" or "burn"?? As soon as the Gemara says "Do we judge", then the ...
David Kenner's user avatar
  • 10.8k
2 votes

To shake milk that fell in a meat pot

Yes the different versions show lechaora a machloket regarding the definition of Bitul Isur Lechatechilla. טיפת חלב שנפלה על החתיכה, אם יש בה בנותן טעם באותה חתיכה, אסור. ניער את הקדרה, אם יש בה ...
kouty's user avatar
  • 22.8k
2 votes

What does איברא mean?

Marcus Jastrow says the word means "indeed" or "to be sure". Everytime you have a question concerning Talmudic vocabulary, it would be a good idea to check Jastrow first. A physical copy is a great ...
ezra's user avatar
  • 18.8k
1 vote
Accepted

How big of a cut on skin renders an animal treif

There are eight signs that can render an animal treif (see e.g., here) and put an animal on the verge of death. Some of them have to do with external cuts, and they each come with specific ...
mbloch's user avatar
  • 52.9k
1 vote

Why is myrrh the allusion to Mordechai?

according to some .... mordechai was like a ketoeress which is infinite and powerful to break all opponents hence...this ingredient is found in the ketoeress to show this power he had maharal in ...
user19400's user avatar
  • 430
1 vote

How to Kosher sea water?

If you process saltwater to separate the salt and water then you wont need to do anything further to remove bugs. In the unlikely event that there are (visible) bugs in the water you can filter it.
bondonk's user avatar
  • 10.3k
1 vote
Accepted

Shiluach HaKan and Megillah Character Sources

Rashi says that the previous questioner had asked "If a man had a bird nest on his head, is it obligated in shiluach hakan?" After receiving the answer from Rav Masna, he continued to ask more ...
David Kenner's user avatar
  • 10.8k
1 vote

Where is Moshe in the Torah?

The Gemara seems to not just want an appearance of a name, but how the person's name is rooted in the Torah in a way that shows on that character's essence. Esther represents the hiding of Hashem's ...
David Kenner's user avatar
  • 10.8k
1 vote

How do we know that penguins are non-kosher?

From here Regarding birds, the situation is much more complex. The Torah lists twenty-four species that are non-kosher. All others are acceptable. Thus, in theory, if a person knew the precise ...
user6591's user avatar
  • 33.8k
1 vote

Understanding the Gemara and Ramban on the four one-siman animals

It seems to me that despite Double AA's saying that Min in the Torah is very narrow, according to Pirkei D'rav Eliezer, it is very broad: Hence thou mayest learn that there were 366 kinds of cattle ...
TheAsh's user avatar
  • 225

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible