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- Alef-Lamed in a gettMicha Berger: Alef-Lamed in a gett: Turns out the reverse question shows up in the Rama, EhE 125:16: If he wrote the lamed alef of Yisrael together, some say it is kosher when it appears in the tofeis (tshuvos haRosh). And in a situation of igun, one can be meiqil. That would make a lo […]
- When was Pi haAretz created?Micha Berger: When was Pi haAretz created?: [...] So you are arguing that "beri'ah" can refer to an event, rather than an object or place? I find the idea startling. I thought the whole point of asiyah meaning both "doing" and generic "making" was because it's in that niche. I don't see how to get […]
- zimmun al hakosZev Sero: zimmun al hakos: [...] In my experience, when there is a minyan and wine is available it is always done. When there is only a mezuman I've seen it done on Shabbos / Yomtov, but not always.
- When was Pi haAretz created?Zev Sero: When was Pi haAretz created?: As RMB often points out, HKBH is outside time, so to talk of when He creates something is confusing. If the Pi Ha'aretz was created on the 6th day, it was done so because Moshe in the year 2451 was going to call on Hashem to create it. […]
- eating for brachot rather than brachot for eating?Alexander Seinfeld: eating for brachot rather than brachot for eating?: They did not eat them because they only ate healthy food. Eating for berachot began when Jews stopped paying attention to the mitzvah of shmrat haguf (staying healthy). My guess is mid-20th Century when unhealthy calories became dirt cheap. Alexander Seinfeld [...] […]
- Who was the safety engineer for the Mikdash?Chaim Tatel: Who was the safety engineer for the Mikdash?: In Devarim 22:8, the pasuk gives the requirement to put a maakeh (safety rail) on the roof. There are many pictures if the large mizbeach (altar) where the animals were offered in the Mikdash. I have never seen any pictures showing a safety rail on […]
- Kashering a non-kosher UtensilProf. L. Levine: Kashering a non-kosher Utensil: [...] Q. I understand there are two ways to kasher a utensil that became non-kosher: libun and hagalah. Please define each term and explain when each one is appropriate. A. In Parshas Mattos (Bamidbar 31:23), the Torah describes a purification process for metal utensils taken as spoils of […]
- eating for brachot rather than brachot for eating?Zev Sero: eating for brachot rather than brachot for eating?: [...] I don't know what exactly is meant by "eating for brachos". Do you mean eating something, e.g. fruit, for the purpose of saying an extra bracha? That is a long-established custom on Shabbos, in order to make up the 100 brachos. What I thought […]
- Who was the safety engineer for the Mikdash?Zev Sero: Who was the safety engineer for the Mikdash?: [...] The beis hamikdash is not "gagecha" or "beveisecha". There is no such requirement. See SA Ch"m 427:3 (and see the SME on this se'if), Rambam Rotzeach 11:2.
- Who was the safety engineer for the Mikdash?Micha Berger: Who was the safety engineer for the Mikdash?: [...] A maaqeh is not directly a safety measure. It is an exercise in internalizing the importance of safety. This is why only homes that are privately owned must have a maaqeh. Not communal property, nor a privately owned storehouse or barn. [...] […]