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Q&A Naming a daughter when there's no minyan around

Normally in my experience, a baby girl is named in the presence of a minyan, generally at a Torah reading. If her parents are not expecting to be with a minyan for the foreseeable future, should th...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 3y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Why is cholam sometimes pronounced like segol (Chabad, Yom Kippur)?

From my experience with Chabad, I strongly suspect what you heard is /ej/ as in "fate" or "way", perhaps pronounced quickly so it came out sounding like a segol. /ej/ is the traditional Russian and...

posted 3y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 3y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Why is "life from confusion" included in the agricultural Hoshana-prayer?

The theme of the "Adama mei-arer" Hoshana-prayer that we say on Hoshana Rabba appears to be asking God to protect our agriculture. With one possible exception, every element appears to be about the...

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Meta What content do we want to import from Mi Yodeya?

I don't see why we would throw out the old vote counts. If a few people gain a few extra points on a one time basis, that's not such a big deal. The advantage gained by having good signal about pos...

posted 4y ago by AA ‭  ·  edited 4y ago by AA ‭

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Meta Custom Community Name?

I think Ta Shema has a few things going for it: It's a very common phrase in the Babylonian Talmud so will be easy for anyone who's studied Talmud to remember. In the Talmud, it's used to introduc...

posted 4y ago by msh210‭

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Meta What content do we want to import from Mi Yodeya?

We can import questions and answers from Mi Yodeya.1 You might have noticed that we imported two already, the ones needed by our "not professional advice" notice. What else to import is up to the...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta What language(s) should we use for tags?

As an outsider, I would really suggest to have English tags be the primary, or at the very least available and discoverable. Whether it's better to solve that by having bilingual tag names, or by h...

posted 4y ago by Canina‭  ·  edited 4y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A Which tallis should be kissed?

If there is someone who does not yet own a Tallis (prayer shawl), and he is davening for the amud (so he wears a shul tallis), when he gets to the places in davening where you are supposed to kiss ...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A Can a woman blow the shofar during Elul for herself? Can anyone?

Does a woman fulfill the obligation to hear the shofar during Elul if she blows it for herself, or is this one of the mitzvot where a man (must? should?) perform the action on behalf of others? Fo...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A How did accidental killers sustain themselves while living in the cities of refuge?

As you've noted, this is a serious problem only if the rotzeiach's income was limited to some geographical location - like that of a farmer, or someone that depended on local word-of-mouth. And un...

posted 4y ago by PinnyM‭  ·  edited 4y ago by PinnyM‭

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Meta Dictionary/Encyclopedia of Terms

A wiki with a dictionary of terms sounds like a great idea. Here are some thoughts on how we could implement it. It partly depends on being able to use in-page anchors (so you could link to a spe...

posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta Custom Community Name?

Perhaps, to hew close to the "Codidact" brand, we could consider: CoTalmid That is, Latin for "together" plus Hebrew for "student." I thought about "CoMelamed" ("together" plus "teacher"), but that...

posted 4y ago by Isaac Moses‭

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Q&A May one name a secular object using a Divine Name?

Once upon a time, I was on a trip up in north Georgia and stumbled across this gem: a security service branding itself as "Adonai Security, LLC." The tagline proceeds to make a pun in the same vei...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Alaychem‭

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Q&A Why are we only worried about choking now?

The Baal Shem Tov writes: וביום הכיפורים לית ליה רשות לאסטוני (יומא ד"כ ע"א), על כן בא השטן בכל כחו לקטרג על כל אדם On the day of Yom Kippur, [the Satan] has no permission to prosecute, therefore ...

posted 3y ago by Dani‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A Seeking list of prohibitions which force one to do an action

Generally speaking, whenever the Torah tells us "do not do X," the context is "do not do a specific action" (don't eat non-Kosher, don't do work on Shabbos, etc.). In a select few prohibitions, how...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 4y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Why is cholam sometimes pronounced like segol (Chabad, Yom Kippur)?

I learned what I understand to be a S'fardi or maybe Israeli pronunciation of Hebrew. I'm aware of the differences between this and the usual Ashkenazi pronunciation. My question is about variati...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by msh210‭

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Meta Divrei Torah Category

Summary of Proposals The consensus seems to be strongly in favor of pursuing this idea, so long as there's strong quality control in place as well. To summarize the idea thus far, and putting some ...

posted 3y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 3y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A When does not forgiving become holding a grudge?

Yoma 87a and Rambam Hilchot Teshuvah 2 both describe requirements for doing teshuva and gaining forgiveness. According to them, the one doing teshuva must first make restitution and then, in front...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Challenges Weekly Topic Challenge #8: Rav Steinsaltz z"l

posted 4y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 4y ago by DonielF‭

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Meta Hebrew username is backwards

Some users here (as opposed to other codidact sites) are more likely to have Hebrew letters in their username. One such user is רבות מחשבות. I recall seeing a post of theirs a few months ago, and ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by robev‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta Please post your data-import requests here.

The first round of data imports has been done. You can distinguish an imported question from a native one by the Stack Exchange icon next to the tags: I said before that posts could be imported w...

posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Tallow candles and Kashrut

There are candles that are made from beef tallow (https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/01/tallow-emergency-candles.html). If one were to burn one, residue and soot from incomplete combustion co...

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by rosends‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by PinnyM‭

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Q&A Taking goods from Egyptians

During the plague of darkness, the Jews went around to scout out what the Egyptians had in their houses and then they "asked" for things before they left and the Egyptians gave them lots. No doubt...

0 answers  ·  posted 5mo ago by rosends‭

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Q&A Shimon in Egyptian jail

After Yosef gave the brothers provisions, he kept Shimon (Bereisheet 42:24) there to guarantee that the brothers would return with Binyomin. They went home and didn't come back until they ran out o...

0 answers  ·  posted 6mo ago by rosends‭  ·  edited 6mo ago by msh210‭

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Q&A What are the rules for mentioning my father when calling a family member up for an aliyah?

Occasionally, I have to act as gabbai for a small minyan, where other members of my family also daven. When calling up my father for an aliyah, I use the formulation "יעמוד, אבי מורי הרב..." (Rise,...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Mithical‭