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Posts by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta Welcome to Judaism!

Welcome to the Codidact site for Judaism! We're glad you're here and we're excited to see what you will build. This community is initially starting "from scratch", without importing Q&amp;A from ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Aliza‭

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Q&A Who protected the women and children of Reuven, Gad, and 1/2 Menashe during the conquest?

The conquest of the land described in the book of Yehoshua took seven years (Arakhin 13a).1 It is only at the end of the conquest that Yehoshua dismisses the "shock troops". We know from Yehoshua 1...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by robev‭

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Meta Proposal: Weekly Topic Challenge

I like the idea of returning to our weekly topic challenges! Instead of collecting new suggestions each week, which would mean either lots of repetition or suggestions getting dropped, I suggest re...

posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta What types of pages are available?

Currently there are two top-level post types, Question and Article. Questions can have answers; articles cannot. Questions, articles, and answers all accept comments and can be voted on. You can ...

posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A (When) can one listen to Christian music, according to Igrot Moshe?

A post elsewhere cites Igrot Moshe (Yoreh De'ah 2:56) as saying that listening to (hearing?) Christian music is forbidden (asur). A comment there elaborates: He states that the restriction is r...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by user8078‭

Question music christianity
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Meta Categories - Divrei Torah, Purim Torah

Defer Purim Torah This community is just getting started, its scope boundaries are not entirely set, and people are still gathering. Opinions on Purim Torah are mixed, but I don't think we need to...

posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta Custom Community Name?

To answer the technical questions, a site's name is reflected in: the logo the URL(s) the short description in the list of communities Changing the logo is a matter of replacing one graphic with ...

posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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

An accidental killer flees to one of the cities of refuge for an indeterminate time (until the death of the kohein gadol, or even longer if the timing is unfortunate). The cities of refuge are cit...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Alaychem‭

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Q&A Is it better to not tell someone she's Jewish if she won't follow it?

This is a hypothetical question; it doesn't apply to anyone I know, but I heard an anecdote and it led me to wonder. Suppose someone discovers that her maternal grandmother was in fact Jewish, but...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta Give reasons for downvotes.

The site is doing well. It's growing. It's young, so it doesn't have tons of people and activity yet, but it's going in the right direction. I would rather grow slowly but steadily than have a bu...

posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta Please post your data-import requests here.

We've had some discussions about importing data from Mi Yodeya. The community hasn't yet decided what, if any, bulk imports to do, but we've had some requests to import specific questions and we'd...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How does one pray Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur alone?

I'm somewhat competent in praying alone on weekdays and Shabbat, with the current pandemic providing a forcing function. I prefer to be part of a community and be able to rely on the sh'liach tzib...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta Categories - Divrei Torah, Purim Torah

Divrei Torah One of the things I've picked up in my time with various online communities is that giving people multiple modes of engagement strengthens community connections. It's why SE chat help...

posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A For taking challah, (how) do you account for the flour in sourdough starter?

I understand that one should take challah when baking bread made with at least 10 cups of flour. (That article says 14 for saying the b'racha but down to 10 for taking at all.) How does this requ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by msh210‭

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

Regardless of what general criteria we come up with for importing data, we should accept requests for specific questions to import. I re-asked a couple of my unanswered questions here, because we ...

posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Can a terminally-ill patient give up his ventilator to save another?

Last week I took a class on priorities in triage -- one ventilator, two people who will die without it, who gets it? We reviewed sources in talmud and later commentaries, some of which I remember ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Dani‭

Question halacha medicine
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Meta Moving questions from MY to here

We've now created a place to request import of specific questions. Please follow the instructions there. Right now this is a manual process so it won't be immediate, but if you make requests ther...

posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A I am not Jewish but would like to visit a MO synagogue to pray occasionally on Shabbat. What is the best course?

I'm not widely traveled, but I've been to a bunch of different synagogues of all the major flavors, often as one-offs, including C and MO, so I'm answering on the basis of that experience. First v...

posted 9y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 9y 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 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A What is the purpose of God asking Adam to name the animals?

In Bereishit 2:19 God brings all the animals to Adam to see what he will name them. This has long puzzled me, because: God created them and already knows their functions (He doesn't need Adam to ...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Talmudic proverb based on Job 42:10 — source?

As far as I can tell, the talmud in Bava Kamma 92a is the earliest source for the statement, though its phrasing indicates the principle was known earlier: Rava said to Rabba bar Mari: From wher...

posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta Is starting of Judaism on-topic?

Questions at all levels of background are welcome, and this community isn't only for Jews. Basic questions are fine. I'm not sure what you mean about "starting point". The torah, specifically th...

posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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