There is a law in the torah (and the meforshiim afterwards) to attach tzitzit to all four cornered garments.
Ok. I understand that.
But where did it come to pass that some people say one is required to wear tzitzit?
If I am not wearing a four corned garment, why should I go out of my way to ac...
@msh210 Here's what annoys me: long, rambling answers (or questions) containing kernels of technically valid information/query mixed together with irrelevancies, some of which is or borders on offensive. The right answer may be "edit carefully to preserve the good," but it seems like a great deal of work for little profit.
@msh210 Yirmeyahu's references that but (properly, IMO) slides past it to answer the question that I think would be more on-topic.
@msh210 In other words, the only really valid answer to the question as written would be to cite polling data or a sociological study.
@msh210 "A protected question prevents answers by anonymous and very new users. Questions should be protected when they are garnering lots of views and newbies are adding "me too!", "thanks!" and possibly even spam non-answers." says the tool tip
@msh210 How about #2 plus editing the valuable answers that refer to the "Jews" part of the question so they don't anymore, plus #3 because, as you say, it's no longer an answer (and it's not like we're losing much), plus #4 because this is a natural troll magnet after all, and why not?
@IsaacMoses The #2 and #3 aspects you just mention: fine by me. As to #4: I'm not sure what the SE SOP is. It hasn't actually attracted any answers of that nature (certainly not from new users) despite having been open for a while: are such questions protected?
@msh210 "So, in the future, if you see a question that is attracting a lot of drive-by noise answers, please flag it for moderator attention. We’ll turn on protection. " - blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/06/new-protected-question-status ... so eh, leave it out until we see the drive-bys. (But let's keep this in mind if we do see them here or elsewhere.)
@jake The question are techincally different only because the older one says 'Jews' not 'Judaism'. So maybe we really should leave it like that.....
Truth, is, this is one reason poor questions are poor. They can be read different ways and it's hard to know what the author meant. As in this case: did he mean Jews or Judaism? Had he given some context, explained why he was asking, it would be clear. Close as not a real question? @IsaacMoses, @jake
When did people start to light oil, and what was it for?
According to the Or Zaruah on the gemara in masechet shabbat, the oil was not used for the menorah, but for the altar.
Since there is a machloket in the gemara about why the holiday is celebrated, it would seem that if at that time they l...
It seems clear from the G'mara that the institution of Chanuka as a holiday began the year immediately following the seminal story - with praising of God and commemorating miracles, but there is no mention in that historical retelling of m'nora-lighting as part of the commemorative practice. Are ...
@IsaacMoses If so, and if the OZ says (as he quotes him as saying) that "the oil" was used not for the m'nora but for the mizbeach, and IF that is referring to the found sealed oil and the m'nora in the bes hamikdash, THEN he's referring to the m'nora in the bes hamikdash, so why does hsi title say "chanukia"?
@Neal I asked my rabbi about a certain agency. He responded that it has certain leniencies and b'ne Tora don't use it on most food. I asked specifically about the food I was interested in, and he said it's fine.
@Neal Then don't eat there. Or, if your rabbi only knows generalities and you want to ask an expert, find a rabbi who's an expert in kosher supervision agencies and ask him. (Your rabbi might be able to suggest such a rabbi.)
@Neal e.g. "Rabbi, when I asked you about eating at Shlemeil's, and you said no, I'm wondering if you were aware that while the OKS is meikil on washing meat in transit, they keep all of the chumras related to milk that your Vaad does, and Shlemeil's is a dairy place. Is it possible that based on this information, I could eat there?"
I dont know if this type of question is allowed but I was asked to ask it here
The symbol is on some restaurants in the NY tri-state area (like Crumbs Bake Shop for example) and I have heard of quite a few people that eat establishments that are under the OKS
What are the issues with OKS?
I'd like to see a resource developed which transparently compares the standards of the various kashrut agencies. Just like I can retrieve an incredibly in-depth comparison chart from Wikipedia regarding my choice of word processing programs, I would love to have a similar comparison of kashrut ag...
I just found http://programmingfaq.w3ec.com/faq/4761/whats-the-hi-lo-algorithm which has an exact copy of this Stack Overflow question, What's the Hi/Lo Algorithm, with all its answers and no difference in a single character. There is no reference to Stack Overflow.
Is this legal, or at least to...
I was wondering about the copyright of code snippets from answers. Lets say you ask a question and the solution consists of ten lines of code, which are given in an answer. Are there any restrictions about the use of that code?
As mentioned in one answer it seems that the content of this page i...