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7:58 AM
I don't know whether any m'far'shim explain it this way, but conceivably she didn't know there were twins, only that her child would yield two nations (and that that was for some reason making him unusually active). — msh210 ♦ 58 secs ago
Has anyone heard that?
 
 
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11:27 AM
... but, of course,
@msh210 I was thinking along these lines (2 personalities but one child and then, "behold" there were twins) but she was told that the elder would serve the younger and that would be tough if there was only 1. — Danno 13 mins ago
On the third hand (look ma!), rav is easily interpretable as something other than an older child. On the fourth, tzair is... well, I don't know.
It's presumably related to words meaning "small" (like Aramaic z'er). Maybe it can mean "small" also? I'm guessing here.
 
 
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2:13 PM
@msh210 likes to get a reminder about this video this time of year, so:
This looks like it could be a useful resource for trying to answer parshanut questions: facebook.com/shlomo.pill/posts/10154799114974605
 
2:29 PM
Isn't this exactly the same question as judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7621 (if better motivated)? cc @DoubleAA — msh210 ♦ 6 hours ago
@IsaacMoses who is here.
 
2:53 PM
@DoubleAA One is about mohel; the other about mahul. Is it obvious a priori that these must be from the same cause?
Honest, not rhetorical question. If yes, then I agree that these are [valuable] dupes. I'm not convinced by this argument, since even if there's an extra-dikdukical reason, it could yet answer both.
 
3:28 PM
@IsaacMoses It seems pretty obvious to me that those two words are just different conjugations of the same root. @msh210 do you disagree?
Omeir and Amur אומר and אמור sayer and said. It's the same pattern.
 
 
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6:18 PM
@DoubleAA No. And I'm pretty sure that answers to either question will answer the other. However, that pretty-sureness comes from answer-type knowledge of mine (and yours and probably many people's), not from anything in the questions, so I guess technically they're not dupes.
@IsaacMoses Thanks.
@IsaacMoses Cool. I'm unsurprised it doesn't have judaism.stackexchange.com/q/75211
 
@msh210 re technically: there's still the rabbit rule meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/a/3509/759
 
6:39 PM
> Note that by employing words like "reasonable" and "obvious," this language is subject to subjective interpretation on a case-by-case basis by people who know something about Judaism. Indeed, that's why we pay close-voters and moderators the big bucks.
Sounds like @DoubleAA and @msh210 are both performing said subjective interpretation in answering my question in the affirmative and therefore could earn their salaries for the day by closing the question as a duplicate.
@msh210 Yeah; I looked at a few Unanswered questions that cite particular Torah verses to see if there were any quick wins and haven't found any yet.
 
7:25 PM
Lehavdil * N, for large N, of course (source)
 
 
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9:00 PM
@IsaacMoses Here in Israel I was pleasantly surprised to find that stores started prominently displaying doughnuts for sale starting ~a month before Chanuka. No other signs of the holiday, but doughnuts yes. Glad they've got their priorities in order.
 
9:17 PM
@msh210 Mazal Tov!
(I believe this is the first time you've said clearly in here that you're in Israel.)
@msh210 Good thing doughnuts don't have the same halacha/minhag as matza does.
 
@msh210 welcome
 
9:36 PM
@IsaacMoses Thank you! Baruch tihye.
@IsaacMoses chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/468/2016/9/26 ... but I'll grant that that wasn't clear.
@kouty Thank you!
@IsaacMoses Good thing for tastebuds, bad thing for waistlines.
 
@msh210 AFAICT, that could have been about the Himalayas
 
@IsaacMoses Good point.
 
10:36 PM
@DoubleAA I h ave no way to inform what's really happens. this is a scandal
 

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