Riddles, Free Stuff and Public Service Announcements

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  1. See below for riddles and how to win free stuff

    2. A reminder that you can vote in the JIB Awards every three days. Last time I checked, Hirhurim was winning handily in two of its three categories.

    3. The big post about S** in Halakhah (my wife uncharacteristically checked my blog and then told me not to use that word) is coming up soon. The hint I can give as to its content is that it deals with choice.


    Dr. Marc Shapiro sent me the following:

The University of Scranton has just published my little book on Saul Lieberman and the Orthodox. Those who are interested in purchasing a copy (I think it costs $6) can contact me directly. There will also be many copies at the YU Seforim Sale. Students of Rav Soloveitchik will find the kuntres valuable in that I disprove the oft repeated story that in the 1950’s the Rav supported a joint Beit Din with the Conservatives. This story is repeated everywhere, including by R. Rakefet and maybe even R. Lichtenstein, as fact.

Gil was nice enough to allow me to offer some free copies on his blog, to the first people who are able to solve any of the following three riddles.

1. Point to a part of a certain Mishnah which, without question, was written by someone who lived after R. Judah ha-Nasi (hint: cf. Deut. 34:5 and how this is interpreted by one opinion).

2. Give me a case whereby if someone commits a certain averah he is hayyav on a lav, and if he does another averhah of this very sort he is patur even retroactively for the first averah? (hint: I am not saying he hasn’t committed any averah, just that he is patur for this specific lav.)

3. What two separate acts are forbidden according to the Shulhan Arukh (not the Rama), but if you do them at the same time, they are both permitted?

I will check the answers throughout the day. The last time we did this, one of the riddles was solved in a few hours, and the other took a day or two.

Marc Shapiro

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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