Have you seen (or written) a recent answer on Mi Yodeya that you thought was really great? Let's have a contest to help you tell everyone about it!

This contest has two phases: Nomination and Voting. It is currently in the Voting phase.

  1. Nomination - ended December 25, 2017

    Post an answer to this Meta post containing a link to the Mi Yodeya answer you want to nominate. Answers created in Tishrei - Kislev, 5778 (from September 21, 2017 through December 18, 2017) are eligible.

    Please link to one answer in each entry. Nominate as many answers as you like in separate answers to this post.

    When you see a great answer, don't wait; post a link to it here before you forget!

    Please do not vote on any answers to this post during the Nomination phase.

  2. Voting - December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

    The Voting phase has begun.

    Please vote on the answers to this post however you see fit. Upvote (or downvote, I guess) as many as you like.

300-point Bounty button

The answer linked in the highest voted answer to this meta post will receive a bounty of 300 points after completion of the event on January 1, 2018. In case of a tie, the distinction will be shared, and the prize will be split.

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    Isaac, I'm please about the specific dates on the Gregorian calendar that you chose :-) – DanF Oct 31 '17 at 17:25
  • Protocol / clarity for these types of contests. Does it matter when the question was posted, or only that the answer should be within this timeframe? What about an answer posted before the timeframe but edited within the timeframe? – DanF Dec 5 '17 at 23:42
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    @DanF "Answers created in [timeframe] are eligible." I see no value in getting more complicated than that. – Isaac Moses Dec 6 '17 at 14:43
  • Isaac - StackExchange won't let me vote for my own nomination. Hmmm ... I don't think there's anything that you can do on your end to change that, but, it doesn't seem like a fair rule, here, esp. if I'm nominating someone else's question, no? – DanF Dec 28 '17 at 3:47
  • @DanF Chill, dude. Everyone who participates is a winner. – Isaac Moses Dec 28 '17 at 14:02
  • @danf every answer here has an implied first upvote from the poster, so no one is disadvantaged. – Double AA Dec 30 '17 at 20:30
  • Locked to end voting – Isaac Moses Jan 2 '18 at 1:36

b a's answer to Was Psalm 29 derived from Canaanite sources? brings independent research and a clear fact base to disprove the hypothesis of the OP in a convincing way.


Double AA's answer to Sanhedrin/Makkot - One masechta? quotes from a wide gamut of sources (incl. Geniza material!) and reflects significant research work to answer the OP


Mauro Braunstein's answer to How does one know the tune when praying in Hebrew? provides background on various prayer tunes for many different communities and includes links to examples. Besides its wide scope, the answer puts musical ideas into words that are understandable even without hearing the music.


mbloch's answer to Why does congregational prayer require a chazan / shaliach tzibbur (cantor)? provides an excellent answer to the historical functions of the shaliach tzibbur using a variety of angles and links to different sources on this fascinating topic.


My own answer to Why is it that being embarrassed on one sin should atone for all? It brings dozens of examples for the linguistic phenomenon in question from many places in Hazal. In addition, it notes that the question depends on the accurate text of multiple Talmudic passages and brings almost a dozen relevant medieval manuscripts, and the views and versions of multiple Rishonim. It also provides context for the different possible versions, from yet more Hazalic passages. Finally, it cites a commentator who asks the exact question and answers it.


mevaqesh's answer to Rosh HaShanah as a Day of Friendliness brings just the right source to back up what the OP was saying. What amazes me is that he knew just where to look, as he answered the question within the same day.


Alter’s answer to Are professor Daniel Boyarin's writings about the messiah supported in traditional Jewish sources? To someone who knows the information, it may be an easier question to answer, but between just the sheer volume of information he brings to blast the professor’s claims and the manner in which he does it, this just blew me away.

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