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I nominate robev's answer to Differences between RaMbaM and RaMbaN's mitzvah count which was asked on my first day as a moderator. At the time I had considered closing the question as Too Broad (or whatever that was called back then) since I could imagine the "question could be answered by an entire book". robev's post nearly proves me right, being so ...


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I nominate Josh's and Alex's answers to Number of Se'ifim in Shulchan Aruch to split the prize. Those answers combined much original research with much fact checking to provide a documented new piece of information for the internet. They required much time, research, coding skills, and collaboration to achieve their results. By checking results against ...


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Tookie345's self answer to Which sins are specifically punished with drought? involved an OP taking info from a comment ("Check out Taanit 7b") and not only looking it up for himself but following up and sharing with the community with a well written answer. That's something we should encourage here on Mi Yodeya.


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Lee's answer to How many halachot are detailed in the Mishneh Torah? exemplifies doing original work and research to deal with a problem, not just searching Google for someone else's work. That's something we should encourage here on Mi Yodeya.


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I'll nominate Alex's answer to When enumerating the Ketuvim, why does Ramba"m omit Ezra / Nechemia?. While the answer to the question is simple enough, Alex put in a mind boggling amount of documentation to firmly proving himself right, citing 28 different manuscripts and providing names, links, and screenshots of each. That is impressive dedication to ...


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I would like to nominate Alex's answer to How long was the period of Oppression which, in a near-essay, brings together multiple historical sources, factoids and wonderful writing to answer an age-old question.


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I'd like to nominate sam's answer to Is using hair removal cream on one's face a violation of "rounding one's beard?" A picture is worth a thousand words, and all the more when demonstrating historical positions. It's hard to imagine ever giving a Shiur on this topic again without showing off these photos of a rare artifact. Thank you sam!


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הנער הזה's answer to Where in Tanach is Shavuot associated with Matan Torah? addresses a simple question of general interest by bringing a myriad of sources to bear, organized nicely into three general approaches. Each source and idea is written up clearly and cited/linked competently, leading to a document that engages the reader from beginning to end, ...


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This answer to Deviations of Ralbag from normative Jewish theology by Alex is one of the most comprehensive, clear, and well-sourced answers I have seen on this site. I would like to nominate it, as it certainly deserves consideration for "Best Answer" this quarter.


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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


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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.


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I would like to nominate Alex's answer to Is it forbidden for a woman to learn Gemara? It is a very sensitive issue, yet he could still keep calm and give a lot of relevant sources to support his claim. In addition to listing these sources, he gave a really good summary and interpretation of the conflicting views.


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I would like to nominate DonielF's answer to Does the Holy Ark weigh 4 tons? which demonstrates impressive, detailed and original research.


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I would like to nominate Oliver's answer to Authorship of Mevo Hatalmud. This question had languished for nearly four years without an answer, and Oliver's answer collected various sources in modern scholarship to provide an approach to the topic.


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I'd like to nominate רבות מחשבות's answer to the question Source and etymology of כפירה kefirah 'heresy'. His answer is very concise and well sourced, getting straight to the point and answering the exact question of the OP.


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I was originally skeptical of self-nominations but the community seems to deal kindly with them. So allow me to nominate my answer to Above ground burial which took quite some research to answer a question I asked myself many times. That particular question was bumped up to the homepage the same day that I drove alongside such a cemetery pushing me to try ...


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I'd like to nominate robev's answer to Did King David's parents abandon him? (Psalm 27). The answer presents a clear, thoroughly-researched, and carefully-footnoted explanation of a midrashic interpretation of the context for a puzzling passage. The presentation in this answer goes beyond what I have come to expect from sourced answers (let alone others)...


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רבות מחשבות's answer to Why are the Kenites translated as Shalmites? addresses a fairly in-the-weeds question in the overlap of parshanut and history about as comprehensively as can be reasonably expected on Mi Yodeya, citing quite a few on-point sources.


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I nominate Micha Berger's answer to When, halachically, does a sect of Judaism become an independent religion? His thorough summary of a seminal article on the topic captures the nuance and complexity of the issue while remaining readable and succinct.


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Yair Rand's answer to what percentage of Reform Jews are halachically Jewish? does original statistical analysis for a question that many Yodeyans had previously thought impossible to answer with firm basis. Thank you Yair for taking the time to bring that information to the community.


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I would like to nominate my answer to Gersonides’ Largest List of Lessons. My answer provided data that had possibly never been collected before, as well as provided additional relevant information beyond what was strictly asked by the question.


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Monica Cellio's answer to How to suggest a kosher restaurant for a meeting? provides great experience- and sensitivity-based advice and manages to consider various possible scenarios while remaining concise.


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Josh Waxman's answer to What are the 10 utterances in Pirkei Avot 5:1 answers the question with a (cited/linked) list of texts (not just citations of p'sukim), explains where sources disagree, and specifically addresses a suggestion in the question (that turned out not to be correct). It also anticipates and briefly answers an objection that one might raise ...


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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.


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Oliver's answer regarding the possible halakhic issues involved in attending an intermarriage. It is quite comprehensive; indeed the first answer that is comprehensive to an important question asked almost 6 years ago and has had five other answers.


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Chaim's answer to Why was the second Beit HaMikdash destroyed? is impressively comprehensive. It has sources, quotations, translations and summaries from a wide variety of rabbinic literature.


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mbloch's answer to Can 'cruelty to animals' render an animal not kosher? picked up a nearly-year-old complex, unanswered question and gave it a very well-researched and well-written answer, including helpful citations of contemporary responsa and literature. The question touched on halacha, ethics, economics, and industry practices, and the answer ...


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I’d like to nominate Joel K’s answer to where techias hameisim is alluded to in the Torah. It’s well detailed, in an easy-to-read format, that answers the question very well, albeit very lengthy.


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Shalom's answer to Can a woman divorce her husband and then convert to Judaism? responded sensitively and informatively to a tricky "outsider"-type question. This was one of those cases where the asker had an inkling that there could be issues but didn't know enough about Judaism to ask about specifics. Shalom did a great job of thinking of and expressing ...


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I would like to nominate Double AA's answer to my question Does a pregnant or nursing woman fast on a postponed Tish'ah B'Av? The answer is extremely comprehensive, well-structured and cogently argued.


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