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If we look at 1 Sam 30:16, we see that the Amalekim, having taken the spoils of war, feast and drink and party like there's no tomorrow. In chapter 14, we see the soldiers of Israel also acting in an unbecoming way with the spoils of war. There, Shaul pronounced a curse on any soldier who eats anything during the battle. Of course, being soldiers, they get ...


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Yes, Orthodox Jews can touch pigs, but not eat or touch food from pigs. Orthodox Jews eat lamb and love lambs. Orthodox Jews love goat and eat goat too and they own Cows. They don't eat pork, or any biscuits with pig gelatine but they do love living pigs as animals who are lovely clever animals as living things, but not for food. Jews consider pigs and dogs ...


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Ibn Ezra writes: כי הוא דרך בזיון על כן אמר כי תועבת ה For it is an embarrassment, therefore it is written "for it is an abomination of God." Kli Yakar writes: לפי שגם הכלבים עזי נפש מזנים בפרהסיא...והרי שניהם שוים בזנות ובעזות Because dogs also are brazen, in that they are promiscuous in public...therefore, the two of them (the ...


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The Zohar interprets these events to mean the Yaakov was exploring the secrets of the mitzvah of Tzitzis.


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The Mechilta has a special Drasha to include a tumtum and androgen. אין לי אלא בן גמור ובת גמורה טומטום ואנדרוגינוס מניין ת׳ל או בן יגח או בת יגח. The Torah Temimah on the passuk #232 explains that the word או connotes a situation of uncertainty. יתכן דדריש או בן או בת אף כזה שהוא ספק בן או בת דהיינו טומטום ואנדרוגינוס.


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I've thought about this for a while, and perhaps is has something to do with Yeshayahu 65:4. In that chapter, G-d is talking about how much he is upset at those who "vex Him to His Face" and (if I understood it correctly) will destroy them from amongst His people, while saving the righteous. In verse 3 and 4, the prophet enumerates a list of things G-d says ...


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from a paper on evolution i wrote a while back. Abstract thought. This is expressed in the ability of intelligent speech. True, animals can communicate and have intelligence but it is only a "practical intelligence". They are not able to think abstractly, to hold a thought, ponder it and deliberate on it abstractly. It is because of this that one ...


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I have seen a number of places that seem to say that hydroponics is mutar during shmittah. If this is the case for plants that normally grow in the ground (such as tomatoes), then the algae in your fish tank would also be mutar. The same question would apply to a fish pond. Note in the footnote below that there are those who say it is forbidden. Also I am ...


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Kohelet - Ecclesiastes - Chapter 3 For there is a happening for the children of men, and there is a happening for the beasts-and they have one happening-like the death of this one is the death of that one, and all have one spirit, and the superiority of man over beast is nought, for all is vanity. יט. כִּי מִקְרֶה בְנֵי הָאָדָם וּמִקְרֶה הַבְּהֵמָה ...


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just a thought, perhaps it is for the purpose of man's free will. by observing the cruelty of animals, man can think that just like they can be cruel, lawless, etc. and get away with it, so can I.



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