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The "Agrippas" that Rashi refers to is King Herod Agrippa II, the great-grandson of Herod the Great. It is true that there were no more client Kings over Judea proper after Herod's son Archelaus was deposed for misruling in 6 CE, But Herod's other surviving sons still ruled the northern and eastern parts of the area(Galilee, Perea, etc). Judea was ruled by ...


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Jewish men have worn a plethora of hat wear, but the popularity of the fedora seems to have stemmed from the last Chabad Lubavitch Rebbe, R. Menachem Schneerson. R. Schneerson's adoption of this hat, which would influence the hat wearing of fellow Chabad members, is historically marked to his ascent in becoming the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, after the death ...


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There are various approaches to understand statements from Chazal where they contrast with well-established facts, e.g., in medicine or science. See this compilation of sources on these topics, aligned against the categories above. Scientific assertions found in the Talmud may be incorrect, even if they are uncontested in the Talmud Not every scientific ...


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The Alphabet was used by the Babylonian and Persian Empire. We have pleeenty of examples of this script being used by non-Jewish, non Hebrew writers in the Babylonian (and later Persian) kingdom. The Aramaic and Phoenician alphabets continued to develop and so the letters continued to have slight evolutions. A very common Alphabet that we have records of is ...


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Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff has a lecture on YUTorah about Artificial Insemination that discusses it. Rabbi Feinstein ruled that the Torah prohibition of adultery, and the resulting categorization of the resulting child as mamzer, are only incurred via conventional relations: artificial insemination and in-vitro fertilization are not included. Thus, if a ...


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According to Rabbi Avraham Kook src: "G-d limits revelations, even from the most brilliant and holiest prophets, according to the ability of that generation to absorb the information. For every idea and concept, there is significance to the hour of its disclosure" hence, even if chazal are not correct, they are doing their best based on the knowledge of the ...


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I believe the custom of saying this comes from Tractate Berachos in the Mishnah, Chapter 9 Mishnah 5: Berachos 9:5 Seems that since we should "greet eachother in the name of Hashem" we should also describe the way we are feeling using the name of Hashem. Another more simple explanation is that we should always be thankful we are alive, and thus when someone ...


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If I might just clarify something here (which has been alluded to above). Since it is assumed that a couple is likely to have relations on the night the wife goes to the Mikva, there is a strong issue not to let it be known, out of privacy. (One does not broadcast sexual matters.) At the time of the Talmud, and before, the matter was different, since ...



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