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This should not to be taken literally but metaphorically meaning that Onkelos' translation is considered as it were from divine origin, handed to Moses at Sinai. See: Targum Mi'Sinai? by Rafael Binyamin Posen, available in JSTOR here.


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a) Seven month children would indicate resistence and longevity. The Midrash Rabbah 14:2 states: בעון קמיה דרבי אבהו: מנין שהנוצר לשבעה חי? אמר להון: מדידכון, אנא ממטי לכון, זיט"א אפט"א, איט"א אוכט"א: They [some greeks] asked R. Abahu: From where do you know that a fetus formed at 7 months can live? He replied: From your own [language] I ...


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The most reliable historical document is Scripture. The evidence from the manna in Exodus indicates a day started at sunset. After leaving Egypt the people were fed by manna from the LORD: So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you ...


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I don't have it with me now, but the Artscroll Ashkenazi kinnot talks in the footnotes somewhere (I think somewhere around kinnah 20-30) about Jews who went to Germany after the destruction of the first Beit Hamkidash and didn't want to go back in the time of Ezra and Nechemia. I don't remember what their source is.


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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says the two zuz are Moshe and Aharon who Hashem used to redeem Bnai Yisrael.


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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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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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Rabbi Reuven Margolis writes in Margolis HaYam to Sanhedrin 22a that archeology has revealed that even the Assyrians did not use Ksav Ashuri (which might literally mean "Assyrian script). He was writing in the 1970's and I don't think that the situation has changed since then. The Talmud (there) offers three opinions as to whether the Jews originally used ...


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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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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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What may seem like a mistake in our flesh dies can really be true just on a higher and deeper level, like the famous argument about the galaxies where we see how on only a spiritual level they were right. When it comes to Jewish law, it is not decided on spiritual, deeper, and more meaningful ideas, rather on fact. No, they never made mistakes, and over ...


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The law regarding wearing men and women's clothing is dependent on the time and community. What is upheld as His Garment now that hat the fedora was worn by men and women. Just different styles, both called "fedoras" it became part of a dress style looking culture difference sectsin. different movements continued that tradition. The same is with the long ...


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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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