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The biblical commentator Rashi begins Proverbs 8 by explaining that the word "chochma"/"wisdom" in verse 1, "Will not wisdom call out, and understanding give forth its voice?" is referring to the Torah: Will not wisdom call out: Does not the Torah announce for you the things mentioned below in this section? All the statements below are made by the ...


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Shabbetai Tzvi's named conferred upon him by the Sultan upon his conversion to Islam was Mahmed Effendi. Or Aziz Mehemet in other sources which translates to "the power of Muhammad"


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Easy answer: Pulitzer-winning David Mamet (with a very Jewy first name) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Mamet


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Bil'am was a non-Jew prophet, his prophecy is about Israel mainly and is integral part of Pentateuch, Chazal, magnify his prophecy and see an allusion in the last verse of Pentateuch that in Jewish people there was no prophet comparable to Moses, but in world peoples yes, there was Bil'am. But there was others, a part of them are integrated in Torah ...


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Judaism fundamentaly differs from Egyptian theological system. Only thing similar here are wings and fact there is two of them. Cherubim and their representation is not contrary to commandments, it was explicitly commanded by God, I think that is why they might appear elsewhere… It is in Shemot 25:18 "and you shall make two golden cherubim; you shall make ...


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This can be debated with sources and counter-sources forever and ever, but any reasonable treatment of the subject will involve this passage from the Talmud, Brachot 35b: ת"ר ואספת דגנך מה ת"ל לפי שנא' (יהושוע א) לא ימוש ספר התורה הזה מפיך יכול דברים ככתבן ת"ל ואספת דגנך הנהג בהן מנהג דרך ארץ דברי ר' ישמעאל ר"ש בן יוחי אומר אפשר אדם חורש בשעת חרישה וזורע ...


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What happened was that R. Azaryah de Rossi was in the right place at the wrong time. He openly scrutinized non-halakhic parts of Chazal, such as historical components. This is totally consistent with the general attitude of all known Geonim including R. Sa’adya Gaon, Rav Sherira Gaon, Rav Shmuel bar Chofni Gaon, and Rav Hai Gaon, who do not look at ...


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The reason is because only the most important documents were transcribed through history. Many works might have been lost and only those which people bothered copying survived. Some of those are philosophical, most of the early Jewish contributions to philosophy came from Qaraite Jews. Rabbabinic thought placed more emphasis on legislating the tradions of ...


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The similarity between Chad Gadya and Echad Mi Yodeia is because they both come from the word meaning "one" - חד/אחד. Chad Gadya means "one goat" in Aramaic, and Echad Mi Yodeia means "Who knows one?" in Hebrew. The word Haggadah, though, is a completely different word, meaning "to tell over" (הגדה), also in Hebrew. So, no, it's not related at all.


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The meforshim bring out that the initial creation of the animals was the appropriate amount for each species to be able to have a full existence. Thus,passenger pigeons, which could not survive as less than massive flocks were created in that number. Also, herbivores were created to be able to be in balance with the amount needed to eat the vegetation. ...


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In the Artscroll Stone chumash, there is a reference to R. Hirsch in 1:27 "although all living creatures were created male and female." But this might indicate some combination within a single entity. Rashi on 2:19 writes: It also teaches you here that at the time of their forming, immediately on that day, He brought them to man to name them (Avoth d’...


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I believe that your question is predicated on a misunderstanding of the gemara in and Rashi in Berachot. The gemara in Pesachim 50a reads: ר' אבינא רמי כתיב (שמות ג, טו) זה שמי לעלם וזה זכרי לדור דור אמר הקב"ה לא כשאני נכתב אני נקרא נכתב אני ביו"ד ה"א ונקרא אני באל"ף דל"ת: That is, though the written text is YKVK (the tetragrammaton), this is to be ...


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A first element of answer, I hope to find more. See Mishna Taanit 2, 5: פרק ב - משנה ה מַעֲשֶׂה בִימֵי רַבִּי חֲלַפְתָּא וְרַבִּי חֲנַנְיָה בֶן תְּרַדְיוֹן {כ}, שֶׁעָבַר אֶחָד לִפְנֵי הַתֵּבָה וְגָמַר אֶת הַבְּרָכָה כֻלָּהּ, וְלֹא עָנוּ אַחֲרָיו אָמֵן. תִּקְעוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים תְּקָעוּ. מִי שֶׁעָנָה אֶת אַבְרָהָם אָבִינוּ בְּהַר הַמּוֹרִיָּה הוּא ...


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I think the most probable idea is that he used Yah, or Ado...nai because those are replacements of YKVK, so Boaz used either one and they (the authors)recorded it down as YKVK.


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Proposition Something happened between Gen 1:1 (the creation of the heavens and the earth) and Gen 1:2 (the starting point for the restoration of the same heavens and earth over six days). That is, between these two verses there was an indefinite period of time perhaps spanning several hundreds of thousands (or millions) of years. Within this interval ...


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Martin, Ernest L. 2000. The temples that Jerusalem forgot. Portland, OR: ASK Publications. considers that the Western/Wailing Wall was part of a Roman fortress called Fort Antonia and not the Temple. Also, Josephus wrote in his The Jewish Wars that the Romans completely destroyed the Second Temple in 70 AD, leveling it to the ground.


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The Aruch HaShulchan left all his manuscripts to his daughter, but then the war broke out, and they were sent to Israel. Included in his manuscripts were the Aruch HaShulchan He'asid, which was printed by Mossad Harav Kook; D'rashos kol ben Levi, which was printed; the second chelek of Or La'yesharim, which was not yet printed; and the rest of the Aruch ...


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R. Dr. David Katz discusses this phenomenon: There were only two occasions where the communal rabbi was actually expected to preach to his community. First there was the pair of Sabbaths, the Sabbath before Passover, and the Sabbath before Yom Kippur. These were occasions where, according to the Talmud (Megillah 32a) since the days of Moses the official ...


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I understand the question to be (1) why the Rishonim were so interested in studying philosophy and (2) why don't we do the same today. The reason for (1) is because there is much wisdom in Greek Philosophy. The Rishonim such as the Rambam were not so interested in Greek philosophy but rather in sifting the truth from the falsehood in it. The benefit in ...


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This question asks about shifting attitudes over many centuries, and is somewhat open ended, so I will begin with general historical overview: The vast majority of philosophy and non-Talmudic study was by the Geonim and their intellectual successors, North African and Southern Spanish rishonim (such as Rabbenu Chanael b. Chushiel of Tunisia, and Rambam of ...


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http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/kolbuszowa/resources7.html says about the Kolbuszowa region: Most records state that the child is illegitimate and the mother unmarried. This, of course, is the "official" view. Jewish couples married under the Chuppah and, in the eyes of the entire congregation were married. Most did not bother to pay the exorbitant ...


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The Gemara in Bava Metzia 87a says that 400 shekel kesef "oveir lasocheir" is equivalent to 1,000,000 ordinary shekel kesef.


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The Ramban 23:15 brings it as a Machlokes between Onkelos and the Gemara in Baba Metzia 87a whether Avraham overpaid.


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There is an argument in בראשית רבה פ"ד כ"א whether the brothers married Canaanite woman in the neighborhood or whether the brothers were also born with twin sisters and each one married a twin of a brother that wasn't also his brother from his mother.


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Manuscripts are generally useful because they are an early witness to some text and are (sometimes) relatively free of corruption or mistakes. A good example of this would be the Aleppo codex, which is now housed in Jerusalem. This text represents the best extant text of Tanakh. Other early masoretic texts describe early textual traditions of Tanakh. Many ...


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Shemos Rabbah 5:18 says that Bnei Yisroel had scrolls from which they studied Torah in Egypt. Rav Zev Wolf of Horadno (Maharzu) there, says that the scrolls were the entire Bereishis: the stories of Adam, Noah, the Flood, Babel, the Patriarchs and all the prophecies and assurances that were prophesied. So I guess before Sinai, each generation studied what ...



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