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The "animal soul" is entirely subjective and atheistic. It exists entirely in a physical, instinctual, hedonic, and sensory world. While (at least in higher life forms) there may be a fair level of social cognition and even altruistic behavior and empathy, there is no possibility of ever attaining human levels of consciousness of truth and morality. ...


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First, the Tiberian mesoretes dispute whether "mimenu" here is in the plural or not -- "mimenu" can also be rendered "than he" as in "has become someone like him" (or Him). Ben Naftali takes this position, and renders the word "מִמֶנוּ" (without dots in the 2nd mem or nun). Rashi follows Ben Naftali's take on this verse. "Behold man will be unique among the ...


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I once heard HaRav Aharon Lopiansky quote the following from HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein Zt"l: המתחתן עם הדור הזה מתאלמן מן הדור הבא or, in less-poetic English, One who marries this generation becomes widowed from the next generation. In other words, Creation was something that happened a rather long time ago, it's cryptic and unclear exactly what ...


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adam and his wife were the only two poeple on the entire world so and made by hasehem so sure their were chosen with the time the world went bad so hashem chose noach and later the world went bad and hashem choose us as the chosen nation so maybe their were not yewish but their sure were choosen


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if they were jewish then everyone would be jewish since it goes solely by the mother. so no.


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It is helpful to always remind oneself what the definition of 'being Jewish' means. One nice way of putting it is that we, as the chosen nation, were chosen for something. That something was to represent Hashem in this world and try to practice and teach His message for humankind. The history behind it is that when Adam sinned it became much harder to ...


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UPDATE Technically everyone "became Jewish" at the revelation at Sinai which is regarded as everyone there having converted at that moment. This is the starting point of the recursive definition of "Who is a Jew". Technically, Judaism did not begin until the revelation at Sinai. Thus, Adam, Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov were able to keep shabbat. However, ...


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Read somewhere - I believe it was a Midrash - that the rib was chosen because it is a makom tznua (modest place). This was to teach women to be modest.


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In actuality, many meforshim read the pasuk to mean that Adam was created hermaphroditic, both "male" and "female". The separation is often translated as "side" (see Rav Hirsch or Art Scroll on 2:21) rather than rib and means that he was separated into two completely different beings "because it is not good for Man to be alone" (2:18). The purpose was to ...


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In what way (if any) was Adam's physical body and mental/spiritual state altered when God removed his rib to create Eve (Genesis 2:21–22)? His physical body was altered that he now had flesh where a rib had been. (This is because bone doesn't grow back when removed. Haamek Davar.) I don't know about his mental or spiritual state; hopefully, someone else ...


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Maybe the universe was created by God sound waves, which are an emanation of personality to an external medium as our flesh-and-blood soundwaves are to the recipent thereof. This may be why the universe was not 'congealed' entirely till the Jews accepted the Torah at Mt Sinai (Rashi on the passuk of ha'shishi). Because a message can only exist when it has ...


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You seem to be basing your supposition that the universe may have been created by sound waves on the fact that Gensis 1:3 has "ויאמר אלקים", literally "God said". While I don't claim to understand what that means precisely, it doesn't seem to involve sound waves. Allow me to quote some of the commentary on that phrase, in my own loose translation: Ibn Ezra: ...


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No. Interesting reasoning, but I don't think it makes much sense. First of all, sound can't exist without matter. Sound itself isn't an actual "thing", but a vibration that propagates as a wave of pressure in a medium (like air). Just like ripples can't exist without the water, sound can't exist without the matter.


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Hashem is the master of existence and in essence, existence itself. He can manipulate any aspect of the world. Soundwaves are one aspect of physical existence, and as far as I know, they can only travel through a physical medium. So if we were to simply take your question at face value without any further assumptions, it wouldn't make sense for sound to ...



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