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That it is not intended literally, but rather the numbers have allegorical significance. (For example, Chanoch lived precisely 365 years, the number of days in a solar year.) That it referred to dynasties started by the individual person, rather than just to the lifespan of that person. Or that "shana" does not mean what we think it means. I tried to ...


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I do not know who wrote Tohar HaYichud as it is written anonymously. However it is posted on the Mesora.org website which was founded by Rabbi Moshe Ben-Chaim and the board members are: Rabbi Reuven Mann: Rabbi-Young Israel of Phoenix; Founder-Masoret Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies for Women, New York Rabbi Pinchas Rosenthal: Exec. Dir. -Manhattan ...


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According to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterilization_%28surgical_procedure%29#.22Sterilization_pill.22 There is no drug that can cause permanent sterility. However, there are many herbs and plants that act as abortificants. So perhaps that's what it was (although I could not say which specific plant). For example these: ...


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Disclaimer: I do not claim to "know" in any way what Hashem means concerning certain parts of the Torah, and there are strong sources for different approaches to both the Torah and Chazal. Importantly, there should be a mesora and respect for variant approaches that are anchored in truth. There is a very well chazal-sourced book claimed to be ...


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The Malbim has a novel perush on Bereishit (8:22) that help may to understand longevity: עֹד, כָּל-יְמֵי הָאָרֶץ: זֶרַע וְקָצִיר וְקֹר וָחֹם וְקַיִץ וָחֹרֶף, וְיוֹם וָלַיְלָה--לֹא יִשְׁבֹּתוּ. In explaining the (now) presence of the seasons he says that before the flood the Earth was not tilted. It was only after the flood that the Earth became tilted ...


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Quoting Marc B. Shapiro: The fourteenth-century R. Eleazar Ashkenazi ben Nathan ha-Bavli...assumes that the extremely long lifespans found at the beginning of Genesis are not to be taken literally (p. 29). וימי חייהם אז היו כימי חיי אנשי דורנו לא פחות ולא יותר כי לא היו אז מזהירים כשמש ולא חזקים כנחושה, אבל היו מבשר ודם ומזרע אשה ומדם נדותה ככל אשר אנחנו ...


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This will only become a strong question once scientists get a better understanding of how aging works. Until then, one can reasonably claim that "nishtaneh haTeva" scientifically possible.



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