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Jan
31
comment Halachic/sociological basis to support the split-apart beds for a nida couple?
These types of beds are relatively common in stores in Israel; they're referred to as מיטה יהודית, a Jewish bed. You can see pictures here: google.com/…
Jan
25
comment does one have to take a Midrash/Aggadah literally?
accepted tradition, and this is not a command [to accept it as fact]."
Jan
25
comment does one have to take a Midrash/Aggadah literally?
He seems to be taking a 'safe' attitude to leave open the option to reject certain midrashim as long as they're not קבלה, an accepted tradition. Other examples: Genesis 22:4 hebrewbooks.org/… . "And our rabbis have said that Yitzchak was 37 at the time of the binding of Isaac (Akeida). If they are an accepted tradition then we will accept it. But logically this is not correct." Also see Genesis 11:29 (again the "long" version of Ibn Ezra) "Those who have said that Sara is Yiskah... this is a drash/explication or logical inference, not an
Jan
25
comment does one have to take a Midrash/Aggadah literally?
The Ibn Ezra's comment on אור כשדים can be found in the version of his commentary ראב"ע שיטה אחרת which, for instance, can be found at the back of the תורת חיים Mikraot Gedolot. (Couldn't find a version online). He says on 11:28: וקדמוננו אמרו שהשליך אברהם אבינו בכבשן האש, ולא נזכר זה בכתוב, ואם היא קבלה נקבל כדברי תורה. And our predecessors have said that Avraham was thrown in to the furnace of fire, and this is not mentioned in the Torah, and if this is 'kabbala' (an accepted tradition) then we shall accept them as words of Torah.
Jan
23
comment Why do Jews physically resemble members of their “host” nationalities?
Here's a fascinating article using genetics to assist our current understanding of Jewish history (including intermarriage, etc.): thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/06/03/…
Jan
23
answered Rationalist Position on Bible Ancients' Long Lives
Jan
23
comment Why is the Jewish Population so small?
An interesting observation: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jews According to James Carroll, "Jews accounted for 10% of the total population of the Roman Empire. By that ratio, if other factors had not intervened, there would be 200 million Jews in the world today, instead of something like 13 million."
Jan
23
answered Which surnames are exclusively Kohanim's and why?
Jan
22
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Jan
22
comment relative fractions of Kohanim and Levi'im
The article from Makor Rishon can be found here: musaf-shabbat.com/2011/01/18/…
Jan
15
comment Most original form of the Hebrew Bible/Tenach
In terms of the textual accuracy, נוסח, the claim is made that Koren is in fact not the 'best.' (See section on 'Criticism'): he.wikipedia.org/wikiתנ%22ך_קורן R Mordechai Breuer made it his life's work to establish the most 'correct' version which he based on the (remnants of the) Aleppo Codex (the most authoritative text according to Maimonides). The result was printed by Hebrew University as the 'Jerusalem Crown Bible' -- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_Crown en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordechai_Breuer
Jan
12
comment relative fractions of Kohanim and Levi'im
There's also an interesting article from the journal מחניים: daat.ac.il/daat/history/nidhey/rabinovitsh.htm
Jan
12
comment relative fractions of Kohanim and Levi'im
Hebrew Wikipedia points to a recent article in the Israeli weekly Makor Rishon - אליהו בירנבוים, אי הנפלאות 1 באוגוסט 2008 מקור ראשון There were two primary centers of Jewish life, Kohanim founded דיגת, Israelites founded חארה כבירה. According to legend, the Israelites were from Zevulun since they maintained seafaring trade with nearby Phoenicians in Carthage. Also acc. to legend, because the inhabitants didn't return for the building of the Second Temple, Ezra cursed the Leviim on the island and they died off. To this day, Leviim aren't permitted to permanently reside for more than a year.
Jan
11
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Jan
10
awarded  Editor
Jan
10
revised Setting aside Shabbat to answer the President's call
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Jan
10
answered Setting aside Shabbat to answer the President's call
Dec
22
asked Is it permissible to use free public transport on Shabbat?
Dec
22
comment Is it prohibited to ride public transport that also operates on Shabbat
Regular Egged bus lines run (at a reduced frequency) in Haifa and Eilat. The drivers include both Jews and Arabs.
Dec
21
answered relative fractions of Kohanim and Levi'im