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comment Which alphabet were the original Torah scrolls in?
Thank you for your answer Double AA. That sounds like a good possibility. I would like to investigate more the archeological record on Ktav ashuri, and see if there is any consensus on it's originis (IE was it adopted, or did it spring up in the time of ezra). In addition, this also would beg the questions of why make a new script...surely the script given at matan torah has a sanctity. Furthermore, why do we have not qabbalistic interpretations of the old script, and how far back do the ones on ashuri go? Just thinking out loud.
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comment Minimal Body Covering to say Blessings
Thank you, I will keep that in mind. It is great to be here, and this is truly an amazing venue to discuss torah. It is amazing how technology is adding to even the holiest of ventures.
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comment Minimal Body Covering to say Blessings
Great answer, thank you!
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comment Which alphabet were the original Torah scrolls in?
Althought this implication might not bother the groups most likely to accept the ktav ivri opinion (baladi yemenites and "rationalists", it bothers me and has for some time.
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comment Which alphabet were the original Torah scrolls in?
The shapes of the ashuri letters have deep significance in post lurianic (and maybe pre?) luranic qaballah. First there are the meanings letters in isolation, the letters in hashem name, (the yod etc). Then there are the different permuations of hashem's name in the qavanot. To be honest, the weight of evidence seems ot be slanting towards ashuri being the original script. In fact, some of the dead sea scrolls, as mentioned, are written in ashuri with only hashem's name kept in ivri.
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comment Which alphabet were the original Torah scrolls in?
If it is ktav ivri, what implications does it have for Qaballah? Why didn't the gemara ask that as a kashya on mar zutra?
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comment Minimal Body Covering to say Blessings
Yes, Kippah as well. :)
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comment Touching a woman and the first Pesukim in Melachim
What about Pilegeshim? How could they exist without kiddushin and without breaking negiah??
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comment Touching a woman and the first Pesukim in Melachim
Probably wasn't assur back then. Derabannan from later.