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reviewed Approve Does the Zodiac really have influence on our lives?
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comment What is the correct translation of הֵילֵ֣ל?
Once again, I'm not disagreeing necessarily with your translation. I'm disagreeing with your statements about Hebrew grammar. The citation in Jastrow is for הִילֵּל not הֵילֵל
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comment What is the correct translation of הֵילֵ֣ל?
Sure but to say this verb is the pi'el form of h.l.l. is incorrect. So is saying that Jastrow includes this verb form.
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comment Is it generally accepted by Jewish scholars that Judaism was at one stage henotheist and/or monolatrist?
Yes I think the question would have been appropriate if it hadn't been for the duplicate.
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comment Is it generally accepted by Jewish scholars that Judaism was at one stage henotheist and/or monolatrist?
@WadCheber Well C.SE at least claims to be about the academic study of Christianity. I don't follow the site so I have no idea how close they come to that. But AFAICT we aren't really even trying for that focus here.
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comment Is it generally accepted by Jewish scholars that Judaism was at one stage henotheist and/or monolatrist?
In other words, this site is different from Christianity.SE which is about the academic study of Christianity. Judaism.SE is geared for "those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more." It's a tool for practitioners rather than for academics.
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comment Is it generally accepted by Jewish scholars that Judaism was at one stage henotheist and/or monolatrist?
@WadCheber perhaps but AFAIK, historical/textual criticism is only on-topic on this site to the extent that the question asks how modern Judaism responds to it.
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comment Is it generally accepted by Jewish scholars that Judaism was at one stage henotheist and/or monolatrist?
@WadCheber I don't disagree with that and I doubt that anybody who knows what they're talking about would. Jewish beliefs have changed over the centuries for all kinds of reasons including scientific discoveries and other reasons. When I say "traditional Judaism" I'm not discounting that. I'm referring to the current Orthodox view as opposed to less traditional points of view.
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comment Is it generally accepted by Jewish scholars that Judaism was at one stage henotheist and/or monolatrist?
@WadCheber I see how it could mean that but I definitely don't see why it's considered obvious that that's the intention. I honestly don't see any suggestion of that in the words at all even when I'm trying to look at it from a neutral perspective. Perhaps it can be chalked up to my personal bias that I can't see that in the words but I have no doubt that the traditional Jewish reading is the way I read it (i.e. these verses don't suggest monolatry)
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comment What is the correct translation of הֵילֵ֣ל?
Indeed, הִילֵּל is what's listed in Jastrow, not הֵילֵל
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comment What is the correct translation of הֵילֵ֣ל?
Wouldn't that be הִילֵּל?
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comment Is it generally accepted by Jewish scholars that Judaism was at one stage henotheist and/or monolatrist?
Maybe it's just my Jewish propaganda upbringing but I honestly don't understand why so many people think any of those verses suggest Jews ever believed In the existence other gods existed (besides the ones that talk about the Jews unambiguously following polytheism as opposed to Judaism)
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comment What angels have vanished after fulfilling their tasks?
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comment What angels have vanished after fulfilling their tasks?
You've read that here on Mi Yodeya? Could you link to a couple of places where that comes up?
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comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
In other words, 10^24 - 10^18 = 10^24 using any reasonable amount of rounding.
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comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
This answer is horrible. 10^18 is negligible compared to 10^24. All you've told me is that the non-Zodiac constellations are on the order of 10^24 and the Zodiac constellations are negligible. 10^18 is 9.99 * 10^23 less than 10^24
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comment Is there any reason to deny aliens?
@ray It's not. It's saying that there is no reason why we couldn't believe in aliens.
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comment Will erasing G-d's name even in a Tanakh book render it not fit for use?
I'm one of the downvoters. I downvoted because your question doesn't address @DoubleAA's essential question. Are you asking whether it's ok to read from it? Are you asking if it's ok to use it for kriat haTorah. Why do you suspect that the erasure of God's name from one part of the book would affect the other parts of the book?
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comment Will erasing G-d's name even in a Tanakh book render it not fit for use?
What's the difference between "not kosher" and "not fit for use"?
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comment Will accidentally wetting a page of an English Tanakh rend it non kosher?
I think this question has already been asked before but I can't find it