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comment How many stars did Rashi think there were?
E.g., how do you know having the strength of 100 means there are 97 hidden stars, or large hidden stars? Perhaps it means the 7 stars are 10x larger than average. Or that it means it includes 100 nearby visible stars. And how do you decide that this statement was meant literally if you are willing to say that the movement or removal of stars is some kind of parable?
May
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comment How many stars did Rashi think there were?
Thanks for your expansion. Regarding your Wikipedia references and attempt to demonstrate the accuracy of the Gemara, whether or not they knew what they were talking about is irrelevant to my question. Re the rest of your answer, the way you understand for sure it means there are invisible stars and that you can extrapolate this to the whole universe is unclear. And it still leaves the answer to my question open to Conjecture of how many he did think.
May
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comment How many stars did Rashi think there were?
Considering the full scope and context of that discussion, including the material on daf 59, I would not use that section in an attempt to demonstrate the scientific knowledge of the Talmud. But anyway, this answer does not explain what Rashi thought. Accepting your premise that Rashi would accept the number of stars if it was presented in the Talmud, what does the Talmud say about it? What you cited is tangential.
Apr
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comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
@babyseal Thank you, but I respectfully disagree.
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Oct
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accepted Does Rambam take the 6 days of creation literally?
Oct
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comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
Regarding the link, it is interesting, and thank you. I however can't say I'm completely happy with the logical jumps since we're discussing major historical backdrops that play a role in reality for the whole Jewish history, not minor, isolated events. The Rambam's position on angels, while off topic, confuses me as well; what kind of a test would it be to take care of angels you dream of? Presumably Rambam for some reason thought the laws of physics precluded supernatural angels from materializing? Whatever, really I don't know, and again that's just an off topic tangent.
Oct
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comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
I did not downvote this answer. Being a good answer, you should observe, is not the reason I haven't accepted it. And it's up to my discretion how much better the answer should be than my suggestion before I accept it; my request was not a contract for acceptance.
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Sep
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comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
@RobertS.Barnes I didn't look much into what he thinks, but I'm pretty sure those beliefs are kfira or apikorsus, closer to some flavor of Conservative Judaism and probably not acceptable by the standards of this site.
Sep
25
comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
@RobertS.Barnes I have not. And I'm confused by his philosophy; if he doesn't believe what the written and oral laws say about the source of the Torah itself what reason could he have to observe Judaism?
Sep
23
comment benefits of following Noahaich laws and 613 mitzovets
Perhaps there is a greater reward for a gentile who converts and observes all 613 laws than for one who simply follows the seven Noahide laws. The more you do, the more payoff you get. The only difference is that once you're a Jew, the 613 are mandatory (no option to follow just 7). But for non-Jews, 7 is all that's asked of them.
Sep
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comment Can you ask God to kill you?
I wonder if this could be expanded to include asking God to do other negative things like to cause a drought or something. (Maybe related, if you ask for rain in the Shemona Esrai during the wrong season you must repeat it, though perhaps for another reason.)