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Jul
7
comment What is the point of the first possuk of the Torah?
...also, Bereishit is a great name for the book. What would they call it if it started with parsha 2 "V'Haaretz"? "Tohu v Bohu"? Nope - "Bereishit" is a much better name for the book!
Jun
30
comment Eicha - why are the Pesukim with the פ before the Pesukim with the ע?
@DoubleAA - I just noticed this question-- you are correct, as an article on abecedaries from 11th-9th centuries BCE in Biblical Archeology Review shows(I haven't seen b a's book), the original order might have been peh>ayin, or that the order might not have been settled everywhere until later. This is a good archaological proof that the Tehillin with reversed order is from David HaMelech's time.
Jun
30
comment Source for the order of the aleph-beis?
Good question! The earliest abecedaries(scribal exercises), the Tel Zayit for example, have been dated to the 11th-10th century BCE. An interesting thing about a couple of them found so far is that they have the ayin and peh in reverse order--so quite possibly, in answer to the Eicha question, is that the alphabet might have started out that way. The later abecedaries all have them in the correct order.
Jun
27
comment What is the prayer uttered by Michael Ginberg's dad in Mad Men?
Poor Ginsberg - I hope he turns out OK in the next season...
Jun
27
comment Is Soylent kosher certified?
yeah, it's a good thing they're not selling it in colored varieties! After reading the site and the VICE article, I can't see anyone eating this stuff as the heart of a nutritious lifestyle.... Imagine, no more breaking bread, just passing out packs n pitchers..!
Jun
27
comment Is Soylent kosher certified?
Wow! - there actually is a Soylent company! That was one great movie, with the last performance from the great Emanuel Goldenberg er, Edward G. Robinson...I thought it was amazing that he played a dying man when he knew he was dying...
Jun
26
comment Is Gideon's bible in my hotel room a problem?
Even better than Gideon's, some hotels now have the Book of Mormon right on top of it in the drawer.
Jun
26
comment Electronic dance music (EDM)
@Clint Eastwood - so would De-Scribe myspace.com/describemusic
Jun
22
comment Can Moshiach be a woman?
@sam never mind Atalyah, how 'bout Salome Alexandra(Shelamzion in the DSS), Alexander Janneus' widow, mother of Aristobulus and John Hyrcanus II, and Queen for around a decade? Some info here - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salome_Alexandra
Jun
22
comment Moshiach came, did his Work, and left. Now what?
...whether the Messianic age is only till 6000 or for 1000 years, a dynasty seems the most likely way to go for a mortal Moshiach...
Jun
20
asked Moshiach came, did his Work, and left. Now what?
Jun
20
comment Was Bar Kochba a King?
@Yishai "don't put it in the Romans' face"?!? Remember, this was the guy taking coins with Emperors' portraits on them and restamping them as shekels "for the freedom of Israel"!! ...and then circulating them in the areas efficiently cleared of Romans... If you take a look at ancient coins and inscriptions, even personal "signature" stamps, you'll see that Kings, princes, and other government officials were quite prolific in making sure their names and titles were out there for the public...
Jun
20
revised Was Bar Kochba a King?
added/fixed letters ref
Jun
20
answered Was Bar Kochba a King?
Jun
20
comment What is known about the Sage מונבז?
My guess is that "sage Monobazus" refers to the son of Queen Helena, Monobazus II--Bava Batra 11a has him saying sagelike things...
Jun
20
comment Why people keep saying 12 tribes of Israel when there are 13?
"monetary matters, no Levi"? Can you please elaborate? Also, I can see the real estate tally making sense, except that when "10 lost tribes" are referred to, this means that Judah and Levi are left? Simeon was within Judah's borders, so wouldn't that mean only 9 tribes were lost after the Assyrian conquest?
Jun
17
revised How does orthodox Judaism view the Dead Sea Scrolls?
last sentence was incomplete - emerged? developed? was born?
Jun
17
suggested suggested edit on How does orthodox Judaism view the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Jun
2
comment Who was the most benevolent ruler of Jews?
One candidate that comes to mind is Julian "the Apostate" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_the_Apostate . He authorized and supported the rebuilding of the Temple. Unfortunately, he was killed after ruling only a couple of years...
May
2
comment Is kopi luwac (civet excreted coffee beans) kosher?
I don't care HOW good it tastes, if it comes out of another mammal's pupik I'm not consuming it...