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comment What's the deal with female Rabbis?
question part 2 nicely answered! Thank you! ...so no Orthodox and not even all Conservative congregations recognize them....I guess that applies everywhere, not just America?
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comment What's the deal with female Rabbis?
...thanks,guys! I'm still kinda surprised that the earliest "authorities" on the matter are RambaM and later. ...so it's just been "tradition", something that just didn't happen in Talmudic and earlier times?
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comment What's the deal with female Rabbis?
@sam that's interesting - Rambam's Laws of Kings 1:5 is the exact passage they mention in the Commission's final Report. So THAT's how it happened? The JTS folks just decided that "wasn't unambiguous enough"? Interesting...
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comment What's the deal with female Rabbis?
um..someone who studies the necessary stuff and receives Semicha, and then goes on to lead a synagogue congregation(??)
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Aug
24
comment Prince of Yerushalaim named Merishadek?
What does your mechanic say about this Merishadek?
Aug
15
comment How do we know that The Hebrew Bible of today is substantially the same as the original writings?
@sabbahillel - I beg to differ - on this page cs.anu.edu.au/~bdm/dilugim/moby.html the author responds to Drosnin's Newsweek-quoted challenge and DOES find the assassinations of JFK, MLK, Gandhi, and others in Moby Dick... the power of statistics!
Aug
15
comment Is this true that Elijah and Elisha didn't perform any miracle to help Jews?
....btw, the "Christian sources" didn't always pay the best attention to umm...factual details, especially in the polemic material....
Aug
15
comment Is this true that Elijah and Elisha didn't perform any miracle to help Jews?
both Elijah AND Elisha?!? ...what about all the stuff that Elisha did for the kings of Israel, all the way into his old age? Have another good perusal through the first 14 chapters of II Melachim...
Aug
15
comment Is this a mistake in a Torah scroll or intended decoration?
I'm far far FAR from an expert, but is this scroll kosher because of the word above the inserted "et"? The chet doesn't have the angle in the middle of the top stroke, and the nun is extended into its space. Could a child tell if it was a chet or a qof?
Aug
15
comment How do we know that The Hebrew Bible of today is substantially the same as the original writings?
@Double AA - SOME people, like the authors of the Code books, didn't consider them jokes, but a rather good source of income.. Too bad the Moby Dick and War and Peace codes did just as good a job of history depiction and fortunetelling...
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