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Oct
18
comment In what ways do Sadducees differ from atheists?
..also, the "I read they think God doesn't worry about the world" part - where? Was it a Jewish source? It might fall into the "Don't believe everything you read, ESPECIALLY on the Internet" category.
Oct
18
comment In what ways do Sadducees differ from atheists?
Hi Jim! Sounds like you are on the correct path to understanding the situation.. "Neither are the same with ancient Judaism"--the "parties" didn't start to emerge until the middle of the "Hellenistic" era(320'sBCE - 50BCE). Some scholars say they were formed as different responses to close contact with Greek culture, but the lines didn't become solidly drawn until the time of Antiochus IV and the crisis that ended with Hannukah as a holiday and the Hasmoneans(Maccabees) in charge of running the country and Temple.
Oct
17
comment In what ways do Sadducees differ from atheists?
They were definitely not atheists, btw....their main demographic was the priestly class--they are "considered heretics" because the Pharisic/Rabbinical branch became the dominant force in Judaism after the Revolt, and the Suduccees didn't believe in the validity of the Oral Torah.
Oct
17
comment In what ways do Sadducees differ from atheists?
Hi Jim. Since(as far as I can tell), the party/movement of the Sadducees died out after the First Revolt, maybe this question should be edited to the past tense? The super-brief characterization of them in Acts is incomplete...Josephus has the classic description of them as one of the three main sects of Jews during the Pre-Revolt period in his Jewish Antiquities book. The wiki on them has some good info : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadducees.
Oct
16
comment Kaarite rebuttal of the new testament
What a nice little book! I just made it through the first half dozen chapters so far...good stuff!
Oct
12
revised Does the State of Israel and ISIS(Islamic State) have similar halachic beginings?
better articulation still
Oct
11
answered Does the State of Israel and ISIS(Islamic State) have similar halachic beginings?
Oct
11
comment Did anyone recognize (pray, follow, worship) God between Adam and Avraham?
One more, sort of: Bereishit 4:26 says that Seth begat Enosh, and (Chabad's translation)"it became common to call on the Name of ****" or (JPS translation)"then began men to call upon the name of ****". Both ways seem to imply that some people at that time recognized HaShem. Rashi says that the way they did it was idolatry, however.
Oct
8
comment On what social issues were the rabbis ahead of their times?
Good point! So true...compared to say, the Romans, who would execute people for almost any ridiculous reason at all..carrying a coin w/Augustus' image into a public privy, etc.
Oct
3
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Oct
1
comment Customary foods for the erev Yom Kippur meal(s)
Lol ....because of the sound "Yum, kippers!"
Sep
26
comment What are the exact Shmita dates (in Gregorian) since 1900 or a general formula for determining the dates?
I know this question/answer is about the 20th century, but I was wondering if there was an effect on Shmitta/Hebrew calendar when they dropped 10 days when first starting Gregorian dating in 1582...anyone know? Or did the Hebrew calendar just stay the same?
Sep
18
comment Pinchas Ben Yair, Father-in-law or son-in-law of Rebbi Shimon?
"countless times in the Zohar"...um, could this be a possible indicator that the people that wrote the Talmud, as well as the Gaon and the Raavad, had the facts straight, and Moses de Leon did not? This is supposedly one of the "classic indicators" that the Zohar was not written by Rashbi....
Sep
18
comment Request document Identification (Ancient Scroll?)
..I'm wondering what it's illustrating... looks like it might possibly be Elisha making the poisoned stew edible, maybe?
Sep
16
comment Is getting a blessing from a rabbi considered heresy?
...love that term "big rabbis"! What, the short ones and thin ones don't get asked for blessings?
Sep
14
comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
Why all the fuss and muss on this question? A Divinely-originated myth is still a myth. Why was it given as a myth, and not scientifically provable statements? G-d knows!
Sep
14
comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
"massive amount of boiling water moving around in the flood"?!? Huh? Never heard of it being hot, just that there was a lot of it...
Sep
11
comment Guitar during public weekday prayers
@user6591 "stigma and opposition,etc" seem to lean towards opinions... How 'bout something along the lines of "Is musical accompaniment to weekday services specifically forbidden in the halachic literature anywhere, or is it just traditionally just part of not imitating the practices of 'all other nations'?" etc.. I was sure surprised my first time going to a Reform service..
Sep
10
comment Can the Black Obelisk's depiction of King Jehu tell us something about the appearance of ancient Israelites?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Sep
10
comment Can the Black Obelisk's depiction of King Jehu tell us something about the appearance of ancient Israelites?
...this guy did a purge, but he still had the calves set up. Do you really think he'd wear tefillin, especially when kissing the feet or ground in front of another earthly King?