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Nov
25
comment Kedusha during relations
I am far far far from a Kabbalah student, so I'm quite unsure of exact source locations, but I believe that concept is in the Zohar somewhere, where having relations on earth was supposed to symbolize/imitate the "oneness" of God by the joining of His "male" and "female" aspects, with each partner concentrating on the respective attributes during..I remember reading a translation of part of it that had the sensitive parts in Latin...I'm sure there are Kabbalah students here that can source and explain it better than me...
Nov
24
comment Would an abortion invalidate the first living son as a Bechor?
Quick answer - yes, he's not a Bechor. Source - a friend's uncle who fits the question's exact situation.
Nov
23
comment Dreams on Quran and Torah
??annoyed?? no....someone had to write me about them way back when...
Nov
23
comment Dreams on Quran and Torah
@Shokhet - I saw 'em, and responded -- and Narnia responded and changed the "reading" in the question to "narrating"...
Nov
21
comment Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?
@Bruce James - Right! ...but c'mon, even with Free Will and Torah, when the Creator of Free Will and Originator of Torah decides to interject his 2 cents, especially when(another paraphrase) "there was no open vision, the Word of HaShem was precious"...and they rejected it!!! They listened to Haggai and Zechariah when the First Temple was in ruins, with good results, then, when the Second Temple was in ruins, ignore His communications - the same "still, small voice" that Eliyahu ABSOLUTELY listened to--when they felt like it...no wonder Galut is soooo prolonged...
Nov
21
comment Dreams on Quran and Torah
@Narnia - I'm sorry..I thought when yr question said "reading", it meant reading..so much for my Joseph/Daniel skills..thanks for the additional details...
Nov
21
comment Dreams on Quran and Torah
@Narnia ...well, first of all, the Islamic prophet was illiterate and couldn't read ANYTHING....but in the dream he apparently learned to read enough Hebrew and Arabic to be able to read the Torah and Quran, and then learned enough to start helping people....so the message of your dream might be "Literacy Builds Minds and Helps People Prosper"...are you looking to make a career choice and are thinking about teaching?
Nov
21
revised What did women have to do with the moon's shrinking?
moon and SUN were originally the same size in the story
Nov
21
suggested suggested edit on What did women have to do with the moon's shrinking?
Nov
21
comment Sous-vide cooking for Shabbat
@Daniel - it's trendier.
Nov
20
comment What would have happened if Esav hadn't sold the bechora?
I've wondered this one also....if he was the prime heir, but the history still followed Yaacov...maybe nothing? maybe we'd have more history of the Edomites? I sometimes think this story was the "early historical" explanation of the Kingdom of Israel's later primacy over the Kingdom of Edom.
Nov
20
comment Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?
Right...the Voice of HaShem spoke plainly to a bunch of Rabbis to clarify a point/solve an oral Tradition dispute and they rebuked Him! Amazing!! This, the same God who showed Job what's what and who's Who when he tried to bring a lawsuit against Him.."Har, Har, My children have defeated Me?!?!" Doesn't ring anywhere near true, sorry to say...seems more like, to paraphrase Judges a bit "In those days, every majority of Rabbis did what seemed right in their own eyes". Wow. That attitude makes our entire history make a LOT more sense, not letting us have the Land back for 1900 years, etc...
Nov
20
comment Why do Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel always argue?
316 points being disputed?!? Couldn't they find something better to do with their time, like, say, banding together and preventing the Zealots and other elements from revolting against the Romans?
Nov
20
comment Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?
Actually, that Bava Metzia story really bothers me, the more I think about it...the egos on those guys! There seems to be a lot written on the issue of discontinued prophecy and revelations...Maybe HaShem withdrew and stopped the Voice because they were just ignoring Him when He was trying to clear up our fallible human confusion and give us a bit of guidance. Sad.
Nov
20
comment Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?
Okay - now I'm getting confused -- the recent question on Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai :judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/48478/… had an answer that the issue was solved when the Bath Kol said Beit Hillel's views were correct. But in the case in this answer, it was overridden... I don't know, but if I was in ancient Israel arguing an issue with my fellow rabbis and the Voice Of God deigned to answer, I'd listen.
Nov
18
comment Why create lust?
somewhat related? not much on the "why" though- judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/16734/…
Nov
18
comment Napoléon's Sanhedrin
In my extremely handy book "Critical Documents of Jewish History" by R. Isaacs/K.Olitzky, it has the questions and responses, but only one sentence in their intro saying "Two years later the Sanhedrin was convened to enact these decisions." Obviously, it must've been applicable to the Jews in Napoleon's domain that were now French Citizens...but for how long? Until his death? Until sometime in 1808, when he rescinded some of the Jews' rights anyhow? Until later French law changed the situation? Good question.
Nov
18
comment Why don't we blow up the Al-Aqsa mosque?
Officially, according to the relevant Israeli Law, blowing it up/taking over the Mount would disturb the "Status Quo", so it's a no-no. Even after 1967, they respected it, leaving administration to the Waqf, so we have what we have today....only HaShem Himself can disturb the "Status Quo" without repercussions...
Nov
18
comment Why don't we blow up the Al-Aqsa mosque?
...your question reminded me of an episode of The Naked Archaeologist where the subject was the Temple Mount and he was interviewing somebody who answered "What about the mosque currently standing there?" with something close to "carefully pack it, no damage, in an envelope and mail it back to Mecca".....
Nov
18
comment Is there another meaning behind the words “Urim Vetumim”?
@Shokhet - as I was reading through it I realized that it indeed contained the answer...but it was closed as I was summarizing it, oh well... If anyone else is curious - in a nutshell, it was a term they decided to appropriate and use for the Founder of Christianity.