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Mar
26
comment Jewish people named the same as Jewish holidays
@DanF - no, it was usually when we had done something he didn't approve of...implying we were little disasters.
Mar
26
comment Jewish people named the same as Jewish holidays
...my Dad used to address my siblings and I as "Tishabav" on occasion....
Mar
18
answered How can one control his envy?
Mar
14
revised Why did David ask Uriah to go back to Betsheba?
fixed grammer tenses, etc toned down 'banging' to relations
Mar
14
suggested approved edit on Why did David ask Uriah to go back to Betsheba?
Mar
11
comment What is “חכמת לב”?
I hope the feminists out there don't jump down my throat for this, but some of the Israelite women HAD to be skilled weavers. Who made all their clothes? The men?
Mar
11
comment What should our response be to ancient scripts that mirror the Torah?
Can you please link or at least identify some of the items that are "practically verbatim"? There is some literature that predates the Torah, like the Flood story and parts of various law codes, and other stuff that can be found in Pritchard's ANET(Ancient Near Eastern Texts Related to the Old Testament), that have similar ideas and circumstances, but "directly copied and borrowed" is a stretch. The Torah itself does have direct quotes from older books, like the Sefer HaYasher, and the Book of the Wars of HaShem, that it identifies as such.
Mar
8
comment Marijuana for B'Samim at Havdallah?
@Yoni some varieties do - as long as it's not Skunkweed..there are an awful lot of varieties out there nowadays....
Mar
7
comment Why does Hashem wait ten years before He passes a decree?
How did the author(s) of that text know that? Deduction from something in Tanach? A tradition passed down from ...somewhere? Direct question and answer session with HaShem? Just curious....
Mar
6
comment Mosaic Law and ISIS
...actions can be "plainly barbaric" and right: "And Shmuel hewed Agag in pieces before HaShem"etc...
Mar
5
comment How should we profit from wine?
Buy low, sell high...same way you make a profit on anything else.
Mar
1
comment Winged sun symbol on Hezekiah coins
Frank Moore Cross's article from Biblical Archaeology Review from around the time they first recognized it as Hezekiah's is here: fontes.lstc.edu/~rklein/Documents/king_hezekiah.htm And here's a nice list with pictures of bulla with some Biblical personages there, like Gedaliah: specialtyinterests.net/seal_impressions_ostracon.html
Mar
1
comment Winged sun symbol on Hezekiah coins
WHY he chose to use that foreign imagery on his seals is something there has been a lot of speculation about, but no sure answer. The odd thing, in my opinion, is that his father's Ahaz's seal impressions were also found, and they have no imagery at all. So--bad King Ahaz - no image. Good King Hezekiah - foreign imagery. Strange...
Mar
1
comment Winged sun symbol on Hezekiah coins
For the record, what you have pictures of there are not of coins, but bullae(singular: bulla) Bullae are like "signatures" of the people that used them. Originally seals were cylindrical, in Mesopotamia, and they rolled them in clay. In Judah/Israel/Edom/Ammon/etc the bullae were clay impressions made with seals, which were usually ovoid semiprecious stones engraved with the person's name and sometimes title. Hezekiah evidently used the Phoenician imagery of a winged scarab a LOT - on his seals and on the "l'melech" seals used to stamp storage jars in preparation for the Assyrian attack.
Mar
1
comment Can you attend Purim dressed like Hitler?
ditto ray's comment...just not a good idea. Haman's plans were stopped before being put into action. If only Hitler's were, also...we'd have a new holiday for 80 years now..instead of Yom HaShoah..
Feb
19
comment Why did Rabba have to get up to kill Rabi Zeira?
...hahahaha good way to teach the vav vowels - Three Stooges style! I can just imagine Moe Larry n Curly learning their vowels this way...
Feb
15
comment Metal Kulmus for Sifrei Kodesh?
@Noach mi Frankfurt Thanks! I always wondered what the actual Torahs were written with way back when. The Letter of Aristeas says that the Law-one of the Temple copies- was written in letters of gold(which is against halacha I think?), so way back when they might've used gold pens for gold leaf ink...then again, there's probably a fair amount of "artistic license" in the Letter...
Feb
15
comment Metal Kulmus for Sifrei Kodesh?
...so a gold nib calligraphy pen would be ok then?!??
Feb
11
comment May a Jewish actor remove his kippah in order to play a non-Jewish character?
@sabahillel - Interesting - something transparent, like a dried spray can be used as a kippah?!? Do they make transparent plastic kippahs?
Feb
10
comment Is vaping prohibited?
@Fred - ....surprise, surprise, surprise...anything run through the lungs besides air on a daily basis seems to me to be a bad idea...