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Nov
18
comment Is there another meaning behind the words “Urim Vetumim”?
...maybe their founders knew where the Urim v'Tummim are hidden?!? Wow! I was just guessing---westvilleshul.org/content/…
Nov
16
comment Were some Jews transformed to monkeys for violating the sabbath?
Definitely interesting and thought provoking, thanks to everybody's comments...It sounds/looks to me like the original Muslim who heard this story(not sure whether it's from the Koran or another early source..)was in contact with some anti-Rabbinic(proto-Karaite?) Jewish group that had this legend in their repertoire, and the early Muslims took their side, and committed it to writing.
Nov
16
revised Answering “Amen” etc after putting on tefillin shel rosh?
title spelling correction and prayer excerpts put in quotes
Nov
16
suggested suggested edit on Answering “Amen” etc after putting on tefillin shel rosh?
Nov
16
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
12
comment Do axes have a symbolic meaning in Tanakh or Jewish mythology?
also IMO, it's not "accepted and tolerated" where actual English is spoken.... unless it's the same folks who think this is how someone can actually convert to Judaism: funnyordie.com/videos/442461f144/the-converted-jew
Nov
5
comment Is a machine written sefer torah distinguishable from Machine Matzos
...so what if the programmer/operator of the machine is a real live sofer, and he puts his sincere intent into the work the whole time, watching over his robot, and has it pause and beep every time it comes to the Name so he can give it the extra intent required???
Nov
5
comment Is a machine written sefer torah distinguishable from Machine Matzos
How did they program kavana into a robot?
Nov
4
comment Shiva Ve'esrim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?
no gematria here -- the 327 was a GREAT Chevy engine that carried many Jews wherever they wanted to go, and they made it there on time..even a bit early!
Nov
2
comment Did any ancient Jewish writers address the differences in Jeremiah's source texts?
@DoubleAA - I found this comparison: ccel.org/bible/brenton/Jeremiah/appendix.html of the verse order differences - the "major" missing verses are listed at the very bottom of the page..
Nov
1
comment Did any ancient Jewish writers address the differences in Jeremiah's source texts?
...I'm not sure of the source--but I think it was a recent scholarly conjecture-- that the two versions were from before and after the events of Chapter 36, with the key indicator being 36:32 "Then Jeremiah took ANOTHER roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe....who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire; and THERE WERE ADDED BESIDES UNTO THEM MANY LIKE WORDS."(emphasis mine) That looks to me like evidence of editing long before even Jeremiah's parts of the book were even completed.
Nov
1
comment Did any ancient Jewish writers address the differences in Jeremiah's source texts?
Good question! Reading the book as it is in the Masoretic text, it's pretty obvious that the book was assembled and edited in a bunch of layers, at different times, so it makes sense that there were AT LEAST a couple of different ancient versions. For example, the last chapter was obviously added on by an editor, unless Jeremiah wrote the end of II Kings. A lot of the oracles that were dated according to kings' reigns are out of order - for example, Chapters 25-27 come before Chapter 21, and Chapter's 35 & 36 aren't in the right place, either...
Oct
29
comment What is the Jewish position on aggressive acts of war?
I don't know much about the "religious reasons" for permitting aggressive/discretionary wars, but there seems to have been plenty of them in Israel/Judah/Judea's history. In Melachim and Divrei, the Kings of Israel and Judah are usually fighting the Arameans, Edomites, Philistines, and each other trying to expand their territories and control over the area's trading routes. Even when the Assyrians were on the scene threatening them, they were STILL busy "aggressively fighting'. Later, the Hasmoneans did a good job of expanding Jewish territory, especially John Hyrcanus and Alexander Janneus.
Oct
23
comment scientific transliteration - spelling - pesah vs pesach? (who spells it pessah?)
...to my eyes Pessah would be a valid English spelling of "Pesach" if there was a dot under the "h"...instead of the "ch" we're used to seeing. I think it's probably spelled with the "ch" these days more often because it uses standard keyboard characters...oh DUH wait a minute, my sister's first Hebrew name is Pessah, representing Peh-sin-hey...!
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
awarded  Yearling