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Jul
14
comment If Christianity is avodah zarah and Islam is not, why has the Christian world triumphed over the non-Christian, and why do Jews prefer to live among Christians and not Muslims?
@DataGirl - ahhh! thanks for the clue. "as if"! I HOPE there's some reaching out and blessing from Above!
Jun
24
comment Version of the Tanach that pre-dates Jesus
@mevaquesh - The article itself is online in the Members section of the BAS' site here: members.bib-arch.org/… I think you can order an updated version of the book(I suspect you might REALLY enjoy it!) in the Store part of the site, and it's probably on Amazon. I found mine used somewhere a while ago.
Jun
20
comment During the time when the Sanhedrin was primarily Sadducees, would the average citizen that believed in the Oral Law have to listen to them?
@HaLeiVi - Josephus specifically says that the Sadducees were running everything during Alexander Jannai's reign.
Jun
20
comment Version of the Tanach that pre-dates Jesus
Also please note - The Biblical Archaeology Society's book "Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls"(a collection fm BAReview)has an article by Frank Moore Cross "The Text Behind the Text of the Hebrew Bible" that explains how most of the DSS can be grouped into three text types: the one that became the Masoretic Text, the one that that became the Samaritan Text, and the one resembling the Septuagint. There's a lot more elaboration in the article, but that's one of it's main points.
Jun
20
comment Can the Baitusim and the Essenes be one and the same?
@sam I forgot exactly which one (Vermes' edition, maybe?), but one of my books on the DSS said that their name for themselves was "HaYachad" based on its usage in some of their documents. One of them, the "Community Rule" (as named by some scholars), is called "Serech ha-Yachad" in Hebrew.
Jun
6
comment Hitting a double-parked car
..I'd be real surprised if percentage-wise, double parked cars were discharging passengers--usually, AFAICT, their owners are "quickly" shopping or doing other stuff AWAY from their vehicle.
Jun
5
comment How do we know that the revelation at Sinai was not a magician's trick?
@HaLeVi - VaYikra 6 seems to be about more than one week of the year...overall, compared to the rest of the population, they did pretty well, especially in Second Temple times...
Jun
5
comment How do we know that the revelation at Sinai was not a magician's trick?
"some magician"?!?This is all theoretical musing, of course--but the idea comes to mind of who/what/why...alias a MOTIVATION for writing such a composition. There were no Nobel Prizes for Literature, so..in my mind "some magician" needs to be replaced with "some group of priests". What better motivation than to be able to answer "why am I giving you and your extended family precious metal and the best cuts of meat?" by holding up a Holy Book and pointing and saying "because HaShem SAYS SO - RIGHT HERE!!"
May
31
comment Who was Nicodemus(Nakdimon)?
@Scimonster - I think he's referring to a certain Nicodemus in chapter 3 of the fourth of the set of books some people hold sacred...there's also (produced by the same folks) a "Gospel of Nicodemus" from a much later date, commonly acknowledged as pseudepigraphia.
May
31
comment Who was Nicodemus(Nakdimon)?
.."great rabbi Yeshua"?? Never heard of him...
May
8
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
@Seth J - yours! You mentioned martyrdom scenarios-I am but a Talmud minnow, so I can't comment knowledgeably on Double AA's comment.
May
7
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
@Seth J - absolutely it has historical relevance - I remember reading that this is part of what inspired thr creation of Kol Nidre - possibly in a Siddur commentary.
May
6
comment What's the source that Rabbi Akiva's students stopped passing away on Lag BaOmer?
related to judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/26881/… and judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/27768/… and judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/28240/… and judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/372/… and others...
May
4
comment Is Exodus 20:4 a command about icons or idols?
Good question! Not sure if the context of the command means "for yourself" or "for yourselves". The Hebrew experts here might be able to clarify, and maybe provide some clues as to how our ancesters viewed/observed it.
May
4
comment Is Exodus 20:4 a command about icons or idols?
I don't know much about modern observation, but they sure didn't interpret it too strictly back in the days of the First and Second Temples. The oxen holding up the molten sea, the lions on Shlomo's throne, the Cherubim on the Aron and elsewhere, the pomegranates on the Kohen Gadol's robes...there were decorative figural representations all over the place. It seems to me that images for worship were intended.
May
2
revised Was Bar Kochba a King?
found new coin pic link to replace broken one
Apr
25
comment Validity of Houston Kabbalah centers?
@Jake - so according to your definition, Scientology is a cult. Sounds about right. Except police departments don't go after them...neither does the IRS anymore. The Kabbalah Centres seem to have a role model.
Apr
24
comment Restaurants with hechsher for locusts
Wow! 12 bucks for soup of the day! ...can't imagine how much they get for the locusts!
Apr
23
comment Among the gentiles, why Job and Bilaam were recognized as prophets whereas Muhammad was not?
Where in (written)Torah is Iyov described as a prophet?
Apr
20
comment Is there any website available so that i can compare lot of translations on Tanach?
Well, it IS a site "similar to quran.com", which isn't a Jewish site, either. It does have the different English translations per line/paragraph the questioner asked for. Did I/it offend someone's delicate sensibilities?