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Jan
3
comment why isn't moshe considered a “forefather”
Just a guess here, but weren't the people of Moses' generation already referring to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as forefathers already, especially in their formulaic references to "G-d of my fathers" or "G-d of Abraham/Isaac/Jacob/Israel"? Another thing that comes to mind is the tribe of Dan's "son of Moses/Menassah"(the "suspended Nun" indicator) priestly line, which might possibly make Moses the forefather of an illegitimate priesthood that the Tanach writers didn't want to keep reminding the people of....
Dec
31
comment Is it improper to invite a few single girls and a few single boys for a Shabbos meal to help fight the “shidduch crisis”
People meet on the computer, people meet at bus stops and on the subway, why NOT have people who have much more in common than the average person on the street meet in your house in an atmosphere of love for your fellow and next potential generation of Jews? It's 2015/2016, we're trying to survive as a people here....! (sorry if I offended some "old fashioned/etc" folks)
Dec
14
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Nov
29
comment Prophesy in the book of Ezekiel
Hi Shona - I'm far from an expert, but, like Ezekiel's description of the detailed measurements of the Temple, the description of the division of the Land of Israel is prophesy for the time of the "End of Days/Messianic Era", not of the Second Temple era. Other folks here can supply the proof texts, I'm sure.
Nov
22
comment How did a marriage officially commence among Hebrew people 2000 years ago?
@msh210 - okay, sorry! It didn't seem to have much of a "pre" part to it for us--we looked it over and signed it with the witnesses just before the ceremony--I thought it was the "official wedding contract". When the wife growls or jokes n points to it on the wall it doesn't seem to be much a "pre" thing either....more like a binding contract, with me being the bound one...
Nov
22
comment How did a marriage officially commence among Hebrew people 2000 years ago?
I don't know about "official" registration with the "authorities", but the ketuba/marriage contract was a crucial part of the process. Several marriage contracts from the late 1st century/early 2nd century were found in the Dead Sea area...the contract wording is VERY similar to today's, amazingly enough. I don't have any handy links for you, but googling "Babatha archive" should get you to a translation/facsimile of one set of them.
Nov
18
comment Can the Jewish people have a king while in exile?
@msh210 - how do we know Coniah or Tzedkiya weren't anointed? Is it in the Literature somewhere?
Nov
18
comment Can the Jewish people have a king while in exile?
...I guess they didn't have that prayer in the book(if they had a book/scroll) during Hasmonean days...
Nov
12
awarded  Nice Question
Oct
30
comment Could Wearing My Star of David Be Bad for Career?
I don't know about the on-topicness of the question, but it DOES seem to me to be one of the questions that would get mainly opinion-based answers. As for the necklace display, if it mattered that much, one of the higher ups that you feel comfortable with there would probably give you advice if you asked(or just plain warn you before a crucial meeting)...they'd probably answer you in a "politically correct,universal" manner with hints like "keep the religious medallions tucked in while meeting with the Saudis", etc.
Oct
26
comment Evil Eye from one's own wife?
I don't know about the wife having the Eye....the mother in law, on the other hand....
Oct
23
comment David's sons were kohanim - Really?
Danny - Thank you! Well...It seems there's a difference between the old well-worn JPS translation I usually read and the Chabad online. Chabad at least has the "chief" usage for Poti-Phera and Yitro and Iyob - my JPS has "priest" everywhere...I guess they weren't following Rashi at those places. Your example #1 puzzled me - Chabad and the context still indicate "priest" for all the "kohen"s in Chapters 17/18. Like #2, not a Kosher priest, but a priest nonetheless. Thank you for the Gemara example, also, btw- that was more of what I was looking for in way of the usage explanation. Good stuff!
Oct
22
asked David's sons were kohanim - Really?
Oct
13
comment Did the garbage in the teiva (ark) stink?
Maybe they used some of the animal waste to fertilize a Ark garden - probably still didn't smell too good. Then again, maybe with all that rainy weather they had colds a lot, and couldn't smell anything a significant portion of the time on board.
Oct
8
revised History of decorated Paroches - curtain on the Aron Kodesh
fixed grammar
Oct
8
awarded  Yearling
Oct
8
answered History of decorated Paroches - curtain on the Aron Kodesh
Sep
6
revised Samson and the Nazarite Vow
knocked the extra "l" out of Philistine, fixed grammer
Sep
5
suggested approved edit on Samson and the Nazarite Vow
Aug
25
comment What is the point of vows, oaths, and pledges in light of Kol Nidre?
I remember reading in a Chumash - perhaps the Hertz one(?) - that it was created to nullify the forced oaths that were made during persecutions..when it was a choice between the oath and the bonfire..