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Oct
1
comment Customary foods for the erev Yom Kippur meal(s)
Lol ....because of the sound "Yum, kippers!"
Sep
26
comment What are the exact Shmita dates (in Gregorian) since 1900 or a general formula for determining the dates?
I know this question/answer is about the 20th century, but I was wondering if there was an effect on Shmitta/Hebrew calendar when they dropped 10 days when first starting Gregorian dating in 1582...anyone know? Or did the Hebrew calendar just stay the same?
Sep
18
comment Pinchas Ben Yair, Father-in-law or son-in-law of Rebbi Shimon?
"countless times in the Zohar"...um, could this be a possible indicator that the people that wrote the Talmud, as well as the Gaon and the Raavad, had the facts straight, and Moses de Leon did not? This is supposedly one of the "classic indicators" that the Zohar was not written by Rashbi....
Sep
18
comment Request document Identification (Ancient Scroll?)
..I'm wondering what it's illustrating... looks like it might possibly be Elisha making the poisoned stew edible, maybe?
Sep
16
comment Is getting a blessing from a rabbi considered heresy?
...love that term "big rabbis"! What, the short ones and thin ones don't get asked for blessings?
Sep
14
comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
Why all the fuss and muss on this question? A Divinely-originated myth is still a myth. Why was it given as a myth, and not scientifically provable statements? G-d knows!
Sep
14
comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
"massive amount of boiling water moving around in the flood"?!? Huh? Never heard of it being hot, just that there was a lot of it...
Sep
11
comment Guitar during public weekday prayers
@user6591 "stigma and opposition,etc" seem to lean towards opinions... How 'bout something along the lines of "Is musical accompaniment to weekday services specifically forbidden in the halachic literature anywhere, or is it just traditionally just part of not imitating the practices of 'all other nations'?" etc.. I was sure surprised my first time going to a Reform service..
Sep
10
comment Can the Black Obelisk's depiction of King Jehu tell us something about the appearance of ancient Israelites?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Sep
10
comment Can the Black Obelisk's depiction of King Jehu tell us something about the appearance of ancient Israelites?
...this guy did a purge, but he still had the calves set up. Do you really think he'd wear tefillin, especially when kissing the feet or ground in front of another earthly King?
Sep
10
comment Can the Black Obelisk's depiction of King Jehu tell us something about the appearance of ancient Israelites?
...also, I have no idea about the Rabbinic opinions and fashion parts of the question... That IS my favorite magazine! All sorts of good stuff in there usually...
Sep
10
comment Can the Black Obelisk's depiction of King Jehu tell us something about the appearance of ancient Israelites?
@user6591 -- because it doesn't really answer the question - next month they could print an article by another archaeology writer who could show his proofs for the case that it IS an accurate representation...I'd like to think it was carved by an eyewitness..it was pretty neat seeing it(and the older White Obelisk) just sitting there in the British Museum. I gave him a pat on the head "Don't worry, we're still around Buddy, but the Assyrians smiling down on you aren't!"
Sep
10
comment Can the Black Obelisk's depiction of King Jehu tell us something about the appearance of ancient Israelites?
I don't know what's in the Rabbinic literature, but Biblical Archaeology Review had an article on this exact subject last year:biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/… . The article's author seems to think it was a stylized depiction, since it looks almost the same as the one of the king above...he says it was showing tribute given from the Westernmost and Easternmost subject Kingdoms and probably not drawn from life...but that's just his opinion...nobody knows for sure..
Sep
8
comment What's the deal with female Rabbis?
Reading...reading.(still trying to find something concrete earlier than Rambam). The linked article's first paragraph says "the Talmud points out, etc" as part of his argument's foundation, but the footnote 3 it points to appears to reference Yevamot 45, but I can't find anything there discussing the matter...
Sep
5
revised What to do if you drop a sefer
corrected spelling & a contraction (& Double AA's exact quote will need the correction..)
Sep
5
suggested suggested edit on What to do if you drop a sefer
Sep
5
comment Prophecies of the Maccabees uprising are foretold in which ancient book?
I've heard of Jubilees, but Seth? Aren't "Seth"'s books gnostic writings from Nag Hammadi? Or are there others?
Sep
3
comment What's the deal with female Rabbis?
...which brings me to the conclusion that according to "a king and not a queen", that Queen Alexandra was completely illegitimate? Josephus doesn't say that there was a big backlash over the legitimacy of her reign...I wonder why.. I just love this place! The water gets deep fast, though....
Sep
1
comment What's the deal with female Rabbis?
question part 2 nicely answered! Thank you! ...so no Orthodox and not even all Conservative congregations recognize them....I guess that applies everywhere, not just America?
Sep
1
comment What's the deal with female Rabbis?
...thanks,guys! I'm still kinda surprised that the earliest "authorities" on the matter are RambaM and later. ...so it's just been "tradition", something that just didn't happen in Talmudic and earlier times?