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Apr
3
comment Potential issue with Theory on Divine Origins of Judaism?
Also--It happened more than once. For a couple of later periods-this can be better said/expounded on by the Talmud scholars here-- there's the saying "when Israel forgot the Torah, Ezra came up from Babylon and re-established it. When they again forgot it, Hillel came up from Babylon and re-established it". Fred after Fred, but identified.
Apr
3
comment Potential issue with Theory on Divine Origins of Judaism?
8 years old is a pretty tender young age. Somebody had to teach him, and those Freds(?) were probably priests/teachers in the Royal Court. The situation was probably similar to a few generations before, when Joash's aunt-the wife of the High Priest Jehoiada-hid him from Athalia's troops and Jehoiada later commanded the army and made him King a few years later. The royal and priestly families were probably still intermarried, so knowledge of Torah & HaShem never completely died out. After Manassah and Amon, the priests did their best to teach the youngster properly, and it worked. No Fred.
Apr
2
comment Why Hashem didn't win Randi's $1 million dollar challenge?
One good clear, open, impressive miracle would be REAL nice... like the Cloud descending onto the Temple Mount, the folks who don't belong there running out ..on fire.. and when It lifts a nice new shiny Temple sitting there ...yeah, that would clear things up in a lot of folks' books...
Apr
1
comment Do the sages ever use the word “Jews” to describe the B'nai Israel before the Assyrian captivity?
I think Moses would have said he was a Levite, and pointed and said the sons and daughters of Judah are camping over THERE... As for Assyrians, Pritchard's ANET has Sennacherib's prism referring to "Hezekiah, the Jew", but it's more accurately translated as "Judahite".
Mar
31
comment Why in the Temple were the meal offerings that were unleavened, kneaded with warm water?
@Avrohom Yitzchok I found the mention of cold water in Chapter 3 Mishna 4 but not the lukewarm in the 5th Chapter Mishna 2(unless I'm getting blinder)--I'm looking at the sacred-texts.com translation. Is it ordered differently in the English?
Mar
31
comment Why in the Temple were the meal offerings that were unleavened, kneaded with warm water?
@Double AA - I was thinking along those exact same lines -- Yerushalayim's streets weren't wide enough for the ice man's delivery trucks.. wasn't ALL water there lukewarm a few minutes after drawn from the spring?
Mar
22
comment Is there such a thing as “Veset Halom”
Well, I just found out what a veset is here: yoatzot.org/article.php?id=43 , and it explains related terms, so I could figure out what this question was actually asking...Hebrew vocabulary +2..
Mar
6
comment If Ketura wasn't Hagar, who was she?
I think this is yet another one of the cases where the Torah only has a few words about the situation and our imaginative forefathers(and other respected commentators) who lived long afterwards have been trying to fill in the details ever since.....
Mar
5
comment Is property belonging to a human god considered tashmishei avoda zara?
@Yitzchak I think Josephus says we offered sacrifice twice a day for the Caesars and the "Roman people"...it's in the section where Caligula tries to get his statue put in the Temple and the hubbub that followed...he also has a list of decrees by Julius Caesar concerning the Jews and sacrifices/gifts are mentioned in some of them I believe...Hyrcanus provided help for his army for an Alexandrian conflict and Julius was VERY grateful. After Rome was actually running things in Judea it WAS probably at least a custom, if not a law, that provincial sacrifices by/for Caesar were made.
Mar
5
comment Is property belonging to a human god considered tashmishei avoda zara?
We accepted from and offered sacrifices for the first few Caesars...Josephus says refusing to offer for Nero was one of the causes of the First Revolt. Some of the provinces' peoples worshipped the Caesars as gods while they were living, but officially in Rome they were only deified after death by Senate vote(imagine Congress trying to do that!). I think the only exception was Caligula, who, according to Suetonius, demanded to be addressed and worshiped as Jupiter/Jove during the last couple of years he was alive.
Mar
5
comment Revenge and keeping halacha
...so that university had no financial aid or WORK/study programs whatsoever, and nobody else on the planet was taking applications for grants/scholarships/etc? I can understand your chagrin...
Jan
30
awarded  Revival
Dec
31
comment Did Rashbi Write the Zohar?
@Double AA - thank you! I was thinking the same thing...had surgery last week, please bear with my slow reaction times...plus I like to root around a bit, perusin' away and seeing if there are any better ones to also use..
Dec
31
comment Did Rashbi Write the Zohar?
@Yishai - according to the talkreason.org article's author, R Yosef was one of R Moses' buddies, in on the con...along with several of the other "swear by Heaven & Earth" testifiers...
Dec
31
comment Did Rashbi Write the Zohar?
talkreason.org/articles/zohar.cfm has much better, more detailed arguments than the Chabad article. He covers everything from the usual at-the-time witnesses, then moves on to later(next several generations) historical researchers' efforts. He also goes on to show how historic error details and the topography of the Land of Israel, as written in the Zohar, could NOT have been written by somebody in the 2nd or 3rd centuries CE..also some of the Aramaic language errors....lots of information!
Dec
31
comment Did Rashbi Write the Zohar?
I love the story of R Yosef HaLevi's "test"! All that proves is that R Moses kept a master copy of "the Zohar"(however/wherever its origin). How could reasoning, intelligent men take that as "proof"?
Nov
21
revised Cheap Techeilet?
added 36 characters in body
Nov
20
revised Cheap Techeilet?
revision after faux pax....
Nov
20
comment Cheap Techeilet?
....not one thing on his homepage about his idolatry, thanks @Seth J for poking around and finding it...wow, pretty deceptive if someone's looking for a yirei shamayim vendor.
Nov
20
comment Cheap Techeilet?
Oh s***t! Sorry, folks... I was just trying to find the least expensive legitimate techelet for our questioner... I read his "G-d told me to start blowin the Shofar story" on his home page, I think.... Okay, skip him! Looks like Ben's is the least expensive P'til techelet reseller, @ $60 + shipping...