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Jan
23
comment Shemot (Exodus) 17:4 - Why does Moses think that the people will stone him?
Good queston, DanF! Didn't he just announce HaShem's splitting the sea for them and all the other stuff at plaguetime? ...then they just wake up and decide it was all coincidence and get ready to stone him?
Jan
11
comment Why is Jeremiah 10:11 written in Aramaic?
sorry! didn't notice that...it DID look like a question that would be there also....there should be some Talmud scholars, etc here that know this one...
Jan
11
comment Why is Jeremiah 10:11 written in Aramaic?
This question is asked and answered in the bible hermeneutics beta forum - hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/4940/… You may or may not like the 2 answers there - one says it may or may not be a later gloss using Aramaic wordplay and the other quotes the Zohar. Someone here might have something better as an answer, who knows-mi yodeya?
Jan
7
comment Is it there an halachic opinion about whether or not it's ok for a person to take psychedelic mushrooms?
@Daniel - true true true, the question asks about recreational and medicinal use. But (at least in my limited experience)I have not seen much in the way of pure "recreational" use of mushrooms(Hey man, lets eat 'em and get messed up for the party!"/etc). Usually, there's a spiritual aspect of the usage--and that is what some cultures use them for in a formal/ritual sense-and that is a "way of the nations"/"you shall not do as they do" sort of worship thing, IMHO. So in regards to the question, THAT might be a sure halachik basis for forbidding them, whether they physically do damage or not.
Jan
7
comment Is it there an halachic opinion about whether or not it's ok for a person to take psychedelic mushrooms?
@JMFB - Never mind the Castaneda/Don Juan fraud, some Native Americans really have peyote and psilocybes as religious sacrament. Teonancatl is sacred--and there were definitely a lot of visitors to the "Jews for Jerry" tent. But it is definitely foreign to Jewish worship. We don't bow and eat the cracker as part of our davening process, same goes for eating mushrooms.
Jan
7
comment Is it there an halachic opinion about whether or not it's ok for a person to take psychedelic mushrooms?
One(of many, no doubt) reason that entheogenic fungi might be non-permissible is that they have religious sacramental use for some groups of people, and that eating them might be the equivalent of eating the Eucharist--definitely "a custom of the Gentiles".
Jan
5
comment Why did God need to command the Jews not to kill?
In the world that the Torah was given, and long, long afterward, it was perfectly normal in some civilizations(Greek and later Roman come to mind quickest) to murder in the form of leaving female, weak, and unwanted children out in the woods or wilderness to die. Murder was definitely not "logical and self-evident"-ly wrong to them.
Jan
3
comment Answering Amen to kaddish for a dog
I wonder if he intends to say Kaddish for 11 months...or longer/shorter if he was a REALLY good dog? It seems to prompt a question "How long should I say Kaddish for my dog?" but I have a feeling it would be downvoted ruthlessly...
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
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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!