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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.
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?
Apr
20
comment Is there any website available so that i can compare lot of translations on Tanach?
@suhail - I thought there was a way to get sefaria to display a bunch of translations/commentaries on a page, but I can't seem to figure it out now...
Apr
19
comment Is there any website available so that i can compare lot of translations on Tanach?
sefaria.org has a bunch of Jewish translations, but not on the same page at once...as far as I can tell.
Apr
13
comment “Praiseworthy is he who will clutch and dash your infants against the rock”?
....and go ahead, ask it! ask it! We can't be the only curious ones around here...
Apr
13
comment “Praiseworthy is he who will clutch and dash your infants against the rock”?
Hi SAH! Glad I helped some! Other than the last two lines, it IS a great anthem-y sort of Psalm, the raw emotion of longing for the Homeland becoming universal over the ages...and a nice Bob Marley song. As for those last two lines--still don't know about the "holy and ennobled" part--Some other chosen readings have been adjusted a little bit, like not ending the reading of Malachi with the "lest I come and smite the land with utter destruction" and repeating the line before it, in order to not end the reading on a negative note. But not here--probably because the Enemy is the destruct-ee.
Mar
26
comment Jewish people named the same as Jewish holidays
@DanF - no, it was usually when we had done something he didn't approve of...implying we were little disasters.
Mar
26
comment Jewish people named the same as Jewish holidays
...my Dad used to address my siblings and I as "Tishabav" on occasion....
Mar
11
comment What is “חכמת לב”?
I hope the feminists out there don't jump down my throat for this, but some of the Israelite women HAD to be skilled weavers. Who made all their clothes? The men?
Mar
11
comment What should our response be to ancient scripts that mirror the Torah?
Can you please link or at least identify some of the items that are "practically verbatim"? There is some literature that predates the Torah, like the Flood story and parts of various law codes, and other stuff that can be found in Pritchard's ANET(Ancient Near Eastern Texts Related to the Old Testament), that have similar ideas and circumstances, but "directly copied and borrowed" is a stretch. The Torah itself does have direct quotes from older books, like the Sefer HaYasher, and the Book of the Wars of HaShem, that it identifies as such.
Mar
8
comment Marijuana for B'Samim at Havdallah?
@Yoni some varieties do - as long as it's not Skunkweed..there are an awful lot of varieties out there nowadays....
Mar
7
comment Why does Hashem wait ten years before He passes a decree?
How did the author(s) of that text know that? Deduction from something in Tanach? A tradition passed down from ...somewhere? Direct question and answer session with HaShem? Just curious....
Mar
6
comment Mosaic Law and ISIS
...actions can be "plainly barbaric" and right: "And Shmuel hewed Agag in pieces before HaShem"etc...