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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
14
comment Is there information on pre-exhilic mizmorim vs post-exhilic?
..well, Psalm 137 is one of the later ones, most likely written in Babylon during the exile. According to this page: biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/… , the pre-Exilic peh/ayin alphabet sequence can be used to verify that some of the acrostic Psalms(34, for example) are pre-Exilic.
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
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?
Sep
1
comment What's the deal with female Rabbis?
@sam that's interesting - Rambam's Laws of Kings 1:5 is the exact passage they mention in the Commission's final Report. So THAT's how it happened? The JTS folks just decided that "wasn't unambiguous enough"? Interesting...
Sep
1
comment What's the deal with female Rabbis?
um..someone who studies the necessary stuff and receives Semicha, and then goes on to lead a synagogue congregation(??)
Aug
24
comment Prince of Yerushalaim named Merishadek?
What does your mechanic say about this Merishadek?
Aug
15
comment How do we know that The Hebrew Bible of today is substantially the same as the original writings?
@sabbahillel - I beg to differ - on this page cs.anu.edu.au/~bdm/dilugim/moby.html the author responds to Drosnin's Newsweek-quoted challenge and DOES find the assassinations of JFK, MLK, Gandhi, and others in Moby Dick... the power of statistics!
Aug
15
comment Is this true that Elijah and Elisha didn't perform any miracle to help Jews?
....btw, the "Christian sources" didn't always pay the best attention to umm...factual details, especially in the polemic material....