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Oct
15
comment Does the Jewish tradition command Jews to love Christians?
possible duplicate of V'ahavta l're'eicha kamocha -- re'eicha velo akum?
Oct
15
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Sep
24
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Sep
6
comment Did circumcision exist before Abraham?
@user3949142 The Jews, in general, either agree with this historical claim or not. The claim, though made on a Christian site to a Christian question, was in a secular, historical context. Your hypothetical question, whether similar or not, is irrelevant. If you know of some information that indicates that Abraham was the first to circumcise please share it. Otherwise, you are not constructively helping the question.
Sep
5
comment Did circumcision exist before Abraham?
@user3949142 This is an historical claim. Jews either agree with it or not.
Sep
2
comment Did circumcision exist before Abraham?
@IsaacMoses It would be a nice augment to an answer that discusses the Jewish aspect first.
Sep
2
comment Did circumcision exist before Abraham?
Do you have the second source in English? I guess you are saying that the thought comes from this collection of manuscripts in your first source. It says that those were printed in the 1800's. Is there evidence that Judaism believed this before those manuscripts were compiled and printed?
Sep
2
comment Why are there so few Jews if God promised Abraham his children would number like the stars?
@DoubleAA I'm not sure Abraham spent much time actually counting sand or stars. I doubt he took samples, counted them, then measures the area of the beach. I also doubt he stayed up late peering into the night sky. Whether stars or sand or text wasted on arguing what God meant, I think this instance is clear that He meant a lot more than Abraham could count by himself. A million seconds is 11 days. It would take you years to practically count to a million.
Sep
2
asked Did circumcision exist before Abraham?
Jun
13
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Jun
13
comment What is it about pigs that's so despised vs. other non-kosher animals?
"They smell bad and can harbor disease. (But from a theological perspective, so what?)" From a practical perspective, most human illness is derived from livestock of all kinds, and birds, particularly chicken, stand out among them.
Jun
13
asked Is Goy meant to be a pejorative term?
Sep
4
comment What should I be aware of when using the term “Jew”?
Just a guess, but I was thinking that the instrument might have become known as a "Jew's harp" because of the medieval belief that Jews and Gypsies were basically the same. And in the histories we see that Gypsies we well known for playing small instruments for their entertainment, and also to make a buck or two street performing.
Sep
4
comment What should I be aware of when using the term “Jew”?
I have only ever heard "Jewess" twice and they were both anti-Jewish and anti-female in their context.
Aug
27
comment Do any Jews, ancient or modern, hold that Michael the Arch-angel is the coming messiah?
@Daniel So is there a meta post describing what Mi Yodeya defines Judaism as?
Aug
27
comment Do any Jews, ancient or modern, hold that Michael the Arch-angel is the coming messiah?
@Daniel And I must concede to your greater knowledge on this subject. It seems like this might be a dead end. Maybe someone will come up with something.
Aug
27
comment Do any Jews, ancient or modern, hold that Michael the Arch-angel is the coming messiah?
@SethJ So all Jews everywhere agree on this? There is no dispute, now or every before, on the nature of the Messiah? The advent of Christianity is proof enough that the answer to both questions is no. I realize that most Jews will insist exactly what you are saying concerning the Messiah, however, I am not interested what most Jews think at the moment. I am interested in finding the origin of a particular belief. I'm just surprise at the way everyone here is saying "we believe this" like it is decided and there is nor has there ever been a dispute. Maybe I mistook the purpose of this site.
Aug
27
comment Do any Jews, ancient or modern, hold that Michael the Arch-angel is the coming messiah?
@IsaacMoses Thanks for the edit. I'm not bent on the Messiah being non-human. The idea of incarnation gets around that easily. I don't understand how this is out of scope. "With your help, we're working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question about Judaism." I'm not proposing site policy; I just don't understand. It seems like you would say that although obscure sects (or any sect) call themselves adherents to Judaism, Mi Yodeya would not, therefore, questions about them are off topic, correct? If so, then the question is what is "Judaism" to Mi Yodeya?
Aug
27
comment Do any Jews, ancient or modern, hold that Michael the Arch-angel is the coming messiah?
@Daniel I realize the nature of the question excludes the negative response, however, I have no other starting point to investigate this. Obviously, the angel in question would have to be incarnated, like the Christians say that Jesus was.
Aug
27
comment Do any Jews, ancient or modern, hold that Michael the Arch-angel is the coming messiah?
@SethJ I linked to my research in the OP. John Calvin's quote and link is there. I have gained the impression that this particular belief might be much older than Calvin and may have started with Gnostic Christians, but often Gnostic Christians took cues from Gnostic Jews that had been around centuries before Jesus. Further, Christianity takes much of what it believes from ancient Judaism; there is no reason to not investigate the possibility that this belief is from an obscure, ancient Jewish sect.