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comment Mordechai - Religious Leader or Political figure?
@follick I'm not ignoring, I'm just not taking it necessarily at face value - as noted in the question itself, these shouldnt always be accepted literally, especially when there is (or seems to be) evidence to the contrary. Besides that, there are other opinions! Yes, within the meforshim and Jewish tradition, this other opinion does exist, yet it seems to be forgotten, neglected, even forsaken - but it is still a valid, pre-existing traditional opinion nonetheless.
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comment Mordechai - Religious Leader or Political figure?
Thank you, but in addition to @DoubleAA's comment, this occurs after the events of the Megilla, and I was referring to the background, i.e. before/during. (Perhaps I should clarify that). Secondly, this raises another issue, since the megilla states that he stayed in Persia as a minister. (Though this could be excused by saying it was far enough in the future, and he had already "retired". )
Feb
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Feb
12
comment wine from his country
Just to back up @jake's comment, don't forget that Sanherib King of Ashur messed up and reorganized all the peoples in that area, not too many years previously.
Feb
12
comment How to respond to “but he does”
I just caught myself, realizing I'm actually recommending humility??!? When did that happen?? ;) But one other consequence of this approach, is that it makes Josh look good (in potential, anyway), instead of making him seem questionable. Depending on who Josh is, this could lead to much better results, and at the least will give the external impression that we're not always bickering with each other (though we mostly are).
Feb
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answered How to respond to “but he does”
Feb
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comment Touching a woman and the first Pesukim in Melachim
@Hacham then you should be asking that Maan DaAmar, no?
Feb
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comment What Bracha did they make on the Mahn?
@msh210 I was actually wondering in what scenario a cannibal would be worried about which bracha to make...
Feb
2
comment How should we respond to objectionable content in a public forum?
For the record, StackExchange does offer moderators-only a way to initiate private-ish conversations (including only other moderators and SEI-community team). But, as I said, it is moderator only - but that is exactly what it is for.
Jan
31
comment Product liability in halacha
And btw, there was nothing extraordinary about the McDonald's coffee case... Except for the stupidity throughout the case.
Jan
31
comment Product liability in halacha
It seems that one part of this question relates to the concept of "mekach taut" (a misguided sale), but that's not really the wider question of liability. (Although "lemon laws" do come close to that). I'm not putting this as an answer, though, since I feel that I'd still be missing the main part of the question.
Jan
9
comment Was Darius Jewish?
Oh I agree with you on that point - that is, they are both quite ambiguous, but then the whole story of Megillat Esther is inherently ambiguous. Without harping on emotional sore points, I respectfully suggest that you re-read it, focusing on the story without filters except the historical context.
Jan
9
comment Was Darius Jewish?
"He sent" is at best ambiguous, either way it doesn't prove your point. And the fact that he lived in the palace, not the rest of the country, proves mine :). Either way, I think there might be enough meat here for its own question...
Jan
9
comment Was Darius Jewish?
Two points: "... and he sent", obviously Mordechai was the man in front. But moreover, while it may not have been a closely guarded secret, this letter was sent to the Jews (who, apparently, kept pretty much to themselves). Doesn't mean any one of them could just waltz up to the king, or even the crown prince, and say "Hey Darry, what's shakin' my Jewish homeboy??!"
Jan
9
comment Was Darius Jewish?
On the other hand, even if all the Jews knew about this - they would not have been allowed to approach the reigning King and question his heritage. Don't forget, even the Queen herself was forbidden from approaching the king without his express approval. How would Shlomo from the butchershop (or even Ezra HaSofer) be able to start talking about his momma?
Jan
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comment Was Darius Jewish?
@avi Ah see, you're reading that through the filter of your expectations, and your context, not theirs. Where does it say she "came out" to the whole country? It was a private issue, between her and the King (and his personal advisors, of course, who were of course sworn to secrecy). From there on, it was all on Mordechai, the fear of the Jews, revenge against the enemies, killing all the haters, was led by Mordechai. He was mishneh lamelech, signed the letters, etc.
Jan
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comment Was Darius Jewish?
Btw, and this is very much an aside, there is a large school of thought that Queen Esther was not really all into the Jewishness herself, except perhaps as nationhood, but not as a religion.
Jan
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comment Was Darius Jewish?
Really? Queen Esther hid her Jewishness for years. Alluva sudden she's gonna go shouting to everyone? For all we know, by the time she revealed to Achashveirosh, her son could have already been grown. And he would have grown up in a culture and household where Jews are despised. That's not the type of world-shattering revelation that was so common back in the day...