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comment Can a Jew join Christians in saying grace before meals?
I have heard that only mentioning Christ is an issue, as jesus is just a name
Aug
21
comment Is a child obligated to honor his foster parents?
Abaye was an orphan from birth but he called the woman who raised him "Mother" and seemed to honor her. Can't remember source. It seems like it is definitely good form.
Aug
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comment Jacob's Dual Names and Wives
@YEZ chat, perhaps?
Aug
18
comment Jacob's Dual Names and Wives
@YEZ just looking at the two, from a distance, it is clear who seems like the 'primary' wife; The wife would bore six children, among them the priesthood and the royal-line, and who was buried alongside Israel. But that 's big picture. Within the narrative we see where Jacob's heart was, but what did it amount to? two children, one who may or may not have a temporary messianic role, the other who holds the territory of the Temple mount. Much subtler honors. Sentimental, almost.
Aug
18
comment Jacob's Dual Names and Wives
@YEZ so if my understanding of the idea is correct, it actually does make sense that he would leave his bed with Bilah. The Relationship that Israel and LEah had was very different from the one that Jacob and Rachel had.
Aug
18
comment Jacob's Dual Names and Wives
@YEZ he was never one or the other. He was one and then both, mentioned by a name, depending on the situation and context. You are citing a midrash, which may or may not have literal meaning. Also, it makes sense to me that Jacob would still cling to the memory of Rachel, because Jacob really loved her. The question doesn't really get in to the details of this idea, just asks for a source, but my understanding is that the physical, emotional part of Jacob was made for Rachel. The spiritual, intellectual side of him was made for Leah.
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comment Jacob's Dual Names and Wives
@YEZ arguably why he loved Rachel and not Leah.
Aug
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comment Jacob's Dual Names and Wives
@GershonGold last name mentioned before burial is Israel: mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0150.htm
Aug
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comment Is there a negative connotation around converting to Judaism?
+1, relevant? judaism.stackexchange.com/a/36192/4682
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comment Can we visit the Temple Mount?
If I recall correctly exception is made when there is purity on a national scale, which is the case here. If I can find a source I'll post it
Aug
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revised Do the seven types of Perushim described at Sotah 22b refer to the Essenes?
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answered Do the seven types of Perushim described at Sotah 22b refer to the Essenes?
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revised Do the seven types of Perushim described at Sotah 22b refer to the Essenes?
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asked Jacob's Dual Names and Wives
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comment Can Hashem see under our covers?
+1 this is a concept that is a cornerstone of Torah.
Aug
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accepted Giving Blessings at a Wedding
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accepted Information about Arab Travelers in Aggadah
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comment Information about Arab Travelers in Aggadah
I have edited so what I seek is more clear.