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comment How to reconcile Biblical Flood story vs science and history?
@ClintEastwood so He repopulated it then. After the dispersion. Also see what the meiri says, if you need: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/35130/4682
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comment Has Judaism succeeded or failed at being a light unto the nations?
I mean, to me it seems evident from the verses. I didn't cite these, but there are verses in deuteronomy about us being admired by the nations, when we keep the Torah and look at the above sources for what happens when we don't. We are despised. It is clearly contingent.
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comment Has Judaism succeeded or failed at being a light unto the nations?
are biblical verses acceptable as answers? like lev 26:14 on: mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0326.htm, deut 28:15 on: mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0528.htm, 29:23: mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0528.htm, and 32: mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0532.htm ?
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comment When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
@Danno reinforcing your point is that expounded upon phrase, which is used as a proof text, being used before Isaac was born. Reconsidering this as a valid answer...
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comment When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
@user6591 I was talking about like Norse mythology. There are 'light elves' who are long lived and don't show signs of age. Maybe the myths finds it origins in early humanity, who fuilfilled those criterea!
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comment When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
@Danno I think it is evident from the Talmud that external age is what was added, because Abraham was praying that he and Isaac be distinguishable? Definitely a good point though. Maybe, as with many other aggadic passages, this has a nonliteral intent.
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comment When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
@MonicaCellio ahh interesting. I guess the gemara in BMetz does not consider blindness a sickness.
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comment When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
You guys think this might be a source for the notion of ageless magical elves in other mythologies?
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comment When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
@MonicaCellio, Jacob not Isaac, see source in my answer, unless you are thinking of a different one!
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answered When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
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comment Should we allow women to dance with a Torah on Simchas Torah?
@DannySchoemann re: "(The origianl concept of "respect" can not be fathomed by most people alive in the 21st century, unfortunately.)"
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comment Why are angelic icons not prominent in Judaism?
I down voted because : judaism.stackexchange.com/a/34207/4682
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comment Should we allow women to dance with a Torah on Simchas Torah?
@DannySchoemann or by Rashi, per your source. Its a minhag. The Rema even says that Rashi's way is the ikkar: haemtza.blogspot.com/2011/05/defining-frum.html
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comment Das Torah regarding taking notes during Shiurim
@user6591, yes, but looking at it the other way, if they do space out they have no recourse. He is protecting against a tendency to rely on a crutch. I'm saying be honest with your self and have a little will power, and know that if you want to get better at listening, you'd better behave as though there is not tape recorder. If you actually want to improve yourself and aren't just going through the motions, the tape recorder wouldn't be a crutch, it would just be a safety net to keep you from losing Torah.
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comment Das Torah regarding taking notes during Shiurim
@David it depends on the person.
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comment Das Torah regarding taking notes during Shiurim
Why do you not do your best to listen live, and ALSO record it to ensure you aren't missing out on important Torah? I don't understand. Additionally, This is evidently a minority or unique opinion, (if it is even a psak, sounds like advice), because most shiurim I've been to have been recorded by rabbis who know that they are being recorded.
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comment Das Torah regarding taking notes during Shiurim
Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky, when I asked him about when das Torah applies, i.e. when you should consult a rabbi for advice and abide by that advice, said that you only need to do so when things are questionably in the realm of halacha. Otherwise, "wisdom of age" (his words), is sufficient. How to best remember things clearly varies from person to person. I would recommend that you think about the type of learner you are, and for yourself decide what is best. What I used to do was very briefly bullet point what was said, so as not to miss anything, and fill in details I was worried I'd miss after.
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comment Why does evil exist?
I don't understand what the first citation means, could you explain in a sentence or two? Also The last two sources seem cyclical. Why does evil exist? To punish the wicked... but wicked people exist because evil exists, why does evil exist?