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comment How do you know what God wants without prophets now to tell you?
@msh210 Danno Leos - done and reopened. Leos, feel free to ask the question about future prophets separately. I'm now going to clean up most of these comments.
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revised How do you know what God wants without prophets now to tell you?
narrowing per comments (feel free to ask "will there be prophets again in the future" as a separate question)
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revised How do you know what God wants without prophets now to tell you?
further revision based on comments; edited tags
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revised How do you know what God wants without prophets now to tell you?
trying to capture author's intent based on comment discussion; please review (edit or roll back if I got it wrong please)
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revised How do you know what God wants without prophets now to tell you?
changed some Christian belief-based terms to be more suitable on a Jewish site
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comment Where to post bugs found in Torah?
@Derfder, I wasn't saying there were rude comments here -- as I said, none were deleted. I was making a general statement: comments are not permanent and can be deleted if they are rude, or obsolete (no longer relevant, for example pointing out a problem that's been fixed), or side conversations not about the post (= tangential), or just too numerous. Examples of "rude" include name-calling, personal attacks, crude language, claims that torah is "fiction" or religious people are "deluded", and stuff like that. Sorry about my past word choices; is this better?
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accepted Why do we say ha-motzi before al achilat matzah instead of after?
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comment why don't we say “kol dichfin” before kidush
Thanks, much better!
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comment Why do we sing Chad Gadya and Echad Mi Yodea at the seder?
I don't have other songs in mind; presumably if there were a need somebody would have written some. I did note in the question that some of the songs we sing seem to make sense in context (e.g. I didn't ask "why 'Adir Hu'"), which is why these two stood out for me -- given that the other songs are "on theme", what is it about these two that I'm missing? Thanks for the interesting analysis!
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comment Where to post bugs found in Torah?
There are no deleted comments on this post, so I don't know what you're referring to. Moderators don't remove comments because of poor grammar, but may for other reasons (like being too tangential, or rude). Anyway, the purpose of comments is to improve the post, so please edit the question to add the information that was requested; don't just leave it in comments where it's harder to find.
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revised The Book of Numbers and Passover
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comment why don't we say “kol dichfin” before kidush
But wouldn't that be an argument for saying it first? I mean, once ha-satan hears kiddush he'll know he's in the right place, right?
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comment embarassing an anonymous person online
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10693/472 (asks specifically about lashon hara)
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comment Are the works of Maimonides treated as divinely inspired?
We trust what he says in Mishneh Torah; do we hold Moreh Nevuchim at the same level? I thought I'd heard that that one was more controversial. (It also, being a philosophic work, isn't a source of halacha, and maybe that distinction is important.)
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comment Buying kitniyot during Pesach
I don't know the answer to the halacha question, but I wonder if you could skirt the immediate issue by borrowing from (Sephardic, Jewish) neighbors? Do you have any (and do they have enough to lend)? Any chameitz in their already-owned kitniyot would have been nullified, unlike any you buy from a store.
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revised Two seforim being taken out
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comment “If God had not delivered us from Egypt we would still be slaves”? Really?
The comparison to US slavery came up at my seder this year. I wonder if a key difference is the purpose of the freedom -- "let my people go" is not the end of the sentence; it's "...so that they can serve Me". We were freed from Egyptian bondage for a purpose. Freed slaves in the US, on the other hand, were basically (as I understand it) just cut loose to find their own way. It's no wonder they were so easy to oppress with the laws and ill treatment that followed; they had no one to protect and guide them.
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comment Machsor Tom. I - Prayer book?
Hi and welcome to Mi Yodeya. Is there a table of contents? (Hebrew's fine.) If so, if you could scan that and the title page and add them to your post, it might help us identify which holy day this is for.
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comment Do Neanderthals had soul?
Comments removed: comments are for seeking clarification or suggestion improvements to the post, not for extended conversations or arguments. Take those to chat please.