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reviewed Approve Does Judaism prefer that Jews not be employed but to get sustenance from business if possible?
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comment May a mikveh immerse by shower rather than by tank?
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reviewed Approve Why did the midwives deserve such a great reward, they only did what they had to
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comment How could the Jews have been sure the Golden Calf wasn't actually G-d?
@Fei23 that's possible, but the text doesn't say. It also raises the question of why Aharon would listen to the demands of the erev rav if they acted alone.
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comment How could the Jews have been sure the Golden Calf wasn't actually G-d?
@user6591 oh, along the lines of making a vessel for the "god" to dwell in, so they made the idols but thought their gods would then inhabit them? Perhaps I took the question too literally.
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answered How could the Jews have been sure the Golden Calf wasn't actually G-d?
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revised How can I distinguish p'shat from interpretation in torah translations if I'm not fluent in Hebrew?
It appears my question is unclear to some, so I'm trying to clarify/focus it more.
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comment Are there unnecessary words in torah?
Could you clarify your answer with an edit? What you said (and attributed to Rambam) is that one who denies that anything in torah is from God is a kofer etc. But that's not what I asked; I asked about unnecessary words. Your conclusion ("by definition that means every word is essential") is what I didn't follow. It's still a little opaque to me; my failing, I'm sure, but you can only fit so much into a comment. Explaining it in the answer proper is better. Thanks.
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comment Are there unnecessary words in torah?
I don't follow your logic. One could hold that every word came from God but that some of them aren't needed.
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comment How Do I Know If it's a Hebrew Leap Year?
@user6591 see my edit; does that help? If not, please ping me in Mi Yodeya Chat.
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revised How Do I Know If it's a Hebrew Leap Year?
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comment How can I distinguish p'shat from interpretation in torah translations if I'm not fluent in Hebrew?
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comment How can I distinguish p'shat from interpretation in torah translations if I'm not fluent in Hebrew?
@DoubleAA this might be a dupe of the first one (though I don't care about the published edition, only the translation being used -- i.e. I don't care about book vs digital for this question). This answer there helps me.
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comment How can I distinguish p'shat from interpretation in torah translations if I'm not fluent in Hebrew?
@DoubleAA (latest comment) well, if some translators have known philosophies in this area, that would be one way. Or if it turns out that everybody's somewhat inconsistent about this and so I should always compare A, B, and C, that would be an answer. I have a question, not an answer. :-) (In this case, for example: I see no et to mark a direct object and the dispute among some meforshim is about nikkud, which isn't original. So even though I know some Hebrew, I don't know how to translate this without help.)
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comment What does, 'A wandering Aramean was my father' mean in Dt 26:5?
This question came up at my seder this year (pity I hadn't yet seen this answer!) and somebody said that Ibn Ezra challenges the midrashic interpretation on the grounds of grammar and he's in the "wandering Aramean" camp, not the "sought to destroy" camp.