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Nov
24
comment Is one allowed to smoke Marijuana?
Downvoted, because it doesn't answer the question of whether it's permitted.
Nov
18
comment What ancient sources discuss the meaning of Psalm 22?
While the Masoretic Text (MT) upon which most modern Jewish bibles are based does indeed read כארי (k'ari, like a lion), the Dead Sea Scrolls, which predate the MT by nearly 1000 years, read כארו (ka'aru, they dug, they pierce). Scholars suggest this is an ancient alternate spelling of כרו, as the ancient text demonstrates the word cannot be k'ari, given the final letter is visibly a vav, not a yud.
Nov
18
comment What ancient sources discuss the meaning of Psalm 22?
Yishai, the text in question, כארו, indeed contains the extra aleph. However, scholars have suggested it is merely an alternate spelling for כרו, "to dig" or "to pierce." What we are certain of is, since the recent discovery at Nachal Hever, the most ancient witness of the text demonstrates the word in question cannot be כארי ("like a lion"), as the last letter is visibly a vav, not a yud. My original point stands: the above answer wrongly implies a Christian mistranslation; the oldest extant copies of Ps 22 align with "to dig/pierce" rather than "like a lion".
Jul
15
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Jul
14
comment What is the correct emotion to feel upon hearing about enemy civilian casualties?
Related question: Is it appropriate to celebrate the death of an enemy, such as Bin Laden's death? judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/7056/commemorating-death
Jul
7
comment Is pharisaical - or any similar allusion to the Pharisees - offensive to modern Jews?
I would add to Monica's comment that the gospels do not paint all Pharisees as corrupt. For example, Paul is twice recorded in his own words as being a Pharisee, even after his following Jesus as messiah. The gospels also speak well of Pharisees like Nakhdamon (Nicodemus). The instances which the Pharisees are spoken of negatively in a general sense are when religious hypocrisy is called out, much as the Talmud does (see Fred's answer).
Jul
7
comment Is pharisaical - or any similar allusion to the Pharisees - offensive to modern Jews?
Interesting. Perhaps this idea of false Pharisees could be applied to the gospels as well, where certain Pharisees were recorded to be hypocrites in much the way the Talmud describes.
May
13
comment Do religious Jews generally believe the serpent of Gan Eden was Satan?
Michael, Christians believe sin is an action, too. But that is quite off-topic for this post.
Feb
24
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
Bruce, by that measure you must also throw out the Tenach, since there exists in the Ancient Near East pagan parallels of everything from the Tabernacle (traveling tent shrine) to the Flood. The idea of a divine messiah -- God entering the world through messiah -- was not at all foreign to 1st century Judaism, and indeed, it was 1st century Judaism in Israel that produced Christianity. See Orthodox Jewish scholar Daniel Boyarin's book, the Jewish Gospels, for reference.
Jan
2
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Dec
16
comment What ancient sources discuss the meaning of Psalm 22?
This answer suggested Christian bibles mistranslate Psalm 22. However, the Dead Sea Scrolls, written before the time of Jesus, contain the very translation Christians use. See here: torahresource.com/EnglishArticles/Ps22.16.pdf
Nov
13
comment Who is the subject of Zechariah 14?
Sure. Thanks for your answer.
Nov
12
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Nov
12
comment Who is the subject of Zechariah 14?
I am aware of the distinction between Adonai and the divine name. The reason I ask this question is, if God himself does all this, what could possibly be left for Messiah to do? Isn't it Messiah who fights the wars of God, compels all Israel to walk with God, causes worldwide acknowledgement of God? I have long assumed this to be Messiah's role, acting on behalf of God.
Nov
11
comment Who is the subject of Zechariah 14?
If it is indeed HaShem in chapter 14, it raises some additional questions: If HaShem himself saves Israel from her enemies, compels Israel to follow God, causes all nations to recognize God...what possible role could Messiah have? Perhaps that is a topic for another question.
Nov
11
comment Who is the subject of Zechariah 14?
What do Judaism's sages have to say about this chapter; do you have sources?
Nov
11
comment Who is the subject of Zechariah 14?
Updated to include additional information that suggests this person is the mashiach. (Again, my question is asking what the predominate Jewish belief is on Zech 14. If the belief is HaShem himself, and not messiah, and evidence is given towards it, that's an acceptable answer.)
Nov
11
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Nov
11
comment Who is the subject of Zechariah 14?
Thanks, Isaac. Is there something I did that caused my question to be downvoted? I am a Christian, true, but my question is a sincere one, not to argue about who the Messiah is; I honestly want to know what the Jewish understanding of Zechariah 14 is.
Nov
11
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