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Ph.D. student at University of Toronto, Department of Computer Science, Theory Group.

Old moderator on cstheory.


Feb
21
comment Relations among King David, the Sanhedrin, and the high priest
@msh210, both. I would like to learn more about the political situation during his time.
Feb
21
comment Why must prophets be wealthy?
Wealth doesn't need to be about worldly stuff. The prophets are wealthy because they are given one of the most valuable things in the world: being a prophet.
Dec
12
comment What are the major ancient literature on Judaic mysticism and spiritual development?
@H' Gabriel, not in this question. I asked this to be to compare it with early Christian mysticism.
Nov
18
comment If Christianity is avodah zarah and Islam is not, why has the Christian world triumphed over the non-Christian, and why do Jews prefer to live among Christians and not Muslims?
Although they started to decline, they remained superior (at least) till the end of Middle Ages and the spreading of Renaissance in Europe in 16th century.
Nov
18
comment If Christianity is avodah zarah and Islam is not, why has the Christian world triumphed over the non-Christian, and why do Jews prefer to live among Christians and not Muslims?
For a period of time (from 750 CE to 1258 CE) called Islamic Golden Age Muslims were in much better position than Christians scientifically, economically, and militarily. There has been many reasons given for their decline in the later period.
Nov
9
comment According to Halacha, may we endanger many Jewish lives in order to definitely save one Jew?
There should be something in Halakha specifically about prisoner exchange with enemies, and probably they are more relevant here.
Nov
9
comment Why was Torah sheBal Peh not allowed to be Written?
Thanks Alex. Regarding the second reason, does it also say that it is probably impossible to transfer this knowledge correctly only using writing form?
Aug
31
comment Why did G-d not stop the holocaust?
I think a similar situation is when children of Israel were slaves in Egypt before exodus and were living under very difficult conditions, e.g. at points all newborn boys were killed by being thrown to Nile to keep their numbers low.
Aug
31
comment The authenticity of rabbinic literature
Thanks, I listened to the lecture, it is a little bit long as you said but it was not boring so I enjoyed listening to it, he is a good speaker. (Personally I am not sure I agree with his arguments though, just as an example, in the experiment he designed there was only incentives to transfer the information correctly, but in reality there can be very strong collective incentives to modify the information. There are some other issues but I don't think this is the place to discuss the validity of the arguments. :) I will probably also listen to his other lectures when I find some free time.
Aug
31
comment The authenticity of rabbinic literature
Thanks for your enlightening answer. So if I understand your answer correctly, one argument is that they are authentic because they are passed on from each generation to next one as tradition. The other one is that written Torah tells us that we should accept what Supreme Court tells us as oral Torah. The third one is that historically there has been an almost consensus on the major issues between scholars. Am I understanding the arguments correctly?
Aug
31
comment The authenticity of rabbinic literature
Thanks jake for the answer, but I was more interested in arguments for authenticity. I hope that you and @Alex post these comments as answers, they are good arguments for why one can claim the authenticity for rabbinic literature, and what Alex wrote is a good argument for using the rabbinic literature that we have today (pragmatically we have no alternative to use), though it doesn't mean it is completely authentic (i.e. the same as what God revealed to Moses).
May
27
comment The authenticity of rabbinic literature
@jake, thanks again. Yes, I am more interested in the oral laws than the rest of the scripture. Your comment seems to answer the second question to some extent (identifying the parts coming from oral Torah) but how do we know that they are authentic and are preserved as given by God?
May
26
comment The authenticity of rabbinic literature
@jake, thanks. I see, so there is not a complete authenticity. So maybe I should have asked: how can one know that "many of the concepts and laws that are discussed in Rabbinic literature, are given by God" and "how can one identify the concepts and oral laws that are given by God?" (I hope that my question is not becoming too technical.)
May
25
comment Existence of Heaven and Hell
@jake, I had read that question and its answers before posting this, but thanks for linking.
May
12
comment What is the explanation for the destruction of the First Temple?
@Issac, thank you for your kind welcome. :) I think I will find this site quite useful in extending my understanding and knowledge of Judaism.