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comment Why is Chronicles so similar to Kings?
I'd appreciate if you could upvote my answer if you found it useful.
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comment Why is Chronicles so similar to Kings?
Yes, there is an explicit statement in the Talmud, tractate berachot,if I remember correctly, that there were multiple versions of Tanach floating around in the Second Temple era. And yes, the texts were edited for spelling, etc, mainly by the Masoretes about 1000 years ago. Since then, there have not been any changes, and even those changes were very minor. There has not been any additions to ant books, or the addition of new books, since appx the destruction of the Second Temple.
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comment Why is Chronicles so similar to Kings?
I'm not sure what exactly you're referring to, but it's fairly obvious that we don't have the original manuscripts. I'm not sure what you mean by "evolving" - it does not appear that this book was constantly being modified or added to.
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comment Do some parents hide Jewish ancestry from their children? If yes, WHY?
Just my 2cents on the agnostic issue raised above: Agnostic means, first and foremost, that one doesn't CARE whether God exists. God's existence has no affect on one's life, therefore even if it were proven one way or the other, it wouldn't matter. Thus, it is possible to remain Agnostic forever. (this isn't the classical definition.)
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comment what percentage of Reform Jews are halachically Jewish?
@Hartzl - While I understand where you got 26% from, I don't think you can assume that those with only one Jewish parent are neatly split 50-50 between mother and father. All we know is that 52% have just one Jewish parent. It could be that 42% have a Jewish mother, and only 10% have just a Jewish father, for example. Additional data on intermarriage by gender is required.
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comment Flying on Shabbos
This question can probably be generalized to any form of public transit where you are not personally doing any Melacha. Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/12331/…
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awarded  Strunk & White
Apr
14
comment What is the stance on reading and writing non-Jewish literature?
Some would hold that science books aren't ok either... This question could be generalized to secular culture in general. As such, related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/25772/…
Apr
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revised Are Rabbinic decrees binding forever, or can they be rescinded?
changed title to something closer to what the question appears to be
Apr
14
answered Reading foreign literature: perspectives and experiences
Apr
14
comment Limited nature of products considered kosher
@Annelise - I didn't downvote, but it's unclear what exactly your question is.
Apr
14
answered Hints and thoroughness in Talmudic referencing of Tanach
Apr
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revised Hints and thoroughness in Talmudic referencing of Tanach
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Apr
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answered Rabbinic speculations on history
Apr
14
comment Pressing some common apologetic insights
I'm sure you could find stronger logical\rational arguments for the Revelation, but in the end, it all comes down to whether you believe the Torah and Judaism are from God. If you're interested in this line of thought, I believe AJ Heschel has some writings about it (although I haven't read any myself).
Apr
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comment Pressing some common apologetic insights
@Annelise - I'd love to give you a proper answer, but unfortunately I also see many logical problems with the above statements. Personally, I believe that at its core, Judaism, and religion in general, is irrational. Since the existence of God cannot be logically proven, the "Truth" or divinity of any text or tradition cannot be logically proven. All we are left with is Faith. Which is emotional, and not logical. I believe because it feels right, not because I know it is right. (Which is kinda post-modern, and the Rambam would have my head, but hey, that's me.)
Apr
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comment Are conservative, reform and those “off the derech” part of 'amcha'?
-1, because you assume Conservative Jews are not observant. I've seen Conservative Jews who are more observant that some "frum" Jews.
Apr
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comment Can photographs be considered idols?
Duplicate of judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/26841/… ?
Apr
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comment Any famous Jews named Muhammad, Mahmud, Mehmet, etc.?
And why are we assuming Muhammad, Mahmud, Mehmet, etc, are all evil? Granted, Muhammad has a mixed record regarding Jews, but... (BTW, "Mahmud" doesn't have anything to do with Muhammad. It means "praise." ע"ש Wikipeida.)
Apr
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comment Any famous Jews named Muhammad, Mahmud, Mehmet, etc.?
What about other gentile (or Christian) names? I know several Jews named "Paul" or "Matthew" etc.