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Yeshiva-educated college student.


Apr
18
comment Shmos 2:15 – Moshe fled from Paroh and dwelt in Midian. Why Midian?
If he'd gone West, he would have never ended up at Chorev, and would have never seen God in the Burning Bush. (Of course, God still could have spoken to him, but it wouldn't've been at Har Sinai, with all that that connotes.)
Apr
18
awarded  Revival
Apr
18
comment Were can I find responses to biblical criticism?
You said, "we still establish facts based on the preponderance of evidence. We tend to disbelieve conspiracy theories not because they couldn't have happened, but because they are not indicated by the available evidence." As things stand, the only evidence we have for Matan Torah at Har Sinai is the Torah itself, which, due to the logical fallacy mentioned above, is not admissible as evidence at all. Thus, by your own logic, Matan Torah is more likely than not to be a "conspiracy theory." I don't understand why you can't apply your own standard. (@DoubleAA)
Apr
18
comment Were can I find responses to biblical criticism?
And if you claim that it's not based on the written text of the Torah, but rather on "family history," well, I challenge you to recite your family history going back 3,000 years, without any mistakes, omissions, or embellishments. I know that I can't go back more than 5 generations or so before the details get kinda sparse.
Apr
18
comment Were can I find responses to biblical criticism?
@Baruch - You still haven't addressed the fact that the only source we have for "an entire nation gathered at the foot of a mountain in the Sinai Desert and witnessed G-d speak. They made multiple copies of the written record and had them spread among the people" is this exact written record which we are trying to verify. It's a circular argument. The Torah is true because it was given at Har Sinai. How do we know it was given at Har Sinai? Because the Torah says so.
Apr
18
comment Were Esav, Yishmael, and Nimrod Evildoers?
# Yes, it says Esav married Canaanite women, which angered his parents. So did Yehuda. And Yaakov married sisters. Yes, he threatened Yaakov. But he didn't carry out his hot-headed threat, unlike Yehuda, Shimon, and Levi, who did. | Yes, it says Yishmael was מצחק, and that Sarah didn't like this. But מצחק is not evil - in fact, Sarah just 3 verses earlier says צחק is a good thing - "וַתֹּאמֶר שָׂרָה--צְחֹק, עָשָׂה לִי אֱלֹהִים: כָּל-הַשֹּׁמֵעַ, יִצְחַק-לִי."
Apr
18
asked Were Esav, Yishmael, and Nimrod Evildoers?
Apr
18
comment How is one allowed to live in Israel?
Yes, I realize talking about old and new contracts sounds like Christianity. Could still be a grain of truth here.
Apr
18
answered How is one allowed to live in Israel?
Apr
18
answered Is one allowed to use electricity on Shabbos in Israel?
Apr
18
comment Writing HaShem's actual name in English
Why would it be prohibited? I can understand a question about erasing it, but why would there be a problem writing it?
Apr
18
comment Would adding buttons and button holes to a tallis gadol disqualify it?
Do the buttons change it from a four-cornered garment? I could use a better description of the placement and function of the buttons. (A picture would be nice.)
Apr
18
answered Lost package; who is responsible
Apr
18
revised Does 'not in heaven' apply to kabbalah?
removed SHOUTING
Apr
18
comment Kaparos for a pregnant woman
Is there anything about waving a chicken around your head that makes sense?
Apr
18
comment Shmos 2:15 – Moshe fled from Paroh and dwelt in Midian. Why Midian?
@AvrohomYitzchok - Do you know of a better place he should have gone instead?
Apr
18
revised Is Some One With Alzheimer's Obligated in Mitzvoth?
more stuff
Apr
18
answered Is Some One With Alzheimer's Obligated in Mitzvoth?
Apr
18
answered How would you describe the literary style of Torah?
Apr
18
comment Using same dish washer for meat and dairy?
My Rabbi said that you can use the same dishwasher for meat and dairy dishes, since the cleaning process does something that renders it all OK. (I don't remember the details, and I don't have source, and I'm not sure if you can wash both dishes at once... Otherwise I'd put this as an answer.)