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comment Why are Shabbat loopholes a good thing?
@Danny - No, you could. Once the loophole has been exploited, anyone can use it, since technically it's not a violation. Whether you should is a different question. Also, we shouldn't go finding such loopholes in the first place without good reason.
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comment Why are Shabbat loopholes a good thing?
This answer doesn't address the fact that in spirit, these are "loopholes." If one truly holds that "The Torah forbids" using electricity on Shabbat (which is a matter of dispute), and that one cannot carry in the city streets on Shabbat, then coming up with contrivances which effectively circumvent these laws, are indeed "loopholes." Extending the idea of a Karmalit to the main city streets is a loophole. Claiming that "you're not actually using electricity" in an elevator is a loophole. You're using technical interpretations to find ways to permit that which would appear to be prohibited.
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comment Why are Shabbat loopholes a good thing?
I'd just like to point out that there were Jewish sects (no longer extant) that did subscribe to a hyper-literal interpretation of the laws and an ascetic attitude, and "suffered" in the cold and dark on Shabbat, as they believed having any fire\heat on Shabbat was a violation.
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comment Why are Shabbat loopholes a good thing?
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comment Differences between Genesis 1 and 2
As mentioned in the question you linked to, Torah Inerrancy isn't unanimous. In addition, many opinions allegorize (at least parts of) the Creation story. || (If you're a hyper-literalist, and\or believe the world was created precisely as described in Genesis, you're gonna run into trouble.)
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comment Differences between Genesis 1 and 2
Short answer is that Judaism views the two versions as two different perspectives of the same story. They don't contradict each other, they complement each other.
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comment Was Intermarriage Permissible at the time of Tanakh?
I'm claiming that the verses indicate that they hadn't converted based on 1.Description as foreign, including a listing of their various nationalities, 2.Their worship of idols. RE Rambam - It doesn't explicitly say they converted in the text. Rambam asserts they converted. As those verses are the only place where this is mentioned, whatever he's doing has to come back to them, so it's an interpretation of them (even if I'm backreading him into the text). In other words, if you'd ask him what the verses meant, he'd say it means they converted.
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comment Was Intermarriage Permissible at the time of Tanakh?
@DoubleAA - I think the Rambam is interpreting the verses in question to include the conversion.
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comment Was Intermarriage Permissible at the time of Tanakh?
@DoubleAA - Ah, got it. You're saying just because the verses doesn't mention conversion doesn't mean it didn't happen. True. However, the verses do explicitly say they were "foreign" and that they "turned Solomon’s heart after other gods." Presumably, if they'd converted, they wouldn't be described as foreign, and wouldn't be worshiping idols.
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comment Was Intermarriage Permissible at the time of Tanakh?
@DoubleAA - 13:16 at Chabad, 13:13 at Machon Mamre ולפי שגייר שלמה נשים ונשאן, וכן שמשון גייר ונשא
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