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Nov
10
comment Can a teen threaten or attack one parent, who is beating or is about to beat the other?
In situations like this, it certainly would be best as a general policy to contact a trusted adult and/or law enforcement. It's hard to fault a child caught in this situation for however they choose to cope in such a household. :-(
Oct
8
comment What does the Bible say about a father walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding?
Off the top of my head, I can't think of any particular story or mention of walking the bride down the aisle. Come to think of it, the only part of a wedding I can recall in the Hebrew Scriptures is the multi-day party. (Jacob's two marriages and Sampson's come to mind.)
Mar
5
comment How were girls educated during the Talmudic era?
That certainly makes logical sense. Do you happen to have any sources that show how far back this ruling goes? Further, which portions of the law would they have been taught? Would they have been exposed to the Writings of the Tanakh, which might be useful in ways not strictly tied to fulfilling the mitzvot?
Mar
5
comment How were girls educated during the Talmudic era?
Thanks for the answer. I needed to look some things up, such as Sotah and I see there's a Hebrew/English parallel of the Torah text (Deuteronomy 31. I gather that daughters were taught the law, but only the Peshat meaning so that they would be able to practice it. Is that correct?
Feb
27
comment How were girls educated during the Talmudic era?
@Seth J: Oh. My primary interest is in the historical angle by all means. I'll take any old sources that apply. ;-)
Feb
27
comment How were girls educated during the Talmudic era?
@Double AA: You know better than I. However, I would like to read the "Talmudic sources" the article mentions, if possible. (I'm not at all sure which tag might apply.)
Feb
14
comment Does “foreign religious obligation” = “Takruvas Avodah Zarah”?
I know better than to attempt an answer in the religious question: I'm way out of my depth! I had @Dave's suggestion in mind when writing my comment. In purely human terms, it seems unethical to waste such a gift. (I thoroughly enjoy the question. I hope it gets an answer. ;-)
Feb
14
comment Under what conditions may a Jew participate in the Biblical Hermeneutics SE site if it says it's doctrine-neutral?
@Isaac Moses: That certainly improves my answer. (As it turns out, I pondered asking if the identity of the rabbi would help. You beat me to it. ;-)
Feb
14
comment Does “foreign religious obligation” = “Takruvas Avodah Zarah”?
@Seth J: The context is an instruction from Jesus to "love your enemies". Personally, I think the fellows in the story applied the text exactly correctly. Of course, by asking for something on the basis of this verse, one would self-identify as an enemy (which may or may not be the intention). This is no answer, but if you ask (and take) money in this way, I think it would be dishonest to not use it in some fashion. Perhaps giving it to a favorite charity would satisfy the moral conundrum.
Feb
13
comment Under what conditions may a Jew participate in the Biblical Hermeneutics SE site if it says it's doctrine-neutral?
@msh210: Ah. Obviously when someone says they are a rabbi, I tend to believe them. ;-) It's nice to know the analogy is sound in any case. Would it be useful (or wise) to ask the related question about contributing to a newspaper?
Jan
11
comment What ancient sources discuss the meaning of Psalm 22?
Awesome. Thanks!
Jan
11
comment What ancient sources discuss the meaning of Psalm 22?
I'm an interested party and while this is an interesting refutation of the Christian interpretation (and one I will think on), it doesn't really answer the question. Rather, as I understand it, the question is looking for positive interpretations. ("What does the Psalm mean?" rather than "What doesn't the Psalm mean?", in other words.)
Dec
7
comment What's the difference between “Jew”, “Israelite” and “Judaizer”?
@Monica Cellio: You are correct. Yet another sad moment in history that I wish did not occur, but can't allow myself to forget.
Dec
3
comment What should I be aware of when using the term “Jew”?
When writing about history, "Israelite" can be confusing since the Northern Kingdom is often referred to as Israel and the Southern as Judah.
Oct
5
comment The application of “harm” in Shemot (Exodus) 21:22
See also: Exodus 21:22: is “mischief” related only to the mother or to the baby, too
Sep
21
comment What does מִלְמַעְלָה in Gen 7:20 mean?
To be fair, it's not really controversial at all outside the mind of one eccentric translator. I think that your updated answer helps in that the translation could work grammatically (though it flies in the face of every other translation). Thanks.
Sep
20
comment What does מִלְמַעְלָה in Gen 7:20 mean?
Thank you for asking on my behalf. I'm especially glad you wrote this up because I love puns. ;-)
Aug
7
comment Why can't an illegitimate child enter the temple?
See also: The assembly of the LORD on Biblical Hermeneutics.
Jul
13
comment
Monica is one of my favourite participants on Biblical Hermeneutics, where she must deal with people who are frankly rude and abusive at times. She always handles these situations with pose, profesionallism, and grace. I can't think of a person with a better temprament for moderating your site. (On the other hand, I oppose this nomination as it will give Monica less time to answer questions on BH.SE. ;-)
May
7
comment Does Judaism consider virginity to be a virtue?
@HodofHod: That's a really helpful comment. Can the principle be extended to men? What about people who merely hope to get married (even if they don't have any immediate prospects)?