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Why is it that I see a lot of non-Jewish people interested in the "Real" location of Har Sinai, the "Real" red sea crossing etc.? But, I don't see that sort of interest among us?

Is it possibly because, we see Judaism, as a day to day element? While the non-Jews look at it as a archeological/ historical episode?

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    At least regarding Mount Sinai, the common idea I’ve heard is that we shouldn’t care where it is. There’s nothing holy about it anymore, it was merely the location where the Torah would be transferred. The only important thing is the Torah, while the mountain doesn’t have any innate holiness. And regarding other historical sights, there’s no real need to know where they are. Sure it might be cool to let’s say stand by the Red Sea and say “this is where my ancestors stood thousands of years ago,” but practically there’s no reason to find these places Dec 4, 2022 at 20:48
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    Judaism cares about the soul of the matter, not the physical. We don't need to know what Moshe looked like, we need to know who he was and what he taught us. We need to know how Hashem took us out of Egypt, and why, not where.
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Dec 4, 2022 at 20:59
  • @curiousyid I'm pretty sure you say a bracha if you see the spot on the Red Sea. Also my personal theory on Har Sinai judaism.stackexchange.com/a/124271/11532
    – Heshy
    Dec 4, 2022 at 21:21
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    @RabbiKaii I highly disagree with you on that. Proper understanding of geography, culture, languages etc is vital for understanding at least pshat levels of Tanach, midrash, mishna, gemara and many other sources. How will you understand what the text is trying to convey if you don't understand what the text is even saying? Understanding the physical brings understanding the spiritual.
    – Harel13
    Dec 5, 2022 at 15:38
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    @RabbiKaii Learning all those things is no worse than ben sorer umoreh. It's Torah and you must learn it all. It doesn't have to be spiritually tantalizing. We don't traditionally only learn things that are nogeah.
    – Double AA
    Dec 5, 2022 at 16:21

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It's possible that the difference in interest in the location of Mount Sinai and the Red Sea crossing among Jewish and non-Jewish people is due to the fact that Judaism is a religion that is still practiced today, while the locations of these events are seen more as historical or archeological sites by non-Jews. For many Jewish people, the events that took place at Mount Sinai and the Red Sea crossing are an important part of their religious beliefs and traditions, and so they may not have as much interest in the specific locations where these events took place.

Additionally, the location of Mount Sinai and the Red Sea crossing are not as central to the practice of Judaism as they are to other religions, such as Christianity, which places a great emphasis on the historical accuracy of the events described in the Bible. For this reason, non-Jewish people who are interested in the historical accuracy of the Bible may be more interested in the location of these events than Jewish people.

Overall, it's difficult to say why there is a difference in interest in these locations among Jewish and non-Jewish people, but it's possible that the reasons mentioned above play a role.

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  • Please do not use ChatGPT to answer questions.
    – Esther
    Dec 7, 2022 at 4:28
  • ah dang - you caught me :-( point taken Dec 7, 2022 at 6:07

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