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Questions related to how something was in the past, and how it's developed since then.

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The Talmud, in Arachin 12b, quotes a baraita saying that Yovel was observed seventeen times: שבעה עשר יובלות מנו ישראל משנכנסו לארץ ועד שיצאו Seventeen jubilee [cycles] did Israel count from …
answered May 17 '17 by Isaac Moses
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I guess I'd have to read the paper to really know what he's getting at, but it seems to me that he's distinguishing between how the language is structured, "morphology," and how it's pronounced, "phon …
answered Nov 15 '10 by Isaac Moses
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Encyclopedia Judaica's entry for "Hamadan, Iran" says: The Persian Jews identify Hamadan with "Shushan ha-Bira," which obviously is a mistake. An essay entitled "Esther’s Tomb Iran's Jewish quee …
answered Dec 2 '15 by Isaac Moses
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R' Yochanan ben Zakai, in leading the Jewish people during and immediately after the Destruction of the Second Temple, issued many decrees aimed at responding to the new post-Temple reality and preser …
asked Apr 24 '17 by Isaac Moses
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Every time recently that I've heard of an Orthodox congregation conducting a search for a rabbi, the stage at which the rabbi visits the community for a Shabbat and auditions for the position is calle …
asked Feb 1 '15 by Isaac Moses
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One approach is mentioned in The Challenge of Creation, by R' Natan Slifkin, in footnote 2 on page 277: ... others explained that the deluge did not cover the entire earth, hence not every species …
answered Jan 1 '13 by Isaac Moses
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Following up on this question about the use of the words "menora" or "chanukiya" to refer to Chanuka lights: I find it interesting that the use of "chanukiya," popularized in 1897 through a secular l …
asked Dec 10 '12 by Isaac Moses
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No. Prof. Eliezer Segal, in an essay entitled "Monkey Business," discussing the unfortunate contemporary phenomenon of "Islamicist clerics" preaching that Jews, generally, are descended from apes and …
answered Nov 18 '14 by Isaac Moses
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I don't recall witnessing this phenomenon myself, but my guess is that in the Yeshivish community men are much more likely than women to override the pronunciation they learned at home with what they …
answered May 4 '11 by Isaac Moses
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According to the Wikipedia article on the topic, apparently citing The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions by Ronald Eisenberg: This practice can be traced back to at least the eighth century, and pos …
answered Oct 8 '15 by Isaac Moses
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See this article by R' Gil Student. He seems to be very familiar with the relevant literature, and he "believe[s] (with perfect faith) that 600,000 men and their families left Egypt," but it's clear t …
answered Dec 29 '09 by Isaac Moses

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