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questions about science in relation to Judaism

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Zohar (Bereishis 18b and in other places) states that the rainbow has three colors, חוור סומק וירוק - white (or pale), red and green. In Bereishis it associates these three colors with Gavriel, Micha …
answered Mar 23 '12 by Alex
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It is important to bear in mind that a lot of the techniques that science (specifically, archeology) uses to derive information about ancient cultures and religions can't be validly applied to …
answered Oct 2 '11 by Alex
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Shivchei HaBesht records an episode where the Baal Shem Tov wrote a letter to his brother-in-law R' Gershon of Kitov, telling him how he had been taken to task by the Heavenly Court for excommunicatin …
answered Jun 27 '11 by Alex
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The Gemara (Chagigah 12a) records a debate about this. One opinion (R' Elazar and R' Yaakov) is that the light referred to here is an intense light with special powers; G-d afterwards concealed it, re …
answered Dec 7 '10 by Alex
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Dr. Eduard Mahler, a chronologist and astronomer, claimed that it was a solar eclipse, total in most of Egypt but partial in Goshen. He also argued that it's not that the darkness lasted for three day …
answered Jan 26 '12 by Alex
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I wonder if it might just be a matter of timing. The egg lives for only a maximum of 24 hours or so after ovulation, and sperm also are fertile for only a couple of days. Now, a woman might get marrie …
answered Nov 15 '11 by Alex
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The Yerushalmi (Shabbos 7:2) mentions sponges (ספוג) in a group of items where cutting them causes them to grow back even more, and therefore declares that someone who does so has performed two catego …
answered Nov 4 '10 by Alex
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, okay, the Hebrew scribes were recording something that actually occurred more-or-less as they say - but they were ignorant, primitive people who didn't understand Science as we do, and so they …
answered Apr 15 '11 by Alex