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I believe the answer is in your question itself. You wrote: “the side of the page is usually for notes about reading/pronunciation...”. I believe that is exactly what the side note is saying. When reading Chumash for study purposes, as opposed to reading for the tzibbur or doing shnayim mikra, the custom is to not pronounce G-d’s name. We therefore would ...


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Rambam in Guide for the Perplexed 1:36 writes as follows: How great, then, must be the offence of him who has a wrong opinion of God Himself, and believes Him to be different from what He truly is, i.e., assumes that He does not exist, that He consists of two elements, that He is corporeal, that He is subject to external influence, or ascribes to Him any ...


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Rabbi Tovia Singer seems to say that idolatry is worst than atheism. Saying that should not be mistaken as saying atheism is the preferred path. I am an Orthodox Jew. Nevertheless, atheism can purify much in religion according to Rabbi Kook.[1] Kook wrote that G-d needs atheists: ”Because atheism cleanses the dross of ‘petty religion,’ the narrowness ...


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The Gemara in Chullin 95b says that if one relied on actions like Eliezer did, then that would violate Nichush. However, Rashi says that is only if one relies solely on the action without any reasoning behind it. See Tosfos there as well who explains that once Eliezer asked about her lineage, there was no longer a prohibition of Nichush [in my understandning,...


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Taken in the context of your quote, historically speaking it would be referring to the generations which preceded Avraham. As the Torah of Moshe relates, this is dealing primarily with the generation of Enosh and later, up to the the time of Avraham. That is also how Rambam recounts the development of idol worship in the Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Avodah Zarah ...


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Hindus worship the dust of the feet of the followers of one of their gods: http://kunjeshwari.com/sweettexts/English/bhakta.pdf Brahmarshi Bharat has clearly declared to King Rahugan that there is no other way to gain divine knowledge without serving (consuming, revering) the dust of the holy feet of the great devotees – “O Mahârâj Rahugan, unless ...


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