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David & Yonatan and homosexuality

Chas vishalom. In fact their love is given in the Mishna as an example of a love that was not dependant on anything. In complete contradistinction to the sexual desire of Amnon for Tamar. כָּל ...
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How do we explain genaelogy differences between Genesis 4 and 5?

Rav Hirsch goes over the names and discusses the meaning of the names and the significance for the basic traits of the generation that name is used for. He points out (4:18-22 and 5:11-27). For ...
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Is there a place for the documentary-hypothesis in observant Judaism?

The standard definition of heresy as found in the vast majority of contemporary responsa on topics that require its definition, such as whether spmepne with a given belief is an acceptable conversion ...
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Were there multiple Isaiahs?

To answer the first part of your question, yes the sages discussed the authorship of Isaiah, and he did not write his own book. See here Bava Bathra 15a Hezekiah and his colleagues wrote (...
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Sefer Devarim not part of the original Torah?

This supposed "later time" is that of King Yoshiyahu (Josiah). So a very straightforward piece of evidence against this notion is the following quotation in connection with King Amatziah, ...
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If the ENTIRE Egyptian army drowned, why didn't the Babylonians/Hittites invade Egypt?

Actually the opposite can be said. The simple reading of וַיִּקַּ֗ח שֵׁשׁ־מֵא֥וֹת רֶ֙כֶב֙ בָּח֔וּר וְכֹ֖ל רֶ֣כֶב מִצְרָ֑יִם וְשָׁלִשִׁ֖ם עַל־כֻּלּֽוֹ (and he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all ...
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Is there a place for the documentary-hypothesis in observant Judaism?

First we need to figure out if belief in Mosaic authorship is an ikar emuna (if it is, that would obviously mean that there is no room for it in observant Judaism, since it would be labeled as heresy)....
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Who wrote the verse near the end of the story about Mahn in Shmot 16:35?

B"H Via Google and Da`at, I found R' Yizhaq Avrabanel addressing this question (my translation) although he doesn't seem bothered by the revealing of future events and chalks it up to Omniscience....
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Why the term "Lord God" in Genesis 2–4?

Our tradition teaches that the name of G-d, the tetragrammaton, refers to G-d in his attribute of mercy (and other things too). Elokim refers to G-d in his attribute of strict judgement. Chizkuni (...
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When was this verse written?

While "traditional commentators" may need a bit of a definition, I don't believe any of them do. Some do not comment on this, and those who do say emphatically that it was either referring to a very ...
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Are there traditional Orthodox websites that counter thetorah.com?

In the comments above, I had previously recommended R Umberto Cassuto's book. In the meantime I came across R Chaim Jachter's Reason to believe which has a page addressing biblical criticism. He cites ...
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Is there a place for the documentary-hypothesis in observant Judaism?

Wikipedia cites Rabbi Menachem Mendel Kasher (1895-1983) in an article about Mosaic authorship of the Torah: ... accepted the documentary hypothesis but adapted it to the Mosaic tradition, pointing ...
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Who wrote the verse near the end of the story about Mahn in Shmot 16:35?

The Ramban in במדבר פרק-כא addresses this: השלים הכתוב להזכיר הענין בכאן וזה כענין הפרשה שאמרה ברדת המן (שמות טז לד לה) ויניחהו אהרן לפני העדות למשמרת ובני ישראל אכלו את המן ארבעים שנה עד בואם אל ...
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Where can I find responses to biblical criticism?

Two other sources one may want to check: Ben Zion Katz, M.D. authored a short book titled A Journey Through Torah: A Critique of the Documentary Hypothesis (Urim Publications,2012) in which he ...
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Why prohibitions and their corresponding punishments are separated in the Torah?

The Rambam in his list of mitzvos, in several cases (Asin 224 - 229) counts a positive commandment to punish transgressions which is separate from the prohibition itself. The two are not intrinsically ...
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If the ENTIRE Egyptian army drowned, why didn't the Babylonians/Hittites invade Egypt?

There are a lot of assumptions that underly this question without which the question falls away. The primary assumption is how the dates line up. Egyptian dating and Jewish dating of events both have ...
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Sefer Devarim not part of the original Torah?

I strongly recommend you the 11th chapter of Judah David Eisenstein's Commentary on the Torah which deals with sefer Devarim and brings various (textual and logical) evidences to defend that it was ...
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Who wrote the verse near the end of the story about Mahn in Shmot 16:35?

Shadal to shemos 16:35 writes that this posuk does not imply that Moshe didnt wrote it, because he did not wrote "וישבות המן" as stated in Yehoshua (5:12). He says that the posuk register that bnei ...
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