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How to really understand the Bible Good question. For one, anthropomorphic statements about G-d should always be taken figuratively as metaphors. For example, Maimonides understood the "Garden of Eden" story to be a parable. Ralbag understood that the sun did not really stand still for Joshua at Gibeon, this was a feeling Joshua felt "as if" the sun stood ...


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The simple answer is that this determination is not much different than other determination about the meaning of a text, which is made on a case-by-case basis. One has to use logical analyses of the information presented, both inherently (regarding clues in the text itself) and in a broader context, including whether or not there is a relevant and reliable (...


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Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 445:2: ואם שרפו קודם שעה ששית הרי זה מותר ליהנות בפחמין שלו בתוך הפסח אבל אם שרפו משעה ששית ולמעלה הואיל והוא אסור בהנאה הרי זה לא יסיק בו תנור וכירים ולא יבשל ואם בישל או אפה אותה הפת ואות' התבשיל אסורים בהנאה וכן הפחמין שלו אסורים בהנאה הואיל ושרפו אחר שנאסר בהנאה:‏ If one burns it [chametz] before the the sixth hour [...


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There are two status of Teruma. Teruma Tehora and Teruma Temea. See Sheviit 8.2. For an Israel who used against the law Teruma, he needs to pay his consommation of Teruma to the Kohen equally for Tehora and Temea. See Terumot 1.6. If he eats teruma temea, he pays keren and chomesh despite that the Kohen cannot eat it. But for the Kohen they are different. E....


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Well we know what month it went into effect. As I see it, this is a side-effect of the dispute over who wrote the last 8 verses of the Torah. There are strong indications that Moshe's role was to transmit the Torah to us. "Torah tzivah lanu Moshe -- Moshe commanded us the Torah" (Devarim 33:4). R Simlai uses this verse to derive the number of 613 mitzvos --...


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The credit card company doesn't care why you spend money on your credit card. They make money from transaction fees, paying back only a portion of what they make as rewards. The more you spend, the more money they make. So no, spending money on your credit card for someone else with the intention of being paid off isn't defrauding the credit card company. ...


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The source is chapter ten (or eleven) of Mishnah Sanhedrin, which states that, “all Israelites have a share in the world to come.” Maimonides had a problem. He felt that only those who developed their minds would have a place in the world to come. Unfortunately for him, most people do not develop their intellect. The problem was resolved when he ...


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The Bible reports when the Philistine woman Delilah sheared Samson’s hair, his source of strength, while Samson was asleep. Actually, Samson’s strength was determined by his observance of the mandates placed by angels, this includes the prohibition of cutting hair. However, Samson knew Delilah would cut his hair since she attempted to dilute his powers ...


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Ralbag explains that growing his hair physically contributed to his strength, but God also granted him additional strength on account of him being a nazirite. He proves this from the fact that when Samson cut his hair he lost his strength immediately – had the strength been solely from growing his hair it would have dissipated over time: ועם שבזה הענין ...


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It is not that the power is in the hair itself, however, he was granted the power as long as he kept the vow of the nezirus. Letting his hair be cut, caused him to break the vow. It was breaking the vow that caused him to lose his power. Shoftim 13:5 Because you shall conceive, and bear a son; and a razor shall not come upon his head, for a Nazirite to ...


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