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How to read the Bible Maimonides says in his Guide of the Perplexed 2:48 – that all things ascribed to G-d do not mean that G-d was directly involved; it happened according to the laws of nature. Looking at the text in this way, it becomes easy to understand what the Bible is actually telling us. The Tanakh is certainly not ascribing emotions to G-d. While ...


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Where was Adam in the garden when the snake tempted Eve (Chava)? Nowhere. Because the temptation of Eve never happened.[1] Additionally, how could Chava be fooled or cheated by a snake when they can't actually speak? We know that animals do not speak because it is contrary to the nature of things. A breach in the laws of nature. The truth is: natural law is ...


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In Emunot V'Deiot 3:9 R. Saadia Gaon explains that prior to the priesthood of Aaron and his sons, there were always specific people appointed to perform sacrificial services: The third [problem is presented by] the fact that God commanded all men to offer up sacrifices and then forbade such activities to everyone except Aaron and his children. But this, ...


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The dimensions in which the g-dly plagues hit the Egyptians left them without any power nor desire for any immediate 'revenge'. One might argue revenge against whom, though? G-d? These supernatural wonders that occured during that time were way out of league from the things that goyim later on acused Jewish people for during our galut in europe. Egypt was ...


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Interestingly, there is a tradition that in addition to the suffering of the Egyptians, 15m Jews were killed during the plagues, probably because they did not fully observe Judaism or at least what was attainable at that time. People also felt that the Pharaoh was a god and perhaps felt timid to rebel. After the death of Pharaoh's firstborn, he released the ...


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I see you asked about halacha, Jewish law and science, and whether or not a person is judged if errored on one of these subjects. (1) Abraham ibn Ezra says that one may hold any opinion regarding philosophical matters of interpretations. If one wants to imagine this would be misleading, they would have to account for the many seemingly contradictory ...


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If one were to claim there is only one interpretation of the biblical text, and that they alone know the exact biblical meaning of the verse or passage, it is a general rule that the claimants are ignorant of other interpretations.[1] For example, many of the sages argued about their convictions in opposition. Yet their criterion may be rooted in a phrase ...


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I've pondered this question as well. Slavery in any form certainly seems immoral to our modern sensibilities. There are questions about other areas of Torah that raise similar moral concerns. The understanding that I have arrived at is that the Torah balances two factors: The highest ideals. Pragmatism. The Torah ideal is universal rights for all people ...


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I believe that humanity invented raiding (robbing, stealing, kidnapping) before warfare. warfare demands some kind of society and government. Bearing in mind that Avram was seriously outnumbered (~300 vs combined army of five major kingdoms) and outclassed (herdsmen vs experienced soldiers), going hand-to-hand in a battlefield would be downright suicide, so ...


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