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why does the whole world even those who had never seen the bible count a week as being seven days. Problem is, they didn't (my emphasis): An eight-day week was used in Ancient Rome and possibly in the pre-Christian Celtic calendar. Traces of a nine-day week are found in Baltic languages and in Welsh. The ancient Chinese calendar had a ten-day week, as ...


The Babylonians associated one day with each of the seven easily observed astronomical bodies, i.e., sun, moon, and five visible planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.


The Gemara (Bava Kamma 2b, as explained by Rashi) seems to agree with you that we can't learn a Torah-level law (דברי תורה) from Prophets and Writings (דברי קבלה), but it clarifies that it is possible to use it to learn גילוי מילתא, to use the Prophets and Writings to clarify what the Torah means. We can't use Prophets and Writings to learn something new is ...


This verse from Iyov may answer the question directly: Job 9:33 – Judaica Press: "There is no arbiter between us, who will place his hand on both of us." Sefaria: "No arbiter is between us To lay his hand on us both."


In Book I Chapter 14 of Sefer HaIkarim R. Joseph Albo explains that (contra Maimonides) not praying to anyone or anything other than God is not to be counted as a fundamental or derivative principle of the religion precisely because there are specific verses in the Bible that forbid it: The truth of the matter is that none of the commandments of the Torah ...


This is famously mentioned along with some other people’s mothers in the Talmud (Bava Basra 91a), including Avraham and Haman: אמיה דדוד נצבת בת עדאל שמה אמיה דשמשון צללפונית ואחתיה נשיין למאי נפקא מינה לתשובת המינים Rav Ḥanan bar Rava continues: The mother of David was named Natzvat bat Ada’el. The mother of Samson was named Tzelelponit, and his ...


In 2 Samuel 16, when David flees Jerusalem after Avshalom's conspiracy, Ziba the slave comes to David with provisions, and claims Mephibosheth that has broken faith with David to join Avshalom. David responds by giving all that belonged to Mephibosheth to his slave Tziva instead. Finally, in 2 Samuel 19,28 when David returns to Jerusalem, Mephibosheth tells ...


Ezra 4 describes the slander of the returnees to Yehudah which their enemies sent to the Persian kings, leading to delays in rebuilding the Second Temple.

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