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Alternative version of Tower of Babel story

Found it in R. Yaakov Culi's Me'am Lo'ez Pirkei DeRabbi Eliezer 24 says If a man fell and died they paid no heed to him, but if a brick fell they sat down and wept, and said: Woe is us ! when will ...
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Tower of Babel - Rocketship?

See here for a full explanation of Rav Yonasan Eibeshitz's idea of the generation attempting to build a tower so high it would reach beyond the gravitational pull of the Earth. Then, they planned to ...
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What was G-d's problem with building the Babel Tower?

Babel, a New Society? The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1–8) was an attempt to reach heaven by the Babylonians. The Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 109a explains as follows: “Let us go up to the heavens ...
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Why did Hashem confuse the tongues of the tower-builders, rather than set them at enmity with each other?

So first of all, the Ralbag (Bereshit Beur HaParashah 11:3-9) explains that the main thing is that Hashem wanted, in His kindness, to offer protection to the human race, not wiping them out, but ...
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Tower of Babel - Rocketship?

I've heard people reference Sanhedrin 106b when mentioning it, although there doesn't seem to be any link between the two. א"ר ארבע מאה בעיי' בעו דואג ואחיתופל במגדל הפורח באויר Rav said, 'Doeg ...
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What were the 10 instances when the Torah reports that God descended?

In Bereishis Rabba 38 re: Bereishis 11:5, the comment on the 10 descents is made by Rabbi Shimon bar Chalafta on that pasuk. In Bereishis Rabba 49 re: Bereishis 18:21, a similar comment is made by ...
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What were the 10 instances when the Torah reports that God descended?

Interestingly, this idea is brought twice in Beresheet Rabbah, once by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Beresheet Rabbah 49:6 and once by Rabbi Shimon bar Chalafta in Beresheet Rabbah 38:9. The complete ...
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How can we understand the timeline of the Tower of Babel?

You don't need any specialized technology to make kilns. You can make them from mud bricks. https://youtu.be/wbc443KVWfI?feature=shared As for number of people, you only need 70 people to get 70 ...
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Why did Hashem confuse the tongues of the tower-builders, rather than set them at enmity with each other?

(Don't know if this is allowed, but regarding your challenge, I saw in the book Lashon Hakodesh By R. Klein that the Yerushalmi Megilla (Perek 1 Halacha 9) has a machlokes if they spoke 70 languages ...
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Do any commentaries suggest that the Tower of Babel was the Great Pyramid of Giza?

The apocryphal (or Midrash?) book of Jasher chapter 14 says that the first Pharaoh of Egypt was a wise man from Nimrod's nation of Shinar/Sumer. Shinar/Sumer being the location of the Tower of Babel, ...
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What was G-d's problem with building the Babel Tower?

Ralbag offers an interesting perspective on this topic: The people wanted to build the tower for two reasons. To make a name for themselves by building a great tower, and to leave a memory of ...
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Tower of Babel - Rocketship?

Since rocket ships are a modern invention, the concept of "building up to heaven" or "being able to go to heaven" is a spiritual or theoretical idea. It is like "aron haporeich ba-avir" (a flying box) ...
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