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Vayeira 18:21 I will descend now and see, whether according to her cry, which has come to Me, they have done; [I will wreak] destruction [upon them]; and if not, I will know." Rav Hirsch translates this as being connected to verse 20. 20 And Hashem said (to Avraham): Even if the outcry over Sodom and Gemorrah is great, and their sin weighs ...


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Maimonides writes that people were first monotheistic, then they embraced polytheism in the days of Enosh when they thought they worshiped an aspect of G-d in the form of the stars.[1] While this was a ceremonial error, it was not a theological one. Maimonides explains that people, "began to build temples to the stars and to offer them sacrifices, and ...


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I don't have a good answer, but I'd like to take this opportunity to point out the flaws in any answer I've heard or can think of. :-) The best alternative I can think of is "Christian Bible". But most Christians would understand that to mean both Old and New Testaments, not just the New. And of course Christians believe both Old and New to be authoritative,...


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As @Double AA wrote, Minchat Shai on the pasuk writes: שנא. כל שנה כתוב בה"א בר מן חד כתיב אל"ף כן יתן לידידו שנא מלמד שת"ח שמשכימין ומעריבין בבתי כנסיות ובבתי מדרשות ומנדדין שינה מעיניהם בעוה"ז לעסוק בתורה הקב"ה נותן להם נחת רוח לחיי העוה"ב וישנים שינה אחת וממנה מקיצים לחיי העוה"ב כמו שנאמר על זאת הקיצותי ואראה ושנתי ערבה לי: Translation: Shena - every ...


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