Comments for Torah Musings http://www.torahmusings.com Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:15:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Comment on From the Archives of Tradition by mycroft http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/from-the-archives-of-tradition-4/#comment-107730 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:15:11 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39108#comment-107730 Is there a reason why the link only has responses up to the letter B? I thought Tradition put all prior issues before the past few years online.

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Comment on Q&A with R. Prof. Joshua Berman by Joshua Berman http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/qa-with-r-prof-joshua-berman/#comment-107625 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:18:22 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39113#comment-107625 It’s hard to say. Eretz Goshen, which is in the Nile Delta, is a region where the water table has risen, and there are virtually no written remains to give us a picture that could allow us to satisfactorily answer that question. What is very clear, though, is that at this time, Egypt was in stiff competition with the Hittite Empire in Turkey, over the allegainces of about a dozen smaller states that lie between the two. That’s why Pharaoh’s concern in 1:10 is that Israel will “join our enemies…and go up.”

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Comment on Q&A with R. Prof. Joshua Berman by Joshua Berman http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/qa-with-r-prof-joshua-berman/#comment-107620 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:03:32 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39113#comment-107620 There is a mistaken assumption in your comment: and that is that we today have full access to the literary conventions of the time in which the Torah was given. Ralbag already noted that this was not the case (see link in my interview). Once we see that the 70 nefesh count also “doesn’t work”, the conclusion should be that there is a literary use of numbers that fluctuates between the literal and the figurative in ways that are not intuitive to us. I would only note that only modern readers (like you and me) seem to have a problem with this.

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Comment on Moshe’s Speech Defect and the Dangers of Demagoguery by Sages Over Prophets - Torah Musings http://www.torahmusings.com/2013/12/moshes-speech-defect-and-the-dangers-of-demagoguery/#comment-107575 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:30:31 +0000 http://torahmusings.dreamhosters.com/?p=19590#comment-107575 […] 38a’s saying that a prophet has to be wise, strong, and wealthy (which Ran discussed before, here and here) and guiding […]

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Comment on Daily Reyd by MiMedinat HaYam http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/daily-reyd-355/#comment-107573 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:24:19 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39137#comment-107573 You forgot about this one by Rabbi Zivitofsky
https://www.ou.org/jewish_action/12/2011/whats_the_truth_about-seudah_shelishit/

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Comment on Exodus: Salvation or Transformation? by micha http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/exodus-salvation-or-transformation-2/#comment-107571 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:54:31 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39106#comment-107571 I like explaining this machloqes amora’im as being leshitasam:

Shemu’el sees yetzi’as Mitzrayim in terms of Avadim Hayinu. And he’s also the one who says “there is no difference between this world and the messianic era but subserviance to [foreign] governments.”

Rav, whose hagadah begins “In the beginning our ancestors were idolaters” similarly depicts the messianic redemption in metaphysical (and supernatural) terms.

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Comment on Q&A with R. Prof. Joshua Berman by Holy Hyrax http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/qa-with-r-prof-joshua-berman/#comment-107563 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:15:49 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39113#comment-107563 Rabbi Berman, you bring up good questions. What about the beginning of the story where it says the Israelites multiplied a lot (the Hebrew is obviously more powerful). Are a few thousand slaves such danger to Egypt when hypothetically they had other thousands of slaves from other nations?

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Comment on Q&A with R. Prof. Joshua Berman by micha http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/qa-with-r-prof-joshua-berman/#comment-107547 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:01:42 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39113#comment-107547 Good question.

A similarly good question: Why would symbolic numbers add up with a carry from the mei’os to the alafim.

Since I’m not the one claiming to have answers, i don’t need to put up a competing theory. I am just the nudnik who thinks yours doesn’t work.

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Comment on Q&A with R. Prof. Joshua Berman by Joshua Berman http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/qa-with-r-prof-joshua-berman/#comment-107529 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:34:33 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39113#comment-107529 How did two-three million people bring all the korabnot mandated by Sefer Vayikra (and see the six other equally difficult problems I raise in my Mosaic essay)?

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Comment on Q&A with R. Prof. Joshua Berman by micha http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/qa-with-r-prof-joshua-berman/#comment-107518 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:55:02 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39113#comment-107518 Symbolic and historical aren’t disjoint sets. Hashem could write a symbol into history as much as He could do so in the text. As we see with the “70 nefesh”.

But it also means that finding symbolism in the 600k number doesn’t speak at all to the subject of whether that symbolism is historical or narrative.

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