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The Life of the Party

rrstern25 Advanced said on 8/3/2010

Is Miriam a party girl? It's also interesting that she's referred to as a 'prophetess' here.

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Miriam the Gossip Queen

rrstern25 Advanced said on 8/3/2010

I think that Miriam's gossiping indicates that she has oldest child syndrome. She is constantly trying to be the know-it-all. Additionally...

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Righteous and blameless

rrstern25 Advanced said on 8/3/2010

These words connote Noah's stellar personality, but they are kind of vague. What does it actually mean to be 'righteous' and 'blameless?'

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Clean vs Unclean Animals

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/29/2010

Does a 'clean' animal mean a Kosher animal? Also, if God didn't want unclean animals around, why would he even have Noah save them?

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How could Noah 'walk with God?'

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/29/2010

I find it interesting that this section of the verse is translated as "walked with God." How is it possible for someone to 'walk' with God? ...

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Are the nations mentioned in Daniel accurate?

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/29/2010

Marc Zvi Brettler comments that Daniel depicts the Babylonians, Medes, Persians, and Greeks as four consecutive empires, but historically we...

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Did David actually kill Goliath?

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/29/2010

Marc Zvi Brettler argues that it wasn't David who killed Goliath, but rather, Elchanan. To learn more about Brettler's argument, see chapte...

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D'rash

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/28/2010

To learn more about a D'rash, see the introduction in Etz Hayim.

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D'rash

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/28/2010

To learn more about a D'rash, see the introduction in Etz Hayim.

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What's a D'rash?

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/28/2010

It's not unusual to be confused about what exactly a D'rash is. The introduction to Etz Hayim explains it very well and focuses on these sp...

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A connection between the Shema and the Splitting of the Sea

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/28/2010

In his chapter on Beshalach, Arthur Green references a midrash, which draws a parallel between the Shema and the Splitting of the Sea. To l...

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Teshuvah

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/28/2010

Arthur Green has a really interesting take on Teshuvah and the way it is represented in this verse. To learn more about it, check out the c...

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Great Midrash about Numbers 21:18

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/27/2010

If you're interested in a really interesting midrash about Numbers 21:18, check out Arthur Green's "The Language of Truth" (p.219)

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The Beginning of the World = The Beginning of Torah

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/27/2010

Rashi says that God 'looked into the Torah and created the world.'

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The Beginning of the World = The Beginning of Torah

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/27/2010

Rashi says that God 'looked into the Torah and created the world.'

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Who authored the Torah?

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/27/2010

Some people speculate that Moses was the author of the Torah. These last lines, which tell of his death, however, prove that he could not ha...

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Green in the Torah

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/27/2010

The concept of 'Going Green' isn't unique to the twenty-first century. It seems that in order to preserve animal life, Israel is commanded ...

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We are our own people

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/27/2010

So this is the reason I never celebrated Halloween as a child...

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The first food snobs

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/27/2010

The message here is basically that Israel is expected to eat gourmet food and everyone else can eat garbage. This is one more way to say tha...

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What's a 'Roebuck?'

rrstern25 Advanced said on 7/27/2010

I've never heard of it...

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