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Especially interested in questions related to Judaism and politics.
What was your DDO name
What do you think of the US-Israel relationship?
What should Western nations do about the Syrian regime?
Where do you source your news?
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The Oral Torah
The Talmud notes that a beit din (court) that puts someone to death once in every 70 years is considered to be a bloodthirsty court.
Why are Jews rich?
If you're reading the Hebrew Bible from a Christian perspective, you'll get an entirely different interpretation than you would from a Jewish perspective. Jews believe in an Oral Torah as well as a written Torah. The Oral Torah helps explain the meaning of the mitzvot and how they are done.Example: An eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth.One may erroneously assume that if I poke out someone's eye then my eye would be poked out also. However, the Oral Torah explains that this is a fine and not to be taken hyper literal.Another example regards the death penalty. In actuality, the death penalty is extremely difficult to carry out. The Talmud notes that a beit din (court) that puts someone to death once in every 70 years is considered to be a bloodthirsty court.
-Is Sheol in Judaism equivalent to Hell in Christianity?-What is the purpose of man? For what was he created?-Is there an end of days in Judaism? Or do Jews merely look forward to the eternal continued existence of the nation of Israel? Do Jews believe that their nation is destined to one day assume some kind of superpower status? Do Jews believe that eventually the rest of the world shall look to their success and adopt their faith in G-d?-What is the orthodox Jewish position on the Messiah?-How would Judaism handle modern issues with no equivalent in the Torah? Can the writings of, say, Isaiah be used to help establish precedent? Or is the Mosaic Law the only thing that can be reliably drawn upon? Are there books in the Christian Old Testament that are no longer considered canon in mainstream Judaism today?
Isn't there great potential for distortion, re-imagining, and human error in oral traditions? How do you know the teachings of these traditions are the word of God if it doesn't say so in a written document regarded as holy?P.S. Your profile picture looks familiar to me for some reason. Is it from something I might have seen or read?
Was the Oral Torah developed in unison with the written, or post?
What is your opinion on the state of Israel, and the rights of Palestinians/Muslims/Christians in the land?What's your rationale for rejecting Jesus as the messiah?Can anybody become Jewish, or is it tied with ethnicity?
Also, do you believe there was a "divine role" in the situation which Israel and the Jews have faced throughout history?For a while, they were unusually oppressed and despised by powerful empires after their freeing from Babylon: Persians, Greeks, Romans, Caliphates/Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans, etc.What would be your explanation for this? Thoughts by some Christians have suggested that the oppression of Israel and the Jews were based upon their failure to align with God's will.
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