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The Aramean of Deuteronomy 26:5

You shall then recite as follows before YHWH your God: “My father was a perishing [אבד-oveid] Aramean. He went down to Egypt with meager numbers and sojourned there; but there he became a great and very populous nation. Deuteronomy 26:5 … Continue reading

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Meat and Milk- Is It Really a Matter of Kashruth?

Most Jews- Conservative, Liberal, and Orthodox- avoid eating dairy and meat products together; depending on how strictly they wish to observe the Kashruth, some will have separate utensils. This all stems from three commandments found in the Torah: רֵאשִׁ֗ית בִּכּוּרֵי֙ … Continue reading

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Grammatical Plurality and Polytheism

Throughout the ancient world, there are many references to deities in the plural- Ba’alim [בעלים], Elohim [אלהים], Adonim [אדנים], etc. Most translators of ancient texts tended to make it normative to portray this as a polytheistic reference. I have been pondering … Continue reading

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Ethos, Logos, and Pathos in the Story of Job

It is the same old story which has been rehearsed time and again in various times and various places−bad things happen to good people. This seems to be the way the universe works, because there is an abundance of terrible … Continue reading

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The Biblical Origin of the Concept of Islam

Today, there is great tension between Muslims and Jews, between Islam and Judaism. The source of this tension is not a religious one, but a political one: one which is exacerbated by the current situation in Israel. Many believe that … Continue reading

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The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

וּמֵעֵ֗ץ הַדַּ֙עַת֙ טֹ֣וב וָרָ֔ע לֹ֥א תֹאכַ֖ל מִמֶּ֑נּוּ כִּ֗י בְּיֹ֛ום אֲכָלְךָ֥ מִמֶּ֖נּוּ מֹ֥ות תָּמֽוּת׃ And of the tree, the knowledge, good and evil, you shall not eat, from it; because, in the day, your eating from it, you shall certainly die. … Continue reading

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Sin, Sacrifice, and Satan

Part 1: Sin There are many interpretations as to what sin is, however, many of these interpretations are not based upon fact. What does sin mean? How does one commit an act of sin? These are some important questions in … Continue reading

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The Satan Myth

The Satan Myth The Modern Concept of Evil   Today, when you speak of Satan, the thought comes to mind of the embodiment of evil. Of a narcissistic angel who rebelled against God, an angel who waged a heavenly war … Continue reading

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Satan is the Mal’akh [Angel/Messenger] of YHWH

I laugh sometimes when I speak to the Christians; they hold that Satan is the antithesis and antagonist against YHWH. However, careful study of Tanakh will reveal to the reader that YHWH, the Mal’akh [messenger] of YHWH and Satan are … Continue reading

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Male and Female He created them

I find it absolutely amazing that the first woman was named Hawwah. Mitochondrial DNA is passed only from mother to child; mitochondria is the powerhouse of all living cells. Without mitochondrial DNA, no life would be possible. Bereshith 1, 27 … Continue reading

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