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14. Miracles and “Nothing New Under the Sun”
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Last time, we concluded with a Talmudic dictum (Sanhedrin 97a) about the world lasting for 6,000 years, which the Rambam demonstrates should not be taken literally, as the quote continues that the world will then be a wasteland for 1,000 years – a clear indication that it must still exist! It must also be noted […]
Equilibrium
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With all the unprovoked anti-Semitic sentiment flaring all over the world  many of us will no doubt try to make sense or even come to terms with the situation around us. How could the world be angered at the Jewish People for mere self-defense? How has the oppressor been turned into the oppressed? These are […]
13. Did the Prophets Foretell the End of the World?
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If you hear someone speaking a language you’ve never heard before, you would still recognize the sounds coming out of his mouth as speech. In the stranger’s language, you may perceive a word here and there that sound like words in your own language. Not only might these words mean different things to the two […]
Tzarich Iyun: Pomegranate Seeds
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Misconception:According to rabbinic tradition, a pomegranate (rimon) has 613 seeds. Fact: The pomegranate is used in rabbinic tradition as an example of a fruit that contains many seeds, but not necessarily 613. Background: The pomegranate (Punica granatum)[1] has been cultivated all over the Mediterranean region since ancient times, and was well known in the Biblical […]