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Prophecy – General

Location of Prophecy - You wrote previously that Israel is the only land conducive to prophecy, the highest level of communion with God. All the prophets either received prophecies in Israel, or prophecies that related to the... More
Nostradamus the Prophet? - Someone forwarded me an email that showed how Nostradamus predicted the attack on the World Trade Center. Already in the first line he predicts the date: "the first year of the new century"... More

Joshua & Judges

Jephthah Sacrificing Daughter - My Bible class is studying the Book of Judges and we recently covered the story of Jephthah (Judges 11). Jephthah promises to God that if the Amonites would be delivered into his hands, then on his return... More
Sun Stands Still for Joshua - The Bible describes how the Israelites attained a major victory when the sun miraculously stood still at Gibeon – rising but not setting for a whole day. How can we believe such a thing happened,... More
Waging War Against Canaan - In 2009, when Israel went into Gaza and killed a lot of people, I was discussing religion with one of my friends, and he said that in the Torah, God told us to go out and murder people that we don't like.... More

Book of Samuel

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Book of Kings

King David's Character - I always thought that King David was a consummate Jewish hero. But lately I've heard various people disparaging his character. What's the story? More
Torah Source for Pi - I am a scientist and enjoy studying the Torah lessons found on But from a professional standpoint, I feel that scientific information is more accurate and reliable. Is that a valid perspective? More


Book of Jonah - I always loved the story of Jonah and the whale. Why do we read it during the afternoon service of Yom Kippur? More
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Esther & Achashverosh - In the Purim story, how do we understand that Mordechai handed over Esther to Achashverosh? I remember in the synagogue years ago, no one could agree on just what their relationship was. But I have read... More
Ruth and Shavuot - I attended synagogue services on the holiday of Shavuot morning, and we spent a half-hour reading the Book of Ruth. Is there any special connection between Ruth and Shavuot? More
Ruth's Conversion as Moabite? - I have a question about the Book of Ruth. As a Moabite, why was Ruth allowed to convert to Judaism, given the biblical injunction against accepting converts from the Moabite nation? More
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Ashrei - Nun - The verses in the prayer of Ashrei follow an alphabetical pattern, yet I see that the Nun is missing. Why? More
The Word "Selah" - The word "selah" is used frequently in the Book of Psalms (for example, in Psalms 3:3). But I have yet to see a good, consistent translation. Do you know what it means? More
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