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  1. Harel13

    Iran President Ebrahim Raisi, supreme leader’s protégé, dies at 63 in helicopter crash

    Probably not. The Ayatollah is still alive. They'll find a replacement likely equally as bad, or worse.
  2. Harel13

    (Belated) Happy Yom Ha'atzamaut!

    Yesterday was, as we know, Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. Israel is now 76 (and a couple of days). I wanted to make this thread yesterday, but did not find the time. Anyway, I'm sure that I wasn't alone in celebrating with a heavy heart, what with the hostages and the war and...
  3. Harel13

    Yom Ha'shoah 5784

    Also, if anyone's interested, I know of two virtual memorial projects set up in recent years: https://madlikim-zochrim.co.il/ This one generates a random name with a neshama candle background as an image which can be downloaded and posted on social media (e.g., Whatsapp status)...
  4. Harel13

    Yom Ha'shoah 5784

    Today is Yom Ha'shoah (Holocaust Day) in Israel. In less than an hour, a siren of different sorts will ring out in Israel. I haven't gathered much thoughts on this, but for me, the words "never forget" have never rung more hollow. I will share one cover of the song "The Last Seder in the...
  5. Harel13

    Ask the Staff Anything About RF

    Nothing's changed since you last asked that question. Refer to my answer here.
  6. Harel13

    Are Non-Jews...

    My position is the opposite: trying to make nice with an openly hostile country like Iran and throwing them a bone is what makes open war with them inevitable. It was 300+ drones and missiles this time. Nothing bad has happened to Iran yet. So next time it'll be 1500+ drones and missiles. And as...
  7. Harel13

    Are Non-Jews...

    This reality reflects the US's lack of deterrence. Iran wouldn't have even considered the idea of attacking a close US ally if it knew the US, a global military powerhouse, was likely to hit back with full or even half force. That the US okayed a medium-scale attack and then demanded Israel not...
  8. Harel13

    Are Non-Jews...

    Agreed, and while perhaps one of the most drastic steps, it's not the only one.
  9. Harel13

    Are Non-Jews...

    Not exactly. The Iranians wanted to retaliate for Israel killing one of their top generals, but they also wanted to make sure that their attack wouldn't bring an extreme reaction from the US. So they essentially asked the US (via a third party, Turkey), if they could go ahead with the attack...
  10. Harel13

    Are Non-Jews...

    I think that the US policy towards Iran just pushes off the inevitable, and will be harmful to the US (never mind the rest of the world) in the long run (which at this point is the fairly near future). IMO the US should put a stop to Iran's nuclearization ASAP. Bomb the oil factories, etc. On...
  11. Harel13

    Are Non-Jews...

    Both and more: Israelis themselves are divided on the topic of sovereignty, and if sovereignty, should the Arabs receive citizenship or just residency? As stated previously, it doesn't really matter as long as the Israeli government isn't willing to budge. Meanwhile, yes, and not just Arabs and...
  12. Harel13

    Are Non-Jews...

    Palestine ≠ Israel. The world has our hands tied on this. I'll try to summarize the topic. In 1947 the UN okayed the partition plan which gave some of Mandatory Palestine to the Jewish population and most of it to the Arab population. The Jews took the deal, the Arabs didn't and declared war...
  13. Harel13

    Are Non-Jews...

    Note my second paragraph. Know of a country that doesn't have grey areas? What do you mean by "necessary"?
  14. Harel13

    Are Non-Jews...

    As I've stated countless times on this site, non-Jewish citizens are treated equally in the eyes of the law. In fact, in some places you may find affirmative action in favor of minorities (e.g. Arabs have an easier time getting accepted into med school than Jews). Equality for non-Jews was put...
  15. Harel13

    Happy Birthday SalixIncendium!!

    Happy birthday!
  16. Harel13

    Breaking news! India and Egypt switched locations.

    This is cherry-picking. His next statement explains that this is ridiculous.
  17. Harel13

    You shall not boil a kid in its mother's ?????

    It's more about vowelization traditions than scribal error. Vowel points only appeared on the scene in the Islamic period, so scribal error is only relevant from the time of the Masoretes who created the first vowelized chumashim. Proving a certain pronunciation in Hebrew is difficult (perhaps...
  18. Harel13

    The issue of the Israelite riches

    Well, we all know which chag is coming up after Purim... Last night I came across a cool paper by Dr. Aton Holzer. Holzer is a medical doctor who's taken up writing scholarly-level, Torah-related papers in recent years. In this paper he discusses the question of the Israelite right to the...
  19. Harel13

    Purim

    Yes, that idea is well-known. No dancing, though.
  20. Harel13

    Goodness

    Well, technically he wrote the stone becomes a gem, not grows into it. That's what he wrote about the human. He didn't clarify how the stone becomes a gem.
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