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JanitorBlade
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While I think thread drift will happen, and the vast majority of threads here permit this, I see no reason why we cannot have threads that retain a certain focus in their scope. Of course you have the right to refuse to stay on a certain topic, but it's common courtesy to start a new thread. It's also not very difficult.

rivka has discussed her faith in myriad threads. There isn't anything unique about this one that cannot be replicated in another, assuming she would like to discuss the topic in the first place.

Please take it somewhere else boys, I'd appreciate it.

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Public apology to Rivka: I'm sorry. I would have pursued on a separate thread, but when others kept posting, I felt it necessary to keep posting, over your explicit wishes. Sometimes it's hard to give proper respect in the heat of the moment and for that I apologize.
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rivka
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Thanks.
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Dear Rebbetzin, I am still single but don't wish to be, how can I alleviate this plight? Thank-you.

Hobbes [Smile]

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More of a Hebrew question, but asked in the context of the Torah:

Some Christians, Mormons in particular, consider "thee" or "thou" to be a more respectful, reverent form of "you" and use those forms when addressing prayers to deity. Does Hebrew have formal/informal forms of "you" and, if so, do Jews follow a similar convention when addressing G'd vs addressing others?

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Lisa
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Hebrew only has one second person singular pronoun per gender. Ata (pronounced ah-TAH) for a male and at (pronounced AHT) for a female. There's a plural masculine and plural feminine as well. Only first person is ungendered.

To the best of my knowledge, English used to have a singular second person pronoun (thee) and a plural second person pronoun (you). And over the years, the plural came to be used as well for the singular, and thee just dropped out. Similar blurring has happened in modern Hebrew as well, in certain other cases. First person singular future tense verbs have all but disappeared in common speech, particularly among kids.

But no, there's no distinction made between addressing a person and addressing God, grammar-wise.

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quote:
Originally posted by Hobbes:
Dear Rebbetzin, I am still single but don't wish to be, how can I alleviate this plight?

Dear Hobbes,

You seem to have mistaken this thread for the matchmaker thread we had floating around a few years back.

Also, as the rebbetzin is also single, she may not be the best person to ask this question. [Wink]

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Stephan
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Is it possible to produce an e-reader that is usable during Shabbat?
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Lisa
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For single page books? Possibly.
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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
quote:
Originally posted by Hobbes:
Dear Rebbetzin, I am still single but don't wish to be, how can I alleviate this plight?

Dear Hobbes,

You seem to have mistaken this thread for the matchmaker thread we had floating around a few years back.

Also, as the rebbetzin is also single, she may not be the best person to ask this question. [Wink]

Dear Rebbetzin,

Darn.

Hobbes [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Lisa:
For single page books? Possibly.

[Laugh]
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I would think something similar to a Shabbos elevator might work, as well? (That is, a book that turned pages on its own at predefined intervals, with no input from the reader.)

Not sure why you'd want one, though.

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Lisa
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Seriously. That would drive me crazy.
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And what happens when you have to leave the room for a minute? That's it, you missed 5 pages.

I see no way this could work, practically.

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Would something that senses eye or head movement be permissable?
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rivka
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Definitely no.
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How about the Force?
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rivka
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I'm going to have to go with no.
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I always wondered about psychic/super powers. Like, if you had telekinesis, would it be permissible to move something with your mind on Shabbat outside of an eruv? Would that be considered inherently a shinui? How about lighting fires with your mind?
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The last time I asked my rav -- after he stopped snickering -- he said he could see no reason why it wouldn't be just as problematic as using direct physical action. But that once I developed such powers, I should come back and ask him again.
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Fair enough.
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You should read Dean Koontz's Breathless, I think he is friends with this guy.
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With which guy? My rav?

It's not impossible.

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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
With which guy? My rav?

It's not impossible.

Lisa'a clip. The book turns into a creationist rant.

edit - I guess she deleted it.

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In all seriousness, what about robots? They're non-sentient; you could argue that they're basically a glorified timer that can operate multiple devices at once.
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rivka
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What ABOUT robots? You want one to turn pages for you?

You cannot have an animal do work for you on Shabbos either. Sentience is not required.

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a robot is not an animal?
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Didn't say it was. I think it may be more analogous to an animal than to a timer, though.

(Not that everybody is so thrilled with timers, anyway. And even timers can only be used for certain things.)

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Is there discussion about future transition to digital books?
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I think the toughest thing is going to be once there are real AIs and one of them wants to convert.
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quote:
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Is there discussion about future transition to digital books?

All religious issues aside, there will always be print books. I like ebooks a lot, but there is nothing like holding a book in your hands.


Lisa, given how many mitzvos require a physical body, what would that even MEAN?

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The first Reform Jewish AI tries to move to Israel.
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It means ...
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Linky no worky.
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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
quote:
Originally posted by Stephan:
Is there discussion about future transition to digital books?

All religious issues aside, there will always be print books. I like ebooks a lot, but there is nothing like holding a book in your hands.

Lisa, given how many mitzvos require a physical body, what would that even MEAN?

I assume that once we have true AI, making bodies for them will be a relatively trivial exercise.
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I dunno, depends on your browser plugins?
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Don't think so. Looks like the site doesn't support hotlinks.
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quote:
Originally posted by Lisa:
I think the toughest thing is going to be once there are real AIs and one of them wants to convert.

There being no human mohel strong enough, the robo-proselyte had to take matters into his own hands.
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Dear Rebbetzin,
If you could recommend any book to a non-Jew interested in learning more about Judaism, what would it be?

Thanks in advance,
Erin

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Could you be more specific about what you're looking for? History, daily living, theology, stories, what?

There are a LOT of books on the subject! [Wink]

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Um... all of the above? [Razz]

I suppose I'm most curious about the Oral Torah, and the teachings of Maimonides, but I have no idea where to start.

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Well, his Guide to the Perplexed is a classic for a reason. There are many translations out there; I'd suggest this one.
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Thanks, Rivka!
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[Smile]
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wow i wouldn't mind seeing this thread come back to life!
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For general background, I've always liked "This is My God" by Herman Wouk.

http://www.amazon.com/This-My-God-Herman-Wouk/dp/0316955140/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324296507&sr=8-1

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Have a couple questions about food. If dishes are no longer useable, can you give them to a non-jew?Can you use the same dishwasher for both set of cookware? If you start out the day with milk. are all the rest of the day- milk meals?Lived in Chicago 198o to 1979, enjoined all kinds of food. Butera was a small chain store, just 3 stores back then. One Wednesday I asked the butcher if there were any stewing hens left. He told me yes and then said I didnt know you were Jewish. I laughed and said just like chicken and noodles, he said the Jewish ladies always came in on a Wednesday for stewing hens, and never come in on Thursday, because all the hens would be gone.
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quote:
Originally posted by jaysedai6:
Have a couple questions about food. If dishes are no longer useable, can you give them to a non-jew?

Sure.

quote:
Originally posted by jaysedai6:
Can you use the same dishwasher for both set of cookware?

Not according to most Orthodox authorities.

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If you start out the day with milk. are all the rest of the day- milk meals?

No. After most dairy things (exception: hard cheese) there is either no required waiting period or some people have a custom of waiting one hour. So you could easily have a latte with breakfast, a dairy lunch, and a meat supper. Or even a meat lunch and a dairy supper, as long as there was at least 3-6 hours (varies by family custom) in between.
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Thank you very much.I can get bagels and smoked salmon here in Iowa, no chicken liver mix in this town of 25,000. Maybe I can find a Jewish deli in Des Moines or Iowa City.
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There used to be a very nice kosher deli and market in Des Moines. Not sure if it's still there.
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