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Ask The Rabbi--Can You Know Truth?
Rabbi Daniel Lapin--Ask Rabbi Daniel Lapin ^ | 7/11/'13 | Rabbi Daniel and Mrs. Susan Lapin

Posted on 07/11/2013 7:51:26 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator

Shalom,

Are there tests/questions for some ideas/concepts to see if they are true?

Toda Raba (thank you),
∼ Jonathan

Isn’t it interesting that throughout history the idea of being uncertain about truth is a common theme? Much of Greek tragedy revolves around the oracle at Delphi that gave cryptic answers that were misinterpreted. In other periods as well, we see many examples of good people who thought they were doing the ‘right thing’, when hindsight makes it clear that they were sorely mistaken in their actions.

Evidently, there is no foolproof method by which to discern the truth. However, we do need to make an effort and there are a number of clues that spring from ancient Jewish wisdom and the Hebrew language. We actually have an entire chapter on truth in our book, Buried Treasure. One point we make is that in God’s language the Hebrew word for truth, EMeT is composed of the first, middle and last letter of the alphabet. So often we, or others wishing to prejudice us, present part of a situation rather than the whole story. In seeking truth, we need to make sure that we have an entire breadth of knowledge. We need to trace the seeds of an issue back to their very beginnings, not skip any important details along the way and finally conclude with the end of the story – that may mean making honest projections into the future.

For this reason, we should be wary of ‘new’ ideas that are presented as truths. Often, a little exploration will reveal that they are gussied up remakes of concepts that brought misery in the past. For us, the Bible with traditional transmission of its meaning stands as the most trusted guide.

Best wishes,

Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin


TOPICS: Apologetics; General Discusssion; Judaism; Theology
KEYWORDS: hebrew; truth
Another brief message from Rabbi Lapin on objective truth and its correspondence with the original language, Hebrew.

Let's not fight this time, okay? Just enjoy the article and take from it what you can get.

1 posted on 07/11/2013 7:51:26 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator
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To: hlmencken3; rmlew; Nachum; dervish; Yehuda; Ancesthntr; TorahTrueJew; Yomin Postelnik; ...
Ping.

I apologize for the red type. I must have done something wrong, but don't know what it was (it's late and I'm tired). Also the word "EMeT" should be italicized. Again, my apologies.

2 posted on 07/11/2013 7:53:57 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (What would Yehoshu`a [Bin Nun] do?)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
What is truth?

Consider how I love your precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to your loving kindness. Your word is true from the beginning: and every one of your righteous judgments endures for ever. Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart stands in awe of your word. (Psalm 119:159-161)

Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth. (John 17:17)

Shalom.

3 posted on 07/11/2013 10:48:24 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
I apologize for the red type. I must have done something wrong, but don't know what it was

You didn't do anything wrong. It looks like it is supposed to be that way. In red. It's a witness against the Zimmerman trial abomination, where truth has fallen in the streets (or in the courtroom as it were). Emet = the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

I had the impression from the get-go [of the Trayvomination] that the media and fellow travelers in the race-baiting industry saw the name Zimmerman and assumed Zimmerman = Jew, thus they rabidly salivated for a free pass to bludgeon Buckaroo Joo for killing an unarmed underprivileged black yoot.

Ironically, a Zimmerman as Jew identity appears to have become an allegorical truth.

4 posted on 07/11/2013 11:57:02 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Torah is truth.

If it conflicts with Torah, then it ain’t true.


5 posted on 07/12/2013 12:40:00 AM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
"For this reason, we should be wary of ‘new’ ideas that are presented as truths."

Whatever will be
Has already been done
And there is nothing new
under the sun.

6 posted on 07/12/2013 3:09:35 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Zionist Conspirator
EMeT

I had thought that the great difficulty in translating the ancient Hebrew language was because there were no vowels and no lower case letters.

I feel it is very important that the world have access to the correct translations of all the books selected for the Old and New Testament Bibles. Hebrew accounts for all but a few passages of the Old Testament and Aramaic accounts for the rest. Jews created Aramaic while exiled to Babylon and is similar to Hebrew.

Other translations sprang from the first translation to the Greek. Hebrew to Greek, Greek to Latin, Hebrew to Latin, Latin to English, Greek to English, and all other translations have the original Hebrew in common. All translations must rely on the interpretation of the Hebrew words. Flaws exist in all translations to the extent that the Hebrew is flawed and this is before adding their own flaws.

I rely heavily on the first Greek translation but it cannot be more accurate than the original Hebrew.

7 posted on 07/12/2013 10:24:01 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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