Why did Avrohom marry Hager?Hashem promised sarah that he would have a child so why the need to marry Hagar?AlsoHow come Bilha and zilpa are not considered Matriarchs they gave birth to the Shivutim too?Why did Yaakov need to marry them?
I've learned through certain resources that "pulse", as mentioned in the book of Daniel, was likely a mixture of beans, peas, and lentils. Is this true? If so, what specific kinds of these 'vegetables' would they have been in Daniel's time and place?
Background : My 18 years old son who just started attending Rutgers U. and is not religous (although i am ) as a result of my ex-wife influence and removal from a jewish education and contact with me at a very young age , and whom I was able to meet recently after 8 years of seperation. We spoke of religion and life's meaning , which he was very intrested in as he wrote a thesis on the subject of happiness and is intrested in philosophy. He asked me the following quiestions which I need your help in answering. 1. What is the goal/goals of religion? 2.How does it specifacaly help the individual achieve this goal/goals? 3. Why cannt one adopt all the good things from all religous /philosophical/ethical systems and be content just with that as opposed to embracing judaism in full? 4. Can one achieve a deeper and longer term happiness thru the Judaic system vs. all other systems , and how can it be proven to be so to someone who doesnt believe in Judaism? I answered him quiestions 1 and 2 based on the Guide to the preplexed thesis that all religion is for mans ultimate benefit and developement but he counterd with quiestion 3 . I responded that only Judaism is the perfect formula to these goals , but he asked for examples to elucidate this and to prove that judaism is a superior system to all other hybrids of positve ideas spread out in all thought/religous systems.This is where i got stuck . Pease help me out. I will be happy to forward your answers to him , thanks in advance , nehemia rosin 917 929 8941