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My friends and I have questions about I Samuel 16:2. Is there any particular reason Samuel was told to offer a female animal rather than a male animal? Since the Ark was in the possession of the Philistines and the Tabernacle and the Altar for sacrifices had, apparently, ceased to function after Eli and his sons died and the Ark was lost in battle, how and where did the Israelites "do" sacrifices since there was no functioning Tabernacle and The Temple had not yet been built? Samuel was not a priest/Levite so what "kind" (name? category?) of sacrifice was he offering? It almost seems as though he was offering an illegitimate sacrifice "on a high place." How can this be explained? We would appreciate ANY light you can shed on this topic! Thanks for giving us your time!
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Why does it seem that Rachel, the wife of Rabbi Akiba, is not given the same or even more honor than her husband? It is because of her what Rabbi Akiva became. She suffered and sacrificed so much. Also, where is she buried? Most people go to pray with requests at the gravesite of Rabbi Akiva, not hers. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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I appreciate the wisdom you have shared. I have a question, not about faith, but about lineage. We see in the Bible, incredible and detailed records pertaining to ancestry. And, nowadays, this whole ancestry thing that's mentioned in the Torah has gotten so popular, either as a fad or something more serious, and many people are shelling out a lot of money to find out where they came from. My question: Are most Jews still able to trace their lineage way back, or was that just a Bible thing? Thanks
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