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Zoroastrianism

Does the Torah Prohibit Male Masturbation?

Onan son of Judah “would let [his seed] go to waste on the ground, so as not to provide offspring for his brother. This was wicked in the eyes of YHWH, who killed him” (Genesis 38:9–10). What was Onan’s sin?

Prof.

Michael L. Satlow

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How the Concept of Mosaic Authorship Developed

In the Persian period, the Torah, which is made up of various law collections, was ascribed to Moses as revealed by YHWH. A parallel development was taking place in Achaemenid Persia that sheds light on this process: The sacred texts called the Avesta, that contain the law​​ (dāta) and tradition (daēnā) of Zoroastrianism​, were being collectively ascribed to Zarathustra (Zoroaster) as revealed by Ahuramazdā.

Dr. Rabbi

Yishai Kiel

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Why the Midrash Has Abraham Thrown into Nimrod’s Furnace

The historical association of Abraham and Nimrod with Zoroaster, the founder of Zoroastrianism

Dr. Rabbi

Yishai Kiel

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The Purification of a Niddah: When Silence Matters

Immersing in the Priestly Text

Dr. Hacham

Isaac S. D. Sassoon

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