Torah Questions

I’m reading the Michael Lewis book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.

His opening protagonist is Steve Eisman, who started to study Talmud as a teenager to find mistakes in it. When he made his billions, he founded a charity to help ex-Hasidic Jews adjust to secular life.

Chaim Amalek emails: Do you ever give thought to such things, or is the benefit to you in social terms sufficient to sweep such things under the rug?

Things I always wanted to ask in cheder, but never did:

“The following are pairs of verses which contradict one another in
the books of the Jews:

2 Samuel 8:4(7 HUNDRED horsemen)
1 Chronicles 18:4(7 THOUSAND horsemen)

1 Chronicles 21:12(THREE years famine)
2 Samuel 24:13(SEVEN years famine)

Deuteronomy 2:19 & Deuteronomy 2:37(Moses deprived land of
Ammon)
Joshua 13:24-25(Moses gives land of Ammon as inheritance)

2 Samuel 24:9(800,000+500,000)
1 Chronicles 21:5(1,100,000+470,000)

2 Chronicles 36:9(EIGHT years, three months +10 days)
2 Kings 24:8 (EIGHTEEN years, three months)

2 Samuel 10:18(700, 40,000 HORSEMEN)
1 Chronicles 19:18(7000, 40,000 FOOTMEN)

1 Kings 7:26(TWO thousand baths)
2 Chronicles 4:5(THREE thousand baths)

2 Samuel 6:23(Michal had NO children)
2 Samuel 21:8(Michal had FIVE sons)

Genesis6:3(mankind shall not live past 120 years)
Genesis 11:10-32 (500,438,433,464,…etc.)

2 Chronicles 9:25(4,000 stalls)
1 Kings 4:26(40,000 stalls)

Isaiah 40:28 (God does not FAINT nor WEARY)
Exodus 31:17 (God RESTED, and was REFRESHED.)

Genisis 1: (God creates Plants, THEN animals, THEN man and
woman.)
Genesis 2: (God creates man, THEN plants, THEN animals, THEN
woman)

Ezekiel 45 and Ezekiel 46 (DOCTRINES of offerings and sacrifices)
Numbers 28 and Numbers 29 (CONTRADICTORY DOCTRINES of
offerings and sacrifices)

1 Chronicles 8:29-38 (One list of NAMES)
1 Chronicles 9:35-44 (A CONTRADICTORY list of NAMES)

2 Samuel 5 and 2 Samuel 6 (David brought the ark AFTER fighting
the Philistines)
1 Samuel 13 and 1 Samuel 14 (David brought the ark BEFORE
fighting the Philistines)

Genesis 6:19-20 (Noah was to bring onto the ark “of EVERY living
thing of all flesh, TWO of EVERY sort shalt thou bring into the ark,
to keep them alive ….male and female….of fowls….of cattle….of every
creeping thing of the earth…”).
Genesis 7:2-3 (Noah was to bring onto the ark “Of every CLEAN
beast thou shalt take to thee by SEVENS, the male and his female:
and of beasts that are NOT CLEAN by TWO, the male and his
female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the
female…”).

2 Samuel 8:1 (“David took METHEGAMMAH out of the hand of
the Philistines”).
1 Chronicles 18:1 (“David…took GATH and her towns out of the
hand of the Philistines”).

2 Samuel 8:8 (“And from BETAH, and from BEROTHAI, cities of
Hadadezer, king David took exceeding much brass”).
1 Chronicles 18:8 (“Likewise from TIBHATH, and from CHUN,
cities of Hadarezer, brought David very much brass”).

2 Samuel 8:10 (“Then Toi sent JORAM his son unto king David”)
1 Chronicles 18:10 (“He sent HADORAM his son to king David”)

2 Samuel 8:12 (“Of SYRIA, and of Moab, and of the children of
Ammon, and of the Philistines, and of Amalek”).
1 Chronicles 18:11 (“from EDOM, and from Moab, and from the
children of Ammon, and from the Philistines, and from Amalek.

2 Samuel 8:13 (“And David gat him a name when he returned from
smiting of the SYRIANS in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand
men”).
1 Chronicles 18:13 (“And he put garrisons in EDOM; and all the
EDOMITES became David’s servants”).

2 Samuel 8:17 (“and SERAIAH was the scribe”)
1 Chronicles 18:16 (“and SHAVSHA was scribe”)

1 Kings 15:33-16:6 (“In the THIRD year of Asa king of Judah began
Baasha the son Ahijah to reign over all Israel in Tirzah, TWENTY
FOUR years….. So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was BURIED
in Tirzah”). 3+24=27.
2 Chronicles 16:1 (“In the THIRTY SIXTH year of the reign of Asa,
Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah”). But he died in the
twenty seventh year!. Was he resurected?. So how did he invade
Judah 10 years after his death?.

Ezra 2:6 (2812)
Nehemiah 7:11 (2818)

Ezra 2:8 (945)
Nehemiah 7:13 (845)

Ezra 2:12 (1222)
Nehemiah 7:17 (2322)

Ezra 2:15 (454)
Nehemiah 7:20 (655)

Ezra 2:19 (223)
Nehemiah 7:22 (328)

Ezra 2:28 (223)
Nehemiah 7:32 (123)

Gingernova responds on Youtube to my latest Torah Talk with Rabbi Rabbs:

I have questions.

1. Where can I look up the “Rombom” and what you are talking about?

2. What about the foreshadowing of the potential sacrifice of Isaac (and the lamb sacrificed)…Christians believe he is the lamb of God who was sacrificed.

3. Could it be possible that God could come down and inhabit a human body? Or is it impossible?

1. Okay so why do you (Judism) not tell us the code?

2. Why do you not have time for that?

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