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Old 03-20-2014, 03:50 AM
 
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On this forum, I see many Jewish members using Hebrew-to-English transliterations, and they seem to be able to understand each other pretty well. In the Chinese language, the hanyupinyin (phonetic spelling of the language of the Han Chinese people) may be completely ineffective, because it does not tell me what the exact characters are, and at worst, leave out all the tone marks. Much of the understanding of the Chinese language is dependent on tone and context (you can tell there's a lot of room for puns). What's going on with the Hebrew language? How do Jews understand each other? Has there ever been a case where the original Hebrew script is required for proper understanding?
There also seems to be fairly "standardized" agreement among siddurim/etc. about how to transliterate a given consonant/vowel/sound-combo. I think most Jews have seen enough transliterations that they become used to the patterns and pick it up pretty quickly.
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Reform Jews don't know how it's pronounced because they can't read Hebrew.
Sorry to tell you that not only can they read Hebrew, they can write it, translate it and even hold a conversation in it. But what to you know? You basically read Hebrew letters phonetically without understanding the vowels and thus pronouncing the words incorrectly.
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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That's interesting..... But man coming from ape is perfectly normal? Sounds a bit hypocritical, no?
Please explain the Coccyx to us and explain why Hashem gave us one.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:30 AM
 
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As if reform Jews understand evolution. As a matter of fact, nobody understands evolution. How does it feel to have evolved from an ape?
Hi Iwish. I see we are discussing evolution again.

Actually, it feels great to be evolved from other creatures. I find almost all kinds of life very fascinating. When I look at any animal, especially turtles and crustaceans, I see a distant cousin and I think it is neat how we all survive together on this beautiful planet. It is wonderful to be alive today and to have enough self-awareness to appreciate the life I have.

Sure, I am very willing to eat some of my cousins, but that is how life goes. After I die, some of them will probably nibble on my body. That's the way it goes.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:01 AM
 
Location: OC/LA
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As if reform Jews understand evolution. As a matter of fact, nobody understands evolution. How does it feel to have evolved from an ape? Remember when you tried to explain it, but couldn't.
I'm sorry I must have missed this post. As I inferred earlier; humans didn't evolve from apes, we have a common ancestor. We also have a common ancestor with pigs, eels, redwood trees, and every living thing on earth. You also seem quite misinformed about the theory of evolution. So if you need it explained again I'm willing to but I assume it would be a waste of my time.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:30 AM
 
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... After I die, some of them will probably nibble on my body. That's the way it goes.
You do know there are holes in the bottom of Caskets, right?
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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I'm sorry I must have missed this post. As I inferred earlier; humans didn't evolve from apes, we have a common ancestor. We also have a common ancestor with pigs, eels, redwood trees, and every living thing on earth. You also seem quite misinformed about the theory of evolution. So if you need it explained again I'm willing to but I assume it would be a waste of my time.
You're not going to tell her that humans are a 92% genetic match to every animal living on the planet are you?
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:13 AM
 
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Most Jewish males learn how to read Hebrew for their Bar-Mitzva. So I don't think many use transliterations.
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