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The Hebrew proposal failed, but has been restarted. However, I don't see why it will do much better. Meanwhile, I hold my self back from asking Hebrew-related questions, out of fear of political down-votes.

I hereby suggest extending the scope to include biblical Hebrew as its usage and meaning are inseparable from Jewish life and culture. However, modern Hebrew should remain out of scope*. It should also be considered to include other Jewish languages.


* Except to clarify differences: Why did the staff first become an alligator (tanin), and then a snake (nachash)? Why the grouping of faith (emunah) and national defence (bitachon)? – Confusion due to Modern Hebrew's novel definitions for tanin and bitachon.

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    "Political"? []
    – Double AA Mod
    Aug 28 '14 at 19:45
  • @DoubleAA An agenda to suppress Hebrew here in order to promote the proposed site. I remember seeing such a case, but I can't find it now.
    – Adám
    Aug 28 '14 at 19:46
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    Could you propose some sample questions for both "on-topic" and "off-topic" under this scheme? The ends of the scale are easy to see; it's always the fuzzy middle ground that causes problems. Aug 28 '14 at 19:48
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I always thought that biblical Hebrew was on topic. You know, if you have a question about what a word means in a certain Pasuk. I'm pretty sure such questions are left open all the time.

Talmudic Hebrew and Aramaic as well.

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    With the caveat that they must identify as such. A question like "what does אמתלא mean?" has nothing to do with Judaism. "What is the concept of אמתלא and how is it different than ..." does. Aug 28 '14 at 19:48
  • @YEZ, what about what does אמתלא mean in Mesechta ... Daf ...? I think I have seen that on topic. But when it comes to biblical Hebrew, I'm sure.
    – Yishai
    Aug 28 '14 at 19:50
  • Right. As of now every question "about Hebrew language" is officially off-topic, even if it doesn't get closed.
    – Adám
    Aug 28 '14 at 19:51
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    I agree. I just meant as opposed to citing an arbitrary hebrew/aramaic word with no context of why it relates to Judaism. Aug 28 '14 at 19:51
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    @NBZ, if you are asking about a Posuk, it is related to Judaism, which puts it back on topic.
    – Yishai
    Aug 28 '14 at 19:51
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    @NBZ you missed the lead-up line to that line of that post. They are not on-topic because they are Hebrew. But if they relate to Judaism then they are not off-topic because they are Hebrew. Aug 28 '14 at 19:52
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    @NBZ No! Please read the beginning of the sentence you've quoted from: "questions unrelated to Judaism ..." Being about Hebrew, whether Biblical, Mishnaic, or Modern, does not make a question on-topic but also does not make it off-topic. If the question's about Judaism, it's on-topic. If not, it's not. Here's a handy Venn diagram I made to illustrate this concept, and if you scroll up and down in the chat log there, you'll see other formats of illustration.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Aug 28 '14 at 19:55
  • @YEZ and IsaacMoses I think you are right. Maybe that text could be clearer?
    – Adám
    Aug 28 '14 at 19:56
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    @IsaacMoses Please please please include those diagrams on the scope page! :-D
    – Adám
    Aug 28 '14 at 19:58
  • @IsaacMoses I remember that :) Aug 28 '14 at 20:05

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