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Davidbena

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‏משתמש זה דובר עברית כשפת אם.‏
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One of the most beautiful photographs of all time... our planet Earth

One of my favorite pastimes is writing. The professional skills required for good writing are in building a good vocabulary, or, as some may call it, becoming a "wordsmith." Reading many books, and becoming acquainted with the styles of other authors definitely helps. Hopefully, my modest contribution here, on Wikipedia, will be a worthwhile one and will bring some sense of satisfaction to our readers.

A scholar once wrote: "Literature... depends heavily on credibility. If a text has passed through the professional hands of the author, editor, publisher, and bookseller, the readers will assume with good reason that the editorial frame and, in particular, the alleged authorship is accurate." - D. Trobisch. This does not negate, however, how that we, as editors, ought to be truthful in our reporting. Maimonides, the famous Jewish Rabbi and philosopher, once wrote in his Epistle to Yemen (ch. xiv): “Do not consider a statement true because you find it in a book, for the prevaricator is as little restrained with his pen as with his tongue. For the untutored and uninstructed are convinced of the veracity of a statement by the mere fact that it is written; nevertheless its accuracy must be demonstrated in another manner.”

Another thing to remember here is that "popular opinions are not always the accurate opinion," and, therefore, must sometimes be taken with a grain of salt. I will also remind our readers here that the age of a book's publication makes little or no difference, so long as the information provided is accurate. The key here is accuracy. Albert Einstein's Theory of relativity is still applicable today. In 2007, Einstein's theory of relativity was further substantiated by an experiment conducted by Chinese-born Zhang and German physicists, with the discovery of topological insulator. Some of Sir Isaac Newton's laws of gravity and of physics are still applicable today, such as Newton's third law, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." Many of the works on medicine, written by mediaeval authors, such as by Maimonides or by Avicenna, or by classical writers long before them, such as Galen (Aelius Galenus), or Dioscorides and Theophrastus, are still applicable unto us today. Some of their ancient remedies are still being used today in compounded medicines. So, too, many of the philosophical works, such as those written by Descartes and Cordemoy, are still applicable today. Do not be misled by a book's antiquity and think to say that its account must be outdated and obsolete, since this is not always the case. Friedrich Hayek once described what he called “the fatal conceit,” that somehow we know better than the wisdom of the ages.

In many of my articles published here on Wikipedia, I often make use of Hebrew quotes taken from reliable Hebrew sources not readily available to our English readers, but which I am careful to add thereto an English translation of the Hebrew text, as well as expanded explanatory notes in the references cited. Two articles created by me, Erich Brauer and Beit Shearim, appear under the names of different users because of an earlier "Redirect" under those same titles, and which I was unaware of at the time. I have also been privy to work on the improvement of articles started by others, all for the good of this worthy project. A sampling of such articles are as follows:

"No one is so poor as he who lacks knowledge!" - Babylonian Talmud, Nedarim 41a

The Land of Israel (click to enlarge)
Jerusalem Western Wall stones
Yemenite Torah scrolls

It is my fervent wish that, someday, Wikipedia (the online encyclopedia) will hold itself to the high standards of the old printed versions of encyclopedias. To my fellow editors, as we work together on the basis of cordial collaborative editing, I say: HAPPY EDITING!

Lovely valley, the Elah Valley

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Southern wall of the Temple Mount
Wall at the Temple Mount's south-eastern corner
Old Roman era gate beneath the Damascus Gate

Things that every Wikipedian should know aboutEdit

     

My photos
 
Amulet case
 
Facade of Migdal David
 
Woven baskets and nargillah

International TravelsEdit

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