Notes by Autumn Light

On Hebrew, English, translation, editing, and more—by Jonathan Orr-Stav

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Is the Torah the first example of the blockchain—since the Torah says every male must write his own copy of the Torah?

And once copies are disseminated, it’s increasingly hard to make additions or changes without consent of the supermajority


Interesting question—to which the answer is:

  • Yes, the Torah might be said to be record of a covenant (agreement), and
  • Yes, it is widely disseminated and cannot be unilaterally changed by anyone—but
  • No, for the simple reason that a blockchain is a record that is continuously added to by its users—whereas the Torah was authored once (be it by Moses—per traditional belief—or rabbinical sages in the early Second Temple), and has since been immutable.

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What do you think of the new “Latinized Kazakh” alphabet from the point of orthography and phonetics?

I don’t know Kazakh, but I do know that the proliferation of letters with apostrophes in the new proposed alphabet is a mistake.

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