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Meaning of short sentence in English (dictates... acts)

Asked by rmoses1 (52points) December 14th, 2011

Hi, thanks in advance for helping.
Is the meaning of this sentence:
“Halakha dictates while discounting individual emotional experience, and the Orthodox man acts.”
is: The Halakha tells a man what to do and he does it” ?

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janbb's avatar

Yes but the part about “while discounting individual emotional experience” is also significant. It means that the Orthodox man’s feelings are not important, what is important is following Halakha.

JLeslie's avatar

It seems to me English is your second language? Can you get what you are reading in your first language? @janbb gave a good answer.

rmoses1's avatar

I have to translate it, it’s a chapter from a book. and since English is my second language (Hebrew is the first), sometimes I’m not sure if I understand correctly.

and one more plaese: how to explain what is “Halakha is exemplified masculinity”?

JLeslie's avatar

@rmoses1 No problem. That material is difficult to understand even in one’s own language. I think it means Halakha represents or embodies masculinity. It is reinforcing following Jewish law is manly/masculine. Not sure. You can wait for a few more answers to see if people agree.

janbb's avatar

It is difficult and also a very rigid text, I might add. I think the last phrase you cite means that Halakha is masculinity made manifest. (Is there no reference to women’s role in this work?)

wundayatta's avatar

Too little context. Is Halakha the name of a person or of something else? If something else, what kind of something else? A philosophy? A book?

“Halakha dictates while discounting individual emotional experience, and the Orthodox man acts.”

This could mean that some individual named Halkaha is dictating while at the same time, discounting individual emotional experience. Why someone would do two such things at the same time makes no sense to me. Perhaps Halakha is really “The Halakha”—some religious book that tells people how to live. Maybe it has an attitude that emotions don’t count. Only actions. I don’t know.

To tell the truth I could guess and guess, but I really have no way of making any sense out of that sentence. It is too far out of context.

janbb's avatar

@wundayatta Halakha means the rules for living an Orthodox Jewish life as specified in the Torah and refined in the Talmud and rabbinic literature.

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