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Author:  Marc
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Date:  10/16/2004 8:28:00 PM
Subject:  Shnayim Mikra V'Echad Targum
Message:  Can you be yotzei Shnayim Mikra V'Echad Targum by using an english translation as your "Targum." If not, what is the purpose of reading the Targum Unkeles if you don't understand it?

Thank you.
Reply:  No
If you learn Tana"ch and you focus when you read the Unkelos, you will see some of the benefits. The English translation is not anything. It is not accurate, it is often written by Apikorsim (heretics), and it does not convey what Unkelos conveys. When Unkelos wrote his Targum, he did it with Ruach Hakodesh. The others similarly write theirs with Ruach Shetut.

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