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Wrapping tefillin to create letters

When we wrap, there seems to be a prevalent custom to incorporate the shapes Dalet, Yod and Shin in the strap on the hand/arm (depending on one's custom (discussed in Sefer Ta'amei Haminhagim page 13 ...
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Ki Ein by Yonatan Shlagbaum

I was listening to song called Ki Ein by Yonatan Shlagbaum. Here are the words to his song: He כי אין הקב"ה אוהב אלא למי שאוהב את ישראל וכל מה שאדם מגדיל אהבתו לישראל, גם הקב"ה מגדיל עליו Where does ...
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the tzaddik decrees it and HaKadosh Baruch Hu fulfills it

Someone mentioned that the Gemara in Mo'ed Katan (16b) says: צדיק גוזר והקב"ה מקים, the tzaddik decrees it and HaKadosh Baruch Hu fulfills it. I looked in Mo'ed Katan and could not find צדיק גוזר ...
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Where does Rav Dessler mention that root word of אהבה is הב?

I read in one of Rav Dessler's books where he says that the root word of אהבה is הב, which means "give" in Aramaic. Does anyone know where he mentions this?
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Resurrection of the dead - when did this concept started?

From an historical point of view, when did Israelites begin to believe in the resurrection of the dead? In Klausner's book (p. 47) he states the following: "(...) in the time of Hosea the people ...
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Sefas Emes on Aharon lighting the Menorah

According to this article on Parshas Beha'aloscha on the Aish website, the Sefas Emes says that: Aaron lit the menorah, day in and day out, with the same degree of fresh enthusiasm. The same task ...
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Rav Ovadia Yosef's Books Online

Are any of Rav Ovadia Yosef's books available online? I had run across his son's Yalkut Yosef online at one point, but forgot to bookmark it and was wondering if someone could point me to either one. ...
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Taking 3 sips before gulping a drink?

Whats the source for taking 3 separate sips before gulping a drink down?
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Talmud's statement concerning people who believe G-d did not command all 613 mitzvos

I recall learning in the Talmud (Kesuvos, I think), that if someone believes that G-d gave all of the commandments in the Torah except one, and that one he thinks is nonsense, that shows that the ...
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Question on Mordechai — Chiyuv m'drabbanan being motzei chiyuv m'doraisa

The Mordechai in Megillah Siman 798 has a case if a blind person can make kiddush for his family since (according to Rebbe Yehuda) a blind person is patur from mitzvas, then his obligation in making ...
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Are the airuv rav compared to tza'ras?

Looking for a source in chazal that compare the airuv rav to tza'ras. I have vague recollection of learning something to this effect once and it would make a killer addition to my Shavuos dvar ...
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Source of this drasha?

I want to give over a drasha I heard, but I cannot recall who said it originally. The drasha goes: The Midrash says that one of the reasons there is no "ki tov" on the second day of Creation is ...
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Smichat Geulah L'Tfilla on Shabbos

In general we say that to be "somech geulah l'tefilla" (connect redemption to prayer) it is required to start the Amidah immediately after finishing the bracha of Ga'al Yisrael in Shacharit, with no ...
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Did Kayin offer up honey?

I recall learning somewhere that Kayin's offering was honey, produced from fruit (dates or figs). What is the source for this approach?
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Temple Mount and Tefillah

On Aish.com, I saw the following: הר הבית הוא שער השמים - The Temple Mount is the gateway to heaven. כל תפילה עולה דרך מקום זה - All prayers ascend from this spot. Does anyone know where this line ...
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Ein Halakha K'niflag

This article cites a principle in the name of R. Saadya Gaon and Rambam that אין הלכה כנפלג. He cites כתבים לגר"י קאפח, ח"ב עמ' 557. Where can this be found in the writings of the Geonim or Rambam? ...
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Soul residing in one's mind

I heard from someone that the soul resides in one's mind/ brain. Does anyone where the source for this can be found?
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Earliest ban issued by a sage in the torah

What is the earliest source in the Torah where a leader/sage made a ban against something and people ignored what he said?
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Being able to hear yourself while reading along with the ba'al koreih on Purim

I was told that on Purim when one reads the megillah with the ba’al koreih, only the ba’al koreih's voice should be audible to him and not his own. Where is the source for this halacha?
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Source for Africans being Caananites?

In Alex's answer to Did any Achronim comment on the American Revolutionary or Civil Wars? he says that a certain Rav was opposed to the Emancipation Proclamation, because it goes against Noach's ...
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Source for quote about a slight wrong being a serious matter

I heard someone quote an Avos D’Rabbi Noson which said, “If you have done your fellow man a slight wrong, let it be a serious matter in your eyes… but it you have done him much good, let it be a ...
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meaning of words and tefillah

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (6:1) tells us, “When one makes a berachah he should have in mind the meaning of the words.” Is there any halachic source (i.e. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, Shulchan Aruch or ...
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War, Pray and Learn

The Medrash Rabbah and the Yalkut relate that during the war against Midyon, for every one that went out to battle there was a designated person whose task it was to pray and learn for him. Where in ...
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What are all the Mekorot for Matan Torah

I would like to get a complete list of the mekorot for har sinai or matan torah in the Talmud Bavli/Yerushalmi and Tanach where the events at har sinai are discussed even tangentially. What are they? ...
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Sources for Mashiach's Name

I know that Mashiach's name is mentioned in several sources, perhaps the majority of these sources are Midrashim (correct me if I'm wrong). But anyone know where I can find this subject commented ...
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Sefer Tefillah L'Moshe online

I was speaking with a sofer today and he suggested for tying tefillin knots to use a sefer entitled Tefillah L'Moshe. However, upon searching the title, I came across no fewer than three seperate ...
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Where can I find the concept of Davar ma'amid in the Gemara

Where in the Gemara does it talk about the concept of a Davar ma'amid in length regarding kashrut
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Insulting a widow (almana) and apologizing

In short, I'm looking for sources from anywhere that speaks about the severity of insulting an almana and all that surrounds this topic, what the "punishment" might be, what teshuva can be done, etc. ...
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Berachot in Kriat Shema

I'm sorry if the question is too general, but I was just wondering about Berachot Kriat Shema. What exactly are they? What kind of relationship do they have with the Shema? We need to make a Beracha ...
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A Novi is the spokesperson of G-d

I read in Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers on page 291, the following: The primary function of a נביא, prophet, was to serve as the spokesperson of G-d. This title, derived from the phrase נִיב ...
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The Chofetz Chaim on a meis mitzvah

In Ginzei Hakodesh on page 333 it says the following: "'The wise man buys mitzvos - particularly when we are speaking of 'meis mitzvah,' one that is neglected as if it were dead. It is well known ...
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Source for Chuppa Poem

What are the earliest sources for the מי בן שיח שושן חוחים poem commonly recited at chuppot?
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Source of “Koteret”

I have heard Rambam's presentation of the mitzvos at the beginning of each set of halachos referred to as the כותרת (koteret). What is the source for this usage?
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Is the war of Gog and Magog a spiritual war?

I read somewhere that, "That the war of Gog and Magog will be an internal, spiritual war, when everyone will have to battle to remain strong with his emunah, but it will not be a war fought with guns ...
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Rabbi Avigdor Miller's quote about one's face and soul

Rabbi Avigdor Miller zt"l, says, “Your face is like a screen and your soul like a projector which projects on your face the glory of the human soul, which has in it the greatness of Hashem." (10 steps ...
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Prophecies of the Maccabees uprising are foretold in which ancient book?

I read on the internet somewhere about an ancient prophesy in which the Lord having horns on His head and using them to fight back against the Dragon and the horns on the Dragons head. One of the ...
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Hashem testing a person

The Chofetz Chaim al Torah says, Chazal teach in bereishis rabbah, "Hashem does not elevate a person to greatness until He first tests him." Where in bereishis rabbah do chazal say this?
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shemonah esrei and moving to another location

I heard that one can/ should, step out of שמונה עשרה if they are being disturbed and move to somewhere else. Where is the halachic source for this? I also heard that they may move elsewhere and ...
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source that purpose of this is world is as an arena for human free will

In a lecture on science, Rabbi David Gotlieb states that the purpose of nature is to provide a misleading appearance that the world carries itself, and the purpose of that is to provide an arena for ...
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Finding the mishnah in tractate Pesachim that talks about beers

Can someone please tell me which mishnah in tractate Pesachim talks about the subject of the different beers regarding the laws of chametz?
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Source for the bride's circling the groom [duplicate]

I understand that there are ways of deriving a scriptural basis for the tradition of circling one's groom three times or seven times, etc - but what is the earliest (written) source for this being a ...
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Hebrew text for Rambam's letter to Ovadia the Ger online and good Hebrew shiur on it

Does anyone know where I can find the Hebrew text for the Rambam's letter to Ovadia the Ger online, and a good Hebrew language shiur on it?
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Hamantaschen on Purim [duplicate]

I have seen Hamantaschen discussed by the Bnai Yissoschor (early 1800), Zera Shimshon (mid 1700s). I would like to know the earliest source for eating Hamantaschen on Purim?
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In search of book(s) by the Koznitser Maggid

I'm in search of a possibility to read online (and free) some books of Rabbi Yisroel Hopsztajn Hupstein, most specifically the work Geulath Israel (on the writings of the Maharal). He cited this book ...
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What the מאירי holds on חזקה

Where are places in the Gemara (or anywhere else) that we see the way the מאירי holds when it comes to חזקה. Preferably חזקה דמעיקרה but all sources are helpful. Thanks!
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Can someone point to the source for the Rabbeniu Tam shita on the shiur of the michnasayim?

I was told there is a stance of Rabbeinu Tam's on the length of the michnasayim (pants of the kohanim in the Temple)? Can someone point to the source for this stance? Some more detail: I was told ...
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Primary sources that high culture are valid, or necessary, forms of service of God

Are there any primary sources* that speak about art, literature, music, and so forth as being valid, or even necessary, forms of service and appreciation of God? Is there anywhere that explicitly ...
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Why is it that specifically during Shovavim Do we review the Hilachos of Taharas Mishpacha/Shimiras HaBris? [duplicate]

Looking for sources why is it that specifically these weeks is the time to review such Halachos in contrast to other Halachos, such as the Halachos of Shabboss,Yom Tov, Basar B'Chalav, Choshen Mishpat ...
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Sefer HaMiddot - Has anyone successfully sourced each aphorism?

Sefer HaMiddot A.K.A. Aleph-Bet Book (Sefer Ha-Alef Bet, Book of Traits), was Rebbe Nachman’s first work, a collection of aphorisms on the various character traits, positive and negative, as well as ...
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Bais Yosef's magid/angel tricked him?

I heard (in a few dvar Torahs, though I can't find them now) that the Bais Yosef had recorded that his magid (the angel that taught him) had tricked him, and something like "from this we know that ...