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Milchemet mitzvah b'yameinu

I heard recently a certain rabbi say that "nobody disagrees that [our "war" to conquer Israel] is a milchemet mitzvah." What sources are there, either way, for conquering Israel today being milchemet ...
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What's this about a magical spitting bird?

In Christopher Hitchens's memoir Hitch 22, this passage caught my eye: In her preface to his collection of essays The Non-Jewish Jew Tamara Deutscher, widow of the great Isaac, relates the story ...
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Biographical details of Rav Gidel?

I have seen many statements in the talmud such as 'Rav Gidel said that Rav said...". I would like to know where I can find some biographical details of the life of Rav Gidel. Are there published works ...
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People who discovered God on their own

Chazal give a list of people who discovered God on their own. Does anyone know where this list is? I saw it a while ago but can't recall where.
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People who discovered God [duplicate]

There is a list of people who discovered God on their own somewhere in chazal. Does anyone know where it is? I saw it a long time ago and cannot reacall where.
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Is there a public domain floorplan of the Beis Hamikdash

Is there a public domain floorplan of the Beis Hamikdash? I'm looking for something like
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What is the source of the prohibition against “eating or drinking while standing”, mentioned in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch?

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 42:2 states that - "One shouldn't eat while standing and not drink while standing." Now as I understand, the Kitzur (written by Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried) is a summary of ...
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Looking for a Chazon Ish about developement of Minhagim

It has stuck in my head for a while now - roughly quoted as saying that one shouldn't mock minhagim that have developed in klal yisroel even if the origin seems dubious - as Hashem wouldn't allow ...
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Reincarnation in the Hechalot Texts

This answer claims that the idea of reincarnation is found in the Hechalot texts. Is this indeed the case, and if so, where? According to R. Aryeh Kaplan in Meditation and Kabbalah reincarnation is ...
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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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Where does it say Joseph (Yosef) is a Tzadik?

Noach we know of course, but where exactly is Yosef called a tzadik? I keep seeing people say "as we know, Yosef is called a tzadik" but what is the exact source?
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Proof that calling upon deceased righteous people is polythiesm

My assumption is that in the Jewish faith, if someone were to call upon a righteous person who is not alive for help, that would be considered polytheism. Are there any explicit verses in the Torah ...
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Source for Rabbis being able to say not to do a Deoriata

What is the source for Rabbis being able to say that one is not allowed to do a mitzvah deorita? Examples that come to mind are blowing shofar on Rosh Hashana on Shabbat, lulav on Sukkot (at least ...
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The words מעשה אבות סימן לבנים

Where do the words מעשה אבות סימן לבנים come from?
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The Medrash and Gemara about Hoshana Rabbah

I read on shirat devorah the following: 1) The Midrash tells us that G‑d told Abraham: “If atonement is not granted to your children on Rosh Hashanah, I will grant it on Yom Kippur; if they do not ...
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Vilna Gaon, Gog and Magog war and Hoshana Rabba

1) I read on Soul Mazal, the following: "...The Vilna Gaon on the Mechilta (Shmos 14:20) says that the Gog U'Magog war shall begin three hours before "Hanetz Hachama" (crack of dawn) on Hoshana ...
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Hakhel: Source for leader of generation replacing king

As this is (or would be) a hakhel year I was doing some reading up on Hakhel and came across the following statement in a chabad.org article: If there is no king – as was the case in the hundreds ...
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Sources that permit applying sunscreen on shabbos?

Since it's put on to prevent medical conditions, are there recognized halachic authorities who say that applying sunscreen (a cream NOT lotion) is muttar (permitted) on shabbos?
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What is the source for the idea that doing some good thing 3 times constitutes a vow?

What is the source for the idea that doing some good thing 3 times constitutes a vow? I looked through Hilkhot Sevuot and Nedarim, and in the Entziklopedia Talmudit under Hazaka, and I could find no ...
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Are there any sources that say to wash hands with soap after the bathroom?

Are there any sources in Rabbinic literature that mention washing hands with soap after using the bathroom? I.e that just using the cup (נטילת ידים) isn't sufficient. An explicit statement would be ...
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What is the source for the role of the Levi in the Torah service?

Torah and Talmud discuss the role of the Levi in the temple. There seems to be no source for the role of the Levi (going up to the Torah second, after the Cohen) in today's Torah service. Where did ...
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What do the letters of Teshuvah stand for?

I found online that Teshuvah stands for: תמים תהיה עם ה' אלקיך שויתי ה' לנגדי תמיד ואהבת לרעך כמוך בכל דרכיך דעהו הצנע לכת עם אלוהיך Is there any source for this?
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Where are we commanded to light candles Fri night? [duplicate]

The bracha for lighting candles Friday night is "who has sanctified us with his commandments and commanded us to light the lamp of Shabbat." What is the source for the commandment? While we are on ...
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Sources on printing Shem הוי”ה in Siddurim

This post discusses the fading custom of writing the Tetragrammaton in siddurim with the י–י digraph, rather than the increasingly common full spelling, which I will not put here, as I suspect that ...
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When was the term “Next World” (עולם הבא) first used in Jewish literature

In modern Jewish literature and folklore the "next world" (עולם הבא) is mentioned multiple times. In contrast, it is not mentioned (AFAIK) at all in the Torah. So where/when did this start?
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Tallit katan & gadol

What is the source of the requirement to wear a large tallit (where a small tallit is being worn)? Thank you Ketivah v’chatima tovah
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Hataras Nederim Erev Rosh HaShanah

What is the earliest makor (source) for making hataras nederim erev rosh hashanah in front of 3 people with a long nusach? It appears to be a rather "late" minhag. What is the first source? Also is it ...
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Source for a story: Rambam paskening people out of heaven

I'm sorry to ask a source-seeking question (because I don't like seeing them myself), but I'm at a loss here in trying to find what I think is a theologically important Hassidic story. The story goes ...
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Source that we don't know how God judges people

I wrote in this answer, "We can't possibly know how God judges people after they die." I was making the point that the way we live our lives should be according to halacha but we can't possibly know ...
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Did R. Shlomo Yosef Zevin provide sources for his stories?

In a letter to R' Shlomo Yosef Zevin, the Lubavitcher Rebbe asked Rabbi Zevin to include sources for the stories he compiled in his Sipurei Chassidim. You can see parts of the letter (printed in ...
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Does Judaism require burial of the dead?

Does Judaism require burial of the dead? What Biblical passages mandate that? Can grave sites be reused after some time (e.g. 200 years) ? I am asking this because the practice of burying the dead in ...
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Source for Groom's Immersion in Ritualarium (mikveh)

What are the earliest sources referencing the custom of groom to immersing himself in a mikveh before his wedding? This custom is referenced in Kitzur Yalkut Yosef (nisu'in v'shidduchin: 3:11): ...
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the King is in the Field

What is the source of the expression that during the month of Elul the King is in the field? I have seen this on many occasions but could not find any source.
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From where do we know that after 70 years old we cannot complain about the death's age

I heard that after 70 years old, we have only bonus years. What is the source for this?
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Source for Chizzuk Gemara

Mori V'Rabi HaRav Schachter gave a speech at YU last week and in it said that there is a Gemarah that says that people who are learning Torah and are keeping Mitzvos also need Chizzuk. Where is this ...
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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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Sources for Holding One's Left Hand in Right Hand During Prayer

What are the earliest sources for the practice of holding one's left hand in one's right hand during prayer? (particular during the Ammidah). The Talmud Shabbat (10a) notes a practice of holding ...
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Rabbi Yonasan Eibshetz on the Messiah and Redemption

The BIN says the following: "Rabbi Yonasan Eibshetz in his book Ya’aros Dvash states, 'At a certain moment the time will come when the Messiah should have already arrived but the redemption has not ...
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Source for requirement of 3rd party hechsher? [duplicate]

When you eat another Jew's food, you are entitled to rely on him for the kashrus of the food. By that reasoning, if he opens a restaurant, and you know him to be Yarei Shamayim, you shouldn't need ...
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Talmud reference - eagles approaching nests

From the News, it states "Nachman concluded by recounting a teaching from the Talmud .... The eagle approaches his baby eaglets in the nest very slowly. He makes sure that they notice him gradually, ...
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Who added on the words לאלתר לחיים טובים ולשלום to the greeting לשנה טובה תכתב ותחתם?

Orach Chaim 582:9 - The Rama brings in the name of the Tur that on Rosh Hashana one should bless his friend & family לשנה טובה תכתב. Be'er Hataiv says that one should say לשנה טובה תכתב ותחתם. ...
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Earliest halakhic sources for wearing both Rashi and Rabbenu Tam tefillin simultaneously?

Orach Chayim brings that pious men should wear both Rashi and R. Tam tefillin at once when davening (34:2-3). Do we know what the earliest halakhic sources recommending this are, and their reasoning? ...
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Source and details about not showing the shape of the body

I heard that tight clothing on woman is not permitted, Something like It shows the shape of the body. Is this true? what does this mean practically? Sources please
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Source that elbow it the border for tznius

Similar Tznius In Regards to Covering Elbows Is it true that the elbow is the border of what needs to be covered on the arms for tznius if yes what is the source of it (I understand it has something ...
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Convert without accepting mitzvos?

Conversion is always a hot topic, especially here in Israel. Many times conversions take place where the Ger (convert) didn't have the intention to be m'kabel (accept) the mitzvos. People scream and ...
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What does it mean to have faith in our wise sages?

What does it mean to have faith in our wise sages (אמונת חכמים)?
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Sha’arei HaKedushah on Middos

The Sha’arei HaKedushah writes, "One must exert greater caution in exercising proper middos than in observance of the mitzvos." Does anyone know where the Sha’arei HaKedushah says this?
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The Machzeh Einayim on crying

In the book With Hearts Full of Love on page 300, Rabbi Mattisyahu Salomon states the following: In Machzeh Einayim the sefer asks, "Why is that the Creator constructed people in such a way that no ...
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Chovos HaLevavos on changing ourselves through tefillah

I saw somewhere that Chovos HaLevavos writes, "The purpose of tefillah is not to change Hashem's mind but rather to change ourselves. It is to bring us to the realization that our fate is completely ...
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Not saying shir shel yom on Rosh Chodesh?

This morning (Rosh Chodesh), i davened at the Ohel Yitzchak shul on Washington St., Jerusalem (no, not that Ohel Yitzchak). After aleinu but before shir shel yom the gabbai announced that because it ...