Questions seeking sources for a given practice or idea, or seeking the location of a specific source.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

4
votes
1answer
34 views

Kanfei Yonah – Above or Below the Bayit

I have seen two basic styles of wrapping tefillin up 'al kanfei yonah. The first, which I've seen mainly among the older generation is to put the kesher (knot) below the bayit with the loop in the ...
6
votes
1answer
360 views

If I knew Him I would be Him

Anyone know the source of the phrase "If I knew Him I would be Him," and its meaning? (heard it a few times though don't recall where. rumors abound that the rambam said this though have never seen a ...
7
votes
2answers
72 views

Tu b'Shvat Prayers by R' Yehuda Halevi (Gaon)

A number of years ago, they discovered in the Cairo Geniza a number of Piyutim and Prayers for Shemonah Esrei, to be included on Tu b'Shvat. I found this item listed on a Cairo Geniza database, but I'...
3
votes
1answer
80 views

Source that prohibits raising hands during davening

I recall once reading somewhere that perhaps the Zohar, or Ari"zl state that one should not raise one's hands (or wave them around) whilst praying (as it is darchei emori, or some such prohibition). ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
67 views

What happened with G-d's promise?

In Bereshit 15:18 G-d makes a covenant with Abraham in which He says that He has given certain land to Abraham's descendants. בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא כָּרַת יְהֹוָה אֶת אַבְרָם בְּרִית לֵאמֹר לְזַרְעֲךָ ...
0
votes
1answer
111 views

Source: God only gives people what they can handle

I have heard it quoted many times in a variety of contexts the following words: "Hashem only gives people what they can handle" or "Hashem never gives people more than they can handle." I assumed the ...
3
votes
1answer
77 views

What is the source: Greater than being called ‘Rabban’ is to be called by one’s own name?

I was looking more into R' Yaakov Chaim Sofer's 'Yishmach Israel' when I came across a unique quote by the Sages. To explain this, Rabbi Yaakov Chaim Sofer states that since the first three ...
0
votes
0answers
44 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
38 views

Mesada/masada, are there any torah sources confirming or denying Josephus' version

This documentary seems to give good points to doubt the masada story. Are there any talmudic or later sources regarding this if yes what are they Related. Masada - heroic martyrdom or immoral murder/...
4
votes
0answers
66 views

Should we ask a non-Jew to wear a kippa for a burial?

Should we ask a non-Jew to wear a kippa for a burial? He likely doesn't have an obligation to do so. We often ask them in a synagogue (and this answer discusses the reasons) but what about a cemetery?
3
votes
1answer
31 views

Source for lighting candles in a circle being OK b'dieved

I recently played a Chanukah quiz game with friends. One of the questions was "is it permissible to light candles in a circle". The correct answer was "yes, b'dieved". I have always heard that the ...
4
votes
2answers
63 views

source for Potiphar not believing his wife

I mentioned to someone a vort I once heard pointing out a difficulty in the story of Potiphar's wife. Why did Potiphar not have Yosef killed, which would be the expected punishment for attacking the ...
3
votes
2answers
215 views

Do Karaite Jews Celebrate Chanuka?

As far as I know, Karaite Judaism recognizes the Tanakh only as its source of Jewish Law and practice. However Karaites do celebrate Purim based on the Book of Esther, so they do observe non-mosaic ...
3
votes
2answers
171 views

Immoral Halacha

In a conversation concerning the normal sensitive halachic issues, e.g. gender roles, homosexuality, etc., I recently heard a rabbi state that they found parts of halacha and the torah unethical and ...
2
votes
2answers
109 views

Lubavitcher Rebbe on Techelet from Murex trunculus

Did the Lubavitcher Rebbe (Rav Menachem Mendel Schneerson) say anything about wearing Techelet made from the Murex trunculus (as claimed by Ptil Tekhelet to be the correct Halachic Tekhelet) nowadays? ...
1
vote
1answer
104 views

The Three Jewish Tribes That Lived In Medina At The Time Of Mohammad

Is there any mention at all in the Talmud that backs the claim in the Quran that there were three Jewish tribes that lived in Medina at the time of Mohammad?
5
votes
2answers
138 views

Judicial System During the First Temple period

The Sanhedrin was a Jewish high court that was the supreme authority for Jewish law during the second Temple period. There seem to be a references to a central group of Sages in Exodus 24 and ...
3
votes
2answers
95 views

Dogs in Judaism

I've heard that dogs are somewhat special in Judaism. For example, I heard that the word "כלב" (dog) comes from "לב" (heart), and it means something like "loved one". I also once heard that G-d gave ...
2
votes
0answers
26 views

What is considered to be night?

I have always understood the definition of "night" ("leilah") when the day is for sure over and we've passed through "bein hashmoshos" completely, is when there are 3 visible stars and "hiksef elyon ...
3
votes
1answer
163 views

What rabbi recommended that American Jews skip Tachanun on Thanksgiving?

A friend of mine told me about a Conservative rabbi from JTS who recommended that American Jews not say Tachanun on Thanksgiving. Who was this rabbi, and is there a link to the text of this opinion so ...
5
votes
3answers
125 views

How much time should one spend on learning Torah a day

If one is awake sixteen out of 24 hours a day , how much should he learn out of those hours. Sources are appreciated .
4
votes
1answer
59 views

Source for Memorial Lights in Synagogue [duplicate]

What is the source for having memorial electric lights usually affixed to plaques that are found in many shuls to remember the yahrtzeit of relatives? Is this an old minhag or of relatively recent ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

What is the talmudic source that a kinyan requires gemirat da'at?

I recall learning that for a transaction, where one person acquires something from another, to take place there is a requirement of gemirat da'at. Meaning that the person choosing to relinquish the ...
2
votes
0answers
23 views

Choosing a “Posek” [duplicate]

How does one go about choosing his own personal Posek(halachic authority) Sources , if available , are appreciated.
6
votes
3answers
167 views

Is every fourth step in EY a mitzvah?

i've heard a rav saying that every fourth step you do in Eretz Yisrael is considered a mitzva. does someone have a sources for this?
1
vote
1answer
38 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
156 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
52 views

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.
0
votes
0answers
30 views

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.
3
votes
0answers
54 views

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
2
votes
2answers
89 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
35 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
30 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

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?
4
votes
3answers
115 views

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?
3
votes
0answers
68 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
68 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
48 views

The words מעשה אבות סימן לבנים

Where do the words מעשה אבות סימן לבנים come from?
3
votes
1answer
57 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
321 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
60 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
113 views

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?
3
votes
2answers
102 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
70 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
135 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
79 views

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?
3
votes
0answers
21 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
43 views

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 ...