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It's intentionally ambiguous. It may be that Saul was lying injured on the battlefield when the Amalekite came across him; it may be that the Amalekite totally fabricated the story. Either way, he knew that Saul viewed David as a threat, and therefore he could earn points with the new king by saying, "I killed your competitor!"


Just heard a lecture on this yesterday from Yael Ziegler. She theorized that the Amalekite is hoping for a reward from David. He assumes that David will be pleased at his "promotion". (Also as a member of Amalek he does not value human life as highly, and thus doesn't assume that David will have such strong positive feelings for Saul - there isn't space to ...


Yes. Lost property belongs to the heirs. The Shulchan Aruch - Choshen Mishpat - סימן רס - המוצא דבר שמוכח שהנח שם - mentions by the way that lost property belongs to the heirs. אוֹ שֶׁהָיָה יוֹרֵשׁ שֶׁאָנוּ טוֹעֲנִין לוֹ, שֶׁמָּא שֶׁל אָבִיו הָיָה (Normally, one has to claim that a found item originally belonged to one. For example, an item is found ...


I hear this a lot in hespedim (eulogies) of gedolim. Rabbi Nissan Kaplan said this regarding Rav Elyashiv and also Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel. The source I have often heard quoted for this idea is in Melachim II 2:9: When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" "Let me inherit a double portion ...

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