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Yalkut Shimoni Shemos 168 does indeed record the story of Moshe being appointed the King of Kush (Kush = modern Ethiopia) and leading them in war, and that he married the Kushite princess. However, the Yalkut Shimoni says explicitly that Moshe did not cohabit with her because she was a descendant of Cham, and Moshe remembered the vow that Avraham had ...


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This is pretty explicit in Rambam Laws of Teshuva Ch. 3: ‏ [יד] כל אחד ואחד מארבעה ועשרים אנשים אלו שמנינו--אף על פי שהן ישראל, אין להן חלק לעולם הבא. ויש עבירות קלות מאלו, ואף על פי כן אמרו חכמים שהרגיל בהן אין לו חלק לעולם הבא, כדי להתרחק מהן ולהיזהר מהן.‏ כה ואלו הן: המכנה את חברו, והקורא לחברו בכינוי, והמלבין פני חברו ברבים, והמתכבד ...


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This is adressed in the Tiferes Yisroel on Avos, ch. 4 mishna 3, oisios 20 & 21. The mishna says ואל תהי מפליג מכל דבר, don't be seperated from anything. The T.Y. explains this to mean not to question any of Hashems creations and to assume there is a good reason for them, even if we don't know the reason. He singles out the fly the gnat and snakes and ...


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From Wikipedia, the 9 proscribed items are: Sermonizing in the venracular or listening to a sermon in the vernacular Praying in a synagogue that doesn't have the platform for reading the Torah in the middle Making a synagogue in [the shape of] a tower1 Reserving a special uniform for the sh'li'ach tzibur or singing like other religions do Using a ...


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"There was a calf which was about to be taken for slaughtering, and it ran away, and put its head under the garment of Rabbi (Yehuda HaNassi), and cried. And Rabbi answered: 'Go; you are created for this purpose'. Then it was said by Heaven that, as he has no mercy with creatures, he shall be afflicted with chastisements." (Babylonian Talmud - Bava Metzia ...


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Yishai left a comment with a link to an article, in which the Lubavitcher Rebbe remarks that the mosquito is a creature that only takes, and doesn't give.... The mosquito does serve somewhat as a giver, the Rebbe explained. Its contribution is the lesson it provides for us. The mosquito is the one who teaches us the very concept that to be a G-dly ...


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In terms of praying to get out of a certain situation, the Nefesh Hachaim addresses this question in Sha'ar Bet, Perek Yud Aleph (Translation from The Soul of Life) For in truth, we would wonder how it could be appropriate to plead in any way from Him (blessed be His name) to relieve him of his suffering and torments. As with the healing of the body, if ...


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Rabbi Avigdor Miller was once asked a similar question, I heard the tape. 'Why do we thank Hashem for the food he gives us, when He was the one that created us with the propensity to be hungry? And the answer is because if not for being hungry you would never realize what a gracious gift you received with your wellbeing. If you never became hungry, you would ...


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Tosefos seems to take at least one of them literally. Tosefos Sotah 10b s.v. נח לו: נראה האי דלא חשיב ליה (פסחים דף כה.) בהדי ג' עבירות שאין עומדים בפני פקוח נפש עבודת כוכבים וגילוי עריות ושפיכות דמים משום דעבירת הלבנת פנים אינה מפורשת בתורה ולא נקט אלא עבירות המפורשות It seems that that which embarrassing someone is not counted among the 3 sins ...


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You have two questions regarding this tale. Is it true? If so, why isn't it mentioned in the Torah? I will answer the second question first. This is indeed mentioned in the Torah. When Moshe names his son Gershom, he gives the following explanation [Shemot 2:22]: וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן, וַיִּקְרָא אֶת-שְׁמוֹ גֵּרְשֹׁם: כִּי אָמַר--גֵּר הָיִיתִי, בְּאֶרֶץ ...


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It would seem that he agrees with the Ramban's explanation of the verse. אנכי ה - I am the First Cause that made everything - אלקיך - who is your ruler that you are obligated to serve. He goes on to say that "Who took you out" negates the Kadmus HaOlam, as it shows that He can change nature.


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Yes, it is a chidush. Many people use the escape route, to avoid taking the responsibility of their actions. For example, someone might say, "I was very mean to my wife, but I couldn't help it, because G-d knows what I will do and He didn't stop me, so it's not my fault, and He allowed me to do it." However, we must realize that even though G-d knows what ...


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I don't think any word in biblical Hebrew does this but technically a ט with a shewa followed by a ש constructs the same sound.


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Rav Yaakov Weinberg said that it is not a chiddush that you have free will. R' Weinberg asked the question why the Rambam put the concept of free will in Hilchos Teshuva, as opposed to in Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah. His answer was that free will only becomes a relevant discussion when it comes time for Teshuva. When a person is in the act, it is self-evident ...


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An example can be the fact that the Torah commands a sick person to go to the doctor (Rapo Yerapei). That is if someone causes damage to a person, the damager is required to arrange for his healing. In all cases, we say that a person must perform histadlus (attempt to act) knowing that the success or failure of the action is up to Hashem. Similarly, getting ...


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So when Ya'akov Avinu came to receive his blessing from his father Yitzhak Avinu, were they transgressing the Torah, G-d forbid? I don't think so.


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From this article: Some say that since the patient has inspired me (consciously or not) to perform a mitzvah, a commandment, and has caused the one who prays or studies Torah to draw closer to G-d, then the patient has direct merit as a result of the prayer. Another way of understanding this is the one who prays is binding himself to the patient, ...


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Animals seem to know things outside themselves Yeshaya 1(3) An ox knows his owner and a donkey his master's crib; On which Rashi comments: Heb. קֹנֵהוּ [is] like מְתַקְּנוֹ, the one who affixes him to the plowshare for plowing by day, and since he has accustomed him to this, he knows him. The dull donkey, however, does not recognize his master ...



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