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This can be debated with sources and counter-sources forever and ever, but any reasonable treatment of the subject will involve this passage from the Talmud, Brachot 35b: ת"ר ואספת דגנך מה ת"ל לפי שנא' (יהושוע א) לא ימוש ספר התורה הזה מפיך יכול דברים ככתבן ת"ל ואספת דגנך הנהג בהן מנהג דרך ארץ דברי ר' ישמעאל ר"ש בן יוחי אומר אפשר אדם חורש בשעת חרישה וזורע ...


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There is an argument in בראשית רבה פ"ד כ"א whether the brothers married Canaanite woman in the neighborhood or whether the brothers were also born with twin sisters and each one married a twin of a brother that wasn't also his brother from his mother.


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In the Artscroll Stone chumash, there is a reference to R. Hirsch in 1:27 "although all living creatures were created male and female." But this might indicate some combination within a single entity. Rashi on 2:19 writes: It also teaches you here that at the time of their forming, immediately on that day, He brought them to man to name them (Avoth d’...


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R. Dr. David Katz discusses this phenomenon: There were only two occasions where the communal rabbi was actually expected to preach to his community. First there was the pair of Sabbaths, the Sabbath before Passover, and the Sabbath before Yom Kippur. These were occasions where, according to the Talmud (Megillah 32a) since the days of Moses the official ...


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Judaism fundamental differs from Egyptian theological system. Only thing similar here are wings and fact there is two of them. Cherubim and their representation is not contrary to commandments, it was explicitly commanded by God, I think that is why they might appear elsewhere…


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The meforshim bring out that the initial creation of the animals was the appropriate amount for each species to be able to have a full existence. Thus,passenger pigeons, which could not survive as less than massive flocks were created in that number. Also, herbivores were created to be able to be in balance with the amount needed to eat the vegetation. ...


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I believe that your question is predicated on a misunderstanding of the gemara in and Rashi in Berachot. The gemara in Pesachim 50a reads: ר' אבינא רמי כתיב (שמות ג, טו) זה שמי לעלם וזה זכרי לדור דור אמר הקב"ה לא כשאני נכתב אני נקרא נכתב אני ביו"ד ה"א ונקרא אני באל"ף דל"ת: That is, though the written text is YKVK (the tetragrammaton), this is to be ...


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A first element of answer, I hope to find more. See Mishna Taanit 2, 5: פרק ב - משנה ה מַעֲשֶׂה בִימֵי רַבִּי חֲלַפְתָּא וְרַבִּי חֲנַנְיָה בֶן תְּרַדְיוֹן {כ}, שֶׁעָבַר אֶחָד לִפְנֵי הַתֵּבָה וְגָמַר אֶת הַבְּרָכָה כֻלָּהּ, וְלֹא עָנוּ אַחֲרָיו אָמֵן. תִּקְעוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים תְּקָעוּ. מִי שֶׁעָנָה אֶת אַבְרָהָם אָבִינוּ בְּהַר הַמּוֹרִיָּה הוּא ...


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Manuscripts are generally useful because they are an early witness to some text and are (sometimes) relatively free of corruption or mistakes. A good example of this would be the Aleppo codex, which is now housed in Jerusalem. This text represents the best extant text of Tanakh. Other early masoretic texts describe early textual traditions of Tanakh. Many ...


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Martin, Ernest L. 2000. The temples that Jerusalem forgot. Portland, OR: ASK Publications. considers that the Western/Wailing Wall was part of a Roman fortress called Fort Antonia and not the Temple. Also, Josephus wrote in his The Jewish Wars that the Romans completely destroyed the Second Temple in 70 AD, leveling it to the ground.


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Shemos Rabbah 5:18 says that Bnei Yisroel had scrolls from which they studied Torah in Egypt. Rav Zev Wolf of Horadno (Maharzu) there, says that the scrolls were the entire Bereishis: the stories of Adam, Noah, the Flood, Babel, the Patriarchs and all the prophecies and assurances that were prophesied. So I guess before Sinai, each generation studied what ...


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The Ramban 23:15 brings it as a Machlokes between Onkelos and the Gemara in Baba Metzia 87a whether Avraham overpaid.


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What happened was that R. Azaryah de Rossi was in the right place at the wrong time. He openly scrutinized non-halakhic parts of Chazal, such as historical components. This is totally consistent with the general attitude of all known Geonim including R. Sa’adya Gaon, Rav Sherira Gaon, Rav Shmuel bar Chofni Gaon, and Rav Hai Gaon, who do not look at ...



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