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The Gemara in Bava Metzia 87a says that 400 shekel kesef "oveir lasocheir" is equivalent to 1,000,000 ordinary shekel kesef.
The Ramban 23:15 brings it as a Machlokes between Onkelos and the Gemara in Baba Metzia 87a whether Avraham overpaid.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Aleppo Codex: Archive.org pdf, flash version arranged by book Berlin Codex (Babylonian niqqud): Seforim Online pdf British Museum Or. 4445 (B): British Museum Cairo Codex: Wikipedia pdf, Seforim Online pdf (skewed images, includes intro) Cairo Genizah: Cambridge, Friedberg Project (partially transcribed) Damascus Codex: World Digital Library, National ...
After a quick read of the text I note here the following explicit features which are rarely if ever present in modern (certainly Ashkenazi) scrolls: 14:6 the Torah has שלשים (we have שלשם) 14:22 the Torah has חומה with the Vav hanging above the word (ie. a correction) 15:7 the Torah has גאונך with the Vav hanging above the word (ie. a correction) 15:10 the ...
Yes the idolator King Manasseh killed his grandfather, the prophet Isaiah (Yevamoth 49b).
Yes, the Jews did kill a prophet-- Zechariah the High Priest and Prophet: ורוח אלהים לבשה את־זכריה בן־יהוידע הכהן ויעמד מעל לעם ויאמר להם כה אמר האלהים למה אתם עברים את־מצות יהוה ולא תצליחו כי־עזבתם את־יהוה ויעזב אתכם. ויקשרו עליו וירגמהו אבן במצות המלך בחצר בית יהוה Then the spirit of God enveloped Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest; he stood ...
No, he didn't discover it. Wickes lived 1817-1903 with his seminal works on cantillation being published in the 1880s. Plenty of Jewish works on cantillation exist before that, such as Mishpetei Taamim, 1808, R Wolf Heidenheim, back to works by Ben Asher and Yehuda Ibn Bilam around 1000 years ago. Rabbeinu Tam wrote a long cryptic poem about the rules of ...
Greenbeans are technically the fruit of P. vulgaris, a plant whose cultivars produce kidney beans, navy beans, and pinto beans, which are considered kitniyot in common Ashkenazi practice.
Sifrey is a plural. You can see in Rishonim that they quote The Mechilta DeRashbi also as "Sifrey". סתם ספרי רבי שמעון (Sanhedrin 86a) Rav wrote Sifra and Sifrey. Sifre is generally according to RaShBY opinion. see here in wikipedia. The main book (the largest) is on Vaykra, it is Called "The" book, Sifra. Sifrey, the remaining books of Rav on Bamidbar, ...
I'm going to put some more information out there in addition to @Jeffery Mensch's above. Here's the picture again: Slaves were kept in the Caribbean by Jews and according to some estimates, Jews controlled ~20% of the Dutch slave trade. Remember that these Dutch-colony Jews were of Sephardic descent and spoke Judeo-Portuguese/Spanish as well as Portuguese ...
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