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Actually, the earliest rabbinic sources present the Greek translation (the Septuagint) in glowing terms. In the Mishna, Megillah 1:8, Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel is quoted as having said that Greek is the only language, other than Hebrew, in which it is permissible to write sifrei Torah. Commenting on this, the Jerusalem Talmud (Megillah 71c) says that the ...


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This site argues, somewhat convincingly (based on Rashi and Maharsha), that the reference is to the patina (oxides) that emerges on the surface of copper. Iron in those days always had a layer of rust, and therefore was not considered to "sweat" any kind of substance.


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I wonder whether perhaps it's related to the fact that idolatry was rampant in those times (the urge towards it was abolished early in the Second Temple period, at the urgent request of the Anshei Knesses Hagedolah - Yoma 69b and Sanhedrin 64a). We find that some idolatrous ceremonies involved putting one's children in danger, or even killing them, G-d ...


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I have to check my source, but I believe a simple answer was that Lavon had desired to wipe out Yakaov and his family. This would have terminated the nation of Israel. This is the first instance of Hashem's divine intervention (Hashgacha Pratit) to save the Jewish nation. As a side note, we tend to get excited about the sensationalism of Yetzias ...


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Each plague was done with a finger of Hashem, as it says "אצבע אלקים היא" (Shemos 8:15) by כנים, and דבר was the fifth plague, making it 5 fingers, a full hand. (my) Source: Maaseh Nisim Hagada by Rabbeinu Yaakov m'Lisa (aka the Nesivos Hamishpat) quoting "the commentaries" While I was looking back through my Haggadas for the source, I found this as ...


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The Haggadah explicitly learns that the Hand of G-d refers to Pestilence from Shemot 9:3, where it talks about Pestilence coming from the Hand of G-d. Of interest is Shemot Rabbah 10:1, which quotes R' Yehoshua ben Levi's teaching that each of the 10 plagues came with a side-plague of Pestilence. While looking for that source I came across this on ...


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The Alshich answers that Lavan is the source of all our problems. If he would have given Rochel to Yaakov then Yosef would have been born first, and the brothers would never have fought with him. Thereby never selling him to slavery, this would have prevented our exile in Egypt from ever happening. That is why he is mentioned as he was the source of our ...


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From here (an essay based on the Likutei Sichot volume 24, pg 1-11). The Talmud (tractate Sefer Torah, 1:8) says: Seventy sages translated the Torah into Greek for King Ptolemy. That day was as difficult for the people of Israel as the day on which the [Golden] Calf was made; for the Torah could not be fully translated. Read that essay for all the ...


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Okay let me rephrase the question without all the commentary: How were altars allowed in Israel other than in Jerusalem? The answer is simple enough. The law was: "until you pick the one special final place, there can be other altars. Once you get that special place, all sacrifice will be there." And Jerusalem was that place. Deuteronomy Chapter 12: ...


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Rav Kanievsky answers it says in Medrash Eicha(פ"ד סי' כ) That the Jews had a treaty with Egypt's King Pharaoh the Limp and an enemy attacked the Jews they called on Egypt an the Egyptians were coming to save them. Hashem caused the bodies of the Egyptians who had drowned at the splitting of the sea to surface one asked the other who are these people they ...


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Not to split hairs on the horrific nature of that particular curse and the horrific nature of events that occurred during the period of the destruction of the Beith HaMikdash and the Holocaust and the many times in history when we have been made to suffer. But I think you are making a leap from one horror spelled out in the Pasuk to another horror that you ...


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(I'm adding a possible answer to my own question...) I have googled and found this logical statement in regard to animals eating their young: "If there are too many animals in a limited area, the whole group may die out, due to too little food being available. If many of the animals die, the food supply goes further and the survivors can produce young when ...


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by the sound of it and going through those stories we may say that desperate times call for desperate measures but even then they have limits, a typical mother would emplace her own life than ever eat the flesh of her own child, yet even then the sins of the times were so great tat they brought about such chaos. you can look at it as a possessed being, ...


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I think this is a question is Philosophical more than practical but here is a practical answer bordering on Philosophical .It says Hashem looked into the Torah and created the world that is the Torah establishes reality. Meaning if it says in the Torah it will happen than that is the reality and Hence it happened and is possible for Jewish people since the ...



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