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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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Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch's book Horeb divides the commandments into six categories: Torot (teachings) - fundamental principles relating to mental and spiritual preparation for life Edot (testimonies) - symbolic observances representing truths which form the basis of Israel's life Mishpatim (ordinances/judgements1) - declarations of justice towards human ...


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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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Ships are used for slaves and goods. It is dangerous to go on a ship, and they have a negative connotation.


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The Chasam Sofer answers and says it is in contradistinction to leaving Egypt when Hashem split the Sea for the Jews.


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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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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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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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Experienced farmers can estimate in advance the Yield for the Year and there is usually only slight variation so he does know how much fruit the field will yield in advance .


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The verses right before this (27:2–4) explain that when they crossed the Jordan they took along with them big stones. The gemoroh (Babylonian Talmud) in Sotah bottom of 32a says they took (those –Rashi) stones and built the altar and inscribed in it the torah in seventy languages; brought a few korbonos, then dismantled the altar and went to Gilgal, taking ...


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Like many things, there are multiple possible answers to this question. The pshat is that this is the first line of a speech given by a person bringing their bikurim (first fruits) as an offering to the temple. Take a look at Deut 26.5-10 and note the whole speech. It's basically a brief synopsis of Jewish history - our forefathers went down to Egypt, were ...


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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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I can give a partial answer regarding the statutes and ordinances - in Hebrew "Chukim Umishpatim" A statute is a law that has no "logical" reasoning for example, the laws of kashrut (kosher) are not based on human "logic". We cannot logically reason why we cannot eat shellfish, for example. An oridnance - "mishpat" is something that we can logically ...


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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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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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I know of no specific halacha or custom that would prevent a Bar Mitzvah boy from reading the Tochacha. I've seen several B'nai Mitzvha read the entire pasrha Ki Tavo on their Bar Mitzvah Shabbat, and no one thought this being any different from any other Bar Mitzvah Shabbat. As a Ba'al Kri'ah, I think that if reading the Tochacha is a challenge for the Bar ...


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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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דָּם נָקִי means clean (innocent) blood, and דַּם־הַנָקִי means blood of the clean (innocent). therefore in this context, וּבִעַרְתָּ דַם־הַנָּקִי מִיִּשְׂרָאֵל which is talking about a event in past-tense,(avenging a already murdered man) there is a "object" (person) in discussion, and a "ה" (the) is appropriate. and when using דם attached to ...


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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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The standard Jewish interpretation of the verse that most everyone will know, as that is what Rashi says, and that is what the Passover Haggadah does with the verse, is that the Armenian is Lavan, who sought to destroy my father (Jacob). A detour first about the root word here. אבד - means lost or destroyed. "Wandering" is fairly interpretive. The Ibn Ezra ...


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I would venture to say that it's date related. The shrouds enactment was enshrined by Rabban Gamliel "עד שבא רבן גמליאל ונהג קלות ראש בעצמו ויצא בכלי פשתן ונהגו העם אחריו לצאת בכלי פשתן". I'm not sure which Rabban Gamliel, but it seems that the first Rabban Gamliel lived close to the destruction of the 2nd Temple. By then it was too late to institute ...


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See the Malbim on the sifri Malbim, in his commentary here in Parashat Ki-Savo (26:4), explains that since the kohanim had to eat the bikkurim in a state of ritual purity, the farmers would need to bring brand new utensils to bring their first fruits, to ensure that the fruit remain ritually pure. The poor farmers would weave their own baskets, whereas the ...


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To be on the sanhedrin one requirement was knowledge of all 70 languages. Moshe Rabbeinu was shakul kineged beis din shel shivim (equal to a 70-member court of law), so off the bat I'm willing to assume he knew all 70 (as it was required to know all 70 languages to be a member of the Sanhedrin). Plus we know that Yosef knew all 70, so its likely the ...


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The sefer אוהב גר here writes that it was not the main intention of Onkelos in his Targum to distance any notion that G-d is corporeal, because he left several posukim unchanged from the Hebrew even thought they mention the finger, or hand or eyes of G-d. Because the truth of the matter is that the Targum was not made for the Torah sages but rather for the ...


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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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