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The relevant verse is I Chron. 22:8, where David quotes G-d as having told him: "You have spilled much blood, and waged great wars." Radak there explains that "much blood" refers to people whose deaths David caused indirectly but who didn't deserve this - such as Uriah, the kohanim of Nov, and non-Jewish civilians caught in the crossfire during his raids ...


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Although the verse in Exodus (20:22) doesnt specify the type of metal used to cut the mizbeach, the verse in Deuteronomy (27:5) writes specifically that iron is prohibited. This is similarly implied by the verse in I Kings (6:7) "When the Temple was being built it was built of complete quarried stone; hammers, chisels, or any iron utensils were not heard in ...


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First, as @Yirmeyahu commented above, there is no death penalty for "all sex outside marriage". There is a verse which states לֹא תִהְיֶה קְדֵשָׁה מִבְּנוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל וְלֹא יִהְיֶה קָדֵשׁ מִבְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, but that does not specify a death penalty of stoning. The prostitutes profession was irrelevant to the case. And it would not be a good society if ...


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It is verses 10 - 31 of chapter 31 of Proverbs (Mishlei), commonly known as Eishes Chayil, or the woman of valor. It is customarily sung by men on Friday night before Kiddush. The topic of the song is the woman, but it may be an allegory, perhaps for Shabbos, perhaps for something else.


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In verse (Melachim 2:8), King David tells Shlomo: וְהִנֵּה עִמְּךָ שִׁמְעִי בֶן-גֵּרָא בֶן-הַיְמִינִי, מִבַּחֻרִים In the Zohar Mishpatim (דף קז עמוד ב): כתיב והנה עמך שמעי בן גרא, מאי והנה עמך, זמין הוא עמך תדיר, רבו הוה, ... אבל שמעי דא דאשתכח עמיה תדיר, אמר והנה עמך.‏ Translation - the Zohar learns from the verse "with you" to mean that he ...


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Sanhedrin 101b appears to address this, to some degree. אמר רבי יוחנן מפני מה זכה ירבעם למלכות מפני שהוכיח את שלמה ומפני מה נענש מפני שהוכיחו ברבים שנאמר (מלכים א יא) וזה הדבר אשר הרים יד במלך שלמה בנה את המלוא סגר את פרץ עיר דוד אביו אמר לו דוד אביך פרץ פרצות בחומה כדי שיעלו ישראל לרגל ואתה גדרת אותם כדי לעשות אנגריא לבת פרעה Said Rabbi Yochanan: ...


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As Fred pointed out, marrying a princess of Nation X was a form of diplomacy with Nation X. (And when all those princesses had their own houses with their own modes of worship, well, think embassies.) As he established peace and trade with lots and lots of other nations, well it may not have been good for personal happiness, but it served the national good. ...


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It's a good question which will lead you to some very interesting territory. This concept is not to be taken in a straightforward way. It is, after all, appearing in Midrash. Like most things in Midrash, it is alluding to a different concept. The allegory only gives a simple model to make it possible to comprehend a much more complex concept. For an ...


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Malbim's reading of Song of Songs breaks it into five chapters, plus a coda about an orchard that was worth thousands. Thus: "his song was five, and a thousand."


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I don't think this is a Jewish notion. Christianity sees a contradiction between cleverness and natural Godliness, but Judaism does not.


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Rav Hutner explains that the 3000 parables were not 3000 parables that related to distinct topics. The purpose of a parable is to allow grasping of a concept that is too abstruse and so removed from the pupils capacity to comprehend. The familiar (mashal) then serves as a tool to access the foreign (nimshal). The concepts Shlomo sought to explain were 3000 ...


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Eretz Chemda 28 says that the Western Wall / Kosel HaMaaravi was originally built by King David. I sent an e-mail to Aish and received the following response. As for the story about the angels saying "This Wall, the work of the poor, shall never be destroyed" -- a book called “Agadot Eretz Yisrael” by Ze’ev Vilnai records and notes that it is "a ...


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I had heard a rav in my community give a shiur on tefillah and ask why people don't pray that they should have a third eye. He answered that people don't really think they would get it, so why bother asking? If you really think you can get the wisdom of Solomon or the love of David, pray for it. Anything is possible if you truly believe you can get it and G-...



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