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The commandment “Do not seethe a kid in its mother’s milk.” was mentioned three times in Torah, so that indicates it's pretty important. According to Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok, this forbidden mixture could be a source of extreme spiritual danger. Meat is the product of the animal and milk is the byproduct of the animal, so milk made inside the cow ...


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The Rambam understands these verses to not be referring to a physical location. In Moreh Nevochim 2:30, the Rambam writes (קאפח translation): וממה שראוי שתדע אמרם ויקח ה' אלקים את האדם עלה אותו ויניחנו בגן עדן הניח אותו לא עשו פסוק זה ללקיחתו ממקום והנחתו במקום אלא הרמת מעלה מציאותו בנמצאים הללו ההוים הנפסדים והנחתו במצב מסויים And it is fitting to ...


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Firmament is a weird word that you basically only see in old bibles in this passage. We understand that there were "waters" and the "firmament" was a separation introduced to make two sections of "water." Your midrash rabbah says that this separating layer became the world but was made from the "waters" I put "waters" in quotation marks because these early ...


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I can answer the second part of your question. The pasuk is quoted in order to make a "Gezairas Shava" between the two words "נְטוּיָה" in order to show that the word נְטוּיָה refers to a sword. A "Gezairas Shava" is one of the exegesic principle by which the Torah is elucidated. The basic premise of Gezairas Shava is that the occurrence of the same word in ...


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A weapon with a long blade for cutting or thrusting (source) Or this one (Avoda Zara 20b), a more fascinating description here אמרו עליו על מלאך המות שכולו מלא עינים, בשעת פטירתו של חולה עומד מעל מראשותיו וחרבו שלופה בידו, וטיפה של מרה תלויה בו As mentioned here, by Mida KeNeged Mida, Hashem punished the Egyptians with a sword since they thought to ...


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Early Rabbinic Views on Understanding Aggadah/Midrash Rav Sherira Gaon 906-1006, head of the Pumbedita Academy Sefer Haeshcol, Hilkhot Sefer Torah, p. 60a Those points brought out from scriptural verses called Midrash and Aggadah areassumptions. Some are accurate such as Rabbi Judahs statement that Simeons portion was included in that of Judah, for we find ...


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In Talmud Bavli Rosh Hashanna 20b, R' Zeira quotes R' Nachman as saying: כ"ד שעי מכסי סיהרא לדידן שית מעתיקא ותמני סרי מחדתא לדידהו שית מחדתא ותמני סרי מעתיקא For 24 hours, the [moon] light is covered: For us [in Babylon] - 6 of the old [month] and 18 of the new [month]; for them [in Jerusalem] - 6 of the new and 18 of the old. (Translation ...


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As noted here, the Chovos Halevavos makes the argument from overturned ink. However, there is a Midrashic precedent for your recollection as well, cited here: We see this in the Midrash (Midrash Temurah in Midrash Aggadot Bereshit): An athiest [sic] came to Rebbi Akiva. "Who created the world?", he queried. R. Akiva answered, "The Holy One, ...



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