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In otzros hatorah page 263 on "vayiftach hashem es pi haton" rabenu bechayeh is quoted asking that Bilam should have been amazed but he was not. He should have marveled at this wonder. However because of his cruelty and evil nature and desire to go curse the Jews, he answered the donkey's question. It continues that from here you can understand why people ...


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I think that, as far as 'what Gd wants from us', we have all we need from the prophets. We have the whole story of the world, from its creation through Messianic times, foretold in broad strokes, (why broad strokes). We also have all of the laws and traditions of our people that make up Jewish life, from the Pentateuch, and to a lesser degree from the other ...


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To posit some sort of "prophetic perfect tense" or the like is entirely superfluous. I am confident that one is unable to grammatically distinguish between regular and "prophetic" usage. However we do find examples where a prophet will speak from a point of view in which a future event is seen as having transpired, see Numbers 24:17 for example. This is ...


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Basically the answer would be the same as an answer to a question how do we distinguish reality from a dream. The realness of a prophecy would be overwhelming. Rabeinu Crescas addresses this question in his book "Ohr Hashem" (Maamar 2, Rule 4, Ch. 3). וזה, שכמו שיש יתרון להרגש החוש על הרגש הדמיון, שבעבורו יודע המרגיש והוא ער, שאיננו מרגיש בדמיון לבד, ...


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I don't have a source for this, but I always assumed the idea was not Bilaams personal performance, but rather how the nations interacted with Bilaam. "I gave you a prophet and you asked him to help win wars and deliver curses. Couldn't you have asked him for some directions on how to live a meaningful life?" G-d's response to the unasked question is ...


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The Medrash (Tanchuma 1, cited by Rashi Bamidbar 22:5) says that Bilaam was only given prophecy to quiet a possible argument of the non-Jews that they were never given a prophet. This implies that there really is no other purpose of non-Jewish prophecy, and therefore there would not be such a thing. There is no practical ramifications to Jewish law about ...


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Rabbi Shlomo Kluger explains that the gemara in Berachos teaches that the joy which is experienced as a result of having a good dream can suffice to act as its fulfilment, so that it will no longer actually come to pass. This is why Yosef related the dream to his brothers even though he knew that they would hate him for it, because if he did not tell them ...


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Perhaps you wouldn't know, without someone to educate you. Ramchal, Derech Hashem, 3:4:3: הנה אפשר שיגיע גילוי ממנו ית' אל אדם והוא לא יכיר בו כמו שיכיר הנביא אלא יחשבהו בא מן המורגשות עד שיגבר עליו השפע הנבואיי ואז יכיר הענין כמות שהוא באמת. ומן המין הזה היתה קריאת ה' לשמואל שלא התנבא מתחלה ולא שפע עליו השפע אלא שנגלה עליו קול כקול מורגש ולא השיג בזה ...


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I heard Rabbi Frand give this Derasha in person, but I found it online, so here it is: If a person had any doubts about whether what he was doing was right or wrong, and his car suddenly stopped and told him "Don't Go" (and not just one of those recorded voices saying "Your seatbelt isn't buckled...") -- would that not cause the person to at least stop ...


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According to this article from Bar Ilan, although I know the idea is brought down in a commentary of Ralba"g as well, everything from B'midbar 22:20 (through :35?) was a dream. No need to be shocked at talking animals in dreams.


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the last message of the prophets was Malachi 3:22-24 "Remember the torah of Moses, My servant-the laws and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb (Sinai) for all Israel;Lo, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord..." the Malbim commentary there explains that since there will not be any more ...


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Rambam Yesodei HaTorah 7:3 הדברים שמודיעין לנביא במראה הנבואה--דרך משל מודיעין לו, ומיד ייחקק בליבו פתרון המשל במראה הנבואה, ויידע מה הוא (My paraphrasing): The prophet is shown a prophetic image, as a type of parable, and immediately realizes the resolution of the parable, and knows what it is. Ramchal, towards the end of Da'as Tevunos (siman ...


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This article from the OU's magazine “Jewish Action” says that there are jokes in the Talmud, “It is related that Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan was once asked if there are any jokes in the Talmud, and his response was, “yes, but they’re all old.” Jokes with a “Hechsher” A cursory reading of the Talmud’s text validates that assertion. An informed reading may ...


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The Books of Obadiah, Nahum, and Jonah contain prophecies that are predominately addressing Gentiles. The Talmud does not mention them as prophets of the Gentiles though, only Beor, Bilaam, Job, and his 4 companions. So perhaps the Talmud is referring to the general trend of their prophecy, most of which remained unwritten (Megillah 14b), not specifically ...


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The Alshich here explains that on the day that a Tzaddik (a righteous person) dies, he receives from G-d an additional level of holiness. Also, even though Elijah was leaving behind his protégé Elisha, nevertheless, prophecy would certainly be lessened by his parting. This was especially true since Jezebel had recently killed many prophets. Therefore, G-d ...


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Rabbi Naftaali Elfenbein of Mercaz Hatorah in Talpiot Jerusalem said that the Shemona Esrei, composed by the Men of the Great Assembly with the aid the last of our prophets, Haggai, Zeharia, and Malachi, is our prophecy in this age. I believe his source was Megilla 17b, as he mentioned the phrase 'and among them a number of prophets'. So the replacement for ...


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the Vilna Gaon in his commentary to Mishley (Parables) 16:4 asks your question: וכשהיו נביאים היו הולכין אצל הנביאים לדרוש את ה' והיה הנביא אומר ע"פ משפט הנבואה דרכו אשר ילך בה לפי שורש נשמתו ולפי טבעת גופו וזהו לאדם מערכי לב שלו לא היה רק לערוך לבבו לדרוש את ה' בכל לבבו ומה' הי' מענה לשון ע"י הנביא איך יתנהג וכשבטלה הנבואה היה רוח הקודש ישראל ואיש רוחו ...


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Rav Dessler in Michtav M'Eliyahu vol. 1 pg. 164 addresses exactly this question - How could G-d continue speaking to Cain after he sinned (Bereishis 4:9)?. I can't find the text online to link, but his basic idea is the following: We generally have a broad intellectual awareness of Hashem and His greatness, which should lead us to righteousness, but does ...


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There are 3 mistakes that form this question. The first is a misunderstanding of the intent of R' Dessler that I quoted in the cited answer. The point of his idea is exactly that - knowledge alone does not lead directly to piety, and no matter how much one knows, we don't relate to that knowledge the sam way. As you quoted from my answer there, despite our ...


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there is a principal that no two prophets receive the same prophecy in the same words (as explained here) this is because the shefa (spiritual flow) of prophecy is channeled through the individual prophet and therefore condenses according to the prophet's spiritual level, soul traits, character etc. the prophet acts as a kind of prism and this is why each ...


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According to Abarbanel, No. He writes (Intro to Yirmiyahu) that one of the reasons there are so many Kri\Ktiv in Jeremiah is because Yirmiyahu was young when he started getting Nevua and didn't know Hebrew spelling and grammar, and Chazal corrected all of his mistakes later. In addition, as is clear from Jeremiah chapter 1, God presents images to the ...


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Sanhedrin 89a דאמר רבי יצחק סיגנון אחד עולה לכמה נביאים ואין שני נביאים מתנבאין בסיגנון אחד עובדיה אמר זדון לבך השיאך ירמיה אמר תפלצתך השיא אותך זדון לבך


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We need to understand the meaning of G-d wanting something from us, because He is complete, he lacks nothing and doesn't want it either. Shlemuth. On the other hand, He wants from us is a figure of speech that the call of reality calls upon us to adapt to changes around us (homeostasis). We are implanted with a desire to improve our condition every time ...


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(I can't think of an explicit connection off the top of my head, but here goes): The Sifrei (B'midbar 153) writes that Moshe Rabbeinu's prophecy was superior to that of other prophets, because Moshe sometimes prophesied on a level connoted by the word "davar", while other prophets prophesied on a lower level as connoted by the word "amar": זה הדבר, ...


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the rabbis count 48 prophets and 7 prophetesses in tenach [added credit to DoubleAA- whose prophecies are relevant for future generations]. It seems Adam and Abel and Cain aren't listed http://www.askmoses.com/en/article/248,89728/How-many-prophets-were-there-and-who-were-they.html The RAMBAM lists levels of prophecy. (in his guide for the ...


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I once heard a Shiur where the Rabbi said that originally there were not going to be 10 plagues, Just the threat of death of Egyptian firstborns should Pharaoh not listen. It was only once Pharaoh denied knowledge of G-d that G-d said there would be 10 plagues, so that the whole of Egypt would know who G-d is. In Shemot 4:21-23, G-d says to tell Pharaoh ...


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The Ohr Chaim on Bamidbar 3:45 writes that the firstborn will serve in the Third Temple. שאמרו ז"ל עתידה עבודה שתחזור לבכורות Yonathan Eybeschutz writes in Ahavat Yonatan on the haftorah for Emor, that in the future, there will be atonement for the sin of the golden calf, and thus the firstborn will return to temple service. I've seen many who are puzzled ...


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What makes you think that he wasn't defeated? Admittedly he and some of his nation continued to exist, but in pasukim 24 & 25 it says clearly that the Israelites smote the Moabites. Chazal tell us why Mesha slaughtered his crown prince. Mesha had asked his advisers why the G'd of the Jews always helps them. His advisers told him that it came as a result ...


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Isaiah 52:13 הנה ישכיל עבדי ירום ונשא וגבה מאד Tanchuma Toldot 14 ירום מאברהם. ונשא מיצחק. וגבה מיעקב. ירום מאברהם. שנאמר: (בראשית יד) הרמותי ידי אל ה'. ונשא ממשה, שאמר (במדבר יא) כי תאמר אלי שאהו בחיקך, וגבה כמלאכי השרת, שנאמר: (יחזקאל א) וגבותם מלאות עיניים. לכך נאמר: מי אתה הר הגדול, וממי הוא יוצא מזרובבל. Rambam Teshuvah 9:2 ...



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