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Asked and answered here. it seems quite likely that this is a later interpolation; it doesn't appear in early prints of Rashi. In several places, though, Rashi refers to לשון כנען, which was a popular term at the time for the Slavic languages (based on the equation of "Slav" with "slave" and the association of the latter with Canaan). These ...


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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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Probably (though you can never be sure with questions like these) you're referring to Rashi's comments on "כי היא חכמתכם ובינתכם לעיני העמים", "this shows your wisdom and understanding in the eyes of the nations" (Devarim 4:6), where Rashi quotes the Gemara in Shabbos (75): איזו חכמה ובינה שהיא לעיני העמים הוי אומר זה חישוב תקופות ומזלות What is ...


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It's pure geometry. The simplest example of this in 3D is that the surface area of a hemisphere is double the surface area of a flat circle, so if you grow things on the surface you have double the area (wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphere). Area of circle = pi*r*r Area of curved part of hemisphere = 2*pi*r*r EDIT: Obviously, this is just a simple example to ...


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The Y'fe Soar (commentary to the Midrash Raba 89:6) explains that Pharaoh saw the interpretation of the dream in the dream itself but forgot it. Since this interpretation didn't remind him of the one he'd seen, he knew it was wrong. Y'de Moshe (commentary to the Midrash Raba there) explains that this interpretation didn't fit the dream very well, to ...


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He asked: "is there a place for a spend-the-night." Lin is a noun. It means "one night's lodgings." She replied: "there is a place to lodge." Lun is a verb, "to lodge."


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According to Avraham Grossman, in an article published by Encyclopedia Judaica ("Rashi"), there is more than one source for these various parenthetical notations. Some of them were composed by Rashi's students and some were composed by other scholars, but all were "later interpolated into the text by copyists". They can be identified by aid of manuscripts, ...


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Rav Moshe Shapira explained this as part of a broader approach to the difference between the philosophy of Avraham and that of Shem. To summarize, Shem was an ascetic, and believed in spirituality divorced from physicality. His Torah was the Torah of pure spirituality which does not involve the physicality. He is, therefore, the authority on the ...


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I heard the following approach from R' Rivlin, Mashgiach of Kerem b'Yavneh. Pharaoh was looking for more than just a clever interpretation based on the art of dream interpretation - he was looking for an interpreter who showed himself to know what the dream was and meant. Pharaoh made slight changes in his relating of the dream, and Yosef identified this ...


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Tehilim is like (lihavdel) poetry it can be interpreted differently and the author had all the meanings in mind see Rashi on 23.2 ...David recited this psalm in the forest of Hereth (I Sam. 22:5). Why was it called Hereth? Because it was as dry as a potsherd (חרס) and the Holy One, blessed be He, moistened it with the good of the world to come (Mid. ...


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According to the Babylonian Talmud, b. Pesahim 10:1, IV.34.A (Folio 111A), the meaning of "darkness" is in reference to demonic power. In the following passage cited, the literal allusions to tree shade are in reference to invisible darkness (demonic power), which is "darkness." Please click the image to enlarge. Conversely, the Talmud makes reference in ...


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The reason he chose such an extreme way is, the statement is referring to a women's particular ability to judge in an extreme sexual challenge. (Rashi kidushin 80 b) And not at all to a women's knowledge in general, as we know B'rurya was extremely wise and knowledgeable. In the original saying "women's knowledge is light on them" "דעת" is translated as ...


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There are two rishonim who specifically praised Rashi's work on Gemara (as opposed to Chumash): R. Yitzchak Canpanton: (Darchei HaTalmud, 12) Rashi z"l had the custom and method not to speak a thing or emit a word in his language if it were not necessary, I mean to say that when he speaks something about the language of the Gemara or explains something ...


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Summary Rashi is looking to explain why the continued repetition despite the lack of variation each time together with the idea that a single tribe gave the idea. He explains this by saying each tribe had a different intention, but that each individual tribal intention is related to the general intention established by the tribe that gave the idea. Longer ...


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Tosfos in Menachos 86b ד"ה ממנה writes in the name of Rabenu Tam ( see also Chudishei HaRan ד"ה ובא ) that Rashi holds that there is a mitzvah to have in the menorah a fixed ner to light the remaining six. This is learned from the pasuk להעלות נר תמיד (שמות כז כ. Therefore after the ner maarivi is lit from the the old flame the remaining neros are lit from ...


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Had there been extra pesukim showing how long Aminadav lived and when Aharon took Elisheva as a wife and when Elazar married bas Putiel, then we could have made a drasha like that. However, in this case, all we know is that Aharon married some time during the galus mitzrayim and that Pinchas was born some (unknown) time before yetzias Mitzraim and that he ...


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I think there is a theme in the naming of Leah's and Rachel's children which follows a broader motif. Rachel desires nothing more than to have children, and that is withheld from her. She names her child accordingly, that she should have another child. Her naming the children of Bilhah also follow this theme - the names have to do with having children. ...


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The Rashbam on that verse says that he is actually named after the prior verse (30:23) - G-d has taken away my reproach., but she changes the Alef to a Yud to ask for another son. So the main name is about taking away the negativity of not having any children, but one letter is changed in order to add the request for a second son as an addition. In Chabad ...


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The name Yosef as it relates to his being nothing more than an enabler to his brother's existence is actually quite personal and telling. His youth was spent caring for his brothers. We see he put himself in danger to go check on his brothers at his father's request. And most importantly we find him caring for and providing for his brothers in Mitzrayim. ...


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See the previous pasuk (30:23): וַתַּ֖הַר וַתֵּ֣לֶד בֵּ֑ן וַתֹּ֕אמֶר אָסַ֥ף אֱלֹהִ֖ים אֶת־חֶרְפָּתִֽי׃ There's another word there with the same root, אסף. This phrase is more in line with what how others named their children, after some event that happened with their birth. Here, the event was "‘God hath taken away my reproach.’". Source: I heard this ...


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According to Siftei Chachamim there (#7), that's not what Rashi meant. דק״ל וילך חרגה משמע שבא לחרן וזה א״א שהרי אח״כ כתיב ויפגע במקום וזה היה קודם ביאתו לחרן ודוחק לומר שיהיה וילך כמשמעו שבא לחרן ואח״כ שב לבאר מה שפגע לו בדרך כי אין זה דרך המקרא לכן פירש יצא ללכת [Rashi commented] because it is difficult to understand "and he went to Charan," which ...


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Ohr Same'ach Two other sites that I know are good are Torah Tots and OU's NCSY site. I have trouble locating these sites, now, but if you Google, you should locate these, as well as numerous other sites. You may also want to check various shul and yeshiva web sites. Many yeshivot & kolelim post parsha questions on their web site. Yeshivot ketanot ...


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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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During the first time he went into "Yaakov's tesnt" because he was the main person that he suspected. When he went back, since he had already searched Yaakov's posessions completely, he had realized that he had not been thorough enough with Rachel's possessions. Apparently he first suspected Yaakov, then Leah as the "first wife". He then realized that Rachel ...


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Hakodosh Baruch Hu did not make a mistake. שבתחלה עלה במחשבה means that was the starting point, that is, the ideal. Had a human thought this through, that would have been his starting point. How is midas hadin a mistake? It is not workable on its own, but it is not a mistake. The placement of the verses does not mean "between these verses it is midas ...


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This is really answered by the second Rashi in the parsha: אין המקרא הזה אומר אלא דרשני - the the purpose of this verse is the Drasha. Yes, it has a way to read it in plain meaning, but its phrasing is awkwardly constructed and superfluous precisely because its primary purpose is not the plain meaning. Even at the simple level, it is understood that there ...


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Menachos is considered one of the hardest masechtos and in my opinion the hardest. Artscroll uses both editions continuously. Tosfos seems to have had only the MS edition which would mean it is more authentic. There aren't any other rishonim (except perhaps the rashbo) but there is a wealth of achronim at least fifty on the otsar hachochma. I would suggest ...



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