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The source is Gemara Nazir 23b: אמר ר"נ בר יצחק גדולה עבירה לשמה ממצוה שלא לשמה והאמר רב יהודה אמר רב לעולם יעסוק אדם בתורה ובמצות אפי' שלא לשמן שמתוך שלא לשמן בא לשמן אלא אימא כמצוה שלא לשמה דכתיב (שופטים ה, כד) תבורך מנשים יעל אשת חבר הקני מנשים באהל תבורך מאן נשים שבאהל שרה רבקה רחל ולאה א"ר יוחנן שבע בעילות בעל אותו רשע באותה שעה שנאמר (שופטים ה, כז) ...


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The Vilna Gaon here answers this problem according to what the gemara teaches in several places (e.g. Pesachim 40b) - "Go! Go!" we say to the Nazir, "Go around! Go around! Do not go close to the vineyard!". And as we know Shimshon was a Nazir, and behold, it says "and they came until the vineyards of Timnas". Therefore Shimshon did not go with them but ...


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The people wanted a king so that they could more closely resemble the other nations (Sh'muel I, 8:5,20; Radak ad loc.). This motivation made their desire for a king contemptible (Sanhedrin 20b; Sh'muel I, 8:7-8; cf. D'varim 17:14-15), despite the fact that, according to some opinions, there is a biblical obligation to appoint a king (see the dispute in ...


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The answer is in their story in Shoftim. Barak didn't want to be a Shofet unless Devorah agreed to lead with him. Shoftim ch 4 8 But Barak said to her [Devorah], “If you will go with me, I will go; if not, I will not go.” 9 "Very well, I will go with you,” she answered....


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Judges – Chapter 9 The Rise and Fall of Avimelech The curse was that those who rely of improper leaders will eventually be destroyed by those leaders. Note that Gideon was Yerubaal (because he destroyed the idol) and Yosam is another transliteration of Jotham. Thus "curse" of Yosam was that he declared that the people of Shechem would be punished by being ...


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The biblical commentator Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki) explains the following (from the chabad.com website): On verse 8 the trees went forth: This is allegorical. to the olive tree: Referring to Othniel the son of Kenaz from the tribe of Judah, which is called an olive tree, as it says, (Jer. 11:16) “Like a fresh olive tree, beautiful in form, etc.” ...


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Excellent question. Back in an agricultural society, people had animals around. So he was thinking it would be a cow, sheep, or goat. Nonetheless, the Talmud said he should not have taken that oath -- what if it was a horse or donkey? (Which can't be used as a sacrifice.) Some Christians took this story as a message "oh, always fulfill your oaths." The ...


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Rashi on Benjamin's blessing says that his being a "wolf that will tear", alludes in part to the incident at Gibeah, wherein Benjaminites raped a woman to death.



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