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The source is Shulchan Oruch Orach Chayim 487 (4) בליל ראשון של פסח גומרים את ההלל בצבור בנעימה בברכה תחלה וסוף ובן בליל שני של שני ימים טובים של גליות On the first night of Pesach, we complete the Hallel with the community with a pleasant tune and a blessing at the beginning and end. The same is on the second night outside Israel. The Rema ...


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In Navi, Chazal, and Rishonim, we can several cases of suicide, two points should be investigated, firstly the source of the prohibition. Secondly the retrospective vue about the suicided man. In some cases to choice the death is right, sometimes it is wrong. Retrospectively sometimes we do not blame the suicider because of a supposed judgment distorsion, ...


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There is no direct prohibition of suicide in the Bible. The Gemara (Bava Kama 91b) derives its prohibition by exegesis on the verse: "and surely your blood of your lives will I require" (Genesis 9: 5), interpreted as: "I will require your blood if you yourselves shed it." see also Bereishis Rabba 34:13 There are two famous cases of suicide in Tanach, Saul ...


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I don't believe that the aforementioned text refers to actual "angels", but metaphorical meaning behind this description. First, consider Elihu's statement in Yov 33:22-24 כב וַתִּקְרַב לַשַּׁחַת נַפְשׁוֹ וְחַיָּתוֹ לַמְמִתִים: כג אִם-יֵשׁ עָלָיו מַלְאָךְ מֵלִיץ אֶחָד מִנִּי-אָלֶף לְהַגִּיד לְאָדָם יָשְׁרוֹ: כד וַיְחֻנֶּנּוּ וַיֹּאמֶר פְּדָעֵהוּ ...


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There are no earlier sources to a mishna in Pirkei Avot. The whole point of that tractate is to share wisdom that was given by God to Moses etc. The source is that the rabbi learned it from his rabbi etc. Except for the Archangels and the AOD who appear regularly in Jewish folklore and theology, a typical angel only has one purpose and ceases to exist. ...


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There are many questions here, but all quite interesting. Where did the idea of paying a shadchan come from? Is it an obligation? This depends on the community The first shidduch in Jewish history (Eliezer finding Rivka for Yitzhak) doesn't mention a fee and dinonline writes that the Sephardi custom is that "the shadchan traditionally receives no ...


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A couple examples in Eruvin come to mind. 14a brings proof that for halachic matters, pi = 3, and then continues to explain the dimensions of Solomon's pool. This contains some prealgebra and simple geometry. Also 23b discusses the difference between 7.666 and sqrt(5000), with Rashi giving an interesting way of calculating the square root of 5000.


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This would be puzzling because the Gemara (Sotah 12) states, “’She saw him, that he was good…’ R. Nechemiah says, ‘Fitting for prophecy.’ Others say, ‘He was born circumcised.’ And the Sages say, ‘At the time Moshe was born, the whole house filled with light. [...] When Pharoah’s daughter found him it says: ‘And she saw him, the boy.’ It ...


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"Therefore, tzaddikim are on a higher level than them (the angels):2 the abode of the souls of tzaddikim is in the World of Beriah (Creation), whereas the abode of the angels is in the World of Yetzirah (Formation)." http://www.chabad.org/library/tanya/tanya_cdo/aid/7918/jewish/Chapter-39.htm Explained in chapter 39 of Tanya


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R Josh Flug comments on this here (but I would note that this is more descriptive than explicative). The Mishna in Megillah 21a and the Gemara in Megillah 22b provide the formula for determining how many aliyot are called on each occasion: If it is a day that there is no Mussaf offering (or Mussaf prayer), such as an ordinary Monday and ...


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These are apparently kabalistic ideas found in some Habad writings, e.g., R Yosef Karasik writes here (p. 22, bottom right) In Yemos HaMoshiach, Purim will be celebrated and the other holidays will be nullified because the G-dly revelation on those holidays will be eclipsed by the powerful G-dly revelation of that time, just like the light of a ...


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I think it's two Gemaras put together. One is in Shabbos 63a. It says תניא אמרו לו לרבי אליעזר וכי מאחר דתכשיטין הן לו מפני מה הן בטלין לימות המשיח אמר להן לפי שאינן צריכין שנאמר לא ישא גוי אל גוי חרב ותהוי לנוי בעלמא אמר אביי מידי דהוה אשרגא בטיהרא The subject is whether arms are considered jewelry. Rabbi Eliezer says it is and the sages say it's ...


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I think you are referring to the following from Sanhedrin 91b (translation artscroll) אמר רב יהודה אמר רב כל המונע הלכה מפי תלמיד כאילו גוזלו מנחלת אבותיו שנאמר (דברים לג, ד) תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה קהילת יעקב Rav Yehudah said in the name of Rav: Whoever withholds the teaching of the law from the mouth of a student (i.e., whoever neglects to teach ...



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