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סנהדרין קט: וקי The Gemara there describes how קורח was influenced by his wife against his better judgement, and how און בן פלת was saved by his wife contrary to his initial plans.


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I believe this is it: http://www.sefaria.org/Bereishit_Rabbah.17.7?lang=en&layout=lines&sidebarLang=all Genesis Rabbah 17:7 A story [is told] of a pious man and his wife who could not have kids. They said: we are of no benefit to the Holy of of Blessing, so they divorced. He went and married a wicked woman, and she made him wicked; and she went ...


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The clearest earliest source we have for the modern concept of Daas Torah can be found in "Chafetz Chaim Al Hatorah". Rav Shmuel Greineman quotes in the name of the Chafetz Chaim: It describes a Rabbinic perception, derived entirely from Torah, non-secular sources, which is then able to provide a resolution to all worldly problems. Source from Rabbi ...


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The Ben Ish Chai writes that the Arizal said that air has weight, and that this was laughed at with questions of why we don't get crushed. Then it was found to be true and the question was easily answered. There is also the famous Gemara which differentiates between honey and milk.


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The שער רוח הקודש from Harav Chaim Vittal has many meditations. Before him, Rav Abulafya discussed meditations. We fund in Shmuel that Shaul Hamelech spent all night passed out in prophecy. The Targum there uses the term Shabach, to praise. This sounds more like meditating than predictions. As for mind exercises that can be beneficial, there doesn't have to ...


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Tanya Igeress HaKodesh 22 found at http://chabadlibrary.org/books/default.aspx?furl=/adhaz/tanya/4/22 http://m.chabad.org/library/tanya/tanya_cdo/aid/7967/jewish/Epistle-22.htm mentions a new fad where people ask Rabbis for advice in mundane matters and bemoans this behavior saying such advice is reserved for real Neviim. This is what is usually meant when ...


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Rav Aryeh Kaplan in his book Jewish Meditation writes that meditation was really the practice of the prophets and mystics of Judaism. He bases this off the Gemara in Brachos 30b: אין עומדין להתפלל אלא מתוך כובד ראש חסידים הראשונים היו שוהין שעה אחת ומתפללין כדי שיכוונו לבם לאביהם שבשמים The Chassidim Harishonim would prepare for an hour before ...


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No idea where it comes from, but in terms of validity, it at least has a math problem. It is saying 25 years after WWI there will be a bigger war. And then 75 years after that will be a bigger one. But the only way you get 25 years from WWI to WWII is 1914-1939. That works out in the Hebrew Calendar (other than the fact than 1939 is a rather arbitrary ...


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There is no such Medresh. Hashem does not bring about a sporadic disaster just to show his strength. One of the basic principals of Judaism is that one cannot be punished for no reason. there are however, scores of Midrashim about Hashem bringing about disasters on Goim who have engaged in wrongdoings, in order to arouse Jews back to the path of the Tora.


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Sanhedrin 93a The righteous are greater than the ministering angels, for it is said, He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the son of God. Ibid. 25. Thus the angel is mentioned last, as being least esteemed. Thus humans can reach higher than ...


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In Shabbat 88b there's a midrash about Moshe ascending to heaven to receive the Torah. I'm going to paraphrase the story here. The angels asked hashem why he was giving his beloved Torah to a mere mortal human. Hashem asked Moshe to respond. Moshe responded by pointing out that it was humans who were enslaved in Egypt, were tempted by other nations and false ...


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see shaarei kedusha part 3 gate 2 To know if the soul of man is greater than the angels or not. If we say that it is, then why didn't the angels also go down to this world to enclothe in a body? And if (you say) the angels are greater, this cannot be, because all the writings of the Sages we find the opposite. For example, "Who is greater the ...


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This is brought down in Mussar Seforim, based on the phrase in Zecharia 3:7 וְנָתַתִּי לְךָ מַהְלְכִים בֵּין הָעֹמְדִים הָאֵלֶּה And I will go give you a path - (an ability to advance - and improve) amongst these angels (who don't go anywhere; they have no free will and cannot improve - spiritually - as they cannot be awarded for their actions as they ...


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Mesilas Yesharim 19....................


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See מעשר כספים on the Hebrew Wikipedia. The earliest sources for giving away 1/10th of one's profits is from Avraham and Yaakov. Avraham, as it says (Breishit 14:20): וַיִּתֶּן־ל֥וֹ מַעֲשֵׂ֖ר מִכֹּֽל׃ Yaakov, as it says (28:22): וְכֹל֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר תִּתֶּן־לִ֔י עַשֵּׂ֖ר אֲעַשְּׂרֶ֥נּוּ לָֽךְ׃ Another source is from Devarim 14:22 - עשר תעשר. Tosfot ...


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This site deals with this here: Maaser Kesafim: It is clear that the verse is referring to the mitzvah of tithing produce that grows in the ground. What about tithing other forms of income and giving it to tzedaka? While there is a mitzvah to tithe this type of earning too, does the same guarantee .of reward, and permission to test Hashem, ...


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This is found in Tanna Devei Eliyahu Rabba, beginning of chapter 18 and Yalkut Shamoni Eicha 1034. The Tanna Devei Eliyahu version is: מאי שפכי כמים לבך נוכח פני ה' מכאן אמרו כל ת"ח שיושב וקורא ושונה ועוסק בתורה הקב"ה יושב כנגדו וקורא ושונה עמו What does "Poor out your heart like water opposite the face of Hashem" mean? From here they said that ...


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As far as I'm aware, there are two sources for the quote. The first source for this is the book קול התור, allegedly written by Rav Hillel Rivlin M'shklov (one of the Goan's students), some 200 years ago. The thing is that the published book is an "abridged version", as the initial writings were deemed too complicated. There are actually two published ...


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The one aspect of this quote which I can point to in Chazzal is the fact that Hashem will punish the child for his fathers sins when the child continues in his fathers ways. This is found in Brachos 7a and Sanhedrin 27b. The explenation given כי עוון של דורות חמור יותר מעוון של פרט אחד does not appear there. In fact by reading the gemara in Sanhedrin and ...


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If you need a source within Avoth, perhaps the author meant an interpretation of 5:2: עשרה דורות מאדם ועד נח. להודיע כמה ארך אפים לפניו. שכל הדורות היו מכעיסין ובאין עד שהביא עליהם את מי המבול namely, that the individual generations did not merit destruction; only when 10 successive generations continued with the same sin did the world merit ...


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Yes. Tosfos Yom Tov (Nazir 5:5) writes that just as earlier commentators were willing to explain the Torah according to a 'peshat' that doesn't conform with the Halakha, we may do the same when it comes to the Mishnah. More on this methodology is discussed by R. Kalman Kahane in Heker VeYiyun I, pg. 150-152 Additionally, there are also sources (Gra-related ...


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Artscroll (Hebrew siddur) brings a Daas Torah in Orach Chaim siman 56 quoting a Kol Bo siman 7 who writes "when the Chazzan says Barchu he bows (כורע) and straightens up by the name of Hashem. And such is common practice."


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Kitzur S.A. Yalkut Yosef 57:8 says that the Chazan should bow "a bit" with the word Barchu and stand up at Hashem's name. The Kehot annotated siddur says to remain bowed the entire Barchu and then bow again at Baruch and stand up at Hashem's name.


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From the fact we need a Drasha to exempt teffilin on Yom Tov and Shabbos, implies that when it is not either shabbos or Yom tov there is an obligation to wear it every day. Rav Yitzchok Yosef writes in his Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (אות ג') presents this very argument: אף ששלא נתבאר בפירוש בתורה שצריך להניח בכל יום ויום, מכל מקום מדמצינו פטור מהנחת ...


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R. Aharon of Pizaro. Lived in a place called Nikalaro, Italy in the 16th Century. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_of_Pesaro


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HaRav Yosef Hayim of Baghdad writes in his Ben Ish Ha'i (Parashat Re'eh, Note 17): יש נוהגין לעשות בכל שנה את יום הלידה ליו"ט וסימן יפה הוא וכן נוהגים בביתנו There are those who have the custom to make their day of birth into a "Yom Tov", and it is a good sign, and such is the custom in our home Note 17 continues with the nusahh he would say upon ...


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There are plenty of references. I will bring but a few: In the Gemara (Yerushalmi, 3, 8) we find that this day has special power. There Rabi Yehoshua ben Levi says Amalek would practice sourcery ... not easily would someone fall on his birthday ... what did Moses do? he suffled the fortunes... (and many Mefarshim provide insight on that Gemara, amongst ...


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We see from the dvar Torah from Rabbi Moshe Kormornick (www.shortvort.com) quoted above that the Jews definitely did not have any intention of returning to Egypt to convert the Egyptians! We can also add a proof to this based on Hashem's words to Moshe: "You will not see Pharoah every again (alive)" We also have a debate in the Gemora whether Pharaoh was ...


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The source for Hagala with a pot that is too big is a Tosafos in Avoda Zara (עד:) דרש רבא נעוה ארתחו. פירוש הגעילו הגתיות הגדולים .. מכאן אומר ר''ת דעירוי ככלי ראשון מדאמר הכא דעל ידי עירוי מפליט היין הבלוע בגת דעל כרחך ע''י עירוי קאמר הכא שהרי הגת גדולה וכבידה שאין יכולין לתתה לתוך יורה מרותחת כדי להגעילה אלא ע''כ על ידי עירוי קאמר והשתא כיון דהוה ...


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I think the first mention is the Rosh in the name of Rabbeinu Yoel and (his son) the Raavya. See the left column in the Rosh, seven lines from the bottom. http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14315&st=&pgnum=250


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The sources are brought in the footnotes here. On the specific question of where it comes from, several Rishonim write that this is a tradition from the Geonim (for example the Meiri on that Gemera). Some have a version of the Gemara that is "פרוס עצרת" - half way, in other words half a month, or 15 days, before Shavuos, which would be the 34th day of the ...


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It is brought in the introduction to the Sefer Peat HaSulchan. It says there that he learned and understood clearly all that there is to learn (until the Achronim on the Shulchan Aruch) including the Kisvei Arizal, and understood everything besides 2 Sugeot in the Zohar.


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At the end of Moreh Nevuchim 3:51, the Rambam presents the level one should aspire to in divine service, in which he trains himself to do more than the minimum in fulfillment of his obligations--one should learn to focus on not only the first pasuk of Shema and the first blessing of Shemoneh Esrei, but throughout. The clear implication is that although one ...


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Qitzur Shulhhan Arukh - Yalqut Yosef (Orahh Hayim 131:36) states: אלו הימים שאין אומרים בהם וידוי ונפילת אפים לא בשחרית ולא במנחה: חודש ניסן, פסח שני, ל''ג בעומר, מראש חודש סיון עד י''ב בו ועד בכלל, תשעה באב, ט''ו באב, ערב ראש השנה וערב יום הכפורים, מי''א תשרי עד ב' חשון. שמונת ימי החנוכה, ט''ו בשבט, י''ד וט''ו אדר א' ואדר ב'. וראשי חודשים.‏ Arukh ...


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The bal hatanya most certainly does. On the Mishnah in shabbos that all animals that go out with collars... He explains it to be talking about angels and their song


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The earliest personality I've seen referencing Rabi Yehuda HaNasi's compiling of the Mishna is a statement of Rabi Yochanan, his student. See Bava Kamma 94b אמר רבי יוחנן בימי רבי נשנית משנה זו. We find Rabi Yochanan being called Rebi's student in Psachim 3b. There is also a give and take in Bava Metzia 44a between Rabi Yehuda and his son Rabi Shimon ...


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I heard from someone a while ago (wish I could recall whom; might have been something I read in Art Scroll siddur or Birnbaum?) it is from: Deuteronomy 32:43 (Sefaria English): הַרְנִ֤ינוּ גוֹיִם֙ עַמּ֔וֹ כִּ֥י דַם־עֲבָדָ֖יו יִקּ֑וֹם וְנָקָם֙ יָשִׁ֣יב לְצָרָ֔יו וְכִפֶּ֥ר אַדְמָת֖וֹ עַמּֽוֹ׃ (פ) Sing aloud, O ye nations, of His people; For He doth ...


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Eiruvin 54b א"ר (אליעזר) מאי דכתיב וענקים לגרגרותיך אם משים אדם עצמו כענק זה שרף על הצואר ונראה ואינו נראה תלמודו מתקיים בידו ואם לאו אין תלמודו מתקיים בידו ואמר ר"א מאי דכתיב לחיו כערוגת הבשם אם משים אדם עצמו כערוגה זו שהכל דשין בה וכבושם זה שהכל מתבשמין בה תלמודו מתקיים ואם לאו אין תלמודו מתקיים אמר רב מתנה מאי דכתיב (במדבר כא) וממדבר מתנה אם משים ...


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The Gemara in Megillah 11a says שמואל א יז-יד: ודוד הוא הקטן הוא בקטנותו מתחילתו עד סופו כשם שבקטנותו הקטין עצמו אצל מי שגדול ממנו בתורה כך במלכותו הקטין עצמו אצל מי שגדול ממנו בחכמה "And David was the small one": He remained continually in his smallness. Just as in his youth he lowered himself in from of one who was greater than him in Torah, so too ...


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One answer is that it is juxtaposed with the giving of the Torah - but the giving of the second Tablets on Yom Kippur, not the first tablets on Shavuos. This is explained at length in several places in Chabad Chassidus. One of them is here. The Meshech Chochma says that on Shmini Atzers Zos HaBracha was read anyway. The Talmud which describes reading Zos ...


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The obvious answer is that, once it was set to be on an annual cycle, they wanted to make Devarim the Sedra immediately before Tisha B'Av, because it contains the verse that begins with "Eichah" and mentions the spies and other upsetting events, thus the cycle was built around that. For Devarim falling on the week before Tisha B'Av I can give a source, the ...


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See the Gemara in Nedarim (55a-b) Rav Yosef says to Rava: מאי דכתיב {במדבר כא-יח} וממדבר מתנה וממתנה נחליאל ומנחליאל במות א''ל כיון שעושה אדם את עצמו כמדבר שהוא מופקר לכל תורה ניתנה לו במתנה שנאמר וממדבר מתנה וכיון שניתנה לו במתנה נחלו אל שנאמר וממתנה נחליאל וכיון שנחלו אל עולה לגדולה שנאמר ומנחליאל במות ואם הגביה עצמו הקב''ה משפילו שנאמר {במדבר ...



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