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אם בא להרגך - השכם להרגו - literally: If someone is coming to kill you, rise early and kill him (במדבר רבה פרשה כא פסקה ד; מדרש תנחומא, פנחס, פרק ג‏. - Medrash) Also, scripture is replete with references to commands from G-d to go to war, e.g. the source text for the above ruling (Numbers 25): טז וַיְדַבֵּר ה' אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר. 16 And the L-RD ...


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The fifth chapter of Avos says one hallmark of a chacham, wise person, is that mode al haemes, he acknowledges the truth. Rashi says this refers to someone who has erred and acknowledges a correction.


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It's a רש"י in שבת on Daf :י"ג that says: והספר. כל כתבי הקודש תורה נביאים וכתובים פוסלין תרומה במגען


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Good question. See here and here for more. The most common name in the Jewish Bible for God is spelled in Hebrew letters that would roughly correspond with YHVH in English (Hebrew doesn't always use vowels); this is known as the "Tetragrammaton", i.e. the four-letter name of God. Jews don't pronounce that as written, instead they pronounce it "Adonai", ...


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We know that ISIS wants to kill people, and they are actively working toward that end. That would seem to make an ISIS person a rodef (pursuer). It is permitted to kill a rodef in order to prevent him from killing another person. Here is a link to an English version of the tractate of Talmud that discusses this. You can find the discussion on folios 73 and ...


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Yes. The Life Work of Shimon haAmsoni. Aggada Insight by Rabbi Yitzchak Blau Cited in Talmud Bavli no less than four times, this braissa first appears in Pesachim (22b)See the Art Scroll page 22b3 notes 27 - 30 Shimon HaAmsuni- some say Nechemia HaAmsuni- was doresh all the ‘esem’ (the appearances of the word ‘es’) in the Torah. Upon reaching ‘Es ...


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There is actually an argument in the Midrash with relevant psukim where a person's חכמה resides. See ילקוט שמעוני right at the begining of משלי. Siman תתקכט. There is an argument there between Rabi Eliazar who said it's in one's head and Rabi Yehoshua who says it's in one's heart. The Midrash brings Psukim to show that David Hamelech and Shlomo Hamelech ...


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According to Jewish tradition, there was not a "group of intermediary humans who wrote the Tanach." The Rambam in his 13 fundamentals of Jewish faith, in the introduction to the 10th chapter of Sanhedrin, in the 8th principle, writes the following: כלומר שהגיע אליו כולה מאת ה' הגעה שקורין אותה על דרך השאלה דבור Which means to say that the entire ...


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In reality, I personally don't think that this is a question at all: everyone from the Torah's time period believed in the heart as the source of emotions, so this is how the Torah was written. However, I'm happy to provide a source to this effect. This issue has indeed been noticed by many people, among them R. Shlomo Fisher, who many would consider to be ...


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the Steipler writes in his book "Chayei Olam" that most of kishuf (sorcery) has been forgotten. perhaps due to things like witchhunts, etc. There are however still pockets here and there (in Haiti, certain places in New Orleans) I have personally met people who had contact with sorcery. They related to me experiences they had with sorcerers such as ...



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