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The Palestinian Talmud (Taanis 21a) states that there is only verse in which the Jewish people are referred to as Zion. The verse is in Isaiah 51, 16: וָאָשִׂים דְּבָרַי בְּפִיךָ וּבְצֵל יָדִי כִּסִּיתִיךָ לִנְטֹעַ שָׁמַיִם וְלִיסֹד אָרֶץ וְלֵאמֹר לְצִיּוֹן עַמִּי אָתָּה Here is the quote from the Talmud: א"ר חיננא בר פפא חוזרני על כל המקרא ולא מצאנו ...


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Sure. Not veils, but other face coverings: David, after Avshalom's death: והמלך לאט את פניו (II Shmuel 19:5) Eliyahu at Har Chorev: וילט פניו באדרתו (I Melachim 19:13) Michayhu for his "playact" to Achav: ויתחפש באפר על עיניו (I Melachim 20:38) Yechezkel during his "playacting" of Tzidkiyahu's flight: פניך תכסה (Yechezkel 12:6), and Tzidkiyahu himself: ...


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The two main texts you probably want to see, in terms of the Masoretic texts, are the Leningrad and Aleppo Codicies, available online here and here respectively. See here for many more old scanned manuscripts.


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Koren Tanakhs print both the Christian-derived chapters and the ancient Jewish system of sedarim. It's interesting to see where the sedarim break up differently than the chapters (once a teacher told me that the number is such that if you read one a day, exempting Shabbat, Yom Tov [I think counting one day for Yom Tov as it's an Eretz Yisraeli system] and ...


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The discussion offered by @Yishai above is accurate. For a detailed discussion of the concept of Lot and his two daughters, see Likuttei Torah of Chaim Vital, parshat Vayera, the discourse, "And Sarah denied that she laughed" starting from paragraph 6. As mentioned in Meori Ohr, Letter Lamed, chapter 27, it emphasizes 'cursed' and not 'to curse'. Lot is ...


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The Baal HaTanya in Torah Or describes Lot as: קודם הבירור הי' לוט כלול באברהם בקדושה כמו סיגים אשר קודם הצירוף ובירור מעורבים הם עם זהב. ולו"ט בגי' מ"ה אחורי' דשם מ"ה. אך הוא מקור חו"ב דקליפה לכן נק' לוט לשון קללה ולכן הלך לוט את אברהם קודם הבירור Before the purification, Lot was included in Avraham in holiness, like the impurities prior to the ...


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Mil, You may need to gain some sense on what items are considered "holy objects". I don't recall the full list, but among them are Torah scrolls, mezuzah, tefillin, etc. (I'll see if I can link something later). The point is that a printed Tanac"h is not within this category of what is called tashmishei kedusha ("holy objetcs"). That doesn't mean that you ...


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The 1917 JPS Translation is the best Bible for finding out what the Bible says in English, but not necessarily for finding out what it means. There are many ambiguous phrases in the Bible, and in the Torah, and the 1917 JPS leaves the ambiguity without interpreting it for you. If you want an interpretive Bible there are many, some people recommend Artscroll, ...


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Generally speaking, whether or not a biblical passage can/should be taken literally depends on the context as well as reliable traditions, both of which depend on an acquired level of discernment. An important distinction in this regard is the difference between narrative passages and legal ones (i.e. mitzvoth-commandments). Many symbolic mitzvoth, such as ...



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