I came across the term "monen" but have been unable to find much information on it in scholarly or scriptural sources. The main information online appears to be a kabbalah-related stub on Wikipedia, which says it is a kind of astrology-related divination method. Does anyone have any further information on the topic?

Thank you!

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    Welcome to MiYodeya Benny and thanks for this first question. Great to have you learn with us!
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    Commented Apr 22, 2021 at 9:00
  • biblehub.com/hebrew/6049.htm II. [עָנַן] verb Po`. practice soothsaying (probably denominative, but original meaning dubious; connection with I. עָנָן (DeIsaiah 2:6)
    – The GRAPKE
    Commented Apr 22, 2021 at 10:28
  • @TheGRAPKE are you sure it's supposed to be Me'onen? That has something to do with divination, but what does that have to do with Kabbalah?
    – Harel13
    Commented Apr 22, 2021 at 12:59
  • @Harel13 I am assuming a ta'us ha'dephus till provided with more sources.
    – The GRAPKE
    Commented Apr 22, 2021 at 13:38
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    It would be helpful to see the actual reference. Can you please provide a link in your question to the source you are looking at? Commented Apr 22, 2021 at 14:32

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Welcome to Mi Yodeya. It looks like the word is not "monen" but M'onein. It is a category of forbidden practice in Deuteronomy 18:10. Rashi there brings two opinions:

מעונן. רַבִּי עֲקִיבָא אוֹמֵר אֵלּוּ נוֹתְנֵי עוֹנוֹת – שֶׁאוֹמְרִים עוֹנָה פְּלוֹנִית יָפָה לְהַתְחִיל, וַחֲכָמִים אוֹמְרִים אֵלּוּ אוֹחֲזֵי הָעֵינַיִם:
מעונן — Rabbi Akiba said, Such are people who assign times (עונות plural of עונה “period”, “time”) — who say, “This time is auspicious to begin some work”; the Sages, however, say, It refers to those “who hold your eyes under control” (who delude by optical deception; they connect מעונן with עין “eye”) (Sifrei Devarim 171:9).

The Wikipedia entry is probably going with the opinion of R' Akiva, and it refers to those who use astrology to find favorable times for different activities.

  • Thank you for your help - apologize for the lack of clarity in original question.
    – Benny
    Commented May 16, 2021 at 8:01

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