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Possibility of Positive Payoff to the Passed

Is it possible to perform a prayer or act such as a mitsvah which will lead to any effect, particularly a reward, to the deceased? Many popular practices, such as the recitation of kaddish (Rema YD ...
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Why Pinchas = Eliyahu?

The Midrash says that Pinchas and Eliyahu are the same person. According to most of the Rishonim, I believe, this (as any other Midrash) should not be taken literally. Which are some of the non-...
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How did the daughters of Zelophehad present themselves to Moshe, to Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation?

How did the daughters of Zelophehad present themselves to Moshe (וַתִּקְרַבְנָה בְּנוֹת צְלָפְחָד), to Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation in Bamidbar 27? What was the ...
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Is Solomon wiser than Moshiach?

I read in Chapter 3, verses 11-12 of the Book of Kings (which I think is in the Nevi'im) the following: And God said to him, "Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked for yourself long ...
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Yocheved is the daughter of who?

So Yocheved, as it is known, is the wife of Amram, mother of Moshe Rabbeinu, Aharon HaCohen, and Miriam the prophetess, peace be on them. And Yocheved, like Amram, is from the Tribe of Levi. Amram is ...
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Does one have to take a Midrash/Aggadah literally?

Does one have to take a Midrash/Aggadah literally?
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What does it mean that the Shas was compiled with Ru'ach Ha'kodesh?

A Rebbi of mine in elementary school told me that me that the Talmud was written with Ru'ach Ha'kodesh, an idea that is accepted by many in the Orthodox world. What does it mean?
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The curse of cannibalism

In parshas Ki Tavo there is much talk in the curse section about parents eating their own children, G-d forbid. We understand this came into fruition in the time of the first Temple's destruction. ...
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Sheidim: are they fact, or fiction?

Are there really such thing as sheidim? If so, what are they? Please include sources.
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Is there a midrash that says all of the water in the world split at the time of the splitting of the reed sea?

Is there a midrash that states that all the bodies of water split during the splitting of the reed sea? If yes, I would think that such an event would be recorded in some secular history book? Are ...
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Why was Akeidas Yitzchok a bigger test (Nisayon) for Avraham than for Yitzchok?

Akeidas Yitzchok was the hardest test that Hashem gave to Avraham. Yet Yitzchok knew and also agreed to go along with it. Then why is it considered a bigger test for Avraham than for Yitzchok?
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Did Adam have intercourse with animals?

Yebamoth 63a states that Adam had intercourse with animals: א"ר אלעזר מאי דכתיב (בראשית ב, כג) זאת הפעם עצם מעצמי ובשר מבשרי מלמד שבא אדם על כל בהמה וחיה ולא נתקררה דעתו עד שבא על חוה And Rabbi ...
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Historically, were women trained for obligatory wars? Or did they serve some other military function?

Sotah 8:7 says that for obligatory wars all go out to fight, "even a bridegroom from his chamber and a bride from her canopy". Historically, was this in fact our practice? Did women participate in ...
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Authenticity of some personal stories in Gemmorah [duplicate]

The Gemmorah in Bavli Kiddushin 81a brings several similar stories: .ר' עקיבא הוה מתלוצץ בעוברי עבירה .יומא חד אידמי ליה שטן כאיתתא בריש דיקלא .נקטיה לדיקלא וקסליק ואזיל 'כי מטא לפלגיה דדיקלא ...
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Why did the angels object to the Torah being given to Moshe – what did the angels think?

The well-known Gemoro Shabbos 88b reports the angels protesting against HKB”H giving the Torah to Israel. HKB”H tells Moshe to answer the angels and Moshe shows that the Torah is only applicable to ...

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