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Definition of ervah

"ערוה" is the Torah's usual word for a forbidden relationship. I remember seeing a Rishon, maybe a Tosefos, who says that the fact that kiddushin is impossible, that a permanent relationship ...
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Why the words "אחרי מות"?

Parshas Acherei Mos begins off saying "And it happened after the death of Ahron's 2 sons..." The Torah never says when things happen - it just goes in order! So, why here does the Torah tell ...
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Tzoraas on clothing: the Torah describing which types of clothing?

In the section on negaim on clothing, the first posuk describes various types that get negaim: וְהַבֶּ֕גֶד כִּֽי־יִהְיֶ֥ה ב֖וֹ נֶ֣גַע צָרָ֑עַת בְּבֶ֣גֶד צֶ֔מֶר א֖וֹ בְּבֶ֥גֶד פִּשְׁתִּֽים׃ א֤וֹ ...
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What is the section labeled מענה לשון in a Chumash?

Looking at a sample page of the Chumash Simanim (for ex. here), I see the Torah text, Targum Onkelos, Rashi, and, at the foot of the page, a section labeled מענה לשון. What is this last section, and ...
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Why did shevatim accompany binyomin to egypt?

In Parashat Miketz , yackov understands that to survive he needs to send binyomin to egypt. So why did many brothers of binyomin accompany binyomin to egypt? Why noy just send binyomin to egypt? By ...
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Studying Chumash by myself

Is it allowed to study Chumash with commentary (e.g. ArtScroll Chumash) by myself? Which aspects of Torah study are forbidden to do alone?
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Question on Rashi, Bereishis 9:12

In P. Noach (Gen. 9:12) in reference to the phenomenon of the post-deluge rainbow, following Noach's exit from the teivah, the verse states: וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֗ים זֹ֤את אֽוֹת־הַבְּרִית֙ אֲשֶׁר־אֲנִ֣י ...
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Does Rashi bring contadictory opinions?

Rashi on chumash is based on chazal. Sometimes Rashi appears to bring contradictory opinions and some mefarshim say that its machlokes midrashim. Is there a source or mesorah that Rashi's shita in ...
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Writing a commentary on Chumash using Microsoft Word

I am trying to write a commentary (in Hebrew) on Chumash. I would like to have a layout where the verses are at the top of the page, and the commentary underneath (adjusted for size based on how much ...
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Did Benjamin recognize Joseph when he came down to Egypt

The Torah mentions that Yosef recognized his brothers but they didn't recognize him (Bereshit 42:7-8). Was wondering whether any commentaries deal with the question of when Benjamin came down did he ...
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Why were the Jews chosen?

I know there is a midrash quoted in Avodah Zara 2b which says that G-d went to all the nations and asked them if they wanted to accept the Torah, and they all refused until G-d came to the Jews. ...
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What was Plan A for the Luchos?

In Devarim we see that the Aron was made for the purpose of storing the Luchos, but those were for the 2nd Luchos (after Moshe broke the first ones). My question is what was Plan A? Meaning when Moshe ...
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Moshes parents and sister Miriam

Until what age was Moshe being raised by his parents ? How long was Miriam a significant influence on Moshe?
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Exceptions to pausal form [duplicate]

The pasuq reads, (Vayiqra 3:14) ג,יד וְהִקְרִ֤יב מִמֶּ֨נּוּ֙ קָרְבָּנ֔וֹ אִשֶּׁ֖ה לַֽיהוָ֑ה אֶת־הַחֵ֨לֶב֙ הַֽמְכַסֶּ֣ה אֶת־הַקֶּ֔רֶב וְאֵת֙ כָּל־הַחֵ֔לֶב אֲשֶׁ֖ר עַל־הַקֶּֽרֶב׃ Why does the segol of ...
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What is the first pasuk in the Torah that begins within the letter tes? [closed]

I am wondering if someone knows the first pasuk in the Torah that begins within the letter Tes? Thank you.
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Why does Rashi (most of the time) not quote sources for his commentary?

The Gemera in Meggilah 15a and Pirkei Avot 6:6 says, כל האומר דבר בשם אומרו מביא גאולה לעולם שנאמר ותאמר אסתר למלך בשם מרדכי. My question is, if quoting teachings of other people is very important (...
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Do we see anywhere that Og actually was a slave to Noach?

It says in Pirkei DeRabbi Eliezer 23 that Og swore to be Noach and his descendant's slave forever. וימח את כל היקום אשר על פני האדמה חוץ מנח וכל אשר אתו בתבה שנאמר וישאר אך נח ואשר אתו בתבה וחוץ מעוג ...
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Is there a way to figure out which mefarshim to look at for parsha?

A mikro'os gedolos chumash has several different mefarshim's explanations on each passuk of each parsha. Obviously every single word of these commentaries are unfathomably valuable to our ...
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Touching A Tanach Before Netilat Yadayim

Can one touch a Tanach, not Torah scroll, before doing netilat yadayim?
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How did the Avos know the Torah, who taught them?

Is there any source to what my Rabeiim taught me in yeshiva that the Avos knew the Torah by "reverse Engineering the Briyah" because Hashem looked into the Torah to create the world so the ...
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English Tanakh with as much commentary as possible

I am looking for a Tanakh Sefer (or set) which has as much commentary as possible. I’m basically looking for one place where I can study without opening a thousand other seforim.
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In Parshas Barashis (4:21) Noah's wife Namah was born before 130 AM. How could she have children at 1,160 yrs? How can she live longer than 1,000 yrs?

We find from The Simple reading of Chumash/Rashi Parshas Barashis: Perek 4 Pusuk 21 "..Tubal-cain's sister was Naamah" Rashi "Naamah: She was Noah's wife" On Pasuk 25 "And ...
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