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Yom Teruah a Rosh HaShanah and commemoration or memorial of what exactly?

The Tenach mentions that the first (day) of the seventh month (Tishri) shall be for us a solemn rest and a remembrance of blasts, a sacred occasion/convocation; no work shall be done, it shall be a ...
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Commentary of Rash Sirilio on Zeraim

Does anyone know where I can find the commentary of Rash Sirilio on Seder Zeraim?
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A voice is heard in Ramah

Jeremiah 31:15 teaches us that ‘A voice is heard in Ramah (could also be understood as ‘on high’)’, it seems to exist of lamenting and weeping (a mourning of some kind). And it’s connected to the ...
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Ma'aseh Oreg on Mishnah Machshirin

Artscroll edition of Machshirin refers to something called Ma'aseh Oreg making a comment on mishnah 5:7. I can't find any work of this name on either Hebrewbooks, Otzar or Bar Ilan. Or indeed Google......
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Sterilization permissible?

After a man and wife had several children, would it be permissible for a man or woman to be sterilized? Any scriptural proof to show whether or not it is allowed?
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Interpret a command differently from the way it’s literally described?

Looking atDeuteronomy 21 which talks about the wayward, stubborn and rebellious, defiant son who at a certain point (and after he went to trial before the court) should be stoned to death. Or ...
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A different Lulav set?

Vayikra/Leviticus 23:40 וּלְקַחְתֶּם לָכֶם בַּיּוֹם הָרִאשׁוֹן, פְּרִי עֵץ הָדָר כַּפֹּת תְּמָרִים, וַעֲנַף עֵץ-עָבֹת, וְעַרְבֵי-נָחַל ; וּשְׂמַחְתֶּם, לִפְנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם--שִׁבְעַת יָמִים. On ...
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Jacob I have loved Easo I have hated

The prophet Malachi in Ch 1:2,3 says “...Was not Esau Jacob's brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob; but I have hated Esau..., Here a selection is made by G-d, between two brothers. ...
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Position of our hands while praying?

How should our hands be positioned in prayer? Is there a right or wrong way? Various biblical passages seem to indicate that raising the handpalms is an appropriate gesture for prayer. Verses like ...
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Who or what did G-d use while creating?

I’ve a question, G-d created the heavens and the earth, but in order to do so did He used an 'agent’ i.e. a tool or instrument of some kind, a way or manner in which others were involved? The spirit ...
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Why so much critique of the ibn Ezra?

Throughout Chumash, the Ramba"n goes after the ibn Ezra. The Ramba"n says in his introduction to the Chumash that his attitude toward the ibn Ezra is "תוכחה גלויה ואהבה מסותרת". In ...
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Baal HaTurim written for his father? [duplicate]

Rav Eytan Feiner mentioned that the Baal Haturim wrote his commentary on Chumash in one night as a gift for his father. Although there are noting the commentary being written in one night, are there ...
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Parshat Korach - Why did God finally take off his gloves here?

We find previously that G-d warned Moses that he would destroy the nation, but it seems quite clear that it was just a way of having Moses intervene on their behalf and was just a warning. Here we ...
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Skin color Adam and Chava

What skin color did adam and chava have? I learned that if all people indeed came from them at least one of them had to have a dark skin color.
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Why do the last words in psalms 119:11 seem superfluous?

Psalms 119:11 in the Koren Jerusalem Tanakh appears (in English) to say: "Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee". ‎‎‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎I was ...
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The panav of HaShem [duplicate]

Exodus 33:28 and 23: לֹא תוּכַל לִרְאֹת אֶת-פָּנָי:  כִּי לֹא-יִרְאַנִי הָאָדָם, וָחָי. וְרָאִיתָ, אֶת-אֲחֹרָי; וּפָנַי, לֹא יֵרָאוּ. Looking at these verses G-d clearly says that no one can see ...
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Is there a list of all of Abarbanel’s questions on the Torah?

I was wondering if anyone has this by itself compiled as a tool for learning the Parsha. I want to go over each question and look at the mefarshim.
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Who was the Megilat Esther?

As in the commentary on the Rambam’s Sefer HaMitzvot. Do we know this person’s identity? Or even when this person lived?
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Menachot 65/66 why did the counting of the omer needed to start with a fixed time?

I was looking at all the arguments made (against the Boethians) in favor of counting the omer from 16th Nisan until Shavuot - Menachot 65/66. Then I went looking at Leviticus 23 and Deuteronomy 16. ...
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Tzitzit an appearance in visible form

Rabbi Hirsch seems to have written something like: “tzitzit; indeed it is called tzitzit from the Hebrew root meaning “to appear in physical form.” Which root is that? And what does this mean in ...
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How many covenants did Hashem make with Abraham?

How many covenants did Hashem make with Abraham? When reading Bereshit/Genesis, on the Chabad website, one comes across various passages of Hashem's conversation with Abram/Abraham (chapters 15, 17 ...
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Common denominator cases tumah

Looking for a common denominator for all mentioned cases of tumah, trying to find something that would bind them together, I found that a thematic denominator is death (or loss of life, diminution of ...
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Help finding source ונטמתם

There seems to be this teaching (gemarah) in the Talmud (Yoma 39) on Vayikra/Leviticus 11:43 regards the phrase ונטמתם. Because this is written without the expected alef it could be read as v’nitamtem ...
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What do the terms tahor, tamey, taharah and tumah add to the description that one isn’t allowed to enter the temple under certain circumstances

The Tanach is full of descriptions of what's allowed and what's not allowed; commandments and prohibitions. But there are also certain occasions in which someone or something is describes as tahor or ...
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Looking for a commentary, possibly in Mas. Nazir

Connected to this question. In the discussion of the relationship between the Nachash and Chava, as related in Masechet Avoda Zara, 22b, the Chidushei Agadot summarizes opinions about the connection ...
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One visitor healed Avraham

From were was the idea derived that one of the angels/messengers who visited Avraham healed him? Although tradition teaches us that Avraham had just been circumcised, the text in itself doesn’t ...
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Life choices how to know if one made the good choice

G-d Himself tells us to choose between life and good, and death and evil. Sometimes good is translated as prosperity here and evil as destruction or adversity. הַֽחַיִּ֖ים וְאֶת־הַטּ֑וֹב וְאֶת־...
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The source for breath of the mouth as the scent of an offering

I came across this quote: “May it be Your will that the breath that rises from my mouth at this moment be as the scent that rises from an offering in the fire of the altar..” It seems to a quote ...
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I will descend to Sodom and Amorah

In Genesis 18:21 G-d seems to say something like: I will descend now and see, whether according to her cry, which has come to Me, they have done. Did He really descend right at that moment in time or ...
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Are the words זרוע and צרוע connected?

Are the words זרוע the bone which is used with Pesach, and צרוע the outstretched arm of our G-d grammatically symbolically connected?
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May you live until one hundred and twenty [duplicate]

The phrase: May you live until one hundred and twenty (עד מאה ועשרים) is a famous one derived from different verses of the Tenach. But I would like to know if there is any deeper (gematrial) meaning ...
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Greeting the old

Could someone help me understand the meaning behind this saying from Midrash Tanchuma (Ki Tisa 27): המקבל פני זקן כאלו מקבל פני שכינהWhoever greets the old - it is as if they greet the Divine ...
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Awesome or aweful - נורא

Looking at verses such as Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:21 and 10:17 those seem to talk about a awe-inspiring and awesome G-d. Yet the word נורא also means aweful or terrible or dreadful. So how should I ...
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To find favor in one’s eye?

What does the idiom: מצא חן בעיני (to find favor/grace in one’s eyes) express, what does it really mean and when is it used in the Tenach? I noticed it’s almost always connected to a request of some ...
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Commentaries on Moreh Nevuchim

I have heard that there are many commentaries on Moreh Nevuchim. However, all editions that I have seen in person contain just the text, sometimes with editorial footnotes. Can anyone provide: 1) A ...
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Rav Yosef Karo's Kesef Mishneh: is there online an English translation?

Do you know of online an English translation of Rav Yosef Karo's Kesef Mishneh? Unless I'm mistaken, it is a fundamental work to better understand the Mishneh Torah.
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Question on Rabbeinu Ephraim's commentary

Related to this question on werewolves and subsequent answers. Also to these posts by Rabbi Slifkin. I know this is an odd subject, but apparently, Rabbeinu Ephraim ben Shimshon, one of the Tosafists,...
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Kli Yakar Introduction - Three Lands

"מנהיגי שלש ארצות יצ"ו" In his introduction, Kli Yakar mentions leaders of three lands who "dwell first in the Kingdom of Heaven". Is he mentioning three actual people who helped him print his sefer? ...
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Ben David and ben Yoseph not describing the herritage

Is it possible that the titles ‘ben David’ and ‘ben Yoseph’ do not refer to blood kinship or origin, but serve as a reference to the fact that someone possesses certain qualities, traits, abilities or ...
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Correct translation of Micah 5:1

1 Samuel 23:23 speaks of 'thousands of Yehudah', Micah 5:1 also speaks of 'thousands of Yehudah', but then I noticed Zechariah 12:5-6 which speaks of 'princes/leaders of Yehudah'. I know there are two ...
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Why is the Babylonian Talmud authoritative? [duplicate]

As I understand it, the Babylonian Talmud was written in the 3rd to the 5th centuries CE. At that point, Judaism was already a well-established religion. The Babylonian Talmud contains explanations ...
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Why is Zerubavel called the son of Shealtiel?

I've a question regards Zerubavel: why is he called the son of Shealtiel? In Ezra 3:2 and 3:8, Haggai 1:1, 1:12, 1:14, 2:2, 2:23, Nechemyah 12:1, Zerubavel is called the son of Shaltiel, while in ...
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Habakkuk 3:13 what does it say?

Looking at the words יצאת לישע עמך לישע את משיחך from Habakkuk 3:13, I noticed it was translated as: ‘Thou art come forth for the deliverance of Thy people, for the deliverance of Thine anointed (...
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“Saving up” an explanation on Orlah 3 (Tosafos Yom Tov)

The third chapter of Orlah lists several cases in which some illegal orlah produce needs to be destroyed to prevent it from being consumed or profited from. In the penultimate mishna, the last case ...
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Taking pictures for one’s husband

Would Jewish law prohibit or limit the types of pictures a wife could send to her husband in private? Assume that the means of sending the pictures would be secure and no one else would be able to see ...
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Genesis 18:3 Adonai, My Lord or lords and why?

Rabbeinu Bahya (13th Century) wrote that in non-sacred usage the Nun of adonai has a Patah, and only with an Etnahta or Sof pasuk a Qamatz when the word stands on its own. ‘And for this reason in the ...
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Why didn’t Avraham ran the first time he saw the three men?

It’s becomes clear from Bereshit 18:2 that Avraham is looking around from the entrance of the tent and sees three men appearing, cause it reads: והנה שלשה אנשים נצבים עליו. But what did Avraham sees ...
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Old French in commentaries

Why are there references to "Old French" in some commentaries? I don't have any examples to show but if that is required I could research.
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Why would G-d let angels speak on His behalf?

In regards to this question of mine I would like to ask: In Genesis/Bereshit 18:10 it seems that one of the men/angels visiting Avraham is saying that Sarah will give birth to a son, while in Genesis ...
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Genesis 18 who is the ‘he’

Avraham stands at the entrance of his tent after his Brit - Bereshit 18 - looking around he sees three men at a short distance (even getting closer). At a certain point they ask Avraham: “Where is ...

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