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Question regarding Solomon the Jewish king and son of King David, who built the First Jewish Temple.

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Understanding the reasoning of the woman who agreed with King Solomon to “cut the baby in half”

There's a famous story in I Kings 3:16-28 about Shlomo Hamelech. Two women who had just given birth around the same time appeared before him; one baby had died and one was alive and the women were ...
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Why King Solomon wasn't worthy of a share in Olam Haba? [duplicate]

In Sanhedrin 104, the members of the Great Assembly decided that Shlomo does not deserve a share in the World to Come. [Sages enumerated a list of kings that do not deserve a share in Olam Habah] ...
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Do the Rabbanim know more than King Solomon about the reality of post-death?

I believe it's accepted in the mainstream that Kohelet is authored by King Solomon in his wisdom. In it, he writes: 19- For there is a happening for the children of men, and there is a happening ...
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Death of King Solomon [closed]

In my King James Bible, I Kings 11:40 "...Solomon therefore sought to kill Jeroboam: but he arose, and fled into Egypt to Sesac the king of Egypt, and was in Egypt till the death of Solomon..." My ...
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How exactly did Solomon determine the child's mother?

In 1 Kings 3:16–28, Solomon judges a dispute between two prostitutes about the parentage of a baby. Readings of the story that I have previously seen indicate that Solomon identifies the mother after ...
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How would the 'split the baby in half' situation be resolved according to halacha?

In 1 Kings 3:16-27 there is a story of two prostitutes who appear before King Shlomo, each having a newborn baby. One of the babies died and there was a dispute as to which one. There were no ...
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Why didn't King Shlomo get lashes for marrying more than 18 wives?

It states in the 364th prohibition that a king is forbidden from having too many wives. The limit is that he may not have more than 18 wives legally bound by kesubah and kiddushin. The ...
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Who laid the megalithic foundation stones under the wailing wall?

These stones under the Western Wall are of impeccable craftsmanship and required seemingly superhuman handling: My thoughts run to: Ezra-Nehemiah Solomon-Hiram Herod Do we know?
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In what way was King Shlomo greater than Moshe?

King Shlomo is known as the "smartest man" who ever lived (I Kings 3:12), while Moshe is known as the "greatest prophet" (Deuteronomy 34:10). But in Mishlei (30:1-4), King Shlomo seems to be praising ...
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Paskening Shlomo out of Shamayim?

R' Yehudah tells us in the name of Shmuel (Sanhedrin 104b) that the Anshei Kenesses HaGedolah wanted to include Shlomo HaMelech on the list of kings who lost their portion of Olam Haba. An image of ...
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Are there any rabbinic writings which attribute controlling angels and demons to King Solomon?

I saw an article claiming rabbinic literature spoke of Solomon controlling angels and demons. I'm not sure of the truth to the claim and was wanting to know if there are any rabbinic sources which ...
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Source for Italy coming from a staff in the sea

I learned today that after Shlomo HaMelech's wedding with the Egyptian princess was held on Yom Kippur and he slept in late accidentally on the day the Beis HaMikdosh was going to be inaugurated, that ...
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Why were the pillars of Solomon's Temple named Boaz and Jachin?

Chapters 3-8 of 1 Kings highlight the positive achievements of King Solomon, focusing particularly on the construction of the Temple. It provides extensive details, including the names of the two ...
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what were taxes like during Solomon's time? (According to Judaism)

I know there was terumah (10%) which went to kohanim and maaser ani (9% every other year to poor) + maaser sheni, which isn't exactly a tax but you had to spend it in Jerusalem. Where did non-Temple ...
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Does this quotation have its roots in the words of King Solomon?

I once read that this quotation, which comes from the 2001 Hollywood film "A Beautiful Mind", scripted by Akiva Goldsman, is based on words of King Solomon: "It is good to have a beautiful mind, but ...
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Example of Solomon's 3000 parables or 1005 interpretations

As cited here, Rashi on I Kings 5:12 states: In the Medrash Aggada [we find Solomon’s great wisdom enabled him] to say three thousand allegories in each sentence of the Torah, and in each of the ...
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What technology did King Solomon have?

I'm looking for sourced statements of modern technology possessed by King Solomon. So far I have seen: An answer here quotes the idea that King Solomon had a flying carpet of sorts. The Ben ...
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Could stones cut with a high powered laser be used to build the Beit Hamikdash?

If Solomon's builders had access to lasers powerful enough to cut through stone, could he have used that instead of the Shamir? Stones for an altar or for the Beit Hamikdash were not allowed to be ...
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Do Chazal speak harshly of Sh'lomo for his high taxes?

As described in Ⅰ M'lachim 12 and Ⅱ Divre Hayamim 10, after Sh'lomo's passing, his son, R'chav'am, took the throne. The people immediately demanded a reprieve from Sh'lomo's extremely high ...
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King Solomon and Polygamy

Why did Shlomo Hamelech marry many wives? Being that women naturally want to be the "only one"--from the fact that co-wives would fight each other for the love of their husband as the Mishna (Avot 2:7)...
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What is the “Ode to the woman” of Shlomo HaMelech?

I have read things about the "Ode to the woman", written by Shlomo HaMelech but I do not know what it refers to. Is it one of the psalms? Where can I find this "Ode"?
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Does the Messiah have to come from Solomon or his successor? [duplicate]

Is him being a descendant of Solomon accepted as fact or is it only speculated to be the case? Is this based off of the section in 1 Kings chapter 2 verse 4, where David tells Solomon how G-d promised ...
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King Solomon's offering location

In I Kings 3:4, Shlomo goes to Gibeon to make a korban at the great bima. Rashi says that this great bima is the copper altar from the mishkan. In verse 15, Shlomo is in Jerusalem and in the same ...
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How could two prostitutes come to Solomon if prostitution was prohibited by the Torah?

According to 1 Kings 3:16-28, two prostitutes came to Solomon for a judgment over their dispute. Then two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him... Then the king answered and said, “Give ...
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What is the source that the Western Wall was built by the poor?

I understand that there is a general Jewish tradition that the Western Wall/Kotel was built by the poor (I believe under the command of King Solomon) (link). What is the source for the tradition (...
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Could one today be blessed with the wisdom of Solomon and love of David?

I am a Muslim, And I would like to know what the Jewish perspective is about attaining the wisdom of Solomon (may peace and blessings be upon him) and the love for G_d of David (may peace and ...
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Shimi Ben Geira was Shlomo's Teacher?

The Talmud (Berachot 8A) seems to indicate that Shimi Ben Geira was King Shlomo's teacher: ואמר רבי חייא בר אמי משמיה דעולא לעולם ידור אדם במקום רבו שכל זמן ששמעי בן גרא קיים לא נשא שלמה את בת פרעה ...
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Why was Shlomo more worthy to build the Beis Hamikdash than David?

We see throughout the Navi that David does not want people killed on his behalf (Saul, Ish Boshet...) yet he does not get to build the Temple and the most common reason that David is told no by Hashem ...