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Do angels serve God out of love?

There are plenty of sources that angels serve Hashem out of fear. However, are there any early sources that angels serve Hashem out of love? Is that something that humans are unique in doing? It seems ...
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Why didn't G-d make us resistant to pain or blows?

Why didn't G-d make us resistant to pain or blows? Keep in mind that prior to the creation of human beings, G-d made angels, who do not suffer from pain or the possibility of losing their physical ...
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Chad Gadya Protects Us From Jealous Angels?

Someone told me in the name of Rav Ephraim Wachsman that after the angels see how much pleasure our Pesach Sedarim give Hashem, they become jealous, which creates an element of danger for Klal Yisroel....
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Eisav's angel fought Yaakov. Why Eisav's angel and not Gavriel?

I saw this dvar torah in a forum. "וַיֵּאָבֵק אִישׁ עִמּוֹ" (לב/כה) פירש רש"י ז"ל : "הוא שרו של עשיו" שואלים: בפסוק הנאמר על יוסף "וַיִּמְצָאֵהוּ אִישׁ וְהִנֵּה ...
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What's the source for the phrase in Krias Shema al HaMitah: : ...בְּשֵׁם יְיָ אֱלֹקֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל and to recite it 3x?

What's the source for the actual phrase that is cited in Krias Shema al HaMitah: בְּשֵׁם יְיָ אֱלֹקֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: מִימִינִי מִיכָאֵל וּמִשְּׂמֹאלִי גַבְרִיאֵל וּמִלְּפָנַי אוּרִיאֵל וּמֵאֲחוֹרַי ...
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Is there a malach taking care of rain or not?

The Gemara in Taanis 2a mentions rain as one of the items that Hashem never gives the key of which over to a messenger. אמר ר' יוחנן ג' מפתחות בידו של הקב''ה שלא נמסרו ביד שליח ואלו הן מפתח של ...
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Rabbi Yochanan Ben Dehavai's "Ministering Angels"

The quoted Tanna says that he heard something from ministering angels (Nedarim 20a). Over the page, it says: אמר אמימר: מאן מלאכי השרת — רבנן, דאי תימא מלאכי השרת ממש, אמאי אמר רבי יוחנן אין הלכה ...
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Angels Frequently Visiting Avraham

Rashi (Bereishis 16:13) notes that Hagar wasn't frightened to see angels because she normally saw angels frequenting Avraham's household: לְשׁוֹן תֵּמַהּ; וְכִי סְבוּרָה הָיִיתִי שֶׁאַף הֲלוֹם ...
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The Satan's rebellion in Rabbinic literature?

My understanding is that in most of Rabbinic literature, the Satan is viewed as simply the angel with the job of accusing mankind like in Iyov, and that the Christian notion of him as having rebelled ...
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Angel with 2 missions?

Regarding the angel that Yaacov wrestled, Radak on Bereshit 32:26 says that Yaacov Avinu was hit with limping as a punishment, midda k'negged midda, for not trusting in Hashem enough: היה לו זה מאת ...
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Are (some types of) malochim like software?

I've asked in the past whether malochim can be human. I'm not talking about that kind of malach now. I'm wondering whether it is a good metaphor to think of some types of malochim as being like ...
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Why did Gabriel interfere with Joseph’s cloak?

In Ginzberg’s Legends of the Jews, a legend is quoted which says that Joseph was eventually found not-guilty of assaulting Mrs Potiphar because, when the Egyptians examined the tear pattern on the ...
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Do angels still manifest themselves as humans and appear to us unknowingly?

Do angels still manifest themselves as humans and appear to us without us knowing? Do the rabbinic sources have something to say about this?
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Malachim climbing ladders

When Yaakov Avinu has the dream of the malachim climbing the ladder, Why do malachim need a ladder? Can't they fly or have some other form of supernatural transportation? I thought that the reason ...
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Why did Hagar go back?

This one has bugged me for a long time. Why would Hagar go back to a pressured existence especially when she was told that her son would become a wild man and a thief?
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What was Moshe Rabbeinu's argument against the angels?

Breishis 18:8 says that Avraham served the angels milk and meat together. Rashi in the name of the Medrash says that it only seemed like they were eating. Medrash Shocher Tov Tehilim 8 says that one ...
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Were the malochim who visited Avraham human?

Based on this answer, there is plenty of evidence that malachim can be human. There is a widespread opinion that the 3 visitors who came to Avraham were malachim. Are there any opinions who agree ...
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Can malochim be human?

The word malach technically means "messenger", as in a messenger/agent of Hashem. Does that mean that a malach necessarily has to be a supernatural being, or can it be a human, possibly ...
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How many angels are enough?

Abraham saw 3 angels [Gen. 18:2]. Lot saw 2 [Gen. 19:1]. Only 1 angel stopped Abraham from killing Isaac [Gen. 22:11]. Only 1 angel fought all night with Jacob [Gen. 32:25]. What is the significance ...
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Why did Abraham run to greet the visitors in Genesis 18?

Did he run because he knew they were angels? Or did he run to exhibit hospitality to strangers in the desert?
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Sons of God or Heavenly Council

Who were the sons of God in Job 1 & 2? Could we say that they are the council of the elohim referred to in Psalm 82? Also alluded to in Psalm 89:5-7, 1 Kings 22 and in Daniel 4 referred to as the ...
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Etymology of the name Azriel?

A quick Google search shows that most people hold this is the angel of death. Where are the sources for this (or any other sources of the name)? If there is a source for this, are people naming their ...
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Sources for free will of angels

I want to define free-will for this question as a moral right and wrong decision, not an arbitrary decision or a true/false decision. I am familiar with sources that say that angels do not have free ...
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כֻּלָּם אֲהוּבִים - further reading please

Every day in the berachot of Shema, we describe the angels who praise Hashem as כֻּלָּם אֲהוּבִים, all beloved. I would like further reading on this description of them. Anything: who they are, why ...
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Who is Nuriel? (e.g. Solomon Ibn Gabirol's Shinanim piyut)

It seems to have been quoted in the piyut Shinanim by Solomon Ibn Gabirol (page 134 of the Spanish Portuguese Kippur service). In this piyut, Nuriel is mentioned. Who is he? What are his ...
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Angels on earth

Angels visiting earth is a common concept, which doesn't need sources. Does anyone know the 'Physics' behind how the angels came to earth? Did anyone read anything interesting about this topic? Was ...
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Why can't we physically see angels in their material form anymore?

In the Torah, angels seem to appear physically several times. For instance, Jacob, physically I think, wrestles with an angel in Genesis 32:22-32, which indicates a material-physical form as far as I ...
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Who says angels have (only) male genitals?

At some point whilst reading up on the imagery of angels, I came across an essay detailing how at least one Rabbi in history claimed (as far as I remember) that angels basically came either with male ...
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Angels of impurity before marriage?

I cam across an article here stating that before we marry, each person has an 'angel of impurity' attached to them from birth. https://www.dailyhalacha.com/WeeklyParasha.asp?ParashaClipID=754 I ...
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Is R. Yehoshua ben Levi ever identified with a particular angel?

Related to this question: Did Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi learn the Angel of Death's personal name? We learn that Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi entered the Garden of Eden alive without dying. This is ...
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Angels and gentiles

Are there any passages in Rabbinic literature that discuss angels and gentiles? Are there any statements that suggest that angels were created specifically by God only for Israel and not for the ...
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How can one achieve k'fitzat hadereh (miraculous speedy travel)?

Rav Hai Gaon in תשובות הגאונים החדשות, מהד' עמנואל סי' קטו, עמ' 125 states that there are books which contain the practical kabbalistic methods for achieving k'fitzat hadereh (miraculous speedy travel)...
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Source for God creating the world to test the angels/souls

Is there a jewish source (even remotely) simmilar to the following story: The angels/souls* in heaven were praising God, saying how awesome and great God is, but God said to them "you only ...
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The three messengers and Abraham

Talmud and Midrash give their explanation of the three angels that Abraham (be peace upon him) met in chapter 18 of Genesis. They both offer the same names for the angels: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael....
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Was the angel Ya'akov fought Esau's Angel or Ya'akov's Yetzer ha-ra? Was the wrestling literal?

I discussed with someone recently the incident in Bereshis where Ya'akov wrestles with an angel. It quickly became clear that our understanding of that story was completely different as far as what ...
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Can angels become tamei?

What it says on the tin really. Are there any sources dealing with the question of angels and tumah?
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Did Avraham invite the angels into his house?

Avraham sits at the entrance to his tent waiting for guests. When the three angels arrive he runs out to greet them and pleads that they stay. He then tells them (Bereishit 18:4): יֻקַּח-נָא מְעַט-...
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Did Avrohom own חמץ on פסח?

In Gensis 18 -6, when Avrohom hosted the angels, he told his wife to מַֽהֲרִ֞י שְׁל֤שׁ סְאִים֙ קֶ֣מַח סֹ֔לֶת ל֖וּשִׁי וַֽעֲשִׂ֥י עֻגֽוֹת: "Hasten three seah of meal [and] fine flour; knead and ...
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Parshat Lech Lecha - Hagar having a separate malach

Does anyone know a pshat in what is the depth behind Hagar having a separate malach for every single dibbur like Rashi brings, why couldn't there just be one malach for the whole story?
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Why do angels have wings?

Winged angels became probably the most ubiquitous depiction of all kinds of divine beings, based on Isaiah's vision (Isaiah.6.2) "Seraphs stood in attendance on Him. Each of them had six wings: ...
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How these malachim became involved with the origins of idolatry?

Parsha Shelach 13:33 says the following: And there we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. The ...
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What do the Nephilim represent? [duplicate]

There are some underlying beliefs around Nephilim that migtht make people feel uncomfortable, but I think are applicable and a pattern of human behavior, in particular human sexual behavior, of which ...
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How did Manoach not know he was speaking with an Angel?

In the passage in Shoftim chapter 13, Manoach and his wife speak with an Angel. His wife in verse 6 tells him she has spoken with an Angel. A few verses later, the verse says that Manoach didn’t know ...
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How Many Angels involved in the Purim Story?

Does anyone know how many angels were involved in the story of the Megillah? For example, one came to say about the tree, and one turned back the pages on the book by Shimshi. Thank you!
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If the nations' ministers are all appointed by Hashem, why is it idol worship? [closed]

I apologize if this is a stupid question, but I was pondering it today and I hope you will find it as interesting as I do. Every Rabbinic opinion I've seen, although there are plenty I haven't of ...
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So who is this "angel of the Lord" that call himself "the God of Bethel"?

There is only one God. So there is only one being in the whole world that can call himself God with the word "I". Yet we have this malak Hashem repeatedly acting as if he is God himself. ...
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What is the proper voweling (Nikud) for Metatron?

I have seen many variations of this and wonder if anyone could tell me which is the most correct? These variations include: מֶטָטְרוֹן‎‎ (Meṭāṭ'rōn) מְטַטְרוֹן‎ (Măṭaṭ'rōn) מֵיטַטְרוֹן‎ (Mēyṭaṭ'rōn) ...
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The angels who accused Yishmoel – what action were they suggesting?

Beraishis 21 (17) Hashem judges Yishmoel “בַּאֲשֶׁר הוּא שָׁם " - “in that condition in which he now is”. The ministering angels according to the Medrash said, “Master of the Universe, for him ...
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Sources for the Rambam's hierarchy of angels

Traditional meforshim of Yechezkel 1 (for example, the Malbim) explain that the three often-mentioned classes of angels (ofanim, chayos and seraphim) correspond to the notions of the 3 lower worlds (...
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Immanuel / Emmanuel the angel

I recently ran across a reference to the angel named "Immanuel" or "Emmanuel" ... it reads: Emmanuel ("God with us")-the angel in the fiery furnace who appeared beside ...

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