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How did the angel in "בבואו מאדום" Zemer make three mistakes?

I have always been puzzled by "בבואו מאדום" Zemer that many sing at Seuda Shlishis (actually found in the Bentcher as part of "Boruch Hashem Yom Yom"): בְּבוֹאוֹ מֵאֱדוֹם חֲמוּץ בְּגָדִים, זֶבַח ...
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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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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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Names of angels

There is a pretty well known point made in the Talmud Yerushalmi Rosh Hashana 1:2 stating that the names we are accustomed to calling the months of our lunar calendar came up with those returning from ...
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Do the current nations also have their own angels like the 70 from in the Torah?

Do the current nations (in 2021) also each have their own angel, like the 70 nations mentioned in the Torah?
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Seeking a source for Keruvim as destructive angels vs saintly children

I was wondering if anyone could please help me - I am seeking the source for the following vort: The Keruvim in Bereishis are described as destructive angles guarding gan eden, but we know them also ...
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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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Can an angel perform multiple agencies?

Bereishis Rabbah 50:2 states that one angel cannot perform multiple tasks: אין מלאך אחד עושה שתי שליחות ולא שתי מלאכים עושים שליחות אחד. One angel cannot perform two agencies, nor can two ...
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Maggidim (angelic mentors) in Jewish history. How new is it?

Did the phenomenon of "maggidim" (celestial/angelic mentors) who come to teach a person kabbalistic mysteries and other revelations, but begin with those who studied Lurianic kaballah in the 1500's - ...
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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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Exhaling While Using an Angel's Name

This article quotes Rav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky as saying There's an angel whose name is the same as the sound produced when you blow out with force. According to Kabbalistic tradition, it's ...
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Is Satan a being or just a mission any angel could fulfill?

Midrash B"R quoted by Rashi (Genesis.32.30, and similarly Judges.13.18) says that: "We [angels] have no fixed names; our names change, all depending upon the service we are commanded to ...
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Why does Rashi say Avraham thought the angels were wayfarers?

Rashi on Breishis 18:16 And the men arose from there, and they looked upon Sodom, and Abraham went with them to escort them, says to escort them: Heb. לְשַׁלְּחָם, to escort them. He thought ...
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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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Why do some siddurim switch the order of the angels?

I've noticed that in some siddurim in the prayer "El Adon" the last line has the order of the angels switched; that is, they say: "seraphim, chayot, v'ophanei hakodesh" instead of "seraphim, ...
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Rambam and the 10 types of Malachim

In Yesodei HaTorah 2:7, The Rambam lists the 10 types of malachim (angels) in order of power. Many people have told me that this halacha proves that the Rambam knew Kabalah, since this knowledge is ...
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What are the angels doing in the blessing on light?

In the Yotzer Ohr prayer, we praise God for creating the light. It then moves on to an interlude about the ministering angels. What does that have to do with the light?
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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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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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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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Why did Metatron receive 60 lashes?

In the story of the 4 who entered Pardes (Chagigah starting on 14b) it says that Elisha ben Abuyah saw Metatron the angel sitting and therefore became a heretic. In order to show Elisha that Metatron ...
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Does a killer with permission lose his צלם אלקים?

Haamek Davar (ad loc.) explains that צלם אלקים (in Genesis 1:26–27) refers to an angel, also called a person's מזל, which envelops each of us and protects him from harm. He (to 4:14) explains further ...
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Looking for a Maggid Meisharim with footnotes/he'arot

I'm looking for an edition of Rav Yosef Karo's Maggid Meisharim that has footnotes as well as some sort of scholarly historical background to the sefer. Does anyone know of something like that?
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"Hamalach hagoel" and idolatrous intent

In Genesis 48:15-16, Jacob blesses Joseph by (seemingly) requesting of G-d that His angel bless Joseph's children: וַיְבָ֥רֶךְ אֶת־יוֹסֵ֖ף וַיֹּאמַ֑ר הָֽאֱלֹקים אֲשֶׁר֩ הִתְהַלְּכ֨וּ אֲבֹתַ֤י ...
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What might G-d's self identification as "the ruler of armies" be intended to express?

In divine dealings with Israel and the nations, we don't really see divine armies employed much. More often foreign armies are employed in order to punish Israel and bring her into exile. We do see ...
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Is it permitted to have zodiac symbols in a synagogue?

Many shuls in Eastern Europe have painted zodiac symbols (albeit in a rather symbolic manner) on the walls or ceiling. However, it is stated directly in the Mishneh Torah that one may not draw the ...
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Original Nikud for Raphael?

רָפָאֵל or רְפָאֵל What is the original nikud? I have seen some variation before and wonder if the name should begin with Kamatz or Sheva? Thank you for any help you can give.
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What is "Metatron's cube" in Judaism ? Is it truly mentionned in Jewish mysticism?

according to wikipedia The derivation of Metatron's Cube from the Flower of Life, which Jewish texts states, was excluded from human experience during the exile from Eden. Is Metatron's cube ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why did Hashem choose to give the message about Resurrection through Gavriel?

Shalom. I am having difficulty understanding why Hashem chose to deliver the definitive message about something as important as the Resurrection through an angel and not, directly, Himself (Daniel 12:...
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What practical powers do angels have?

In Jewish theology, what practical physical powers do angels have? How far can they intervene in our world while on a mission? Are those powers linked to the "name" they have for their ...
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Angels saying Shirah before Hashem - "daily" rituals?

Rashi on Gen 32.27 כי עלה השחר. וְצָרִיךְ אֲנִי לוֹמַר שִׁירָה בַּיּוֹם (חולין צ"א): כי עלה השחר FOR THE DAY BREAKETH, and I have to sing God’s praise at day (Chullin 91b; Genesis Rabbah 78:1). ...
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How could the angel of the sea disobey?

The Midrash in Bamidbar Rabbah 18:22 expounds Iyov 26:12 that when HaShem created the world, he told Rahav, the angel in charge of the ocean, to "open his mouth and swallow all the waters of Creation" ...
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Aramaic sections of davening when alone

Generally When davening alone, the angels hear/take our prayers to Hashem on our behalf (when Davening with a minyan Hashem hears our prayers directly). Example source (although this discussed ...
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Can we know if an angel is present?

All over the Torah we can find angels, but how do we know if and when they're around us? Is there a Rabbi or some other source that can explain how or if there is an angel in the room?
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Who saw angels?

Which historical figures in Tanach had visions of malachim (angels)? Which of these were themselves prophets (e.g. Abraham, Jacob, Balaam)? Which were figures very close to prophets but not themselves ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Adam wiser than angels - meaning and implications

אָדָם הָרִאשׁוֹן מֶה הָיְתָה חָכְמָתוֹ? כְּשֶׁבִּקֵּשׁ הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא לִבְרֹאת אֶת הָאָדָם ... אָמַר לָהֶם אָדָם שֶׁאֲנִי רוֹצֶה לִבְרֹאת חָכְמָתוֹ מְרֻבָּה מִשֶּׁלָּכֶם, מֶה עָשָׂה כִּנֵּס ...
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What does sacrificing a soul mean?

The Talmud Bavli in Chagiga 12b mentions that there is a place where the angel Michael offers korbanos to Hashem. The Chiddushei Aggados commentary (can be seen on the above link on Sefaria) states a ...
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Deformed Malachim through Mispronunciation of Words in Tefilah

There is a common saying that whenever one mispronounces a word in tefila, a deformed malach is created that will testify against him in Beis Din shel Mala. Does anyone have source for this? The only ...
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Source for R' Soloveitchik's teaching about why we don't stand for a baby in utero?

There's a famous teaching from Niddah 30b that a baby is taught the entire Torah in utero. Someone once referenced this gemara and asked The Rav, if that's the case why don't we stand for a pregnant ...
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