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Midrash with halachic interpretations on Sefer Shemot attributed to the Tanna Rabbi Yishmael and his students

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Why is prior to creation called holy?

In Mechilta (to ex. 12.16), while discussing whether or not work is forbidden on chol hamoed, the time before and after the six days of creation are referred to as holy. ששת ימי בראשית יוכיחו שיש ...
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Explain Rashi quoting Mechilta on Shemot 24:3

In Shemot 24:3, regarding the term mishpatim (logical laws), Rash"i citing Mechilta includes a list of items. Among them, he includes parah adumah (the laws of the red heifer.) This is puzzling. The ...
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Why was Yisro sent home?

After hearing about the miraculous things Hashem did for Bnei Yisrael when taking them out of Mitzrayim, Yisro (Moshe's father-in-law) travels from Midian and comes for a visit. I would say it's ...
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Why the reverse order of “Zachor Veshamor” in “Lecha Dodi”?

The first "stanza" in the Lecha Dodi hymn sung Friday night starts שמור וזכור בדיבור אחד I gather that this expression is a "condensed version" from Mechilta on Yitro (parsha 7) זכור ושמור ...
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Why “אִם” used by lending money?

In Mishpatim (22:24) the pasuk uses the term "אִם" when describing the mitzvah of lending to the poor. אִם-כֶּסֶף תַּלְוֶה אֶת-עַמִּי, אֶת-הֶעָנִי עִמָּךְ--לֹא-תִהְיֶה לוֹ, כְּנֹשֶׁה; לֹא-...
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Did the sea split in Yosef's merit or Avraham's merit?

The pasuk (Tehillim 114:3) tells us that at Kriyas Yam Suf, "the Sea saw and fled." It seems that the Sea would not split until it saw something. The Medrash explains: What did it see? It saw Yosef's ...
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The Ear That Heard “Don't Steal”

Rashi to Exodus (21:6) quotes the Mechilta which connects the drilling of the ear of the slave to hearing "don't steal" at Sinai. The obvious question asked by the Moshav Z'keinim (there) is that ...
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End Time For Sacrificial Offerings

The verse states, in Exodus 12:10, regarding the eating of the Paschal Offering: וְלֹֽא־תוֹתִ֥ירוּ מִמֶּ֖נּוּ עַד־בֹּ֑קֶר וְהַנֹּתָ֥ר מִמֶּ֛נּוּ עַד־בֹּ֖קֶר בָּאֵ֥שׁ תִּשְׂרֹֽפוּ׃ Do not leave ...