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What knowledge did the people of Pharaoh use to predict birth of the one that shall bring down the Pharaoh's rule?

We know that some people that were close the Pharaoh predicted the future that someone shall be born from among the Israelites who shall bring down the rule of the Pharaoh. This was a prediction which ...
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For how long did the Pharaoh kill Israelite new born boys and leave the girls alive?

From the bible we know that Pharaoh commanded the Israelite boys to be killed and the girls spared and this was done to kill the leader that would later grow up to overthrow the Pharaoh's rule. Moses ...
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Did Pharaoh of Moses consider himself to be God and asked people to worship him?

Did Pharaoh of Moses time consider himself to be God and asked people to worship him? Reference: https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/66742/was-there-any-egyptian-pharaoh-that-was-considered-...
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The language of the “farewell-blessing” of Moshe

In Moshe’s final blessing to Klal Yisrael (parashas Vezos HaBeracha, Devarim 33:1), the Torah says: וְזֹ֣את הַבְּרָכָ֗ה אֲשֶׁ֨ר בֵּרַ֥ךְ מֹשֶׁ֛ה אִ֥ישׁ הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל לִפְנֵ֖י ...
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Which group came first - the Pharisees or the Sadducees - and how far back can their origins be traced?

From what little I know, I understand that Sadducees were upper-class wealthy men, mostly from Jerusalem, who made up the Jewish aristocracy. Pharisees came from all economic classes but were ...
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Moses referred in Third Person

We know that the Book of Deuteronomy is Moses' recounting of the Torah, yet in some places Moses is referred to in the third person, such as Parsha Ki Tavo in Deuteronomy 29:1 Why are there instances ...
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Do the sages speak on the possibility that the original tablets Moshe Rabbeinu broke may have had different laws on them than the second set?

We're taught that when Moshe descended from Mt. Sinai, he carried with him a first set of tablets which he shattered on the ground at the sight of the Israelites worshipping a golden calf idol. I have ...
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What was Plan A for the Luchos?

In Devarim we see that the Aron was made for the purpose of storing the Luchos, but those were for the 2nd Luchos (after Moshe broke the first ones). My question is what was Plan A? Meaning when Moshe ...
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Moshe vs Eliyah

Torah says that there is no prophet like him and will never come a prophet like him. We know that Eliyah HaNavi will reveal the secrets of Torah which Moshe also didn't know, so then will Eliyah ...
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Why were you not Moses?’ They’ll ask me, ‘Why were you not Zusya?

The story and final quote “Before his death, Rabbi Zusya said, ‘In the coming world, they will not ask me: Why were you not Moses?’ They will ask me: ‘Why were you not Zusya?’ ” is often ascribed to &...
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According to Korach, why was Moshe still the leader?

Korach and his companions accused Moshe of inventing Mitzvot and of placing himself and his favorites in places of high importance. Didn`t they think that God Himself would remove Moshe from his post ...
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Moshe Rabbeinu and Bil'am - Last Words

Both Bil'am (by Balak) and Moshe (by Pharaoh) are told, Leave, never dare to come back. By Bil'am (Bamidbar 24:11) וְעַתָּ֖ה בְּרַח־לְךָ֣ אֶל־מְקוֹמֶ֑ךָ And now, flee to your place... Moshe you know ...
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Reconciling the merits of Moshe, Aharon & Miriam in the desert vs the merit of Avraham?

In Parshas Chukas we are told that following Miriam's death, the be'er, the water source for the Bnei Yisroel, dried up. It writes in 20:1-2: וַיָּבֹ֣אוּ בְנֵֽי־יִ֠שְׂרָאֵ֠ל כׇּל־הָ֨עֵדָ֤ה מִדְבַּר־...
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From Adam to Moshe Rabbeinu

I noticed interesting parallels between Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moshe. When Hashem was angry on humans sins and wanted to punish human or humanity, we can notice different behavior from Adam to Moshe. ...
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Parashas Korach: and take every man his censer, and put incense in them: why this procedure?

In parashas Korach, we read about the complaint of Korach that Moshe Rabbeinu and Aharon HaKohen took to much upon themselves. The Torah writes (Bamidbar 16:3): and they gathered themselves together ...
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Did Yisro REALLY know what was going on?

The first pasuk of Parshas Yisro opens by telling us that "Yisro had heard all that God had done for the Jewish people" Shemos 18:1 וַיִּשְׁמַע יִתְרוֹ כֹהֵן מִדְיָן חֹתֵן מֹשֶׁה אֵת כׇּל־...
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Why did Pharaoh need God?

The chumash tells us that the magicians of Egypt were ale to replicate the plague of frogs: Shemos 8:3 וַיַּעֲשׂוּ־כֵן הַחַרְטֻמִּים בְּלָטֵיהֶם וַיַּעֲלוּ אֶת־הַצְפַרְדְּעִים עַל־אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם׃ &...
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Moshe Rabbeinu and Queen Esther's hesitation

The stories of Yetzias Mitzrayim and the story of Purim both feature a reluctant hero who initially hesitates to take action but ultimately steps forward to fulfill their role in the divine plan. In ...
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Will the donkey of Moshiach talk?

B"H The question and answer here https://judaism.stackexchange.com/a/52493/32743 Touch on the idea that the donkey that Moshe rode (his family and placed his belongings on (not him himself, the ...
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Factual existence of Moshe Rabeinu

As I am writting this question, we are in passover on the 09 of april 2023. I work with non jewish people and of course they ask me about our culture and beliefs. Now, one of them asked me a question. ...
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Why is Moses not completely absent from the Haggadah?

Many explanations have been given about why Moses does not appear in the Haggadah, all of them plausible. But, technically, Moses’ name does appear there, fleetingly. When the rabbis recount the ...
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Moshe taught Aharon the services of the Mishkan

I heard that Moshe Rabeinu taught Aharon Hacohen and his sons how to perform the services of the Mishkan during the first seven days after it's inauguration. Is this correct? If so, where is it ...
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Who is the author of this book - Sefer Maayan Moshe

This book was mentioned in a Spanish YouTube channel. I was trying to reach out the author of the video, but I had zero response. I am wondering if someone knows about this book, if so, where can I ...
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Why was the "pure olive oil, beaten for the light" brought to Moshe and not to Aharon?

In parashas Tetzaveh, we read that G-d instructs Moshe Rabbeinu to instruct to Jewish people to bring him pure olive oil: And thou shalt command the children of Yisra᾽el, that they bring thee pure ...
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Moshe Rabbeinu's actions - why did he flee the serpent in Shemot 4:3?

In Shemoth 4:3, it says: And He said, "Cast it to the ground," and he cast it to the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses fled from before it. וַיֹּ֨אמֶר֙ הַשְׁלִיכֵ֣הוּ אַ֔רְצָה ...
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Why did Moshe Rabbeinu need to stretch out his hand?

At the start of the plague of darkness, G-d tells Moshe Rabbeinu to stretch out his hand towards Heaven, that there may be darkness of the land of Mitzrayim: And the L-rd said to Moshe, Stretch out ...
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Did the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden have sapphire?

I heard one teaching that Moshe's staff was sapphire, and another that it was the Tree of Life. Is there any connection between the two, like maybe the fruits on the Tree of Life were like sapphires ...
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How did Moshe know the name of Hashem to kill the Egyptian?

We find in Parshas Shemos that Moshe killed the Egyptian with the name of G-d. Where did Moshe know this from? After all he grew up in Pharaohs palace....
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In what geographic area was Moshe put in the Nile?

The Jews lived in Goshen (near one end of the Nile) but the Pharaoh's palace presumably was elsewhere. So where was it that Moshe was placed in the Nile?
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Why isn't anyone named in the story of the birth of Moshe?

In the story of the birth of Moshe (Shemot 2:1-10), several people are mentioned - himself, his parents, his sister, Pharaoh's Daughter, her slaves - but none of these are named. Only at the very end ...
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Here I am- how did Moshe know that it was G-d calling him?

In Parashas Shemos, we read: And the angel of the L-rd appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, but the bush was not ...
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What happened to the legal decisions of moshe rabenu?

Parshas Yisro, 2nd aliya (ch. 18 verse 13) וַֽיְהִי֙ מִמָּ֣חֳרָ֔ת וַיֵּ֥שֶׁב משֶׁ֖ה לִשְׁפֹּ֣ט אֶת־הָעָ֑ם וַיַּֽעֲמֹ֤ד הָעָם֙ עַל־משֶׁ֔ה מִן־הַבֹּ֖קֶר עַד־הָעָֽרֶב It came about on the next day that ...
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Did (and if so, how) Cain's descendants survive the Flood?

In Genesis 15:19, God lists the Kenites among the peoples inhabiting the Promised Land. From this point on, they appear in: Numbers 24:21-22 (here prophesied against by Balaam), Judges 1:16 (as ...
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Does God not like to be flattered?

I heard from a Hasidic rabbi that God doesn't like people who flatter him, even literally in those terms. He cites the episode of Moses that confronts God's position of putting an end to the people ...
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What about hidden things?

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29 What would these hidden ...
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Torah as a gift: prerequisite for remembering

The Gemara in Nedarim 38a shares a teaching from Rabbi Yochanan, that, at first, Moshe Rabbeinu would study Torah but forget. Once the Torah became a gift, he would rembember it: And Rabbi Yoḥanan ...
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What was Miriam's Lashon Hara?

I heard that the problem with Miriam's Lashon Hara about Moshe was that she compared him with other prophets. With this comparation, she downgraded him, as he was a much bigger prophet and even ...
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Is the prophet "like moses" in Deut 18 always understood specifically not in the sense of the "prophet like Moses" in Deut 34:10?

Is the prophet "like moses" in Deut 18 always understood specifically not in the sense of the "prophet like Moses" in Deut 34:10? Deut 18:18 "נָבִיא אָקִים לָהֶם מִקֶּרֶב ...
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What sources did Moshe Rabbeinu use to write the Torah?

I was asked this question the other day by someone and didn't know how to answer him. How did Moshe Rabbeinu know the stories of Adam Harishon and Chava? What about Avraham Avinu, Yitzchak Avinu and ...
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Is it possible that Moshe visited Cana'an between leaving Egypt and the burning bush?

We can say it was all prophecy, but in parshat Re'ay Moshe knows about all the bamot across the Jordan and is super concerned that bnei yisrael will sacrifice in other places than hamakome that God ...
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Difference between the First and Second Commandments

In the Ten Commandments, the First Commandment prohibits having false gods. The Second Commandment prohibits making carved images. Is the problem with carved images that they can be worshiped? If so, ...
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Moshe deviating from bachatzos halailah

The gemarra states that Moshe did three things of his own accord, and Hashem concurred (Shabbos 87a; Yevamos 62a; Shemos Rabbah 46:3 (slightly different list); Avos D'Rabbi Nosson 2:3 (lists four, the ...
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Question on the Drashos HaRan

The Ran in his drashos (drush 5) explains Moshe's speech impediment as bolstering the emunah that klal yisroel had in the Torah, because someone with slick speech could easily convince a group of ...
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Moshe, Israel entry

HaShem tells Moshe Rabbeinu that he will not be allowed into Eretz Ha-Kodesh. Moshe Rabbeinu is shown the Eretz Ha-Kodesh will standing on the banks of the river Jordan ( or somewhere in that area ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase: "you will be gathered unto your people," mentioned by the passing of Moshe and Aharon?

The phrase arises as follows: Numbers 27:13 וראיתה אתה ונאספת אל עמיך גם אתה כאשר נאסף אהרן אחיך And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was ...
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How did Moshe carry the Luchot down Mount Sinai?

I'm trying to understand how Moshe positioned his hands in carrying the Luchot down Mount Sinai (both the first set before he broke them and the second set). Were they under them or grasping the sides?...
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Did Moshe Rabbeinu fulfill the Mitzvot of Eretz Israel by studying them?

I heard that Moshe Rabbeinu asked H'shem to be allowed to fulfill the Mitzvot of Eretz Israel, but He answered him: "You won't be able to enter Israel, but as you have studied all the Mitzvot, I ...
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Why is it believed that Angels spoke with Moses at Sinai, when he spoke with God 'face to face'?

Why is it believed that the angels or angel spoke to Moses, as God's mediator, when Exodus 33:11 says Moses saw God face to face and directly spoke with him? Is this communication through the angels ...
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Did G-d put Ruach HaKodesh from Moshe to the 70 elders?

Did G-d put Ruach HaKodesh from Moshe to the 70 elders? Numbers 11:25: Then, after coming down in a cloud and speaking to him, יהוה drew upon the spirit that was on him and put it upon the seventy ...
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Why didn't Moses fight Amalek himself?

"וַיָּבֹא עֲמָלֵק וַיִּלָּחֶם עִם־יִשְׂרָאֵל בִּרְפִידִם׃, וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֶל־יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בְּחַר־לָנוּ אֲנָשִׁים וְצֵא הִלָּחֵם בַּעֲמָלֵק מָחָר אָנֹכִי נִצָּב עַל־רֹאשׁ הַגִּבְעָה וּמַטֵּה ...
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