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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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Is there knowledge of which Levi'im are descendants of Moshe? [duplicate]

Clearly any Cohen is a (patriarchal) direct descendant of Aaron. Probably some of the rest of the tribe of Levi are direct descendants of Moshe, but there were of course lots of other Levi'im in that ...
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Moshe Grave connected with the Cave of the Patriarchs

The Sefer אישי התנ״ך / the encyclopaedia of biblical personalities brings the sifri Beracha 34:51 “ A tunnel cave connected Moses grave with the graves of the patriarchs.” I can’t seem to find this. I ...
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Who said Moshe is missing from the Haggadah to emphasize HaShem?

Where is the source of the Vilna Gaon/the Gra or any commentator explaining that Moshe is left out of the haggadah (besides the one time he is mentioned) in order to show that it was Hashem who did ...
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Why were the spies commanded to assess if the Land is good?

God promised that the Land he would bring us into was good. Exodus 3:8: and I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and ...
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How many years between the birth of Yosef and Moses?

According to the Torah, how many years between the birth of Yosef and the birth of Moses?
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Where was the Torah that Moshe wrote kept?

Did Moshe have a written copy of the Torah? If so, where was it kept when Moshe was alive? In the Mishkan (Tabernacle)? In the Kodesh haKodashim (Holy of Holies)?
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On what ascending did "Moses seeing God tying crowns on the letters" happen?

To elaborate on Maurice's question "what-did-moses-understand...": "Rav Yehuda says that Rav says: When Moses ascended on High, he found the Holy One, Blessed be He, sitting and tying ...
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Explanation for episode with Moshe's near death at the hotel

Exodus 4:24-26 describes one of the strangest stories in the Chumash. Moshe was on his way to save the Jewish people, and the Torah says that he stayed with his wife and children in a hotel. Next, we'...
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Pray barefoot or not?

At the burning bush, God told Moses: Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. [Ex. 3:5]. Later, the kohanim served barefoot in the Temple. But the Talmud ...
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The miraculous nature of the incident with Bas Paroh and baby Moshe; why is it not mentioned in the text?

Shemos 2 (5 – 11). To escape the decree of Paroh to kill Jewish male babies, Yocheved places her son in a basket in the water. None other than Paroh's daughter discovers him and saves him. Paroh's ...
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How many Tzadikim from Moshe Rabbeinu until today have brought the Shekinah down one level through their merit?

This question is based on the Basi Legani, which discussed the topic of seven Tzadikim who each have brought the Shekinah down from one level of heaven to another. The text states that Moshe Rabbeinu ...
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Why isn't Moses mentioned teaching Torah to his sons?

The Torah says: This is the line of Aaron and Moses at the time that the Lord spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai. These were the names of Aaron’s sons: Nadav, the first-born, and Avihu, Eleazar and ...
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How many years had Moses already been married to Tsipora in Paran desert?

How many years had Moses already been married to Tsipora in the Paran desert, when Moses divorced her (according to Rashi in Numbers 12;1)?
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Why did Moses command the Levites to go out to slay instead of bringing the idolaters to the court?

After the Golden Calf worshipping, Moses commands the Leviites to go out and kill the infidels: וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם כֹּה־אָמַר ה' אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל שִׂימוּ אִישׁ־חַרְבּוֹ עַל־יְרֵכוֹ עִבְרוּ וָשׁוּבוּ ...
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The difference between the ordination of the 70 elders and that of Joshua?

In the process of the ordination of the elders, God executed the procedure without Moses' assistance: "וַיֹּאמֶר ה' אֶל־מֹשֶׁה אֶסְפָה־לִּי שִׁבְעִים אִישׁ ... וְלָקַחְתָּ אֹתָם אֶל־אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד ...
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Who wrote the second tablets God or Moshe

I was reading in Torah that in one place it says that God wrote the second tablets and the other verse says Moshe did Ex 34:27 and Deut 10:1 what is the explaintion to this since others claim it's a ...
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Source of the claim that Moshe's tefillah could change Hashem's mind

I heard once that what is meant in the passuk: "ויתעבר יהוה בי למענכם ולא שמע אלי ויאמר יהוה אלי רב־לך אל־תוסף דבר אלי עוד בדבר הזה" But the LORD was wrathful with me on your account and ...
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Why Shemot 20:11 (4th commandment) refers to Bereshit's history of six days earth creation and Devarim 5:15 doesn't refer to it?

Why Shemot 20:11 refers to Bereshit's history of six days earth creation and Devarim 5:15 doesn't refer to it? In Shemot it refers to Bereshit's history of six days of creation,and in Devarim 5:15 it ...
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Understanding Moses' four-fold way of study (Eruvin 54b)

Following my previous question "what-were-the-pieces-of-moses'-transmission", I wondered: where this form of study was learned from? what were the benefits of this form of learning? if the ...
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Why did Moshe start to count from only the twenty years and above in Bamidbar 1?

When counting the number of the Israelites in Bamidbar 1 Moshe only counts those who are twenty and above which somehow seems to be the age of responsibility. After having refused to enter Canaan all ...
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Denying Moshe's Prophecy

In Parshas Yisro G-D guarantees Moshe that his prophecy will not be doubted by the Jewish nation from hereon "וגם בך יאמינו לעולם". However in Parshas Korach (although not in Korach's ...
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A question regarding Moses

Question from a gentile: I wish to ask, do Jews believe that Moses never called non-Jews to the worship of one God? If Jews do believe that he did call non-Jews to one God, how did they come to the ...
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Did Aharon Hakohen have a higher level of prophecy?

The Rambam Yesodei Hatorah (7:2) writes הַנְּבִיאִים מַעֲלוֹת מַעֲלוֹת הֵן. כְּמוֹ שֶׁיֵּשׁ בַּחָכְמָה חָכָם גָּדוֹל מֵחֲבֵרוֹ כָּךְ בַּנְּבוּאָה נָבִיא גָּדוֹל מִנָּבִיא. וְכֻלָּן אֵין רוֹאִין ...
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Moshe sees Hashem's back

Hashem tells Moshe that he can see His back not His face (Shemot 33:23),some interpret this to mean that we cannot understand the future but we are at times able to understand things with hindsight, ...
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Would someone please translate this midrash on the death of Moshe?

https://www.scribd.com/document/506081968/Death-of-Moses-Midrash There is apparently no translation of this text already in English. The document is a bit long (about 10 pages), so to anyone who would ...
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What prophets are referred to in Deuteronomy 34:10?

Deuteronomy 34:7-12 Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. 8 The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then ...
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How Did Moses Build The Bronze Serpent and How Long Did It Take For Him To Do It?

How Did Moses Build The Bronze Serpent and How Long Did It Take For Him To Do It? Numbers 21:1-9 And when king Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the south, heard tell that Israel came by the way of ...
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The credibility of National revelation

I was discussing the credibility of "National Revelation" as a standard to accept or reject proof. I am a science, mathematic and law orientated person and this threshold to accept or reject ...
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Why wear white for the inauguration of the Mishkan?

Rashi (Vayikra 8:28) quotes the Gemara Avoda Zara saying ויקטר המזבחה. מֹשֶׁה שִׁמֵּשׁ כָּל שִׁבְעַת יְמֵי הַמִּלּוּאִים בְּחָלוּק לָבָן (עבודה זרה ל"ד) — Moshe (though a non-kohen) was ...
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Does the Talmud say mishenichnas for Adar to allude to Moshe?

The Talmud say "mishenichnas" for Adar and not just "nichnas". I understand Hebrew grammar of course, but someone suggested there's an allusion to Moshe from the mishe prefix. Is ...
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Moshe's exact month of birth

In a recent shiur, the Rav said that Moshe told Yehoshua to pick men to fight Amalek. The reason appears in the following passage: למה ליהושע, כדי שיבחר אנשים שנולדו באדר שני כמותו On the source ...
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Moshe and Aharon never sinned

The gemarra in Shabbos 55a says a rule: אין מיתה בלא חטא, no one dies without having sinned. As an attempt to refute this rule, the gemarra brings a baraisa that says: מֵיתִיבִי: אָמְרוּ מַלְאֲכֵי ...
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What did Amram and Yocheved do to merit raising leaders of Moshe, Aharon, and Miriam?

Although Amram and Yocheved were influential leaders in their own right (seen in Sotah 12a where Klal Yisroel followed their lead in divorcing from their spouses), do any Chazal or Torah commentators ...
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What became of Moshe's staff?

Tradition teaches us that the staff used by Moshe was created on the sixth day (source: Pirkei Avot 5:6) and was given to Adam, then to Noach, then to Avraham and so on. After Moshe's death, what ...
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Do the commentators describe how Amram and Yocheved felt through the events involving Paro's daughter and Moshe?

The intervention of Paro's daughter in the life of Moshe was clearly miraculous. Basya went against her father's wishes and Moshe's mother was paid to nurse him. One can imagine the feelings of wonder ...
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Did the Jews know that Moshe was the future redeemer and being raised in the palace?

It's quite plausible to suggest that Moshe's birth which lit up the room was known to more than just the family. Also, the fact that Yocheved weaned him for 2 years then sent him to the palace could ...
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Why does the Torah end before fulfilling the promise of entering the Promised land?

Most mundane facts are the most fascinating to question. The Torah ends with Moses dying in the wilderness and the Israelites still camping on the other bank of the Jordan River. This plot sounds ...
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Do we ignore the language differences interpreting Moses being not a man of words (לֹא֩ אִ֨ישׁ דְּבָרִ֜ים אָנֹ֗כִי)?

Do we ignore the language differences interpreting Moses being not a man of words (לֹא֩ אִ֨ישׁ דְּבָרִ֜ים אָנֹ֗כִי)? וַיֹּ֨אמֶר מֹשֶׁ֣ה אֶל־יְהוָה֮ בִּ֣י אֲדֹנָי֒ לֹא֩ אִ֨ישׁ דְּבָרִ֜ים אָנֹ֗כִי ...
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Three times Moshe begged to enter אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל‎

According to Rashi to Devarim 3:24 (here): לאמר TO SAY (i.e. that God should say) — This is one of the three occasions where Moses spoke before the Omnipresent: I will not let You go until You tell ...
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How old was Pharoah's daughter (Exodus/Shemoth) when she took in Moshe?

In 1st Chronicles 4:18 it mentions a man by the name of Mered taken Pharoah's daughter Bithiah to wife. While researching who exactly these individuals were, the consensus states that this Bithiah ...
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Did Moses ask to spare Yitroh in his war on Midyan?

To continue why-didnt-moses-argue-to-spare-lives-of-midianites: We know that Moses was very מכיר טובה (grateful) even to inanimate objects: he didn't want to hit the dirt or Nile, etc. Yitroh took ...
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Are you allowed to pray for your own death?

No suicide or euthanasia is allowed in Judaism. But are you allowed to pray for your own death? You can pray for the death of someone who is incurably sick, in pain and dying. This is based on ...
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What did Moses understand in Rabbi Akiva's class?

The Talmud (Menachot.29b) records a story about how Moses could not understand laws expounded 1700 years later in his name: "Rav Yehuda says that Rav says: When Moses ascended on High, he found ...
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Was Moses really angry or pretending?

The Rambam said in his Mishneh Torah that it's sometimes useful to act angry: If one desires to instill reverence in his children and his household, or in public if he is the head of a community, and ...
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Was the Oral Law only oral?

After Moses broke the first set of tablets, according to the Midrash: God told [Moses]: Do not feel bad about the first tablets, for they only contained the Ten Commandments. However, the second set ...
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Did Moses throw or drop the tablets?

The Yerushalmi, corroborated by Tanhuma, says that the tablets were two large sapphire stones, and weighed too much to be possibly carried by one person. The letters God engraved on them miraculously ...
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Did Miriam Criticize Moshe for being Haughty?

Avos Derebbi Nassan 9:2 says that Miriam criticized Moshe for being haughty by divorcing his wife. אבל הוא מפני שדעתו גסה עליו פירש הוא מאצל אשתו But Moses, because he is so arrogant, separated from ...
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What is the point of Moshe asking for a successor?

Bamidbor 27, 15 &16 יִפְקֹ֣ד יְהוָ֔ה אֱלֹהֵ֥י הָרוּחֹ֖ת לְכָל־בָּשָׂ֑ר אִ֖ישׁ עַל־הָעֵדָֽה׃ “Let the LORD, Source of the breath of all flesh, appoint someone over the community" Moshe ...
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Why is the *nun* raised?

The Book of Judges says: The Children of [the Tribe of] Dan erected graven images [idols] for themselves; and Jonathan son of Gershom son of Menashe [וִ֠יהוֹנָתָן בֶּן־גֵּרְשֹׁ֨ם בֶּן־מְנַשֶּׁ֜ה], ...
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