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(How) can a prophet sit in Sanhedrin?

Please help me to understand the principle of "Not in Heaven" better. As I (we) clearly imagine that many leading prophets participated and even headed the High courts, like Yehoshua and David. As ...
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Can a prophet contradict Sanhedrin?

A supplementary question to "can-sanhedrin-disregard-or-contradict-a-prophet". IIRC, the Halachah is not SET by a prophet, but he can definitely hold a different, Heavenly opinion (see Tanuro ...
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If “not in Heaven”, can Sanhedrin disregard or contradict a prophet?

It is a Mitzvah to listen to a prophet (non-capital) and it is a Mitzvah to listen to the Sanhedrin (capital). While it's accepted that a prophet can't establish new Halochos, he can command on ...
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Who officially authorizes a prophet and how?

Following "test-a-true-prophet", After reading Rambam (Yesodey Hatora) that describes the idea of prophecy and prophethood, I understood, that at some point of time a "prophecizing" person must ...
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What magnitude of a test a true prophet must be tested?

IIRC, if a prophet says a [small] prophecy and it comes true we should believe him. What magnitude of a prophecy should it be - war is coming the next week, there's gonna be a solar eclipse next ...
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If not Halacha what a prophet is worth for?

If the rule of "not in Heaven" is set and valid, and no prophecy can rule "How to live", what purpose is there for prophecy and prophets (besides Moses)? Vaguely and mysteriously painting the distant ...
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Is learning Sifrei Neviim a fulfillment of the mitzvah to listen to a Navi?

There's a Torah commandment to listen to a navi. As far as I know, there are no neviim around nowadays to listen to, but we do have books written by the neviim. If you learn Navi and do your best to ...
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Does ‘it is not in heaven’ imply that we ought not hope for further words from Heaven in this life?

I am struggling to understand the implications of Devarim 30:11-14. I have taken the words ‘it is not in heaven’ to mean that the ‘full counsel’ of HaShem is down here, in the Tanakh, and that one ...
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Asking a child “what are you learning” serving as a form of prophecy

The gemara in Bava Basra 12b states that from the day the Temple was destroyed, prophecy was taken from the prophets and given to children (and imbeciles). There are instances in shas where a person ...
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Is any of Tehillim considered prophecy?

Most of Tehillim was written by David about himself. Are there any psalms that are considered prophecy or even messianic prophecy?
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Did Rabbis speculate on the future of Judaism? [closed]

As we all know, Judaism is a flexible, human-driven (human Rabbis I mean), masses-friendly religion. While the basic premises remain intact, the Halachic norms change - things that were widely ...
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Prophecy and idolatry [duplicate]

The Steinsaltz commentary to Arakhin 32b notes that the evil inclination to worship idols was prevalent during the First Temple period but not during the time of the Second Temple. It goes on to say ...
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Can God speak to non-prophets?

Can God speak to non prophets, or do they simply become prophets the moment that God speaks to them? Or to put it less philosophically. Can I as regular Joe ever hear the voice of God? Could God have ...
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Suppose you hear a commandment how do you know it’s God and not your own mind, or Satan? [duplicate]

Considering God asked Abraham to kill his son, it seems difficult to differentiate the word of God from that of Satan, how is one to know from whom a commandment is given? Is there a way to ...
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Fairness of G-d’s choice of Moses and Bilam? [duplicate]

The Gemmorah claims that Bilam was given as a prophet to the nations comparable to Moses. I, however see some unfairness in this choice: Moses was born good - he was already circumsized and the ...
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How a prophet translates a vision into words?

According to Rambam (Yesodey Hatorah 7,2), a prophet sees a vision of prophecy, not receiving a clear verbal message: וכולן אין רואין מראה הנבואה ... ...אלא בחלום בחזיון לילה או ביום אחר שתפול ...
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History and prophecy in Na"ch

I can roughly divide the text of the Torah into two categories - historical facts and prophecies. But, traditionally, they were all dictated by G-d to Moses. The books of prophets retain a similar ...
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Level of exactness of Na'"ch

Torah was dictated by G-d to Moses and is exact by letter. Mishnah and Gemmorah (and all subsequent books) are man-made and written loosely (at least not letter-exact - see תנא ושייר and more). The ...
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Does Judaism recognize prophets/prophecy outside of Israel? [duplicate]

An answer here says: The Tosefta (Sotah 13:4) states: משמתו נביאים האחרונים חגי זכריה ומלאכי פסקה רוח הקודש מישראל Once the last prophets -- Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi -- died,...
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Why do some translators translate “to prophesy” as to “speak in ecstasy”?

Why do translators translate "to prophesy" as to "speak in ecstasy"? Why do the Jewish translators, for example, in the Sefaria translation of the below passages, translate "to prophesy" as to "...
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“A prophet cannot renew Halachot” rule limitations

Divrei HaYamim describes the process of building of the first Temple, hinting that the exact plan was prophesied: וַיִּתֵּן דָּוִיד לִשְׁלֹמֹה בְנוֹ אֶת־תַּבְנִית הָאוּלָם וְאֶת־בָּתָּיו ...
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Why does the book of Shmuel present two origins for the expression “Is Shaul too among the prophets”?

Shmuel I 10:10-12: וַיָּבֹ֤אוּ שָׁם֙ הַגִּבְעָ֔תָה וְהִנֵּ֥ה חֶֽבֶל־נְבִאִ֖ים לִקְרָאת֑וֹ וַתִּצְלַ֤ח עָלָיו֙ ר֣וּחַ אֱלֹהִ֔ים וַיִּתְנַבֵּ֖א בְּתוֹכָֽם׃ וַיְהִ֗י כָּל־יֽוֹדְעוֹ֙ מֵאִתְּמ֣וֹל ...
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What is the meaning of Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Melachim 12:5 when it uses the Hebrew phrase “כִּי מָלְאָה הָאָרֶץ דֵּעָה אֶת ה'”?

In Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Melachim 12:5, Rambam quotes Isaiah 11:9 using the phrase: כִּי מָלְאָה הָאָרֶץ דֵּעָה אֶת ה' כַּמַּיִם לַיָּם מְכַסִּים This is commonly translated as, That the earth ...
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Why is “Moses was the greatest of prophets” a principle of faith?

The 6th and 7th of the Rambam's 13 principles of faith (ikkarim) are: God revealed Himself through the prophets Moses was the greatest of prophets Why the 7th as a separate principle? The Rambam ...
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God's Nichum Aveilim

Asking for a friend: On Kiddushin 38a, Tosfos s.v. Tzei, explain that Hashem didn't approach Yehoshua until after the 30 days of mourning for Moshe had elapsed, since the Shechinah does not descend ...
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What actually happened to a prophet that got eaten by lion for sleeping

In I Kings 13 And behold a man of God came from Judah, at the command of the Lord, to Beth El, and Jeroboam was standing on the altar offering sacrifices. We got a story of a prophet that ...
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Was Haftarah prophesied on Motzei Shabbos?

Shlomo Carlebach, in the YouTube video for his song נחמו נחמו עמי, claims that it is well known that 'according to our tradition', the prophet prophesied the הפטרה for a given week on the Motzei ...
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Rabbinic sources on (un)fulfillment of prophecy in Ezekiel 29 [duplicate]

In Ezekiel 29, the prophet predicts very specifically that Nebuchadnezzar will conquer Egypt and get lots of loot. Historically, Nebuchadnezzar attempted to conquer Egypt, but was repelled by Pharaoh ...
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The reason for the end of prophecy

I've heard people describe the lack of prophecy in the modern era as a result of the "lower spiritual state" of the Jewish people today. Many Jews are atheists or agnostic and don't keep Shabbat and ...
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How many messianic prophecies in the Tanach?

Xtians make the bold claim that their j-sus fulfilled over 300 prophecies from the Hebrew Scriptures. Most of them are either verses taken out of context, mistranslations of Hebrew, some remote ...
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What is the qualitative difference between the revelation at Sinai and other miracles according to Rambam?

In Hilchot Yesodei HaTorah (8:1), Rambam writes: משה רבינו לא האמינו בו ישראל מפני האותות שעשה שהמאמין על פי האותות יש בלבו דופי שאפשר שיעשה האות בלט וכשוף אלא כל האותות שעשה משה במדבר לפי הצורך ...
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Does a prophet win halachic debates according to R. Yosef Albo?

In Sefer HaIkkarim 1:18, R. Yosef Albo writes the following: כמו שנזכר בבבא מציעא בענין מחלוקתו של רבי אליעזר שנעקר חרוב ממקומו וחזר אמת המים לאחוריו וזולת זה ואף על פי כן לא קבעו הלכה כדבריו לפי ...
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They could change nature and predict nature, but could not explain it

In contrast to the secularist position that the physical world is ours by right, whereas the spiritual world is hidden/inaccessible, the Jewish and generally religious position seems to be that Gd ...
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Was Nevuah given verbatim?

When we read stories of Nevuah in Tanach, are the nevuos being recorded as verbatim or is each Navi "paraphrasing" what the nevuah was?
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Avraham's first prophecy

Parshas Lech Lecha has the first record of Hashem communicating with Avraham (Genesis 12:1): וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהוָה֙ אֶל־אַבְרָ֔ם לֶךְ־לְךָ֛ מֵאַרְצְךָ֥ וּמִמּֽוֹלַדְתְּךָ֖ וּמִבֵּ֣ית אָבִ֑יךָ אֶל־...
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Does anyone have prophetic power nowadays? [duplicate]

Has prophecy officially ended in our days (5779-2018) or does some still have it today? If it ceased, when did it stop?
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What is/was the Bat Kol?

The Talmud records people "hearing" the Bas Kol. The Talmud also says that a bas kol goes out even nowadays. My question is, what is the nature of this bas kol? Is it a sound? If so why can't I hear ...
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Zecharia 14:4 vis-a-vis the reality of Har haZeisim being a cemetary?

This question has bothered me on and off over the years - typically around this time as we read this perek on the first day of Sukkot as the haftarah: וְעָמְד֣וּ רַגְלָ֣יו בַּיּוֹם־הַ֠הוּא עַל־...
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On the day when the Mashiach is finally revealed, how are we supposed to determine they truly come from the Davidic Line?

At a certain point, we are supposed to expect Mashiach to come and to fulfill various prophecies. One of those prophecies is that he will reestablish the Davidic dynasty when he claims his title as ...
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Jewish Prophet who could bring fire from the Heaven

Was there any Jewish Prophet in the Tanach in which it is said that he was depicted as being able to send down fire from the Heavens? How did this Prophet actually die? Are there very different ...
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The greatest prophet after Moses

R. Jacob Emden, in his comments to Eruvin 43a, refers to Elijah the Prophet as the greatest prophet after Moses: אליהו הנביא הגדול בנביאים אחרי משרע"ה That Moses was the greatest prophet is hardly ...
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Source about Yirmiyahu and drunkenness

I'm 99% sure that I've seen someone write what I found to be a very beautiful and very sad pshat relating to Yirmiyahu 23:9. It's not any of the mefarshim Sefaria has on that pasuk. I thought it was ...
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Why is “Hinei yomim boim” - a truncated version of Amos 8:11 sung as though it is words of nechomoh?

Posuk 8:11 of Amos says: הִנֵּ֣ה יָמִ֣ים בָּאִ֗ים נְאֻם֙ אֲדֹנָ֣י יֱהֹוִ֔ה וְהִשְׁלַחְתִּ֥י רָעָ֖ב בָּאָ֑רֶץ לֹֽא־רָעָ֚ב לַלֶּ֙חֶם֙ וְלֹֽא־צָמָ֣א לַמַּ֔יִם כִּ֣י אִם־לִשְׁמֹ֔עַ אֵ֖ת דִּבְרֵ֥י ...
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Vilna Gaon — mini nevuah after six hours of study?

In Aish Moharan1, Rav Berland cites the Vilna Gaon as having said that after six hours of uninterrupted Torah study, the first thoughts a person has are a form of mini nevuah (prophecy). כמו שמובא ...
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what is the nature of future visions which never come to be?

In a number of places chazal describe someone, for our purposes we will dub the 'seer' as seeing the future descendants of certain people, such as Moshe before he killed the Egyptian or Elisha before ...
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Is there a prophecy in the Torah that predicts that a prophet will come from the town of Nazareth

There is a passage in the Christian books that says that the Tanakh predicts that a prophet will come from the town of Nazareth. Does it actually say that anywhere? I want to know what, if anything, ...
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Will Messiah ben Josef be a prophet?

Is Messiah ben Josef, the war messiah, the messiah from the 10 lost tribes, expected to be a prophet? If not, how is he supposed to wage war in preparation for the messianic kingdom?
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Why were the Jews commanded to destroy fruit trees when attacking Moav?

In 2 Melachim 3:24-25 it says They entered the Israelite camp, and the Israelites arose and attacked the Moabites, who fled before them. They advanced, constantly attacking the Moabites, and they ...
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Is it correct to trust one's intuition?

Please provide some Torah-based perspectives on the topic of how appropriate and/or advisable it is for a regular Jew in this day and age to listen to his instincts, e.g. about practical matters ...
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Did foreknowledge stop people?

If I recall correctly, there are a variety of stories that allude to prophecies about the destruction of 2 temples. For example, the Bereishit Rabba to 45:14 reads, " אֶלָּא אָמַר רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר ...