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Did any of the gentile prophets receive a divine message to be directed to the Jews?

Was Bilaam a prophet to both the Jews and the gentiles ? According to the site member "Baby Seal": Bilaam's prophecy (Num 23, 24), contained much pertaining to Israel, and may have been his ...
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Do prophecies have expiration date after which they would be deemed mistaken?

Reading some of the Haftoros from Ezekiel (8 or 23), I noticed that some of them had yet come to fulfillment, such as the total desolation of Egypt or Babylon. How should we treat those prophecies: ...
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Mistake in Ezekiel's vision

I seem to recall that in the Guide to the Perplexed, the Rambam says that when Ezekiel's vision speaks of four heavenly spheres (according to the Rambam's interpretation), it was because during ...
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Where did Rambam say he wrote a book about prophecy?

Where did Rambam say he wrote a book about prophecy? Sources, please. I heard Rabbi Manis Friedman talk about this in a lecture.
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End of Prophecy

The Prophet Malachi is the commonly accepted latest prophet. The latest book of the Tanach (Daniel) is about 250 years later. Is there a reason why prophecy is understood to have ended or why later ...
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Can another Prophet appear before Moshiach and Eliyahu?

The Talmud says that Malachi is the last Prophet: ת״ר משמתו נביאים האחרונים חגי זכריה ומלאכי נסתלקה רוח הקודש מישראל ואף על פי כן היו משתמשין בבת קול The Sages taught: After the last of the prophets, ...
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Who is a Gentile prophet?

The Talmud tells us that there were 7 Gentile prophets: Seven prophets prophesied to the nations of the world, and they are: Balaam and his father Beor, and Job, Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the ...
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Recurring dreams

What is the significance of a recurring dream in Judaism? I remember in the story of Yosef...that a dream repeating twice in a night means the matter is at hand to be fulfilled but it it repeats with ...
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Why didn't God intervene in the story of Itzhak's blessings to Eisav?

We can see God intervening in numerous situations in the Book of Genesis, revealing His divine plans to our forefathers, saving them, and preventing them from falling into different traps. However, in ...
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Why was Shaul prophecising naked?

In 1 Shemuel 19:24, Shaul HaMelech is mentioned as taking off his clothes, laying naked, and prophesying. And the end of the passuk seems to indicate that prophesying naked was occasionally a trait of ...
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What are the teachings regarding prophets nowadays?

Since the Talmud mentions that once, there were hundreds of thousands of prophets: twice as many as the number of people who left Egypt (Megillah 14a), but that many had messages only for their ...
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visions and such of other religions-how does judaism view it?

every religion has visions of characters in their religion.this is most common among christians with near death experiences with The Nazarene,but buddhists meet amitabha and padmasambhava and go to ...
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Prophecy regarding conversion to Judaism

I remember reading somewhere in the Tanakh (in one of the of the books from Nevi'im), that when the times of the Messiah are coming near, many gentiles will start to express an increase interest in ...
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Why not to Eli?

I wasn't quite sure on how to word the Title. My question is on Nach in Shmuel Alef, where in Perek 2 a Prophet, either Elkanah or as the Ralbag says it was Pinchas, they tell Eli, that because of ...
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Source for the total number of prophets

In a website (http://www.jewfaq.org/prophet.htm) I found the following quotation: The Talmud teaches that there were hundreds of thousands of prophets: twice as many as the number of people who left ...
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Can someone's free will affect a prophecy?

When a prophet gets a prophecy, can my free will change the prophecy or is the future event set in stone?
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The Rambam says that Baruch, the son of Nerijah was not a navi but the Gemara seems to imply the opposite, how is that possible?

The Rambam in Moreh Nevuchim says "That those who have prepared themselves may still be prevented from being prophets, may be inferred from the history of Baruch, the son of Nerijah; for he followed ...
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How many times must a prophet be tested?

Rambam in his Introduction to his Commentary on the Mishna writes: "...And when the one prophesying is fit for prophecy, according to that which is appropriate, we say to him, "Prove [yourself] to ...
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Moshe instructed Betzalel to do other than Moshe had been commanded?

The Gemoro Berachos 55a quoted by Rashi on Shemos 38 (22) seems to say that Moshe ordered that the vessels should be made before the Mishkan that was to contain them. Rabbi Shmuel bar Naḥmani said ...
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How do we know prophecy ceased in Israel?

The Talmud says that after the fall of the first Temple prophecy ceased in Israel (Yoma 9b, Sanhedrin 11a, Sotah 48b.). But things improved after the return and the rebuilding of the Temple, not ...
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Was any prophet given a practical advice on making the life better?

Prophecy is a special moment of G-d revealing His secrets to the masses. But as far as I know, those revelations were very one-sided - "do what I demand or I will make you suffer", with lots of small ...
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was Eliphaz a prophet?

In the book of Iyov chapter 4 starting in verse 12 Eliphaz seems to make a claim that he has had some sort of prophetic vision. ואלי דבר יגנב ותקח אזני שמץ מנהו יגבשעפים מחזינות לילה בנפל תרדמה על־...
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Why was G-d's only direct interaction with the Jewish nation be limited to two commandments?

Following "what-went-wrong-at-matan-torah: We claim that Matan Torah was/is the ultimate proof of the veracity of the Torah, because unlike what we observe in other religions, where G-d never makes ...
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Why did some prominent prophets initially refuse to comply with G-d's commands? [duplicate]

Rambam in Yesodey Hatorah 7 writes that Prophets are very special people that prepare themselves thoroughly to detach themselves from this physical world and serve Hashem. However, we can clearly see ...
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How Many vav Hahipuchs in each of the 24 books of Tenach

How Many vav Hahipuchs (Conversive vav) are in each of the 24 books of Tenach compared with the number of letters / verses in that book. As far as I know they are only in Tenach rather than Mishna or ...
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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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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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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 ...