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interpretation of parts of Tanach by close reading, not derivation (Pronounced "par-sha-noot")

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Why Moses could be only replaced with an idol?

In the previous question about the Golden Calf I thought it was suspicious that neither Moses left the "chain of command" just in case, neither Aharon offered himself as Moses' replacement. Also, ...
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Where exactly did Moses stand at the 10 commandments?

I know that Moses did a couple of ascends to the top of Mt Sinai at different times. In the text, right before the 10C G-d says to Moses to descend but he was called to ascend with Aharon and the ...
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The difference between ארון and תיבה in the Torah

I'm a little confused here: in contemporary Hebrew the difference is simple - a box that opens on the side [and has a door] is called a cabinet (ארון) while a box that opens on the top is called a box ...
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How זכור ושמור were written on the Luchos?

Follow up to "Were שמור וזכור said together?": For those who hold that they were said in unison, and the two pairs of the Luchos had the same version, how was that commandment written? Were there ...
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Is the king of Israel called 'God' at Psalm 45:7a as the Septuagint, Aquila, and Theodotion Render?

Psalm 45 is a wedding song for the marriage of a king of Israel. At verse 7a the lyric says: כִּסְאֲךָ אֱלֹהִים, עוֹלָם וָעֶד The Jewish Greek translation which came to be called the Septuagint ...
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Was every commandment on the Tablets inscribed with a different finger of G-d?

In continuation to "the-importance-of-the-tablets-being-written-with-g-ds-finger": I heard in Hagada of Pesach, when the Rabbis discuss the number of the plagues they compare it to hands and fingers. ...
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Was the wording on each tablet sized differently?

Was the wording on each tablet sized differently? It's said that the second tablet that contained the Commandments for man's relationship to man had larger wording so man would have no problem reading ...
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Golden Calf. Moshe asks for forgiveness for the people. But they have not repented?

The people sinned with the Golden Calf. Three thousand people who worshipped it were slain by the Leviim Shmos 32 (28). Then Moshe says to the remainder Shmos 32 (30) The next day Moses said to ...
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Why didn't the Snake kill Adam only and keep Chava for himself?

Tosefta on Soytah (Liehbermann): "הנחש בקש להרוג את אדם ולישא את חוה" Rashi on Shabbos 146a: "כשבא נחש על חוה - כשנתן לה עצה לאכול מן העץ בא עליה דכתיב (בראשית ג:יג) הנחש השיאני לשון נשואין" ...
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Adom eating from tree of knowledge

Why didn't Adom eat from the tree of life first and then eat from the tree of knowledge so he can live forever? Do any Medroshim discuss this?
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Avot keeping Mitzvot

How are we to understand the tradition that the patriarchs kept all of the mitzvot in the Torah (see for example the last mishna in Kidushin, Rashi Bereshit 32:5, etc.) in light of the many obvious ...
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How the Tablets were written - all at once or letter by letter?

In my previous question the Torah says explicitly that the Tablets were written by G-d's finger. Does it mean they were written letter by letter, as one finger can do, or all at once?
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The realistic expectations from the Golden Calf

It is difficult for me to understand people's expectations from the Golden Calf they made. Strangely Aharon and others didn't try to argue on the logic of creating a dummy. So the calf was magically ...
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Why didn't Moses leave the chain of command?

This is a follow-up to "why-didnt-they-ask-aharon-to-lead". In Parshas Yisro and later we learn that the Jewish People had some kind of "the chain of command" or at least "the chain of judgment": ...
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A sound of distress, while dancing around the golden calf?

After Moshe received the Aseret HaDevarim he came down from the mountain and heard a lot of noise coming from amongst the people that awaited his arrival. The people had just built a golden calf, and ...
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The Golden Calf timeline - hour by hour?

I can't figure out how the making of the Calf was possible in a couple of hours: 12pm was the time Moses promised to return. Satan started fooling around, people started to question. The bad guys (...
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The Golden calf - why wasn't Aharon asked to lead instead of Moses?

As I understand, the Israelites thought Moses was dead. It seems very logical that the vice-president takes the lead. Aharon was Moses' brother, a prominent prophet, chosen by G-d, and Moses' vice. ...
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How did Moses know he'll spend 40 days at the mountain?

As we all know the Golden Calf started with Moses coming up the mountain to learn with Hashem (Ex 24,17): וַיֹּאמֶר ה' אֶל־מֹשֶׁה עֲלֵה אֵלַי הָהָרָה וֶהְיֵה־שָׁם וְאֶתְּנָה לְךָ אֶת־לֻחֹת הָאֶבֶן ...
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Did Jacob ever figure out what the Brothers did to Joseph?

It's a simple question that I thought about this past week (since the parashah was Mekeitz). Is there any evidence that Jacob could have figured out what happened to Joseph before they reunited in ...
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Moses' problematic communication with the nation in the Golden Calf incident

In my plain understanding, the matter that triggered the story of the Golden Calf was Moses' bad explanation of his plan spending the next 40 days and coming back. He told the nation, he'll be back ...
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What's the importance of the Tablets being written with G-d's finger?

"וַיִּתֵּן אֶל־מֹשֶׁה כְּכַלֹּתוֹ לְדַבֵּר אִתּוֹ בְּהַר סִינַי שְׁנֵי לֻחֹת הָעֵדֻת לֻחֹת אֶבֶן כְּתֻבִים בְּאֶצְבַּע אֱלֹהִים׃" (Ex 31:18) He gave Moses the two tablets of the Pact, stone ...
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Why Moses named his son Eliezer “after” Avraham's slave?

"וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָם ה"א מַה תִּתֶּן לִי וְאָנֹכִי הוֹלֵךְ עֲרִירִי וּבֶן מֶשֶׁק בֵּיתִי הוּא דַּמֶּשֶׂק אֱלִיעֶזֶר." (Gen 15,2) "וְשֵׁם הָאֶחָד אֱלִיעֶזֶר כִּי אֱלֹהקי אָבִי בְּעֶזְרִי ...
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Meaning of “Shabbatot” when it's translated as “weeks”

Vayikra 23:15 translates the word Shabbatot as 'weeks', weeks that are to be Temimot (compleet/perfect); Normally this would be from Yom Rishon till Shabbat like in the phrase: 'Yom rishon l'...
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What was the significance of Pomegranates?

What was the significance of Pomegranates on the Kohen Gadol's "Me'il"? Why specifically Pomegranates and not any other shape?
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Why is the making of the ephod expressed in plural?

The beginning of Tetzaveh in Shemot 28:3, G-d tells Moshe to speak to the "people whom G-d inspired with knowledge of the heart" to make the garments for Aharon and his sons. In viewing the language ...
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Did Tamar marry a third time, and if so whom?

B'reishit 38:26 says: וַיַּכֵּר יְהוּדָה וַיֹּאמֶר צָדְקָה מִמֶּנִּי כִּי עַל כֵּן לֹא נְתַתִּיהָ לְשֵׁלָה בְנִי וְלֹא יָסַף עוֹד לְדַעְתָּהּ: Then Judah recognized [them], and he said, "She ...
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Why didn't Par'oh have Moshe killed from the outset?

Bat Par'oh found a three-month-old Hebrew baby in/around the Nile (Shemot 1:5-10) and had him fed and raised by Yokheved until approximately age 2 (Shemot Rabbah 1:26). Bat Par'oh then raised this ...
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Isaiah 29:13: lips that honour, but hearts that are far from HaShem?

Yeshayahu 29:13 reads: וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֲדֹנָ֗י יַ֚עַן כִּ֤י נִגַּשׁ֙ הָעָ֣ם הַזֶּ֔ה בְּפִ֤יו וּבִשְׂפָתָיו֙ כִּבְּד֔וּנִי וְלִבּ֖וֹ רִחַ֣ק מִמֶּ֑נִּי וַתְּהִ֤י יִרְאָתָם֙ אֹתִ֔י מִצְוַ֥ת אֲנָשִׁ֖ים ...
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What is the meaning of the word “mabul”?

Throughout parhsat Noach, I see a combination of the words מבול and מים. I see Rashi's explanation of the word origin of מבול on Breishit 6:17 and he explains the origin from a word that means "...
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Source for the idea that “bris milah” is a “bris achvah”

Where else do we find, like the sifsei chachomim writes (Bereshit 45:4), that bris milah is a bris achvah - a covenant of brotherhood?
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Different phrasing in Mishpatim and Shofetim

We have just read in Mishpatim (Shemot 23:8): וְשֹׁ֖חַד לֹ֣א תִקָּ֑ח כִּ֤י הַשֹּׁ֨חַד֙ יְעַוֵּ֣ר פִּקְחִ֔ים וִֽיסַלֵּ֖ף דִּבְרֵ֥י צַדִּיקִֽים׃ And thou shalt take no gift; for a gift blindeth ...
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Difference of term to mean “remembrance”

In Vayikra (Lev. 24:7) , the term אזכרה is used. It seems to mean "remembrance" (gleaning that from Rash"i's translation.) However, another word used to mean remembrance is זכרון . I ran a word ...
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Why didn't the Israelites fight against being enslaved?

In Parashat Shemot, the pasuk says וַיֹּאמֶר, אֶל-עַמּוֹ: הִנֵּה, עַם בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל--רַב וְעָצוּם, מִמֶּנּוּ Pharaoh was, for whatever reason, worried that the Israelites had become more ...
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Why is the Torah not written in chronological order?

Many parts of the Torah skip ahead or revert back several chapters or verses thereby rendering it NOT written in chronological order. What is the reason for this?
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What is תרומת הדשן?

Between mincha and ma'ariv a few days ago, the shul rav discussed the beginning of this week's parsha, parshat Tzav. He mentioned that the Cohen takes the ashes and places it on the side of the altar. ...
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Leah's marriage: why not normally?

Yaakov had to marry Leah by surprise/error. But why? Why not making such that he wanted to marry both Leah and Rachel, and everything nice? An answer given somewhere(?), is because Leah represents ...
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Why are consumables eg “oil for lighting” mentioned in Shmos 25 (6) as needed for the construction of the mishkan?

Shmos 25 (6) lists amongst the materials needed for the mishkan "oil for lighting, spices for the anointing oil and for the incense" which seem to be consumables and not for the building of the ...
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Select Ohr HaChaim list?

In yeshiva, guys who learned Ramban al HaTorah used to use this list that contained the "must-see" Ramban's on that week's parsha. Is there an equivalent list of Ohr HaChaim's?
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Why did Yakov ask for a favor from Yosef instead of commanding him?

Gen 47, 29: "וַיִּקְרְבוּ יְמֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל לָמוּת וַיִּקְרָא לִבְנוֹ לְיוֹסֵף וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ אִם־נָא מָצָאתִי חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ שִׂים־נָא יָדְךָ תַּחַת יְרֵכִי וְעָשִׂיתָ עִמָּדִי חֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת ...
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Why wasn't Adam Harishon given the Torah?

If Adom Harishon was the purpose of the entire creation, why didn't Hashem give him the Torah? We know that Hashem used the Torah as the blueprint for creation, so it seems strange it was not given ...
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What is the problem with dogs?

Deuteronomy 23:19: לֹא תָבִיא אֶתְנַן זוֹנָה וּמְחִיר כֶּלֶב בֵּית יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לְכָל נֶדֶר כִּי תוֹעֲבַת יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ גַּם שְׁנֵיהֶם Why does the Torah have a problem with using the ...
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Why would Yosef interpret the baker's dream for bad?

The Gemara in Brachos 56 brings various accounts about dreams and makes mention that a dream is based on the interpretation. Why would Yosef interpret the baker's dream for bad? Was his ...
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What's the need for Avraham to become nation

Bereshit 12 (verse 2-3) reads: "I will make of thee a great nation, I will bless thee and make thy name great; be thou a blessing. I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I ...
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The purpose of the detailed counting of Benei Yisrael in the Torah

We know that all letter in the Torah has a purpose. A lot of laws are learned from a little thing in the Torah, etc. What is the purpose of all the details in the counting of Benei Yisrael in ...
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Why did only Nadav and Avihu and not their brothers go up with the 70 elders?

In Shemos 24:1, God tells Moshe to go up to Him with Aharon, Nadav, Avihu and the 70 elders. They do, and they catch a glimpse of God from afar. It seems strange that of the 4 sons of Aharon, only ...
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Explain Rashi / Mechilta on Shemot 24:3

In Shemot 24:3, regarding the term mishpatim, 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 beginning of ...
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Inconsistency in describing the tribes in Bemidbar 34:19-28

In naming the heads of the tribes in parshat Mas'ei, there is an inconsistency when naming the heads of the tribes of Yehuda and Binyamin. The word bnai ("sons of") is not mentioned before the name of ...
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Why did G-d promise the former slaves to continue cultivating slavery?

This question is a different aspect of the previous question "why-parshas-mishpatim-begin-with-laws-of-slaves". A man that is discharged from a prison promises to never get back. A nation that was ...
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Why is a Jewish slave called an Eved Ivri and not Eved Israeli? [closed]

Why throughout Judaism (starting from Parashat Mishpotim - Shemos 21:2 a Jewish slave is called Eved Ivri כִּי תִקְנֶה עֶבֶד עִבְרִי? Why does it not call him an Eved Yisroeli, instead? The last ...