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Questions pertaining to the Five Books of Moses (Chumash)

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Parshanut Theory/Intro Books

I am currently looking for a book that gives a thorough introduction into the Rishonim's and other Meforshim's understanding of the Chumash in their compilations and a guide to Parshanut and (Jewish) ...
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Lessons of the mann?

I think it is understood that the מן ("mann", manna) has a lot to teach us about Hashem's hashgacha (providence) over us and how he sustains us with parnassah. The Torah even prescribes (...
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Steinsaltz Chumash for targum of shnayim mikra

The Steinsaltz Chumash's English translation has commentary and explanation placed between the words of the pesukim. This added text can take the form of its own clause or sentences, or it can ...
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Parsha Vayigash - difference between shepherds and cattlemen

In this week's parsha , Yosef first tells his brothers that he will tell Pharaoh that his family are shepherds and cattlemen. Then he tells them when Pharaoh asks them what their occupation is , they ...
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Yosef's dreams and time

I had an interesting idea, and I wondered if anyone knows of sources that use it. Yosef deals with three sets of dreams: his own, the dreams of the butler and baker, and the dreams of Pharaoh. In the ...
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Yitzchak Avinu telling Esav what happened

My son-in-law asked me an interesting question: Yaakov left with the blessings, and Esav came in. Yitzchak tells his son that he can't bless him because (https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.27.35?lang=bi&...
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Why were the shevatim named by their mothers, not Yaakov

Yitzchok and Yishmael were named by Avraham. Yaakov and Eisav were seemingly named by Yitzchok. Yet all of the Shevatim were named by their mothers, based on their situation at the time, without any ...
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When did Noah enter the ark?

Did Noah enter the ark 7 days before the flood or on the day of that the flood began? וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהֹוָה֙ לְנֹ֔חַ בֹּֽא־אַתָּ֥ה וְכׇל־בֵּיתְךָ֖ אֶל־הַתֵּבָ֑ה כִּֽי־אֹתְךָ֥ רָאִ֛יתִי צַדִּ֥יק לְפָנַ֖י ...
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What kind of quarrel is described in Exodus 21:18

וְכִי־יְרִיבֻן אֲנָשִׁים וְהִכָּה־אִישׁ אֶת־רֵעֵהוּ בְּאֶבֶן אוֹ בְאֶגְרֹף וְלֹא יָמוּת וְנָפַל לְמִשְׁכָּב׃ When men quarrel and one strikes the other with stone or fist, and he does not die but has ...
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Why was Sara put in a box?

Rashi in Bereishis 12:14 says; ויהי כבוא אברם מצרימה. הָיָה לוֹ לוֹמַר כְּבוֹאָם מִצְרַיְמָה? אֶלָּא לִמֵּד שֶׁהִטְמִין אוֹתָהּ בְּתֵבָה, וְעַל יְדֵי שֶׁתָּבְעוּ אֶת הַמֶּכֶס פָּתְחוּ וְרָאוּ אוֹתָהּ:...
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How did Bisya/Basya know that tevilah is part of conversion?

In Shemos 2:5, we read the daughter of Pharaoh came down "לִרְחֹץ עַל הַיְאֹר" "To dip into the Nile". The Gemara in Sotah 12b says it means she came to convert. How did she know ...
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Ibn Ezra and R. Joseph Bonfils And different opinions on Judaism [closed]

Can I agree with them that some passages were not written by Moses and that in some parts there were updates to the type text in Gen 14:14 that is considered a sin in Judaism? I can agree with rabbis ...
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Who can create the Chumash story? [duplicate]

Many times is Torah, Chazal (Gemoro/Medrash etc) explain the happenings according to their understanding of the pessukim etc. And nonetheless many later commentaries (Rishonim and Acharonim all the ...
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Understanding the Borders of Israel

Hashem says to Avraham in Bereshit 15:18: בַּיּ֣וֹם הַה֗וּא כָּרַ֧ת יְהֹוָ֛ה אֶת־אַבְרָ֖ם בְּרִ֣ית לֵאמֹ֑ר לְזַרְעֲךָ֗ נָתַ֙תִּי֙ אֶת־הָאָ֣רֶץ הַזֹּ֔את מִנְּהַ֣ר מִצְרַ֔יִם עַד־הַנָּהָ֥ר הַגָּדֹ֖ל ...
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A few Questions about Machir ben Menashe and Gilad

A few questions in regards to the Bnei Machir ben Menashe; In Numbers 32:39-40 וַיֵּ֨לְכ֜וּ בְּנֵ֨י מָכִ֧יר בֶּן־מְנַשֶּׁ֛ה גִּלְעָ֖דָה וַֽיִּלְכְּדֻ֑הָ וַיּ֖וֹרֶשׁ אֶת־הָאֱמֹרִ֥י אֲשֶׁר־בָּֽהּ׃ The ...
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English Names of the Five Chumashim

The Hebrew names of the Chumashim are usually referred to as בראשית שמות ויקרא etc. but the English names do not correlate with these names literally. The English names are Exodus, Numbers etc not ...
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Why is Israel called "the smallest of peoples"?

The passuk reads: לֹ֣א מֵֽרֻבְּכֶ֞ם מִכׇּל־הָֽעַמִּ֗ים חָשַׁ֧ק יְהֹוָ֛ה בָּכֶ֖ם וַיִּבְחַ֣ר בָּכֶ֑ם כִּֽי־אַתֶּ֥ם הַמְעַ֖ט מִכׇּל־הָעַמִּֽים׃ It is not because you are the most numerous of peoples ...
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Source for dividing the ten commandments into Ben Adam Lamakom and Ben Adam Lechavero

This is something that I have heard and been taught many times, but I can't find it sourced anywhere. I do see this concept quoted often in various articles (via Google searches). The question on this ...
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Melacha explicitly in the Chumash

How many, and which, melachot of shabbos are explicitly mentioned in the Chumash? For example, I know the Chumash mentions not making a fire; is this the only example of such or are there more which ...
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Do the words "Omer" (as in counting the Omer) and "Amar" (to speak or to say) have a connection to each other?

Do the words "Omer" (as in counting the Omer, starts with Ayin) and "Amar" (to speak or to say, starts with Alef) have a connection to each other? If so, what were the ...
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Death of Nadav & Avihu/ Human Sacrifice?

According to Rashi the death of Nadav and Avihu was (as earlier to to Moshe by G-D) in order to sanctify the Mishkan. So in a sense the sanctification of the Mishkan (i.e. G-D's indwelling within it) ...
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Why is the word Kaeileh repeated often by the people in shul during the maftir leining on succos and pesach? [duplicate]

Why do people say Kaeilah loud in shul during the maftir leining on succos and pesach?
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How essential is it to accept the reliability of the text of the Torah?

(Related to Are Muslims fit to be Noahides?. ) The question came up there, are the Muslims heretical (in our view) because they reject our Torah as we currently have it? This is based on a gemara ...
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Why only was Yosef's bones transported from Egypt and not his intact whole body?

If we know a Tzaddiks body after death does not decompose, why does the Torah record that Moshe took Yosef's bones to Eretz Yisrael? Shouldn't it have said Moshe took Yosef's entire body to Eretz ...
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Exodus 20:3 -Deuteronomy 6:4 and 10:17 according to Targum Onkelos

Regarding the following passages of the Torah: "You shall have no other elohim besides Me" (Exodus 20: 3) “Hear, O Israel: HaShem is our Elohim; HaShem is one" (Deuteronomy 6: 4) "...
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Did Yakov ever find out the truth about the sale of Yosef?

Curious why the Torah never mentions anything about Yaakov inquiring as to what actually happened to Joseph and how he got to Egypt. Is there any scriptural basis to suggest he became aware of the ...
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Why is there no דגש in the כ״ף of הכזונה in פרשת וישלח לד:לא?

I know that the rule of ה״א התימה is that it usually takes a הֲ unless it precedes a שוא, such as here in הַכְזוֹנָה, where it then just takes a הַ and the following letter doesn't have a דגש in order ...
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Evidence that Yaakov did the right thing in fooling his father to get the brachos

I see a lot of questions on the topic, but maybe not one that is this specific. I'd like to know, when Yaakov Avinu (with Rivka his mother) went to fool Yitzchak and get the brachos, is there evidence ...
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Did Avraham know the visitors were angels?

Related (among others) When the three men walk past Avraham's tent, he runs out to bring them in and feeds them (expressions of Mid-Eastern hospitality). Does he know (think, guess?) at any point that ...
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Mikraos Gedolos Recommendation

Can anyone please suggest/recommend a pocket set of Mikraos Gedolos besides for the 48 book set Oz Vhadar one? I'm just looking for a pocket chumash with the basic meforshim. Thanks so much, ...
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What does this reference to Pirkei Avos mean in this letter of the Chazon Ish?

The Chazon Ish has a letter discussing shana rishona that is quoted in וידעת כי שלום אהלך by R Chayim Friedlander. In it,‎ the Chazon Ish encourages a husband in shana rishona to speak extensively to ...
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Was Gad Strong or weak?

In Vezos Habracha where Rashi says on Perek 33:18 that the last 5 tribes he doubled over, Moshe did this because these tribes were weak so he wanted to strengthen them. However Rashi later on, on ...
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What is the Ramban's question in this comment on עזר כנגדו?‎

לא טוב היות האדם לבדו – איננו נראה שנברא האדם להיות יחיד בעולם ולא יוליד שכל הנבראים זכר ונקבה מכל בשר נבראו להקים זרע וגם העשב והעץ זרעם בהם אבל יתכן לומר כי היה כדברי האומר (ברכות סא) דו פרצופים ...
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Is there a Tosofos on Chumash?

I heard from a Rosh yeshiva that there is a commentary from the Tosofos on Chumash that is not widely discussed. Wondering if anyone here is well versed in manuscripts and might be able to comment. ...
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Does a (printed) Tanach have more Kedusha than a (printed) Torah?

Does the amount of Kedusha that a sefer has add up, or is it capped? Is Tanach equal to Torah plus Nach, or is it limited to just Torah? My intention when I first posted this was for which one should ...
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Why are some commandments relayed via "Tzav" but not others?

In the chumash, there are approximately 10 places where a law is given to the Children of Israel and is preceded by Hashem's telling Moshe to command (tzav) the people, or certain people. An example ...
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What is the most-shared name in the Torah? In Tanach?

A previous question noted that there are three distinct individuals named Amihud mentioned in the Torah, and at least one more in Divrei Hayamim. When I noticed this phenomenon in the Torah, it made ...
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"They encamped at Rissah" Bamidbar 33:21

The verse 21 of chapter 33 in Sefer Bamidbar tells us the Bnei Israel encamped at Rissah. On this verse, the Baal Haturim comments: ויחנו ברסה: שנתרוססו שם How does it mean and what is he referring to?...
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Moses at fault for spies?

Looking to better understand if, per the sources, Moses was at fault for sending spies, especially as it relates to sending them on a seemingly military mission.
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Is the use of referring to a Torah prescription through the expression "Moses said / commanded" attested in Jewish tradition?

I am an Italian Noahide. I read in Jewish sources that the expression "Torah of Moses" is sometimes used. In the Christian Gospels, on the other hand, I have seen that in certain passages it is ...
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Is there a list of all of Abarbanel’s questions on the Torah?

I was wondering if anyone has this by itself compiled as a tool for learning the Parsha. I want to go over each question and look at the mefarshim.
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Why did Pharaoh let the Jews out if he thought they were leaving for 3 days in order to serve hashem when they were alreadys serving hashem there?

It is my understanding that Pharaoh truly believed that he was allowing the Jews out (even towards the very end) for a 3 day journey and the reason behind this journey was to go to Sinai in order that ...
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How is מְצַוְּךָ pronounced? [duplicate]

A simple question for the users here. I have just started learning how to read Hebrew to read the Scriptures so I am finding difficult words for me. I am confused about the וְּ in it. Thanks Andy
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What are the original twenty books of the Tanach

I was asked to identify the original 20 books of the Tanach as they appear in the Masoretic Text but everything I found listed 24 books. I understand that the collective name for the original books of ...
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Translating וידבר using BDB Lexicon and Gesenius' Grammar

Context I am practicing my biblical Hebrew by translating the weekly Parshah. As resources, I have the Brown-Driver-Briggs (BDB) Lexicon (coded with Strong's concordance numbers) and Gesenius' ...
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What is the difference between Vayomer and Vayomar?

In Chumash, sometimes it says vayomer, but other times it says vayomar. What is the difference? Don't they both just mean "he said"?
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Do any of the Rishonim or earlier commentators attempt to suggest what clothing the Ovos wore?

Midrash (Minor Pesikta, Ki Savo 41a) says the Bnei Yisroel didn't change their clothing in Mitzrayim. I presume (but correct me if I'm wrong), that this means they dressed like the Ovos did. My next ...
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Pesukim in Chumash where Rashi adds in extra words or switches order

I have been trying to remember examples in chumash where Rashi uses dikduk rules to significantly change the order of words or add words to a passuk so that it has another meaning. What are some ...
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Use of "please" in Torah

How many times is the word "please" used in the Torah? In the Akeida Hashem asks Abraham to "Please take your son" Are there any other places in the Torah where Hashem uses the word "please"?
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What is the exact formatting of the Chumash [duplicate]

I am looking for the rules for the exact formatting (the visual look) of the Chumash. I thought I was interested in the Torah Scroll, but it turns out that I'm actually looking for info on the Book ...

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