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Source for a quotation from a Rabbi (or Jewish story)

My apologies if this question isn't within the typical scope of this site. I'm trying to locate the source of a quotation I saved long ago, it was from I believe an academic text collecting various ...
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Source for quote about the cost of bread in the times before Moshiach?

Does anyone know where it says that in the times before moshiach, it will cost a barrel of money to buy a loaf of bread? I remember hearing that, but can't find the source. The reason I ask that is ...
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'Just because I think doesn't mean I know how to think'- Rambam quote?

A few years ago I heard Rabbi Joseph Dweck give a lecture on Kabalah and he mentioned this quotation attributed to Rambam: "Just because I think doesn't mean I know how to think." But I ...
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Which rabbi said "if a horse had the mind of Kant ..."?

I recall hearing in yeshiva that one great rabbi -- I think one of the baalei mussar? once said: If a horse had the mind of Kant, it would author volume after volume of great philosphical works -- ...
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If don't aspire to be a general cannot be a simple soldier

I believe I read this saying (originally said by Napoleon) by one of the Gedolim (Torah leaders) with respect to one's religious service. Could be it was the Chafetz Chaim. Looking for a source. The ...
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Do you have the source for the quote about not trusting liars

Does anyone remember a quote about how once someone is a confirmed liar nothing they say or said can be trusted and should be questioned? I cannot find the exact words.
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Nothing stands in the way of desire

I saw on page 15 of this pdf the following statement quoted in the name of the Chida: "אין דבר העומד בפני הרצון, Nothing stands in the way of desire." Does anyone know where the source for ...
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Did Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson say that the souls of non-Jews are from the Satan?

According to the book "Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel" by Israel Shahak the Lubavitcher Rebbe allegedly said in the 1965 book "Gatherings of Conversations" (Probably mean "...
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Seeking the source for a Baal Shem Tov quote

“Let me fall if I must fall. The one I am becoming will catch me.” I often see this quote online, but I can't find the original source. I want to know if the Baal Shem Tov actually said this and in ...
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What did the Or Sameach do for Rabbi Yaakov Ruderman?

I have heard that Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman of Ner Israel quoted Rabbi Meir Simcha (the Or Sameach or Meshech Chochma) in almost every, or possibly even in every, Torah address to the school. I ...
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Source for Chasam Sofer quote about Zohar

What is the source for the Chasam Sofer having said (regarding the Zohar), "If we could sift the book and keep only what R’ Shimon Bar Yochai wrote, it would be a very very thin book. You would only ...
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Source for Rabbi Meir Shapira's statement about Daf Yomi

In numerous locations in print and online, the following idea is told over in the name of Rabbi Meir Shapira, the founder of the Daf Yomi learning program. The quote is almost identical in every place ...
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Misquotes from Rebbi Nachman?

I cannot find two famous saying attributed to Rebbi Nachman of Breslov. The whole world is a very narrow bridge... It is a great mitzvah to be happy constantly Instead I have found A man must ...
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What is "okinta"?

A friend of mine, a professional translator and interpreter, was stymied in her work by a word that some rabbis keep using when quoting Talmud, baraitot, Rambam, even Rav Kook. To her ear (she is a ...
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Source for "the land of Israel makes its inhabitants wise"

I would like to know the source of the quotation: "Eretz yisrael m'chakim es yoshvehah"? My translation: The land of Israel makes its inhabitants wise.
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Where do we learn that students are like offspring?

Is there a quote in the Talmud that says something like "anyone who teaches a child Torah is like he is his parent?"
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Looking for the source of a saying on "redemption being like a candle in the daylight"

I'm looking for the source for the saying that goes something like: "celebrating the first redemption in the yemos hamoshiach will be like lighting a candle in the daylight".
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Idiomatic Serenity Pledge?

There's something called the Serenity Prayer, which is a clever "prayer" often used at addiction support groups, such as AA. I did a little Googling, and it turns out that it may have been composed ...
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Does anything in the Tanakh resemble the quote "Each shall seek his own kind"?

I just watched "Fiddler on the Roof" and noticed Tevye said the following: Who says he isn't? It's just that he's a different kind of man. As the Good Book says, "Each shall seek his own kind." In ...
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Source of "God could not be everywhere, so He created mothers"?

A popular line, usually attributed to the Talmud, is "God could not be everywhere at the same time, so He created mothers." I could not find it anywhere in Jewish sources. Besides, God is Ha-Makom --...
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Which rabbinic or mishnaic source is quoted as having stated that men are to be married at nineteen and fathers at twenty-four?

I've seen someone quote a certain Jewish text here and there in my readings on the internet where it says something along the likes of, 'eight for the Torah, thirteen for the study, nineteen for ...
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Maharam Discussing the Rosh

Is there a list of teshuvot (or other documents) in which the Maharam discusses his student the Rosh?
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Is this really in the Talmud?

I've seen this before on anti-semetic sites - is it really in the Talmud? Extracts from the Jewish text the Talmud "Just the Jews are humans, the non-Jews are no humans, but cattle" ...
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Who says the wicked are full of remorse? Help tracking down a supposed statement of Chazal

One section of the Tanya is called Likutei Amarim. Chapter 11 of this section contains the statement “Concerning such a person, the Rabbis of blessed memory have said, “The wicked are full of remorse.”...
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Quotation in the name of a student

The Bavli often says "אמר פלוני אמר פלוני" ("So-and-so said that So-and-so said…") or "אמר פלוני משמיה דפלוני" ("So-and-so said in the name of So-and-so…") or "כי אתא פלוני אמר פלוני" ("When So-and-so ...
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How should I understand Rabbeinu Bachya on Numbers 25:13?

ויכפר על בני ישראל, “he obtained atonement for the Children of Israel.” This verse teaches that he who spills the blood of the wicked is considered as if he had offered a sacrifice. The idea is ...
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Who first said "You're being machmir on pikuach nefesh"?

I've been hearing the phrase "This is not being meikil1 on Shabbos, this is being machmir2 on pikuach nefesh3" for a long time. I've heard it quoted from R' Chaim, from the Gra, and from various and ...
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Why do we say "You should live till 120"?

Prior to the Mabul people lived for hundreds of years. After the Mabul lifespans shortened although we see that the Avos lived in the 180 year range. In the Pasuk in Tehilim we say Yemei Shenoseinu ...
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Source for Expression: "There is No Prophet For His Own Town"

There is an expression: אין נביא לעירו which apparently refers to the lack of control or respect wielded by local authorities over their own populace. The earliest source I know for this is the ...
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Rebbe Nachman - quote on the power of dancing and clapping

I seem to remember reading somewhere in Chayei Moharan where Rebbe Nachman of Breslov said: "Had I known the power of dancing and clapping, I would not have fasted so much in my youth." Does ...
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looking for quote from tanach about good character [closed]

What is a pasuk from tanach that can be used to describe a person being intelligent and/or possessing positive character traits?
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If I knew Him I would be Him

Anyone know the source of the phrase "If I knew Him I would be Him," and its meaning? (heard it a few times though don't recall where. rumors abound that the rambam said this though have never seen a ...
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Quotes on Ahavas Yisroeil [closed]

I am looking for good quotes about Ahavas Yisroeil because of a story I am writing. Can anyone provide some nice sayings from Jewish sources?
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Pomegranate = 613 seeds?

Has anyone ever counted the seeds of a pomegranate? Is it true that each pomegranate has 613 seeds?
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the difference between the wise and the clever

Someone, years ago, told me the difference between the chacham (wise) and the pikeach (clever) men; the chacham does not enter, where a pikeach knows how to escape from. (החכם לא נכנס, משם פיקח יודע ...
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Origin of a Jewish quote about fools

There is a quote about fools that I have heard, which is attributed to the Talmud. It goes as follows, "Never tell a fool he is a fool. All you'll have is an angry fool." I know that there are a ...
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Praise for abstract thinking

Where in the Jewish scriptures and law can praise for abstract thinking be found? Presumably this has something to do with why so many Nobel prize winners are Jewish. Thanks.
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Gematria 515 avodat halev

I read this article: 'ABOUT AND BY THE COMMENTATORS: Why do we Eat Matza on Pesach?' written by Rabbi Amnon Bazak, in which he wrote: Avudraham gives many examples of gematria, the numerical value ...
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What did the lubvitcher rebbe mean?

On chof cheis Nissan 5751 the Chabad Rebbe said in a public address "I did all I can to bring moshiach now I leave it up to you" What does this mean that he did everything he could? What do we still ...
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Why say Hashem wrote the torah? [closed]

Why do people say Hashem wrote the torah, shouldn't it be He created it, made it, edited it, etc?
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Reb Yoel's opinion on Torah of Baal Shem Tov

In the answer here, an opinion that 'the Torah of the Baal Shem Tov is forgotten' is attributed to Reb Yoel of Satmar. Is there an actual source for these words being said by him? Is there any ...
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Bons-mots of R' Yoel Teitelbaum

I've heard many Judaism-related witticisms attributed to the Satmar Rebbe over the years, often without sources. This has led me to wonder whether a compendium, preferably sourced, of R' Yoel ...
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How can one give HaShem "Naḥat Ruaḥ"?

At the end of מוסף לשבת in דרכי אבות השלם (p. 375), a quotation is written in the name of רבי יהודה: אמר רבי יהודה: אשרי מי שעמלו בתורה ועושה נחת רוח ליוצרו Rabbi Yoḥanan makes a similar statement ...
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"Naḥat Ruaḥ LeYoẓro" source

At the end of מוסף לשבת in דרכי אבות השלם (p. 375), a quotation is written in the name of רבי יהודה: אמר רבי יהודה: אשרי מי שעמלו בתורה ועושה נחת רוח ליוצרו Can anyone help me find the exact ...
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The words מעשה אבות סימן לבנים

Where do the words מעשה אבות סימן לבנים come from?
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the King is in the Field

What is the source of the expression that during the month of Elul the King is in the field? I have seen this on many occasions but could not find any source.
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Temple Mount and Tefillah

On Aish.com, I saw the following: הר הבית הוא שער השמים - The Temple Mount is the gateway to heaven. כל תפילה עולה דרך מקום זה - All prayers ascend from this spot. Does anyone know where this line ...
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Which Rabbi claimed he was metaphorically born at the top of a mountain?

I once heard that a rebbe claimed that his great levels were compared to a child born at the top of a mountain. Does anyone know where this is recorded?
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Quote from Chazal

I read in Real Power on page 47, the following: “If you are not going upward then you are automatically falling downward.” —Chazal Does anyone know if this is a Gemara or Medrash etc.?
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Where does the Taz say that beer gives us life?

There is a Taz on the topic of yoshon (old grain) that says something to the effect of: כי עיקר חיינו תלוי בשכר While it's an awesome quote out of context, the basic pretense is that since the ...