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Does Satan have 12 wings?

Someone told me that according to Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer, Satan has 12 wings. Is it true? The tanakh doesn't say anything about Satan's look then where does it come from?
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Why does HaShem say, “I rebuke you Satan” in Zech 3:1-2.?

If Satan is obedient to G-d and works under his authority, why did HaShem reprimand him in Zechariah 3:1-2?
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Does anyone say the Satan is Midas HaDin

Rashi to Shabbos 89a defines what the Satan is: בא השטן - הוא יצר הרע המחטיא את האדם הוא העולה ומסטין Came the Satan - He is the evil inclination, which inspires man to sin. He's the one who ...
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Was Iyov rewarded for passing his first test?

In Iyov chapter 1 Satan proposes to God to test Iyov's fidelity to God by striking Iyov's possessions. God agrees and Iyov loses essentially everything. At the end of chapter 1 and again in chapter 2 ...
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Why is Satan described as dancing?

In the Gemara, Satan is frequently described as "dancing". (Examples being Berachot 33a, Megillah 11b, and Pesachim 112b.) Why is this so?
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God talking to Satan in the Book of Job,how did they know?

Job chapter 1 vers 6 - 12 Talks about God and Satan having a conversation.Where does that story come from? Job does not know what is going on and I have never heard anyone talk about it. Is it a ...
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What are the parameters of 'Don't open [your] mouth to Satan'?

There is a principle of al tiftach peh l'satan (Ketubot 8b, Berakhot 19a). I would like to know if this concept is specifically limited to speech. Would writing, signing, or some other form of (non-...
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What is 'Maaseh Satan'?

I have often been told that the approach of Satmar to the establishment of the state of Israel is that it is Maaseh Satan, some sort of act of the Satan to trick the entire Jewish nation into sinning. ...
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Satan meaning Tempter?

I found a great story online from which I would like to quote a part: The word satan in the Bible seems to mean merely “opponent”. For instance, the angel who obstructs Bilaam’s progress is ...
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Is it a mainstream view that Satan is an angel testing us for Hashem so that He can reward us in Olam Haba?

An American Rabbi claims that Satan is an angel and he is not evil. That Satan is testing us and that is good, so that Hashem can give us a good reward in Olam Haba. Is this a majority view in Judaism?...
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How do you avoid 'al tiftah peh l'satan'?

There is a principle of al tiftach peh l'satan (Ketubot 8b) - literally "don't open your mouth to the Satan". How can concern for this principle be avoided when discussing possible bad future ...
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Sforno on the Nachash

The Sforno on Bereishis 3:1 explains that the Nachash, snake, is not an actual snake but is rather the Satan/Yetzer Harah. With that in mind, what does the Sforno do with the curse Hashem gives the ...
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Does satan know our thoughts

Does the satan know what crosses our minds and thus whisper to us what is in accordance with our thoughts to instigate us in harboring negative thoughts and committing sins? Was also asked on Islam....
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What's the ultimate fate of Satan?

Since Jews don't believe in hell for unbelievers, what will happen to Satan? Will he be punished for eternity?
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Do any Jewish sources mention Satan talking to a Jew?

Do any Jewish sources mention Satan talking to a Jew? If so, how did the things that were said affect ancient Jewish life?
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What does “to confuse the Satan” mean and why does it work?

There are several things we don't do in order "to confuse the Satan", like not blowing Shofar on Erev Rosh Hashana. How does it help? Does Satan not realize that Rosh Hashana didn't pass yet? He ...
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Do religious Jews generally believe the serpent of Garden of Eden was Satan?

Upon reading the recent CNN article, That Actually Isn't In The Bible, one not-really-in-the-Bible misconception they cite is the idea that serpent in the Garden of Eden was the Satan. The article ...
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What is the Yetzer Harah?

What is the meaning of the "Yetzer Harah" - יצר הרע? How does it compare to the סטן?