Questions tagged [sources-mekorot]

Questions seeking sources for a given practice in general or in specific Jewish communities, alternatively seeking the location of a specific source of a teaching/idea/philosophy based on Torah writings.

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Makkas Dam throughout the whole world?

Someone told me in the name of a Talmid Chacham that Makkas Dam was not just in Mitzrayim, but was throughout the whole world, similar to the water splitting everywhere in the world. However, I looked ...
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Source for Baal Shem Tov's advice to parents with troubled teen - “Love him more”

The story is related about a father whose son was becoming increasingly disinterested with Yiddishkeit and moving ever closer to going off the derech. He went to seek the advice of the Baal Shem Tov, ...
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Where are resources about counting Omer Year round?

My rabbi mentioned there's a custom to count the omer year round. The idea is to travel through all the sefirot for 7 sets of 50 days. I'm looking for shiurim, texts, etc. that teach on this practice. ...
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Source for the statement that there's a message in everything a Jew sees or hears?

I heard or read once that, according to Hasidic masters, there was a message one should learn from in everything a Jew sees or hears in a given day. I often think of it when faced with unusual ...
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Which part of Hebrew or textual grammar tells the reader to add to the verb in question the word “habitually”?

Which part of Hebrew or textual grammar tells the reader to add to the verb in question the word "habitually"? For example, Exodus 21:36 (Parashat Bo), Chabad translates the verb in question ...
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Origin of Lag Biomer bonfire [duplicate]

Where and when did the minhag of lighting a bonfire on Lag Biomer originate? What are the earliest sources about it? (For that matter, do any written sources mention a bonfire at all?)
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Super-commentary and or index

Many times, a given seffer has a commentary and or index written on it, but due to lack of knowledge about it or lack of accessibility, the commentary/index remains largely unknown. This question ...
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Limitations to being dan l'kaf zechut

Are there any sources (if any) for there being limitations to being dan lkaf zechut? When is one required to do so, and when is one exempt?
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Are the punishments for embarrassing someone only for public embarrassment, or does this also apply to one who shames another chronically in private?

Are the punishments for embarrassing someone only for public embarrassment, or does this also apply to one who shames another chronically in private? All of the meforshim I've seen (like the Rambam) ...
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Is there a source that says that anyone who embarrases or hurts someone verbally loses their mitzvos?

Is there a source that says that anyone who embarrases or hurts someone verbally loses their mitzvos to the person they hurt, as well as taking the aveiros of the person they hurt? Always heard this, ...
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Source of Ramban's opinion regarding the Shekinah

Where did the Ramban express his view that the Shekinah was God? I came across this here. In the footnotes it states that he expressed this view in his commentary on Genesis 46:1, but upon ...
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Source for Yirmiyahu abolishing the counting of Nisan

The following is found in Sefer HaIkarrim: ומה ששמעו ישראל לירמיה לבטל מנין החדשים מניסן כמו שאמרנו, אפשר שעשו כן משום דאשכוח קרא ודרוש The reason the Israelites obeyed Jeremiah and abolished ...
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Looking for rabbinic exponents of cataphatic theology

Shalom. It is well-known that the Rambam and the Kabbalists espouse an ‘apophatic’ understanding of G-d, in which Hashem is understood negatively, as not-this and not-that. Could someone point me to ...
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Is there a source for Pidyon Haben seuda equivalent to 84 fasts?

In this answer, @Motel quotes an oft-quoted idea that partaking of a seudas Pidyon Haben is equivalent to fasting for 84 days. This is fabled to be alluded to in the words 'פדיום' (Bamidbar 3:49), ...
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Are there proofs to Torah Shebeal Peh from Torah Shebechtav?

Are there any proofs or hints to the oral Torah from the written Torah?
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Why kiss the Kotel?

Is there any particular reason for kissing the Western Wall and are there any traditional sources that mention kissing the wall? I ask because someone I know said that the reason for kissing the wall ...
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What are things or actions which cause poverty?

The Gemara in Chullin 105b says that leaving bread crumbs can increase a person’s vulnerability to poverty. Also, The Gemara in Pesachim 111b says that bran(parei) in the house causes poverty and ...
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Did Isaiah deserve to be killed?

In Yevamot 49b the Sefaria translation adds the following words: He was punished for referring to the Jewish people in a derogatory manner. (As far as I can see, this isn't mentioned in the original ...
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When is the word *LEV* לב first mentioned in the Torah?

I was not able to find this information anywhere, so am positing the question here. Thank you in advance.
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What are the sources for עין הרע?

What are the sources for עין הרע? Where does it say practical advice for when you feel you might be effected by עין הרע and you want to take action?
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Maamar Mordechai in Mishna Berurah

Who is the author of the Maamar Mordechai quoted often in the Mishna Berurah. There are quite a number of sefarim on HebrewBooks with that title and the old prints make it hard to scan through them to ...
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What may I reference to learn Tanach chapters by topic?

What may I refer to to learn where to locate verses or sections in the Tanach by topic? Preferably one of our own sources rather than a Christian one because the interpretations of the Tanach need to ...
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Is Magog associated with Germany?

Bereshit 10:2 reads: בְּנֵ֣י יֶ֔פֶת גֹּ֣מֶר וּמָג֔וֹג וּמָדַ֖י וְיָוָ֣ן וְתֻבָ֑ל וּמֶ֖שֶׁךְ וְתִירָֽס׃ Targum Jonathan to this verse reads: בְּנוֹי דְיֶפֶת גוֹמֶר וּמָגוֹג וּמָדַי וְיָוָן וְתוּבָל ...
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A question on reciting the Veshamru

The Torah says: וְשָׁמְר֥וּ בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל אֶת־הַשַּׁבָּ֑ת לַעֲשׂ֧וֹת אֶת־הַשַּׁבָּ֛ת לְדֹרֹתָ֖ם בְּרִ֥ית עוֹלָֽם׃ בֵּינִ֗י וּבֵין֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל א֥וֹת הִ֖וא לְעֹלָ֑ם כִּי־שֵׁ֣שֶׁת יָמִ֗ים ...
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Where can one find the midrash Tadsha?

I saw something intresting brought from the midrash tadsha. I want to know where can I find this midrash. Online sources or/and where to buy online would be appreciated.
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Source Merit of the person who does the burying of spouse

I can’t recall where I saw it, but I somewhat remember is that there is some merit if the husband buries the wife or vice versa. Does anyone know the source for it?
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Source for statement of the Rabbis to abolish Shabbat?

In Sefer HaIkkarim the following quote appears: וזהו שאמרו שהנביא האומר לעבוד עבודה זרה אפילו לשעה אין שומעין לו. אבל אם יאמר שנחלל שבת או שנעבור על אחת מן המצות בהוראת שעה או בענין שלא יהרוס שרשי ...
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Rabbi Abraham of Viterbo challenged Maimonides?

Apparently Rabbi Abraham of Viterbo in the third essay of Sefer Emunat Chachamim challenged Maimonides regarding his claim that the Torah cannot be changed. Could someone post an excerpt of what he ...
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Alternative version of Tower of Babel story

When I was a kid I was told a different version of the Tower of Babel story from the one in Genesis. I haven't found a source for it and I was wondering where it might have come from. In this version, ...
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Where in Vayyikra Rabbah is this mentioned?

In Sefer HaIkkarim, the follwoing quote appears: Similarly the expression, “a statute forever,” is used in relation to the feasts of Passover and Tabernacles, and yet our Rabbis say in “Vayyikra ...
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Inviting deceased relatives to a wedding

Can anybody send me the source for the custom of inviting deceased relatives (particularly grandparents) to a wedding. I understand that Netai Gavriel discusses the issue but I have no access to that ...
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Where is the source for the Ezrat Nashim and Ezrat Israel in the Temple?

Sorry for my ignorance, all sources I know speak of the de-facto existence of the two Azarot in the Temple and their measures. I would like to understand whether those parts are an intrinsic part of ...
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Is there a scriptural prohibition of establishing more than one Temple?

I'm aware of the fact that traditionally, there was one Mishkan and, derivatively, one Temple. I completely understand the logic of it - one nation, one God, one Temple. On the other hand, there are ...
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Chasam Sofer on Sefiras HaOmer

I heard a mind-blowing idea a couple of years back in the name of the Chasam Sofer, and I would really love to know the source.... It says in Vayikra 23:15 - וּסְפַרְתֶּ֤ם לָכֶם֙ מִמָּחֳרַ֣ת ...
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Source for Vilna Gaon's gematriah about 'חצי לה and חצי לכם

I remembering hearing a p'shat in the name of the Gra about Yom Tov, that I would really love to know the source for. I am not normally one for Gematriyos but the genius of the Vilna Gaon is quite ...
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Source for “There is no evil without good”

Who knows the source for the following saying please? "There is no evil without good." I have seen Bereshit Rabbah cited without a page number.
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Ba'al HaTanya on Echad Mi Yodeya

I heard from a Rav in a shiur that he saw written somewhere in the name of the Ba'al HaTanya an explanation for the song Echad Mi Yodeya at the end of the Haggadah. It seems a little incongruous to ...
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Kotzker Rebbe on two yetzer haras: One before you and one after you

I heard recently a devar Torah where the Rav quoted the Kotzker Rebbe as saying a phrase in Yiddish (which I don't remember/didn't understand), something of the likes of: "it's late, but never ...
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Reference for alleged quote in Avot D'Rabbi Natan

Yohanan ben Zakkai allegedly said the following: “If you are holding a sapling in your hand and someone tells you, 'Come quickly, the Messiah is here!', first finish planting the tree and then go to ...
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What's the source for the מעשה בר' אליעזר… שהיו מסובין of the הגדה?

I'm making a דרשה related to פסח and I want to look up the source of מעשה בר' אליעזר, I don't know where it's located, is it in גמרא, does it even have a source besides of the הגדה? מעשה בר' אליעזר ...
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Locating a citation from Scholem: Midrash on tzimtzum

In his chapter on Lurianic Kabbalah in Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, Scholem refers to a Midrashic source that Luria creatively re-reads to ground the mystical concept of tzimtzum. The ...
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Paying a Rov as part of mechiras chametz

I remember hearing not so long ago, that there is a minhag to give the Rov who is doing the mechiras chametz for you some money, partially as a way of being makir tov (showing your gratitude) for all ...
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Source of this quote by Hillel?

The following quote appeared in a book I was reading: “May I be punished, if my decision was not communicated to me by Shemaiah and Abtalion!” At once, his opinion was accepted. The author ...
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We dip karpas because of aristocracy

Chazal say that the reason we dip the karpas at the seder is so the children will ask (Pesachim 114b). Meaning, it will spark their curiosity and they will then end up asking other questions about the ...
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Haftarat Shabbat HaGadol

Current Ashkenazi (and I believe Sephardi) practice is to read a special haftarah (Malachi 3:4-24) on the shabbat before pesach. What are the origins of this practice? Where do we first see it ...
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Relevance of the cosmos [duplicate]

I'll have to look up the source, but I've heard R' Nasan Maimon quote a story of the Baal Shem Tov following a leaf blowing down the road and describing to one of his chassidim what the precise ...
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Source for Impurity of an Uncovered Shabbos Table

The Aruch Hashulchan OC (262:2) writes all the tables in one's home should be covered for Shabbos, and not doing so is a tremendous degradation to Shabbos: כל השלחנות שבבית יהיו מוצעים במפות והמפות ...
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Idol hidden in the Kaaba?

Which rabbi(s) wrote that there were idols hidden inside the Kaaba (Muslim direction of prayer), thus making Islam Avodah Zarah? (Whether the rabbi(s) were mistaken or not is besides the point) I ...
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Is there any thing in judaism that says cook your food well at high temprature

Is there any thing in judaism that says cook your food well at high temprature
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Vilna gaon letter about zohar learning

B"H I heard from some that the vilna gaon wrote a letter saying that if one doesn't learn zohar he shouldn't poskin halacha. where can I look to find this letter? Blessings and success

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