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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Can “round” refer to an ellipse, in the case that ratio of circumference to length is 3:1?

As quoted in Eruvin 14a, from Kings I 7:23, we know that Shlomo's pool was round, measuring 10 across and 30 around. There have been discussions about how the ratio of these (3:1) is only an ...
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Why is Succos in Tishrei and not in Nissan - less famous answers

There is a famous question of the Tur why Succos is in Tishrei and not in Nissan, when we actually left Mitzraim and received the Clouds of Glory. (You can find the Tur's answer here and here where it ...
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Name of Sisera's Mother

The mother of Sisera seems to take on a fairly large role [see Rosh Hashana (33b)] in understanding blowing the Shofar on Rosh Hashana, based on her crying for her son after his war against Klal ...
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Chazon Ish understanding of “Baruch”

A recorded shiur from a Rav reported that the Chazon Ish held the kavana of the word "baruch" is "to praise" Hashem. After searching throughout the writings of the Chazon Ish on ...
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Finding a Talmudic Passage: Pauper, Adulterer, Rich Man

I am currently reading Rabbi Shimon Huberband's Kiddush Hashem, which is constructed of passages that he authored in the Warsaw Ghetto. In his description of Rosh HaShanah 5700 (1939), he mentions ...
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Revelation Eliyahu Hanavi

Are there any seforim that give practical advice as to how one can reach the point to have giluy eliyahu hanavi? I've heard some before but I don't remember.
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Source for choosing your meal guests wisely

During a recorded shiur I heard recently, the Rav quoted a Chazal saying, "The ותיקי ירושלים wouldn't eat a meal with others unless they knew the other guests so that they wouldn't join in a meal ...
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Auspicious time for tefillah when the bride is led down the aisle

I heard many times that when the bride is led down the aisle, it is an auspicious for tefillah. Does anyone know of a source for this?
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Missing Rabbenu Tam [closed]

So I wear Rabbenu Tam tefillin daily (except Shabbos etc) but sometimes I don't due to extenuating circumstances. Is this a problem? Perhaps: Breaking a Neder (promise)? I believe I've said "Bli ...
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Religious origin of Yiddish expression

My father used to say "Nem di oygn in di hent," literally "Take your eyes in your hands." This was meant as a warning to be careful. I wonder if there is a religious source for ...
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Chasam Sofer on Parshas Bechukosai

I looked up the Chasam Sofer with the piece that is boxed and could not find it. Is there anyone who is well-versed in his writings that provide me with a link to his sefer?
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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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Did Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi learn the Angel of Death's personal name?

I recently heard that when Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi was in Paradise he learned the personal name of the Angel of Death/Satan. Can anyone provide a source for this claim? In Ketubot 77b it is written: &...
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The Medrash About Shlomo HaMelech's Daughter

The Medrash in Parsha Ki Sisa says the following story: Shlomo HaMelech had a beautiful and wise daughter. As she got older, he sought a husband for her. Astrologers advised the king that she was ...
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What exactly is “prohibited magic” in Judaism?

It appears that "magic" in most "modern" "western" civilizations is prohibited. But societies like those in China or Latin America or Africa have mentions of all kinds of ...
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Matanos La'evyonim to poor from your city

I saw quoted from Rav Elyashiv (אשרי האיש או"ח ח"ג פרק מ"ו אות י"ב), Rav Nevetzhal (מציון תצא תורה ח"א אות קל"א) and Rav Wosner (קובץ מבית לוי חי"ז עמ' ק"ט) ...
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Yosef & Dina switched in the womb - source for maintaining their initial gender characteristics & behaviours

We know famously that upon Leah becoming pregnant with her seventh child, she realized that if she were to give birth to a boy it would mean that out of the twelve tribes, she would have given birth ...
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Must seforim be printed with margins?

I have heard that there is a halacha that seforim must be printed with margins, so that scholars will be able to write notes on their learning. Is there any source for this? If this is not in fact ...
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12 Months of Hell for the Wicked

The Gemara (Shabbat 33b) states: מִשְׁפַּט רְשָׁעִים בְּגֵיהִנָּם שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר חֹדֶשׁ the judgment of the wicked in Gehenna lasts for twelve months. Is it only 12 months or longer and what happens ...
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Torah literature on Challenges

Is there any source in Torah literature that says when a challenge becomes more difficult it's a sign that it's almost finished?
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Are Tzitzis a Uniform/Badge of Honor?

I've heard many Shiurim and Divrei Torah which compared Tzitzis to a uniform or a badge of honor. While this is logical, I wanted to know, is there an early source for this? Did Chazal ever refer to ...
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Where is the rest of Rabbi Shmuel Belkin's manuscript of The Midrash of Philo?

I am currently researching Philo of Alexandria, also known as Philon (פילון) or Yedidyah HaKohen of Alexandria. There is a book that was prepared in manuscript by Rabbi Shmuel (Samuel) Belkin, z”l, ...
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Where did the manuscript for Shoreshei HaMitzvot l’Ramchal come from?

There is a newly printed book entitled שורשי המצות לרמח׳ל claiming to be from a never before published manuscript from Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato. Does anyone know more about the discovery of this lost ...
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Rishonim regarding murder/suicide during the crusades

I heard there are Rishonim who dealt with the murder suicides that took place during the crusades, that there was disagreement whether those who committed these acts were correct or not. I was not ...
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Tosfos Yom Tov's elegy

Tosafos Yom Tov is said to have authored elegy, kinnos, to be recited on Tisha B'Av to commemorate the massacres know as Tach V'Tat. Apparently it has not been included in the standard corpus of ...
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Detailed sources of the Sefer Hatanya

In the standard edition of the Tanya, the Mare Mekomot are not given accurately, e.g Avot Person 2, Nidda Peek 5. Is there a way to reach accurate Mare Mekomot?
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Looking for the origin of custom to decorate the Aron Hakodesh with 10 Commandments

Many synagogues have the custom to decorate the Peroches (curtain covering the Ark) with imagery of the 10 Commandments or Luchos in some form. When did this custom originate? Is there any source for ...
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Mercy and Strict Judgment are both mercy

In Parsha In Pink on Parshas Va'eschanan, the author cites a Ramchal that gives a beautiful insight into the Passuk of Shema Yisrael (Devarim 6:4). שמע ישראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה אחד YKVK represents ...
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Source for story about a murdering son-in-law whose family was swallowed alive

I stumbled upon a really random story in the middle of a sefer on the Azharos of Rav Shlomo ibn Gabirol. The author says he heard it from his father. Since he was discussing the prohibition of murder, ...
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Don't disparage the entirety of another person

Me'am Loez on Pirkei Avos 4:3 quotes a Sefer called Divrei Yechezkel to explain the words אל תהי בז לכל אדם as meaning "Don't disparage the entirety of a human being." Even if you see ...
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Yalkut Yosef Mikveh [closed]

Can someone please post a photo of the page in Yalkut Yosef where he says one going to a cold mikveh he can think shemos hakedoshim and by a hot one a person can't.
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Where does the Mishna Berurah talk about hishtadlus for parnassah?

I remember the Mishna Berurah (I think it was in the shaar hatziun or the ber halacha) writing that in order to determine how much a person should work for their livelihood they should do a thought ...
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Connection between Shalom and Shaleim

I've heard that there is a connection between "שלום" - "peace" and "שלם" - "complete". Does anyone know what the source of that is? Thank you so much.
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Epicurus in Rishonim's writings

I saw a couple of essays yesterday arguing that some teachings in Avot may have been directed specifically against the Greek philosopher Epicurus* and his teachings. I was wondering whether any of the ...
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Breaking off an engagement

Based on this question that was asked Breaking a "engagement" (shiduch) Has anyone come across of an idea whereby if someone got engaged and want to call it off they get married and get a ...
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Does Hashem judge on Shabbos?

I was just reading a Devar Torah which said "Hashem does not judge human beings on Shabbos." I feel like I've heard this before but I'm wondering if this is true. Does anyone know of a ...
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Source for difference between free will and freedom of choice

Based on a question over on Philosophy.SE: The Wikipedia article on "secondary causation" notes the following without footnote: According to the Jewish Torah which brought down the ...
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I vaguely remember learning not to give Tzedakah to strangers for fear of deception?

I remember being taught that since there are people who willingly deceive others by pretending to be impoverished so that they will trick others into giving them Tzedakah, lends the public permission ...
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What is the source for non-literal understanding of V'Chai Bahem?

The concept of V'Chai Bahem - "do the mitzvos to live by them" (Vayikra 18:5) - is usually understood to refer to one's physical existence (i.e. the mitzvos should not be performed if they ...
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May one memorize large swaths of Tanach?

It feels like a waste to memorize Keats or Cavafy when I can memorize Torah; however, I learned in yeshiva that one may not memorize psukim. What are the sources for this?
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Source for R' Shimshon of Sens's views on Rambam

While reading the wiki bio of R' Shimshon of Sens, a few statement there caught my eye. The Rash sided with the opponents of the Rambam in their disputes. condemned Rambams' rationalistic views on ...
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Were the Mitzvos given because of counting of Bnei Yisrael in Bamidbar?

I was reading a Dvar Torah by a prominent Rosh Yeshiva where he stated that Chazal say that the connection between the end of Sefer Vayikra: אלה המצות אשר צוה יהוה את־משה אל־בני ישראל בהר סיני These ...
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Mikdash David, Kuntres Tohorot 3:4

The Artscroll elucidated Mishnah (Oholot 4:1) contains a footnote referring to Mikdash David, Kuntres Tohorot 3:4 (d'h והנה זה). Can anyone help me find a copy of this source?
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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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Source that the spies had prophecy

The Zohar (III parshas Shelach p. 158a) says that the spies spoke badly about the land of Israel because they felt they wouldn't remain in a position of leadership once the Jews entered the land. To ...
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Chatam Sofer on tumat met

This article states that the Chatam Sofer described tumat met as being not a solid fact of the layout of the building, but more something that we should view like a "viscous vapour" (קיטור צמיג) in ...
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Biblical personality prepared wicks of Menorah

Is there a source that mentions a person from Nach who prepared the wicks of the Menorah? I thought it was Elkana but can’t find a source to say it was him. Could it be a different person?
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“zeved habat” or simkhat habat [duplicate]

Is there any mention in jewish law about "zeved habat"or shimkhat habat?? And what are the things to be done according to the law? Also is it necessary to do this zevad habat if it cross many years?
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Does the Gemara talk about interpersonal dynamics between step-siblings in blended families?

Obviously the model of get married at age 20, stay married for 70 years, then both spouses drop dead was not one in the Gemara; if nothing else, enough people died young that remarriages were common. ...
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Which chag also celebrates or renews a brit or similar?

What do our rabbis of blessed memory say about Shavuos, or any chag that celebrates the purposes of that chag as well as at the same time celebrates or renews a previous brit or similar? From shul I ...

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