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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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 goyn letter about zohar learning

B"H I heard from some that the vilna goyn wrote a letter saying that if one doesn't learn zohar he shouldn't pawskin hawluhchuh although I don't know where to look to find this letter? Blessings ...
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Source for quote from Vilna Gaon [duplicate]

In a torah.org dvar torah from Rabbi Frand, he quotes a 'famous saying from the Gaon of Vilna'. There is a famous saying from the Gaon of Vilna: If the wood used in the ax handle used to chop down ...
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Rabbi and Priest Debate: דצ“ך עד”ש באח"ב

Some of the commentators on the Haggada note a story between a rav and a priest where the latter claimed דצ"ך עד"ש באח"ב was a reference to our "heinous crimes" while the rav ...
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“Evil” thinking vs. lashon hara

If a person's explicit verbiage about someone else is benign on the surface, but has an unexpressed and somewhat nasty thinking behind it, is this considered lashon hara? Are there any guidelines or ...
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No tachanun after shkiah?

Many siddurim in my possession indicate one who davens minchah after sunset omits tachanun. What are the sources behind this ?
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Vilna Gaon on a year corresponding to a verse in the Torah

Rabbi Anava said in a shiur that: The Vilna Gaon says that there are 5,845 verses in the Torah. Additionally, he says that every year from creation corresponds to one verse in the Torah. Does anyone ...
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Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz source of quote

Woe to a man who is unaware of his faults, he is not attentive to what needs repair. But double woe to he who is unaware of his virtues, he is unskilled in the tools of the trade!” Where is this ...
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Where can we find a list of chalek/chapter lengths from shorest to longest of Tanakh?

A quick glance of Bereshis alone would make chapter 24 the longest. Everyone knows Tehillim 119 is the longest of all of Tanakh. We are looking for a list of at least the Torah shortest to longest. ...
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Are non Halacha related questions permitted in this forum? [migrated]

Are non Halacha related questions permitted in this forum ? Also are most answers coming from an orthodox point of view ?
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Original meaning of the word Segulah - סְגֻלָּה / and its current connotation

Shemos 19:5 - the verse reads ועתה אם שמוע תשמעו בקלי ושמרתם את בריתי והייתם לי סגלה מכל העמים כי לי כל הארץ. Targum translates Segula as beloved - חביבין Rashi translates Segula as a beloved treasure ...
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I need good gedolim stories [closed]

I am looking for really good stories about gedolim that may not be so well known to everyone but that have sources. Any ideas who or where to look?
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Can a person jump over a fence during Shabbat?

During Shabbat can I jump over a fence to Get to a destination? Is it considered work?
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Do I Say morning blessing twice If I fell asleep again?

If I washed my hands and did the morning blessing although later I went to sleep for like a couple hours 3-4 maybe less do I have to say the morning blessing of washing hands again after I wake up?
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What is a child held responsible for?

Related is a animal more responsible then a child? if yes why? Tangentially, to a statement made in this question: At what age is a Ben Noach responsible to perform his "mitzvot"? A child ...
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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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Checking Tefillin after someone has died [closed]

Is there a source that one shouldn’t check the deceased Tefillin after they have died?
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Source that Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge because they desired autonomy

I remember hearing once that Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge because they found G-d's presence in the Garden of Eden to be overbearing and they desired autonomy, so they rejected his sole ...
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Predisposition of a person based on day of birth

In a shiur by Rabbi Israel Yakobov there was the concept of certain predispositions / inclined character traits of a person based on the specific day (Sunday-Monday) on which they were born mentioned. ...
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Source of Vilna Gaon story with Sister

There is a story said about the Vilna Gaon that: One day his sister (who he had not seen for years) came to pay a visit. When she entered his room, he greeted her and asked about her family. He then ...
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Is there anything in Jewish texts says Israel must be theocratic?

Is there anything in Jewish texts says Israel must be theocratic?
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Source for story of a Father's Patience

A few people have mentioned a story (which they said was in a Chazal without knowing its location) recently to me about a husband who returns home after many years to find a young man in his home ...
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טט בכתפי שתים - is Katfi Coptic?

The gemara in Menachos 34b learns the number of parshiyos in tefillin in various ways. One is ר"ע אומר אינו צריך טט בכתפי שתים פת באפריקי שתים Rabbi Akiva says: ... four compartments can be ...
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When (day, month, year) did Avshalom son of king David die?

When (day, month, year) did Avshalom son of king David die? Please cite a source as to exactly when this happened. II Samuel 18:15 And there circled about ten young men who were Joab's armor bearers, ...
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Is there a source for the claim that a dishonest person cannot do teshuvah?

If I recall correctly, I remember someone saying in a shiur a long time ago that a dishonest person cannot do teshuvah. Is there any source for this claim?
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When did Adoniahu die?

When (day, month, year) did Adoniahu die, as according to the pasuk below? 1 Kings 2:24 And now, (as) the Lord lives, Who has established me, and set me on the throne of David, my father, and Who has ...
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Sources for Rav Saddia Goan on set days for Pesach

Rashi in Pesachim 58b mentions and rejects an opinion that in the days of the Tannaim the rules for which day of the week Pesach and (Rosh Hashana) can fall out, לא בד"ו פסח, were already in ...
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Justifying housework / keeping one’s home clean and tidy

Shalom. I was wondering if someone could provide me with sources in support of regular housework / keeping one’s home clean and tidy / beautifying one’s home. A source / warrant from G-d would make ...
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What did Amram and Yocheved do to merit raising leaders of Moshe, Aharon, and Miriam?

Although Amram and Yocheved were influential leaders in their own right (seen in Sotah 12a where Klal Yisroel followed their lead in divorcing from their spouses), do any Chazal or Torah commentators ...
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How can the Almighty purify himself? [closed]

The Gemara discusses something of the following question: How can the Almighty purify himself, His Presence can never be contained in any body of water, so how can He ever properly emerge Himself?
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Shechyanu vs Hagomel

On social media I see that some people are making a Shecheyanu without Hashem’s name after having the Covid vaccine. So I was wondering whether hagomel would/ should be more appropriate maybe without ...
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Finding a chiddush of the Brisker Rov

This question has a bit of an introduction to it. Rav Shlomo Lorincz wrote a biography of the Chazon Ish, the Brisker Rov and Rav Shach, called במחיצתם (translated by Yonason Rosenblum as “In Their ...
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What are the differences between neshama or nefesh yisraelit and neshama or nefesh yehudit in a metaphysical sense?

I recall hearing that there are differences between a neshama or nefesh yisraelit and a neshama or nefesh yehudit in a metaphysical, kabbalistic, drush or sod sense and I would like to know what those ...
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Gemara source regarding Levy in Germania

My name is Levy. Someone I know from France, where we have the same origins, in Alsace / Germany, and profoundly religious and an intellectual, told me that in the Gemara, it is said that after the ...
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Aruch Hashulchan on municipality water for a mikvah

According to this article, Aruch Hashulchan allowed municipality water to be used for a mikvah. Below is the direct quote from the article. Where can this Aruch Hashulchan be found? In the late 19th ...
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Is there a Karaite answer to the Kuzari?

According to Wikipedia, the Kuzari was originally written as a reply by Rabbi Yehudah Halevi to a heretic, likely a Spanish Karaite. Indeed, sections of the book are dedicated to refuting the Karaite ...
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Rav Moshe on Midrash about Avraham sending his son to get water

I recently read the following here p.8 (third column): Similarly, Reb Moshe comments on the Midrash that is critical of Avraham Avinu for sending his son to get water for his guests instead of ...
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Does giving donations necessarily mean it's tzeddakah?

BS"D How can giving a donation (based on US law that it is a contribution towards a non-for-profit 501c3 organization) to a very affluent shul, yeshiva, or other mosed still Halachically count as ...
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Is there a source for the claim that a person's day has more blessing if they wake up early?

I remember someone saying in a shiur a long time ago that a person's day is blessed if they wake up early. Is there any source for this claim?
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Sources for the Israelites crossing the Red Sea in a semi circle

What is the source(s) for the Israelites crossing the Red Sea in a semi-circle and thereby ending up on the same side? I have heard reasons being that they could see the dead Egyptians that way but ...
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Chatam Sofer on Tenth of Tevet falling on the Shabbat

Abudarham argued that should we not use a calculated calendar and should Tenth of Tevet fall on the Shabbat, we would be required to fast instead of postponing it. He learns this from the common ...
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Does a person’s soul see through the navel when the person passes away (Ben Ish Hai)

I was studying with someone earlier today and he mentioned that he once read in the Sefer Ben Ish Hai that when a person passes away, his soul can ‘see’ (I don’t really know what that means) through ...
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Sources in the Talmud Aggaditah and/or Midrashim on Samal and Lilit?

I know that there are sources in the Gemara Aggaditah on Samal and Lilit (לילית & ס"מ) as well as in the Zohar. I have seen her mentioned in Shabbat, Eruvin, and Niddah. Still, not a clear ...
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Looking for Ibn Ezra Riddle

I'm looking for the Hebrew of an Ibn Ezra riddle related to fast days: "the short, the long, the black, the white, the man, the woman." Does anyone have a source, or the Hebrew for this? ...
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What's the source that Yavan/Greece is keneged choshech?

I heard that Greece is connected to the term 'choshech' in the line "Tohu VaBohu Vechoshech al benei tehom..." (Bereishis 1:2), and I heard the idea used in multiple shiurs. Just wondering ...
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Is there any practical implication to the Avot's being priests?

According to various sources, Malkitzedek was punished for blessing Avraham before blessing Hashem by having his "priesthood" status taken away and placed on Avraham. This status is then ...

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