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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 a person die if it’s not Hashem’s will?

I learned about a machloket between Rishonim, regarding free will and its power on other people. The basic argument of the machloket was that either free will is so powerful that one could commit a ...
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Rambam’s ancient writing spilled on by coffee

I heard a beautiful story of a Rabbi, who after being successful in business, decided to try to use his wealth to put together a research team to come up with a definitive edition of the Rambam's ...
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All 3 forefathers called "Yisroel"?

B"H I heard that there's a midrash that says that all 3 of the forefathers, Avraham, Yitzhak and Yaakov were all called Yisroel. Is this true? If so where is it found?
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What is the holiest "thing" ever? [closed]

Obviously besides for God Himself, and also perhaps the greatest tzadiqim (righteous people) in history, what else is considered the holiest "thing" ever? (Is it the two luhoth (tablets)? If ...
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Yehoshua: a leader or a shepherd?

In Bamidbar 27:16, we read that Moshe pleads to G-d that He will set a leader over the Jewish People that will continue to lead them: Let the L-rd, the G-d of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over ...
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Sefer of Talmudic Laws that were omitted by the Rambam and Shulchan Aruch

Not to be confused with the following question, which deals with the obligation to follow laws that are mentioned in the Talmud but are not mentioned in the [Rambam and] Shulchan Aruch. If a law is in ...
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Orchot Yosher on why Torah is hard

I heard there’s a section in Orchot Yosher that deals with why Torah is hard to learn in the beginning. Does anyone know where I can find this?
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Source of the expression וכסא כבודו in עלינו

According to נוסח הגר״א the first paragraph of עלינו has "וכסא כבודו" rather than the standard "ומושב יקרו" (see מעשה רב 52). There is an interesting footnote in the סידור אשי ...
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Prediction in Chazal about existence of future state of Israel before Mosiach comes

There is a story told about the Brisker Rav that he was asked how he can oppose Zionism when the Zohar says that Israel will be under control of (secular) Jews before Mosiach comes (He answered that ...
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Prophetic status of all Israelites in the wilderness

Given the traditional understanding that God spoke the Ten Commandments directly to the entirety of the people of Israel at Mount Sinai (Deut 5.19), two questions arise: is the Exodus generation that ...
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Chassidic Keter Shem Tov - clarification of origins

The Chassidic sefer Keter Shem Tov is a sefer of the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov. Does anyone have solid sources to answer any of these general questions about the background of the sefer? Who ...
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Chazon Ish: tochchah is about helping oneself

This article says (footnote 22): At the end of his book on Taharot, the Chazon Ish writes that klal Yisrael is one unit; when a person gives tochachah to improve the conduct of others, he is in ...
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Siddur Masok Midvash on cleansing our soul before Shabbos

I have heard from Rav Daniel Glatstein shlita (Shiur: Parshas Emor: The Mystical Dimensions of Shabbos - When They Arrive and How to Hold On To Them), that there is a concept that the six perakim of ...
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Is the 3rd commandment of "uttering God's name in vain" referenced anywhere in the Tanakh?

I'm looking for any signs of the awareness of this prohibition in the Tanakh. Note that there are additional explicit Biblical prohibitions such as "You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so ...
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Introduction to the Shelah

Can someone recommend a sefer or article that discuss the creation of the work "Shenei Luchos HaBris" by Rabbi Yeshayahu Horowitz? The only thing I found, was written by the Chida, in his ...
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Rambam: Thou Shalt Not Be an Idiot

According to this article: I think racism violates some important meta-principles of the Torah, particularly the thinking of Maimonides, for whom there is a 614th commandment, Thou Shalt Not Be an ...
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Davening in the times of the first Bait Hamikdash

In likuttei torah Perek 4 it is written כמו במקדש ראשון שלא היו מתפללין לפי שהיה שכלם בהיר בשחקים כל היום לראות ולהבין פלאות א״ס ב״ה Loosely translated- like in the first Bait Hamikdash where they ...
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Source of quote?

A halachic principle is: Osek B'Mitzvah Patur Min Hamitzvah -- עוסק במצוה פטור מן המצוה One who is occupied with a mitzvah is exempt from [another] mitzvah. Where in the Sources is this principle ...
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Source of a shita for when giving Tochacha (הוכח תוכיח) is likely to go unheeded

In a handwritten drasha written in 1904 by a relative, it refers to a peirush that offers a resolution for when the mitzva of הוכח תוכיח is conflicted with the need to avoid saying a דבר שאינו נשמע (a ...
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Is there a source that names in the Torah may not be the person's actual name

Some of the name given in the Torah are frequently explained by Chazal to mean something about the person. For example the Gemorah (Sanhedrin 82B) says that the real name of Cozbi bas Tzur was ...
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What's the source you can't learn Torah with dirty hands?

It's brought in poskim that if you touch an uncovered part of your body you shouldn't learn Torah untill you clean them. The earliest source for this seems to be the Kol Bo siman 11 from Rav Yitschak ...
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The Haflaah and "our spiritual eyes"

Rav Daniel Glatstein shlita quotes from the Haflaah, and seemingly the Chasam Sofer (who was a student of the Haflaah) also quotes it, and explains that: we have physical eyes and spiritual eyes. ...
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What did the Brisker Rav say about the Lubavitcher Rebbe?

In this answer, @Schmerel quotes the Brisker Rav as having seen a maamar from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi M M Schneerson, and commented that the Lubavitcher Rebbe believes he is Moshiach. Here is the ...
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Where is this quote from? "you are master of your words until you say them"?

It was quoted to me years ago from mishnah brura, but I cannot find it there now. I am familiar with the line in Avot "no better guard for wisdom than silence" // that is not exact. Guidance ...
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Source for "Beahava" in Birkat Kohanim? What if the Kohen dislikes someone in the congregation?

The Bracha the Kohanim recite for Birkat Kohanim is (Sotah 39a): אשר קדשנו בקדושתו של אהרן וצונו לברך את עמו ישראל באהבה who has sanctified us with the sanctity of Aaron and commanded us to bless ...
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Who is the Pischei Teshuva the MB is referring to

In אורח חיים סימן קל״ה in משנה ברורה ד he quotes a Pischei Teshuvah. Who is he referring to and where do I find it? במנחה ובשני וחמישי - ואם טעו וקראו להשלשה קרואים בפרשה ראשונה של סדר שבוע העבר או ...
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שְְׂרָָף... לִִשְְׁלִִישׁ וְְלִִרְְבִִיעַַ or שְְׁרָָף... לְְשָָׁלִִישׁ וּלְְרָָבִִיעַַ

As far as I am aware, s'faraddim and b'nei 'edah mizraħit (with the exception of teimanim) have שְְׁרָָף... לְְשָָׁלִִישׁ וּלְְרָָבִִיעַַ However, the teimanim who follow nosaħ shaami (the s'faraddi-...
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Source for "Adam Wanted to Taste the Food"

Rav Dessler in Michtav m'Eliyahu 2 p146 & 149 quotes an unsourced chazal that Adam deep down "wanted to taste the food" (רצה לטעום התבשיל) ie tree of knowledge. Anyone know the source or ...
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Ausstritsgemeinde - Opposition of Rabbi Hirsch to the "Geminderabbiner"

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch was vehemently opposed to the rabbis who didn't follow him when he passed the Ausstritsgesetz (Secession Bill) which allowed Orthodox Jews to separate from the general ...
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Writing Chidushei Torah Immediately

In the recently published biography of the Klausenburger Rebbe a story is being told about a time in which the Rebbe rushed while he was davening to have a chidush he had, written. Given that the ...
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What is the source of עתיד בהוראת עבר?

BH In the רמב"ם לעם commentary of Yad HaChazaka on the sentence כל התורה כתבה משה רבנו קדם שימות it says that the word ימות is classified as the concept of עתיד בהוראת עבר (A word that is in the ...
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What is the correct way of bowing in the Shemonah Esreh?

Inspired by another post. What is the correct way to bow during the first Bracha of Shemonah Esreh and the Bracha of Modim. I am looking for sources in Halacha (not Gemara, Midrash etc.).
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Authorship / Derivation of the Yehi Ratzon יְהִי רָצוֹן at the End of the Amidah

In Nusach Ashkenaz we say at the end of each Amidah, a three phrase Yehi Ratzon for the rebuilding of the Bet HaMikdash (Temple). Can anyone shed light on the authorship or derivation of this Yehi ...
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Reasons behind the פטור of בעליו עמו

As per פרשת משפטים פרק כ”ב פסוק י”ד, when one borrows an item and the owner of the item does work for the borrower at that time, the borrower is exempt from paying for anything that happens to the ...
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Spiritual significance of Shemittah in our days

In describing the deeper reason behind Shemittah, the Kli Yakar (Vayikra 25:2), sv. וכדי ליישב כמה דקדוקים בלשון הפר' says that the goal of Shemittah is to instill into the jewish people faith in ...
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Does anyone know of any sources on the evolution of the four p'sukim added onto the end of Shir Ha'ma'alos before bentshing (Tehilas, etc.)? [duplicate]

Does anyone know of any sources on the evolution of the four p'sukim added onto the end of Shir Ha'ma'alos before bentshing (Tehilas, etc.)? The 4 verses seem to come from completely different areas ...
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Does anyone know of any sources on the evolution of the three p'sukim added onto the end of Aanim Zmiros (Shir Hakavod)?

Looking for how, when and why these 3 verses were added. I have no sources for this and find the question intriguing. The additional three verses are [image is from Authorised Daily Prayer Book 2nd ...
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Need the "how" steps to ask legitimate non-judgemental regarding issues needing resolution to inspire peaceful negotiation

Children are expected to ask questions. Jewish people are supposed to answer those who ask regardless of their knowledge/upbringing - i.e., the four sons represented in the Haggadah. In order to ...
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Ein Mishpat but for Yerushalmi

Is there a way to get the halachot that come from Yerushalmi similar to the way Ein Mishpat works on the Bavli. I can't seem to find any way to find a way to trace the gemarot to halachot. Even places ...
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Reciting Birkat Shehechiyanu when purchasing a gun

Came across the article below, discussing if Shehecheyanu can be recited when a gun is purchased: האם לברך "שהחיינו" בקניית אקדח? מאת: נח זבולוני האם רכישת נשק אישי כמו אקדח, מחייבת את ברכת ...
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Sefer Vayikra, the most difficult sefer of the Torah

Tosfos (Berachos 18b, DH Sifra D'Vei Rav) says that sefer Vayikra (Leviticus) is the most difficult of the five books of Moshe (Chumash): He Darshens from the word "ha'Ari" (which is the ...
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What defines being Jewish: adherence to Torah?

I have seen in this article that the Bobover Rebbe, Rabbi Shelomo of Bobov, is quoted in ruling halachically that the Bobover Rebbe negates a racial definition of being Jewish; rather, the yardstick ...
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Source for Zohar reference

What is the source for this: Rabbi Dostai asked Rabbi Eliezer Hagadol. He said to him: Rabbi, help me understand the great secret of this verse, ‘The continual burnt-offering that was done at Mount ...
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What is the source for "in the place where baalei teshuva stands, complete tzadikim are not ABLE to stand"?

B"H The Rambam in hilchos teshuva 7:4 says: אָמְרוּ חֲכָמִים מָקוֹם שֶׁבַּעֲלֵי תְּשׁוּבָה עוֹמְדִין אֵין צַדִּיקִים גְּמוּרִין יְכוֹלִין לַעֲמֹד בּוֹ. כְּלוֹמַר מַעֲלָתָן גְּדוֹלָה מִמַּעֲלַת ...
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ידיים or ידים which is correct

Seen on a Keli with the spelling ידיים. Thinking it might be Sephardi spelling but checked on sefaria Edut Mizrachi and the word was spelled ידים. Would like to know if there is a difference between ...
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"The markets of Jerusalem were destroyed three years prior" - people justified their evil actions with Halacha

I saw in the sefer "Mitorahsa Shel Rabeinu- Satmar" (sv. קול יעקב וידי עשו, p. 99) that: When the voice of Yaakov is heard in the synagogues, Israel's strength lies in their prayers and ...
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The Zohar on Gog Magog and the Erev Rav

The Satmar Rav (Al HaGeulah Ve Al Temurah, siman 61) mentions a Zohar that says that during the war of Gog and Magog, there would be some people from B'nei Yisroel joining with the forces of Gog U'...
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Why walk Backwards away from Ark - ארון קדש

I have observed a custom in which some people do not turn there back to the Aron kodesh when walking away from it, such as when they are done closing it after returning the sefer torah. I am looking ...
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The Shelah on doing teshuvah when eating

I heard in a shiur from Rav Daniel Glatstein that the Shelah HaKadosh explains that your table is like the mizbeach and your eating is like a korban, and every korban needs viduy. So, the Shelah says, ...
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The Klausenburger Rebbe's speech and Zionism

In the new book on the Klausenburger Rebbe, "The Klausenburger Rebbe Building Torah and Emunah in the Aftermath of the Holocaust", the famous story is told about when (the then) General ...
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