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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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Where are the "many times" (פעמים רבות) referred to by Maimonides in his commentary on Mishnah Sotah 3:4? Which statement of בן עזאי?

The Mishnah Sotah 3:4 states: אֵינָהּ מַסְפֶּקֶת לִשְׁתּוֹת עַד שֶׁפָּנֶיהָ מוֹרִיקוֹת וְעֵינֶיהָ בּוֹלְטוֹת וְהִיא מִתְמַלֵּאת גִּידִין, וְהֵם אוֹמְרִים הוֹצִיאוּהָ הוֹצִיאוּהָ, שֶׁלֹּא תְטַמֵּא ...
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Is there a source that says that Hashem keeps all halachos of the Torah? [closed]

I am looking for the מקור that Hashem keeps all Halachos of the Torah - if there is one.
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Are there any sources as to shul members having kedima

I understand the purpose of being a member of a shul outside the scope of halacha but I am wondering if there are sources anywhere that talks about that a shul can/cannot deny a chiyuv (ie for a ...
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What's the first reference in Judaic sources to distilled alcohol products?

I know that ibn Ezra reads the Biblical phrase yayin veshechar as "wine or brandy", which is how R' Aryeh Kaplan translates it. But where/when is the first unambiguous reference to distilled ...
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What is the origin of the prohibition against eating live meat?

It's considered a Noahide prohibition to eat meat taken from a live animal. I often hear this is connected with Bereishith 9:6. However, after I read the verse, it seems to be condemning just meat ...
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Where is this Rashi quote from?

I think that I once read something attributed to Rashi that was along the lines of "Any person can say that something is forbidden, but it takes a great person to say that it is permitted". ...
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Semichas haparshios between Shemini and Tazria

I have seen a fairly well-known dvar torah numerous times that links the end of the Parshas Shemini with the beginning of Parshas Tazria - but I am trying to find the source of it. The vort is as ...
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Source for Rava's first name

According to Wikipedia and Encyclopedia.com, Rava's real first name was Abba and "Rava" is a portmanteau of R' Abba. However, both claims are sourceless (Encyclopedia.com refers to Eruvin ...
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Mekor for Dayenu 'warfare' seder tradition

I recall seeing a minhag in which the participants enjoy hitting each other with scallions during Dayenu at the seder night. I don't know much about this but I was very curious on learning what is the ...
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What does this sign say?

What does this sign say? "This is the House of God"? Is it a quote?
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Ma Nishtana Candles

So I was introduced to something new this year when someone sent me an Erev Pesach checklist which included the preparation of Ma Nishtana candles? I had never heard of this practise and looked online ...
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Moshe Grave connected with the Cave of the Patriarchs

The Sefer אישי התנ״ך / the encyclopaedia of biblical personalities brings the sifri Beracha 34:51 “ A tunnel cave connected Moses grave with the graves of the patriarchs.” I can’t seem to find this. I ...
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Source for laying tefillin each workday

It's obvious that there's a long tradition of putting on tefillin each morning that isn't Shabbos or YomTov but what's the source for this? Why each day? Before pekudei d'zmrah, after putting on ...
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Rabbinical testing in Volozhin

I heard once (can't remember where) that in Volozhin, the students preferred to be tested for the rabbinate by Reb Chaim of Brisk and not the Netziv, because the Netziv didn't give very hard tests. In ...
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Banging by Zeresh in the Megillah

In The Monsey Mevaser (page 100), a six-year-old child child asked the following: We have the custom to bang when we hear Haman's name in the Megillah. Why don’t bang the two times his evil wife ...
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Seventy-two Years of Chevlei Mashiach

Has anyone heard that the birth pangs of Mashiach will last seventy-two years?
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Masechta Kiddushin: Teaching your son a craft/trade - apparent contradiction?

Do any mefarshim make the following observation? The gemara in Kiddushin 29a famously says: תְּנֵינָא לְהָא דְּתָנוּ רַבָּנַן הָאָב חַיָּיב בִּבְנוֹ לְמוּלוֹ וְלִפְדוֹתוֹ וּלְלַמְּדוֹ תּוֹרָה ...
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Jewishness of person based on religiousness of last four generations of the person’s most recent Jewish ancestors

This news article indicates that when the last four generations of a person’s most recent Jewish ancestors were not religiously observant, that person needs to undergo Orthodox conversion le’chumra (...
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Does the Tanakh ever require a dress code for prayer?

Does the Tanakh teach that a certain minimum dress code is required for prayer? I'm under the impression that the Tanakh doesn't teach such, but that it originates from other sources. If I'm incorrect,...
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Nes Niglah vs Nes Nister

Where is the Netziv source explaining that Yetziyat Mitzrayim was a nes niglah? And what source describes purim as a nes nister? (Is there any source that talks about Moshe missing from the haggadah ...
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Who said Moshe is missing from the Haggadah to emphasize HaShem?

Where is the source of the Vilna Gaon/the Gra or any commentator explaining that Moshe is left out of the haggadah (besides the one time he is mentioned) in order to show that it was Hashem who did ...
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forbidden to play with kosher animals?

Looking for source that forbidden to play with kosher animals Lubavicher Rebbe says that it is forbidden to play with kosher animals (lekutai sichos 1 shmini 1 (the Hebrew version does not translate ...
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What is the source of the majority rule?

I often hear Exodus 23:2 referred to as the source for the majority rule (e.g., the accepted answer to Beis Hillel vs Beis Shammai - so what that the latter are sharper?). However: You shall neither ...
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Source for story about the Rebbe Maharash

I asked this question to my Rabbi last week and my Rabbi quoted for me an interesting story about the Rebbe Maharash. The story goes as follow (paraphrased): The Rebbe Maharash would have personal ...
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Where in the Gemara is this statement re health?

I've heard it said there's a statement in the Gemara to the effect of "Someone is still in full good health who can take his shoe on & off without falling or leaning (i.e. balancing)". ...
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Is the Arch of Titus mentioned by Chazal?

Is there any mention in Rabbinic sources (whether by the Tanaim, Amoraim, Rishonim, Achronim) about the Arch of Titus?
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Looking for a Midrash about the point that one can learn from everybody

I’m looking for (the source of) a Midrash I once heard. It was about a Talmid Chacham who didn’t let himself be lectured by others except for his own Rabbi (or the Rabbi’s). Then he had this encounter ...
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Mekor that Learning Coincides with Each Other

Many times when I am learning from 2 separate sources, it amazes me the Hasgacha Pratis how well they coincide with each other (especially when it comes to the various Yomis), that one will mention ...
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Source for Rambam sourcing his writings

Partially related. I have heard a number of times over the years that everything the Rambam wrote was based on some source that he had before him, and therefore when he writes something that we don't ...
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Source for Ritva's quote

The Ritva allegedly said: And if a heretic of the disciples of Jesus should murmur to you saying that since the commandments are annulled in the future, this means the Torah was given only for a ...
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A sefer that lists halachic/legal principles?

Is there a resource or sefer that lists halachic/legal principles found in the Gemara? Examples of the principles I am referring to includes, מצות עשה דוחה לא תעשה, עוסק במצוה פטור במצוה, etc.
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Where are the laws of shechita first codified?

The Torah makes reference to a set of laws governing how an animal is to be slaughtered and, traditionally, there is the belief that these are in the Oral Law. But where are they in the Oral Law? The ...
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Yehudah ibn Balaam's Commentary on Yechezkel

I'm looking for Yehudah ibn Balaam's Commentary on Yechezkel. Is it available online (whether scanned, PDF or otherwise)? If so, where?
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What do the Rabbis say about the Aurura lights? [duplicate]

I wanted to know if there's any Torah sources that speak about the Aurura lights. From Tanach through the Achronim. If they are mentioned, or why they're there...
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What's the source for the deeper meaning of the word Yavan?

BH The Hebrew word for Greek is יון. I heard from a rabbi, but don't remember the source he mentioned, the deeper meaning of the word. That when Greeks first begin to deny, chos vishalom, the Torah, ...
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Is there a source to this being an "ayin hara", or something like that?

I remember often hearing this as a child. When other children would use things like wheelchairs or crutches, people would tell them not to, on the basis that it would be an "ayin hara" and ...
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Where's the Gemara about a woman ultra-multitasking?

I thought – but forgive me, can't find it now – that the Gemara assumes if a husband provides for his wife, then he has the rights to minor earnings she makes from spinning or the like. The Gemara ...
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Where can I find the passuk / commentary about Animals instinctively doing their business without turning their back to the Beith Hamikdash

I've tried to look for it but couldn't find the reference, where it's said that Dogs & other animals instinctively position themselves in South/North (and other directions but not with their ...
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Is there a website that has a list of Roshei Teivot in text format?

I'm looking for a resource that has a list of Roshei Tevviot in text format. Where can I find this?
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Need source of a quote

"In this world, we suffer because we are Jewish. In the World to Come, we will suffer because we are not Jewish enough."
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Looking for a compilation of heresies

Is anyone aware of a book/essay/website/other that compiles all Chazalic sources that refer to heresies, heterodox ideas, minut, etc? Things such as the stories about Jesus, Mishna Megillah 4a, and so ...
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Israelite/Jewish flags

Does the Talmud or any other Jewish sources for that matter discuss and/or describe any flags that were associated with ancient Israelite/Jewish kingdoms?
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Finding a source for על טעם וריח

There is a quote: על טעם וריח אין להתוכח. I've heard this attributed to חז"ל, but it seems more like a folk saying. What is the source of this?
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Hassidut for Non-Mystics

I have difficulty connecting to mysticism. Can anyone recommend a hassidic thinker or a work of Hassidut that would be appealing to someone who is not into mysticism?
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Story ID: Woman named Chagigah

I remember hearing/seeing a מעשה about someone who constantly reviewed מסכת חגיגה to the point of knowing it בעל פה. One day he died and no one knew about it, when an unknown woman suddenly appeared ...
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What is the reason for the "special" way of blessing in Gemara Moed Katan 9b

In Masechet Moed Katan 9b we find a very special way that looks strange at first sight. The blessing was given for a son that his father sent him to be blessed by Talmidei Hachamim. What was the ...
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What was the general skin color of ancient Israelis?

There are lots of claims that ancient Israelis were black/brown/white or even east-asian looking? So which one is accurate is there any evidence from Torah or from other biblical resource?
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What earliest sources mention reincarnation explicitly? [duplicate]

Where is an explicit reference to reincarnation first mentioned in Jewish literature?
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Why is it called 'Breaking Shabbos'? [closed]

The standard English language way of referring to חילול שבת seems to be 'breaking Shabbos'. I have not come across the Hebrew phrase 'לשבור את השבת' anywhere, which is the literal translation of '...
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"In the next world, a person shall be judged for all the fruit that he saw but did not eat." — Source?

I have seen this statement, always attributed to Rabbi Abbun, cited in many Tu b'Shevat haggadot online, always in the following form: In the Talmud, Rabbi Abbun said: “In the next world, a person ...
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