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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3 votes
1 answer
65 views

The Shaliach tzibbur reciting "Hamelech" on Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur from his seat

On both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the shaliach tzibbur chants "Hamelech" at the onset of Shacharis from his seat and then makes his way to the amud. The Aruch HaShulchan, OC 584:1 brings ...
  • 21.2k
0 votes
2 answers
50 views

Sources identification of the Steipler Gaon

I've read in an article that the Steipler Gaon, Rav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky zt"l wrote: I’ve seen many who were thought in their youth to be incapable of succeeding, yet over time they grew to ...
  • 2,608
3 votes
1 answer
146 views

I've heard that there's a GR"A that says there is no need for hishtadlus for shidduchim. Has anyone come across this?

I heard that it was in his sefer Hadras Kodesh, on the pasuk in Tehillim אם ה׳ לא יבנה בית I can't find the sefer. Does anyone have a copy or an online source where I can see this?
  • 167
1 vote
0 answers
31 views

What is the "Sefer Ruach Chen" mentioned by Rabbi Mashash?

Highly related. After a lot of searching, it turns out that the story about Rabbi Akiva's parents is sourced to Rabbi Yosef Mashash's book נחלת אבות חלק ג', pp. 167-171. Rabbi Mashash himself sourced ...
  • 21.2k
4 votes
1 answer
225 views

Where is this Yereim?

I see from this question and answer that the Artscroll quotes a Yereim to say Parshas Hayirah and Hateshuva. Does anyone know where this Yereim can be found?
  • 811
3 votes
1 answer
260 views

Where can I find the story about the cow that kept shabbos?

I think this might be in the Yershalmi (Jerusalem Talmud) but which meseches and which page?
  • 4,079
0 votes
0 answers
11 views

Names as prophecy [duplicate]

I have heard it said that the last vestige of prophecy in this world is in the names that parents give to their children. Is there a source for this idea?
  • 18.6k
0 votes
2 answers
60 views

A word in print, is for generations after generations. - source of the Rebbe Rayatz

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, in one of his letters (letter no. 184, dated from 7 Shvat, 5705), cites the Rebbe Rayatz (The Tzemach Tzedek) and says: A word spoken is public knowledge; in writing, it is for ...
  • 2,608
1 vote
1 answer
82 views

Are there sources that predict a process of redemption?

I have been told that recent history reflects the process of redemption - גאולה. Whether or not this is true, I want to know if there are sources, in Tanakh or later, which predict such a process.
2 votes
1 answer
76 views

What’s the source for saying Parshyot Yirah and Teshuva daily?

In many Siddurim, after Shacharit the Parshas of Yirah and Teshuva, both from Sefer Devarim, are written. What is the source for this? NB: Parshas HaMon is usually printed along with them, but I know ...
  • 659
0 votes
2 answers
87 views

Source for saying Parshas Hamon?

There is a segulo for parnoso which is to read Parshas Hamon every day after davening. I have seen people "quote the Yerushalmi" for this but I have been unable to locate its source. Can ...
  • 17.8k
0 votes
0 answers
31 views

Rambam and lightning

I have heard that the Rambam paskens that one should make a bracha of ״בורא מאורי האש״ on seeing lightning. I know the Rambam says in hilchos brachos (10:14) that one should make the bracha we’re used ...
0 votes
0 answers
47 views

Source: Male & Female Mitzvot Quote

I remember a phrase along the lines of "the virtue of a woman comes from her birth and the virtue of a man comes from his actions" in relation to mitzvot, but I cannot recall/determine its ...
3 votes
4 answers
205 views

Uknei Lecha Chaveir- let the pen be your chavrusa

In the article "How to Build Enthusiasm in Learning" by Rabbi Yosef Peretz, it writes at point #12 the following: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef zt'l said on the mishna in pirkei avot "kenei lecha ...
  • 2,608
2 votes
1 answer
78 views

What is the earliest source mentioning dipping in the water as a means of conversion?

I was arguing with a Christian about the Jewish ancient tradition to dip in the water as a means of spiritual conversion, but I only had Talmudic sources (the Gerim Tractate). What is the earliest ...
  • 24.9k
0 votes
0 answers
88 views

What women are mentioned explicitly converting into Judaism without marrying a Jew?

I was trying to recall a case of a woman mentioned explicitly converting into Judaism without marrying a Jew (i.e. in order to marry a Jew), but couldn't; IIRC even R' Akiva's Matronita finally ...
  • 24.9k
0 votes
0 answers
22 views

Early source for "al kanfei nesharim" referring to airplanes [duplicate]

In describing the exodus from Mitzrayim, the passuk says (Exodus 19:4): וָאֶשָּׂ֤א אֶתְכֶם֙ עַל־כַּנְפֵ֣י נְשָׁרִ֔ים וָאָבִ֥א אֶתְכֶ֖ם אֵלָֽי ... how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Me....
2 votes
1 answer
103 views

Moshe deviating from bachatzos halailah

The gemarra states that Moshe did three things of his own accord, and Hashem concurred (Shabbos 87a; Yevamos 62a; Shemos Rabbah 46:3 (slightly different list); Avos D'Rabbi Nosson 2:3 (lists four, the ...
  • 18.7k
1 vote
1 answer
64 views

Do any poskim permit one to recite Parshas Hamon on Tisha b’Av?

Do any poskim permit one who says parshas hamon daily the rest of the year to recite parshas hamon on tisha b’av as well? And if so, which poskim?
's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
66 views

Source for "Miktzas HaYom K'Kulo"?

What is the source for "Miktzas HaYom K'Kulo"? I realize it applies to Availus (mourning) and it is also brought up regarding Nazir but I could not find its source?
2 votes
1 answer
140 views

Chiddushei Torah and the Chazon Ish

In Orchos Yosher by Rav Chaim Kanievsky (chapter:"How Precious Are Sefarim", p. 156), it is said that the Chazon Ish believed that the one who benefited most from publishing Torah thoughts ...
  • 2,608
1 vote
0 answers
72 views

Make a neder to forbid from oneself reward in the World to Come

I always understood that a neder is forbidding physical pleasure or benefit from oneself. I believe this is the common understanding. However, I saw a surprising statement of the Maharal in his ...
  • 18.7k
2 votes
0 answers
49 views

Where does the Ben Ish Hai speak about the spread of Kabbalah in Od Yosef Hai

I recall once hearing that the Ben Ish Hai in Od Yosef Hai proves that Kabbalah is true by showing that there are mysterious things in the world that can only be explained by Kabbalah. He also ...
  • 1,185
6 votes
0 answers
59 views

Korach, Chukas, Balak - The mouth of the earth, well & donkey

I noticed something this week when reciting Pirkei Avos... In Perek 5, Mishna 6 - the mishna famously says: עֲשָׂרָה דְבָרִים נִבְרְאוּ בְּעֶרֶב שַׁבָּת בֵּין הַשְּׁמָשׁוֹת, וְאֵלּוּ הֵן, פִּי ...
  • 21.2k
4 votes
6 answers
208 views

Is there a source in the Torah for the belief that words a person speaks can change the course of their life for better or worse?

Is there a source in the Torah for the belief that words a person speaks can change the course of their life for better or worse? Meaning can someone seal their own fate with the words that they ...
  • 765
1 vote
0 answers
58 views

Reasons to permit milking cows on shabbos

I was listening to a history class on the Chazon Ish, and it discussed his strong opinion that it is forbidden to milk cows in a beneficial way on Shabbos. Either it has to be done through a non-Jew, ...
  • 18.7k
1 vote
2 answers
116 views

What do the Nephilim represent? [duplicate]

There are some underlying beliefs around Nephilim that migtht make people feel uncomfortable, but I think are applicable and a pattern of human behavior, in particular human sexual behavior, of which ...
0 votes
0 answers
32 views

The Word נולד by Each Tribe

The Yalkut Shimoni uses the word נולד when each tribe was born: ראובן נולד בי"ד בכסליו מת בן מאה חמשים וחמש שנים שמעון נולד בכ"ח בטבת ומת בן מאה ועשרים שנה לוי נולד בי"ו בניסן ומת בן ...
1 vote
1 answer
98 views

What was Jeroboam's lineage?

Are there any sources describing Jeroboam's ancestry? in particular, is he an Ephraimite or an Ephrathite?
0 votes
1 answer
85 views

Does Rashi say that cats are more Tzanua than dogs?

My friend says there is a Rashi that says this, but I couldn't find it.
0 votes
0 answers
48 views

How did Moshe carry the Luchot down Mount Sinai?

I'm trying to understand how Moshe positioned his hands in carrying the Luchot down Mount Sinai (both the first set before he broke them and the second set). Were they under them or grasping the sides?...
  • 373
1 vote
0 answers
68 views

What rabbis did explicitly deal with Heliocentrism (accepted or rejected)?

Following the closed question "whats-the-earliest-acknowledgment-of-heliocentrism", I'm looking for any rabbinic sources that explicitly deal with heliocentrism.
  • 24.9k
1 vote
1 answer
125 views

Ariza"l and Seer (Chozeh) of Lublin on Korach

This fascinating article says: The Seer of Lublin said: “Were I alive at the time, I would have supported Korah” … Rabbi Yitzhak Luria Ashkenazi, the Ari, writes: “In the future, Korah will be shown ...
  • 1,550
4 votes
1 answer
112 views

Who else says the Jews violate the Ten Commandments during the first Temple

I always understood, based on the gemarra in Yoma 9b, that the Jews were guilty of the three cardinal sins during the First Temple period (murder, illicit relations, and idol worship). However, I ...
  • 18.7k
1 vote
0 answers
58 views

English translation for Kovetz Maamarim?

I’m looking for an English translation of Rabbi Elchanan Washerman’s sefer, “Kovetz Maamarim”. Are there any publications?
0 votes
0 answers
42 views

Source for Chazal's Cure for Paralysis

The Chazon Ish was quoted in a shiur as saying that Chazal had the medical knowledge to know how to cure certain paralysis, but it had the side effect of causing sterility. Where is the source for ...
  • 12.6k
2 votes
3 answers
176 views

What are some Gemarot that contain a lot of stories and aggadah?

Looking for a list of Gemara's that has lots of aggadic stories. The following can be excluded from the list- Avoda Zara and Perek Chelek in Sanhedrin.
5 votes
0 answers
100 views

Tefillin on Yom Tov - P'shat and source for quote by Mishna Berura

The Mishna Berura 31:3 explains why we do not wear Tefillin on Y"T as follows; ויו"ט ג"כ מיקרי אות דבפסח מצרים כתיב אות והוקשו כל מועדי ה' בפ' אמור The Rishonim all give different ...
  • 6,784
5 votes
2 answers
149 views

Baal Shem Tov on the words b'simcha and machshava

Baal Shem Tov says: The letters of the Hebrew word b'simcha (happy) can be rearranged to spell machshava (thought), emphasizing that happiness depends not on your situation, but upon your view of it. ...
1 vote
0 answers
54 views

Which sources bring down the reason for us giving Maaser and Tzedakah?

It's brought down in certain sefarim, regarding the giving of Maaseros and Tzedakah, that in reality, everything belongs to the Rebono Shel Olam, and whatever you receive (produce, food) is a Matanah (...
1 vote
0 answers
66 views

Inyan to not speak Hebrew? [duplicate]

BH Many chasidim nowadays specifically don't speak Hebrew as a casual language; rather, some dialect of Yiddish. A similar concept was in the days of the Gemara, where many people specifically spoke ...
  • 327
2 votes
1 answer
68 views

Looking for a source in Midrash Kohelet

Related. In a short article called "New Identifications", C. R. Conder wrote: "Beror-Hail (Midrash Koheleth vii, 7), the place to which Rabbi Johanan retired when the younger Gamaliel ...
  • 21.2k
1 vote
1 answer
73 views

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 ...
  • 1,678
2 votes
1 answer
270 views

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.
  • 1,678
0 votes
0 answers
67 views

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 ...
5 votes
2 answers
189 views

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 ...
  • 127k
0 votes
1 answer
60 views

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 ...
2 votes
1 answer
269 views

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". ...
  • 1,218
1 vote
0 answers
24 views

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 ...
  • 21.2k
1 vote
1 answer
57 views

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 ...
  • 21.2k

1
2 3 4 5
48