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Questions tagged [sources-mekorot]

Questions seeking sources for a given practice or idea, or seeking the location of a specific source.

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What is the source for Neilas Hachag?

I've found material about the spiritual significance and symbolism behind it but nothing about the source for this tradition. EDIT: For those unaware of this custom, a brief description (as I ...
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Eliyahu Hanavi drinking from cup

Is there a source to the fact that Eliyahu Hanavi drinks from the Kos Shel Eliyahu when he comes on the Seder night?
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Is it Acceptable to Mix Left-to-Right with Right-to-Left Writing Within the Same Text?

In light of the following Biblical passages, and of others similar, including those relating to the necessity of separating meat from milk-and-dairy products, I was wondering what the Rabbis had to ...
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Types of Magic according to Judaism

The Jewish sources speak in many places about magic e.g shemot 7,11 7,22 Vayikra 19,27 etc. Are there different types? if so what are they?
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Where is the midrash of “300 days of Tefillin?”

According to various Rishonim and Acharonim who are listed in R' Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger's "Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz Volume 5," there is a Midrash that states that the Shin on Tefillin boxes alludes ...
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What does the word “Karpas” mean?

That which by the Seder on Pesach we eat "karpas", what does this word actually mean and where does it come from?
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Source of non-verse in Selichot

In Ashkenazi Selichot, the following set of verses from Tanach (patterned around the opening verb ז.כ.ר.‏ to remember) appears towards the end of the Selichot service (there may be some slight ...
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Where in the TaNa"kh is there a discussion about how to slaughter an animal?

Where in the TaNa"kh is there a discussion about how to slaughter an animal? When reading various parashot, one sometimes come across about the topic of slaughtering animals, but (the ones I have ...
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How to determine a trespasser's intent from a Halachic Perspective?

How do we determine a trespasser's intent from a Halachic Perspective? The Rambam writes: If it is clear to the house-owner that the thief who breaks in will not kill him and instead is only ...
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Source for the Baal Shem Tov's idea of seeing one's own flaw in others?

I recently heard the following story a few times and was wondering if anyone had a source for the story. The story is that the Baal Shem Tov said that if you see a fellow Jew breaking Shabbos it ...
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Avraham's first prophecy

Parshas Lech Lecha has the first record of Hashem communicating with Avraham (Genesis 12:1): וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהוָה֙ אֶל־אַבְרָ֔ם לֶךְ־לְךָ֛ מֵאַרְצְךָ֥ וּמִמּֽוֹלַדְתְּךָ֖ וּמִבֵּ֣ית אָבִ֑יךָ אֶל־...
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What happens the second you die?

What do our sources say about what happens the second you die. I’m pretty sure I heard somewhere that one’s soul comes out of their body and they float around the room. Are there any fascinating ...
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Were the spiritual worlds created (sources)?

I was told the spiritual worlds are above time, does that mean they always existed? What does it mean that on some level they do not experience any change? Sources please.
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Where does the ohr hachaim say that one who fails to destroy avoda zara is also oveir on the lav of not serving it?

The ohr hachaim is quoted as saying that one who fails to destroy avoda zara is also oveir on the lav of not serving it in "hatekufah hagedolah" (r' menachem mendel kasher) in perek 13 "(ד' ר"ש)" ...
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Should you make an extra effort to pronounce prayers and blessings clearly?

Should someone make an extra effort to pronounce prayers and blessings clealry? Someone I know commented on how I "pronounced each word very clearly and didn't slur" (to put it in their own words) and ...
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Rav Yosef Caro's lack of Sefer HaMitzvos

A friend of mine once claimed that Rav Yosef Caro didn't have access to Rambam's Sefer HaMitzvos. It's apparently evident from comments he makes in Beis Yosef and Kessef Mishnah. I was hoping to see ...
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What berachos should be made when Moshiach comes?

I supose shehecheyanu or hatov vehameitiv, but I'm not sure about this. Are there something more specific than that? What are the mekorot dealing with berachos to be made when Moshiach comes?
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Why we learn Bavli instead of Yerushalmi [duplicate]

If I were to learn Talmud Bavli Brachos or Talmud Yerushalmi Brachos, which one should I start with and why? Seemingly, I should start with Yerushalmi first because it came before the Bavli, but on ...
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Is there any opinion that permits davening Maariv before plag

I davened at a shul this morning that announced mincha at 5:30pm with maariv following immediately after. Plag mincha is around 6:45pm today. I pointed this out to the gabbai and he said that there is ...
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Source for quotes regarding Perek Shirah

In my copy of Perek Shirah, there are several passages included before and after Perek Shirah, attributed to various Tannaim (translations are Artscroll's, but I corrected some typos): אמר רבי, כל ...
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What Rabbinical statements clearly support the Flat Earth approach?

While many people are busy looking for the slightest hints of the vast scientific knowledge possessed by our Sages, I've bumped into Rasa"G's interpretation of Sefer Hayetzirah 4,2 (is there an online ...
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Animal R'aim of the midrash

I saw in the book, "The midrash says" by Rabbi Moshe Weissman that the Midrash Socher Tov 22 explains that a creature called R'aim that David mistook as a hill, lifted David up into the sky and only ...
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Zoroastrianism v.s. Judaism [closed]

Does anybody think Zoroastrianism inflenuced Judaism, cause online people say Zoroastrianism was the first monotheistic religion http://avesta.org, and that Judaism copied it, also that Zoroastrianism ...
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High School Math in the Talmud

I'm currently tutoring someone in math that has an atitude of "what's the point of all this... why would I ever need this..." (which is typical of many high-schoolers). To try to pique his interest, I ...
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Sources for celebrating Purim during the Second Temple

(Maybe I'm wrong), in the listing of the Dead Sea scrolls fragments Megillat Ester is missing. That seems strange taking into the account that the Megillah says that memory will never fade away. The ...
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Throwing out cake or pastry larger than a k'zayis

One is not allowed to throw out pieces of bread larger than a k'zayis. Rabbi Doniel Neustadt (here in footnote 2) says this also applies to pastry and cake, but doesn't provide a source for this. ...
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Half Jew half Gentile

I always thought it was a misconception to be "half-Jewish". Usually the speaker means one of their parents are Jewish, making them either fully Jewish or fully Gentile. However, I saw today that the ...
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Keeping your Tzitzis out as a segulah for shemiras einayim - Mishnah Berurah?

I've heard that there is a Mishnah Berurah that says that keeping one's Tzitzis out is a Segulah (protection or virtue) for Shemiras Einayim (to protect once eyes, i.e., not to look at prohibited ...
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Are Totem Poles considered to be Avodah Zarah?

A totem pole is a large carving, often made out of a tree, that depicts symbols or figures. They are usually made by various First Nations and Indigenous peoples around Canada and the United States. ...
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Go out to receive the Torah then come back to convert Egypt

I just heard from my uncle a novel idea about the Exodus. Apparently, the original intention was for the Jews to go out of Egypt to receive the Torah, and then come back to convert the Egyptians. I'...
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Spitting in Kohen Gadol's Eye

Although I know the story with Rav Meir in the Yerushalmi Sotah (5a), apparently there is a similar story in a Midrash where a husband told his wife to spit in the Kohen Gadol's eye. When Aharon ...
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Did people who were not priests or Levites enter the Tabernacle for ritual purposes?

(Note: I am posting this more specific follow-up to a previous question based on the recommendation of Isaac Moses here.) Aaron and his descendants were designated as priests to do the ritual service ...
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Holding ones cup while someone is reciting Kiddush for you

I have seen many people holding their cup of wine while the host (or a chosen person) recites Kiddush for them. What is the explanation for holding ones cup? Sources if possible.
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Source for Kaddish

I think this may be a very common question(but not for me). Can someone please tell me how did the text of Kaddish first compiled?
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What is the source that Parshas Parah is from the Torah?

I have read in many places that Parah could be a bliblical requirement to read. Why is that? Zachor makes sense (as it says so in the Torah here). Why Parah?
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Young boys returning Chumashim after Torah reading

I often see young boys going around shul after the Shabbos/Yom Tov morning Torah reading to collect Chumashim and return them to their shelves. Is this an actual 'minhag' with a history behind it? If ...
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swaying and bowing

In the Aryeh Kaplan Reader (page 192) Rabbi Kaplan zt"l says, "Many people - during Shemonah Esrei - have the habit of swaying and bowing. However, the Shelah HaKadosh writes, such movements may ...
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Is the Afikoman meant to be a substitute for Korban Pesach?

I don't recall, offhand, what the purpose of the Afikoman is. Is it supposed to "represent" the Pesach sacrifice? If so - I'm curious about a common instruction I see in many Hagaddot. It says that ...
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Is there any reason to deny aliens according to Judaism?

Is there any reason that we couldn't believe in life on another planet somewhere? Is there any source that indicates to the contrary?
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Maharal on Eruv Tavshilin

I'm trying to find a Maharal on Eruv Tavshilin in which he explains that olam hazeh (this world) is symbolized by the regular weekday embodied in erev yom tov (the eve of the holiday) in which one "...
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What is »Lischuosècho Kiwisi Adoschem.«?

In "Der Golem" of Gustav Meyrink, Schemajah Hillel says: Einen Augenblick versank er in Nachdenken, und ich hörte ihn einen hebräischen Satz murmeln: »Lischuosècho Kiwisi Adoschem.« In the ...
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Why do some congregations only make noise at certain occasions of Haman?

Attended a Purim Seudah tonight at a Sephardic shul where most of the attendees are Israeli. They only made noise during three (maybe four?) times Haman's name was mentioned. I am aware of the ...
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Sefarim on sci-fi/fantasy theoretical Halachic questions

Here on Mi Yodeya we have a long and extensive (and growing!) list of sci-fi and fantasy questions. Have there been any Rabbanim who have written complete Sefarim on these kinds of topics?
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Origin of pigs as a species

I heard an explanation about pigs that they were not included in Noah's ark. They were in fact from worms. One ate the other and kept growing. Is there any authentic source for this?
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Vashti was never Killed

I was told that the Chacmie Tzarfas said that Vashti was never Killed Does anyone have a source for this view in a shiur or inside? Rashi (Esther 1:19) says that she was executed.
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Source of Hirsch Vayikra 23:15

I'm looking for a english translation of Hirsch his full commentary on VaYikra 23:15. Does anyone knows where i could find it?
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Why didn't Paroh have Moshe killed?

Follow up to this question. Moshe shows up with his brother and makes a demand of Paroh -- give up a chunk of your labor, or else. Then time and time again, Hashem, through Moshe, effects a major ...
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Source for Higher Infant Mortality Rates in the Winter of a Leap Year?

At the shiva for my infant son, someone said that the reason we say kaparat pesha in mussaf rosh chodesh, is that to atone for the sins that cause higher rates of stillbirth, miscarriages, and infant ...
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Rabbi expenses for Mishloach Manos to his congregants

Can a Rabbi of a Shul claim back expenses for the outlay of food for mishloach Manos to give to his congregants?