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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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The Messiah's hair will be greenish?

I think I saw somewhere in the Gemara (almost certain it was in a commentary, not the text itself) that the Messiah's hair will be ירקרקת (green/greenish/blonde)? Unfortunately, I cannot seem to ...
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Similarity between Eisov and Dama ben Netina for honoring parents

Eisov = Red = Edom = Romi (Rome) Eisov excelled in honoring Yitzhok (B"R 65) Dama B"N was a senator (? or a general) in Rome's province in Ashkelon (according to Yerushalmi) דמא is the letters אדום He ...
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Entering a Catholic or Protestant church [duplicate]

According to Jewish Law, is one allowed to enter a Catholic or Protestant church?
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Yichud with mother and daughter

A man can't be alone (yichud) with a woman who is forbidden to him, or even two women, since nashim daatan kalos (see Kiddushin 80b to 82a). There is a concept known as a shomer/es, who if you are ...
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Gad and Reuven exiled eight years before everyone else

Bamidbar Rabbah 22:7, Eichah Rabbah Pesikta 5, Midrash Tanchumah Mattos 4, Tanchumah Yashan Mattos 8 all point out that the tribes of Gad and Reuven, because they chose to live outside the land of ...
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What are the earliest accusations of censorship in rabbinic literature?

Sefarim are sometimes censored for various reasons. It used to be mostly external censorship, but nowadays I think it is mostly internal censorship. When people print sefarim and censor them, they ...
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What is the source of the Friday night Shalom Aleichem and how did it become popular?

The basis of the song Shalom Aleichem sung Friday night seems to be the Gemara (Shabbat 119b) about the two angels who accompany a person home on Friday night. This question discusses why each stanza ...
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Does a pregnant or nursing woman fast on a postponed Tish'ah B'Av?

According to this answer pregnant and nursing women generally fast only on Tish'ah B'Av and Yom Kippur, but not the other "minor" fasts. (This is certainly the case where fasting would cause them pain....
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Not to sweep floor on day of traveling (source)

I just heard in the name of Rabbi Moncowits in Montreal that on day of traveling it is forbidden to sweep the floor. Because he once was in an accident and the Lubavicher Rebbe told him it was ...
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Source for preferring doing melacha which benefits sick person exclusively

I recently heard the following halacha from a talmid Chacham. He said "I remember that this is the halacha, but I do not remember the source". If one has to do a melacha on shabbos for a choleh ...
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Married women rape payments

Are there any sources which talk specifically about a married woman being raped and how the payments of embarrassment, damage (pegam), and pain (see Kesubos 3:4) is apportioned between her and her ...
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Source for forgiveness at a Bris Milah for those who share the baby's name

I have heard many times that if one is present at a Bris Milah and the baby receives the same name as them, they receive forgiveness for all of their sins and/or some sort of special Beracha. Is ...
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Jewish view on how does one become rich?

What are Torah sources that discuss what actions a person should take in order to become rich?
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Are there any extant communities that would not eat meat from the hindquarters, even expertly porged?

There is a prohibition to eat from the sciatic nerve of an animal (gid hanasheh) as well as certain fats from a domesticated animal (cheilev). Before meat can be eaten, these must be removed via a ...
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Source for Tashlumin On Pesach?

The Gemara in Chagigah 9a (according to Rashi and Steinsaltz) derives by Gezeira Shavah from Pesach that you can bring tashlumin for the first day of Sukkot the whole holiday. In Chagigah 17a and ...
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Is the Ramban's observation of “images of young dog pups in urine” recorded by anyone else?

The Ramban notes in his commentary on Bamidbar 21:9 the following: (Source from Sefaria.org) וכבר הזכירו דבר מנוסה מפלאות התולדה כי נשוך הכלב השוטה אחרי שנשתטה בחליו אם יקובל השתן שלו בכלי זכוכית ...
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What ancient prayer contains the term “Osem” (אֹסֶם)?

This site claims that Osem (אֹסֶם) is a term taken from an ancient Jewish prayer. What prayer would that be? Anectodote: I had assumed it was a Hebrew transcription of the English word awesome due to ...
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Where is techiyas hameisim alluded to in the Torah?

I have heard it said (without a source) that one who does not believe that the concept of techiyas hameisim can be learned out of the Torah is a heretic. Where does this idea come from? Furthermore, ...
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Can a Torah be laid on a bare table?

When people read or roll a Torah, I have always seen the table covered either with a cloth or a tallit. Is it necessary to cover the table? Why? If not, and this is a minhag, what is its source? ...
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The source of the story of GR"A and lashes

It is worrisome to argue with the Gra about the different meanings of words, particularly after the famous (apocryphal?) story of him ordering lashes for the maskil who asserted to him that gila, rina,...
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Fact check: Where in the Likutei Moharan does Rabbi Nachman talk about the Noam Elimelech?

When reading this article about the Noam Elimelech my curiosity was piqued after reading this line: Rabbi Nachman of Breslov says in his book, “Likutei Moharan,” that: “The level of holiness ...
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Food ‘fight’ in the Talmud

Does the Talmud talk about a food fight (i.e. throwing food at one another)? In general, what would the Talmud have to say about a food fight in terms of wasting food, or otherwise? Is it okay? Not ...
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How can tzedakah to the needy of Israel be justified?

In the Yad, the Rambam gives a set of priorities about tzedakah that could be summarized "near before far" except for the #1 priority of ransoming the captive. (Matenot Aniyim, 10.5) How does giving ...
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Why is Baruch-Hu-Uvaruch-Shmo answered only in the brachos after the Haftorah, but not in the bracha before?

As far as I recall, the minhag in all Ashkenaz shuls which I have ever attended, was not to answer Baruch-Hu-Uvaruch-Shmo to the name of Hashem in the Bracha which is said before the Haftorah, but in ...
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Rain 40 days after Shavous

I heard if it rains on the second (or first?) day of Shavuos, it will rain at some point during each of the next 40 (?) days. It definitely has rained a decent amount, but is this a real thing? and ...
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Standing in front of Shaliach Tzibbur

When I learned Chelek א of Mishna Brura, I remember having read somewhere that even if one can stand in front of a Mispalel only 4 ammot forward, in front of a Shaliach Tzibbur he can never stand in ...
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Nature of restrictions on passing during niddah

I was taught before I got married that passing during niddah is strictly Assur. However, Upon looking into it I found that it's not mentioned in the gemara in berachos that is the source for most of ...
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What tribe were Eldad and Medad from?

I have been trying to find biographical information about Eldad and Medad but cannot seem to find a source which states which tribe they are from. The Baale Tosfot - Daat Zekeinim says they were ...
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Source about Yirmiyahu and drunkenness

I'm 99% sure that I've seen someone write what I found to be a very beautiful and very sad pshat relating to Yirmiyahu 23:9. It's not any of the mefarshim Sefaria has on that pasuk. I thought it was ...
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Ramban - Every sin deserves more suffering than Iyov received

Where does the Ramban say that in reality we deserve more suffering than Iyov received for every sin we do and it is only because of Hashem's incredible mercy that we don't get anywhere near what we ...
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Why does Nusach Sefard omit Tachanun during Mincha?

In many, if not all, of the Nusach Sefard synagogues I've prayed at, the synagogue does not say Tachanun during Mincha during regular weekdays. What is the source for this practice?
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Maharam Discussing the Rosh

Is there a list of teshuvot (or other documents) in which the Maharam discusses his student the Rosh?
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Which rabbinic or mishnaic source is quoted as having stated that men are to be married at nineteen and fathers at twenty-four?

I've seen someone quote a certain Jewish text here and there in my readings on the internet where it says something along the likes of, 'eight for the Torah, thirteen for the study, nineteen for ...
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What was the material used to write the curses for the Sotah on?

וְ֠כָתַב אֶת־הָאָלֹ֥ת הָאֵ֛לֶּה הַכֹּהֵ֖ן בַּסֵּ֑פֶר וּמָחָ֖ה אֶל־מֵ֥י הַמָּרִֽים׃ The priest shall put these curses down in writing and rub it off into the water of bitterness. (Bamidbar 5:23) I ...
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Sources on how to make one's wife happy

Are there any seforim or sources how a man can make his wife happy outside the bedroom and especially inside?
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What happened to the remains of Noah's ark?

According to Josephus1, the Ark of Noah was visible in his day: The Armenians call this place The Place of Descent; for the ark being saved in that place, its remains are shown there by the ...
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does anyone know where the source of this gemora:

Does anyone know where the source of this gemora: A father says my son should be for a korban, and the gemora digresses and says we dont know if the father is a chosid or a shoteh.
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Moshe Rabbainu & Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

Does anybody know the source of the story where Moshe Rabbainu was in shomayim to receive the Torah, but the Malachim didn't want the soul of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai to descend to give the hidden ...
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Source for putting the orlah in earth/sand specifically from Israel after a bris?

A Mohel in America once asked me to bring some earth/sand from Israel to America for him to bury the orlahs (foreskins) in after doing a Bris. Does anyone here know of a source for putting the orlah ...
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Idiomatic Serenity Pledge?

There's something called the Serenity Prayer, which is a clever "prayer" often used at addiction support groups, such as AA. I did a little Googling, and it turns out that it may have been composed ...
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Where is this Orchos Chaim and Ramban?

The Tur writes in OC Siman 219 ("sif 6" in the newer prints) that if one didn't make the bracha of hagomel at the proper time, then they are still able to make the bracha whenever they'd like. The ...
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Ohr Chadash Al Tzion Tair

Who wrote the prayer in the Siddur: :אוֹר חָדָשׁ עַל צִיּוֹן תָּאִיר וְנִזְכֶּה כֻלָּנוּ מְהֵרָה לְאוֹרוֹ. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, יוֹצֵר הַמְּאוֹרוֹת May You shine a new light on Zion and may ...
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Who are the to'im?

In the Uva L'Tziyon, after the kedusha desidra, we read "בָּרוּךְ הוּא אֱלהֵינוּ שֶׁבְּרָאָנוּ לִכְבודו. וְהִבְדִּילָנוּ מִן הַתּועִים. וְנָתַן לָנוּ תּורַת אֱמֶת." ("Blessed is He, our God, who ...
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Mitzvos from the 613 that are not included in the Ten Commandments

The Chasam Sofer to parshas Nasso says (Toras Moshe I, ד"ה ושמו שמי) that it is known that even though the Ten Commandments contain all the 613 mitzvos (see Rashi and here), the three mitzvos that ...
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Aryeh Kaplan Text Identification

Follow-up/related question: I recently acquired this book which belonged to Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan. On page 48/49, I found an index card with some things typed on a typewriter.(picture below) I can’t ...
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Why is tefillas Hashlah recommended for Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan

Why is erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan an optimal time for reciting the Shlah's tefilla? The only reason that I've seen is "the optimal time for parents to recite this prayer is Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan for ...
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Russian original of Baad Kodesh?

I would like to find the Russian original of one of the presumably very few chasidic works written in that language. The work in question is בד קדש, addressed by the Miteler Rebbe, Rav Dovber of ...
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Acronym for ישראל (original source)

Where was this insight originally brought down from? י = יצחק, יעקב ש = שרה ר = רבקה, רחל א = אברהם ל = לאה The earliest work I could find was שני לוחות הברית But I'm not sure if it ...
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Who is worried about affecting a refrigerator's thermostat on shabbat?

When one opens a refrigerator door, there are two classes of effects: Immediate result - e.g. light going on, or in newer models a fan might start. This class of effects can normally be fairly ...
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Zohar quote about kiss

"The Zohar states that a kiss is the merging of one breath with another. Love begins with physical attraction. Then, as lovers begin communication, they begin to speak. As they get closer, they stop ...