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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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Who says the wicked are full of remorse? Help tracking down a supposed statement of Chazal

One section of the Tanya is called Likutei Amarim. Chapter 11 of this section contains the statement “Concerning such a person, the Rabbis of blessed memory have said, “The wicked are full of remorse.”...
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Is there an inyan to pronounce each word clearly in davening?

Is there an inyan to pronounce each word clearly in davening? Someone I know commented on how I "pronounced each word very clearly and didn't slur" (to put it in their own words) and I replied that I ...
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What is the biblical source for leap years?

The verse (Devarim 16:1) states - "Keep the month of spring, and make the Passover offering to the Lord, your God, for in the month of spring, the Lord, your God, brought you out of Egypt at night."). ...
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Vilna Gaon — mini nevuah after six hours of study?

In Aish Moharan1, Rav Berland cites the Vilna Gaon as having said that after six hours of uninterrupted Torah study, the first thoughts a person has are a form of mini nevuah (prophecy). כמו שמובא ...
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“Evil Inclination” History

I'm a Christian who wants to know more about history of the Jewish concept of "The Evil Inclination". (I find myself often arguing against saint Augustine's Original Sin theology and the more early ...
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Owning a pair of Tefillin, Halacha or convenience?

I came to the realization* that every single Bar Mitzva boy gets his own pair of Tefillin, and that in general everyone seems to make sure to only use their own pair of Tefillin. Interestingly, by ...
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Is it obligatory / recommended / permitted / discouraged / forbidden to tie a red thread to a child's crib?

The comments to this question discuss tying to a red thread to a child's crib. Garvey80 claims that it is a minhag yisrael to do so, and is thus obligatory. User6591 claims that it may be forbidden, ...
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What is the minimum number of lines on a klaf?

I remember hearing once that sifrey Tanach had to have a required minimum number of lines when written on a klaf and that this requirement is often not followed by those writing "parshas ketores" and ...
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What is the source for writing names of Haman's sons in a separate column?

What is the source for writing names of Haman's sons in a separate column? We see that most megillos are written this way, but where can I find halacha? Shulchan Aruch doesn't seem to be discussing it?...
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Source for parents having ruach hakodesh when naming a child?

I remember hearing that parents have Ruach Hakodesh when choosing a name for their child. What's the source for this idea? And do the sources discuss what this actually means? (If a parent gives a ...
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Can we hasten Moshiach's coming through the mitzvah of ואהבת לרעך כמוך?

In Jewish singer Meilech Kohn's song, "Veuhavtu", he expresses an interesting thought in the lyrics: .יעדער איינער דאווענט און בעט און מ'ווארט פאר משיח, ער וועט נאר קומען ווען מיר פארטראגן זיך "...
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Source for “A baby boy born in avelus is like a stone to repair gap in an archway”

I once read in Artscroll’s "Mourning in Halacha" something like "a baby boy born in avelus is like a stone to repair gap in an archway", but I no longer have this sefer. Does anyone know where this ...
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Yirmiyahu comforting the Jewish people

I remember reading from Pesikta D'Rav Kahanna about Yirmiyahu comforting the Jewish people as they were being led out to exile (i.e. Bavel) in which they were suffering terribly. He told them I have ...
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Kiddush on grape juice that's pasteurized or has added sulfites

I'm working on a piece for a Sefer my Kollel is putting out on the topic of making Kiddush on grape juice that's pasteurized or has sulfites added (primarily based on שו"ת מנחת שלמה חלק א סימן ד, ...
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Was Rashi a rebellious student?

In his commentary to the Talmud, Rashi usually just gives us a simple explanation of the word or phrase he is commenting on. However, every so often he quotes his teachers. It seems to me that when he ...
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Are there specific behaviors that make someone a rasha?

What halachically constitutes a rasha- Wicked person? Are there parameters with which to determine someone's status in this area?
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Sources that clothes should be treated respectfully

I have developed a sensitivity towards treating clothes respectfully. An example is I try not to throw clothing all over the floor (cleanliness aside). I was wondering if there are any sources which ...
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Does every woman have a destined match?

There is a Talmudic statement in Sotah 2a which is commonly used as the source that every person has their destined match (the parameters of "destined" is a separate discussion): והא אמר רב יהודה ...
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Source that Song of Songs was spoken by the Cherubs in the temple

In a sermon on Passover a guest Rabbi stated that Song of Songs was actually the conversation spoken by the Cherubs in the Holy of Holies. He quoted a 'Rabbi Heller' in the latter's introduction to a ...
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Who originally speculated that the Orchos Tzaddikim's author was a woman?

I recall hearing (as well as saw from this link) that it has been speculated that the author of the Orchos Tzaddikim was a woman. Did someone originally posit this idea, or is it a rumor that has ...
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Does Midrashim exist for Neviim and Ketuvim?

I am looking for where I can find Midrashic literature on every other book of Tanakh. I own Artscroll's series of the Midrash and of course have the Megillos. If it even exists, where can I find this ...
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Sources prohibiting Mi Sheberachs on Shabbos [duplicate]

There are a couple of potential reasons to perhaps avoid saying Mi Sheberachs for Cholim or people who get Aliyos during Leining on Shabbos (Tircha Detzibura and Pesikas Mammon). However, whether due ...
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Source for using a cloth between the hand and negel vasser cup when washing?

I used to use a cloth between the hand and negel vasser cup when washing because I saw others (chassidim) doing it in Monsey, but I stopped because I've never seen a reason for it in halacha. I'll ...
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Did the Ba'al Shem Tov actually exist?

In my high school Jewish history class, we learnt of the idea that the Ba'al Shem Tov might have not even existed. I have also heard this "dispute" from another rabbi recently. Is there any ...
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Tefillin Shin Minhagim

There are different minhagim as to how the shin is supposed to look on the tefillin shel rosh. Is there somewhere where I can view each of the most common minhagim? (Ashkenaz, Sepharad, Arizal, Chabad,...
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Why is corn kitnius? [duplicate]

The reason why potatoes isn't kitnius is because it wasn't out there when they made the kitniyut rule, but did they have corn on that time so it should be kitnius?
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Is eliyahu hanuvy real?

Is eliyahu hanuvy real? is he really coming by shfoch chamoschu or it's just the Jewish version of Santa Claus?
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Is Bithiah, Moshe's “mother”, also the wife of Shlomo Hamelech?

The Encyclopedia of Biblical Personalities records two Bithiah's in Tanach. One is the mother of Moshe (as in Shemos and 1 Chronicles 4:18). The second is the wife of Shlomo Hamelech (1 Kings 3:1) ...
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Where do the “plague comparison” paragraphs in the Hagadah come from?

In the Hagadah after enumerating the plagues, there are 3 paragraphs deriving the number of plagues in Egypt and at the Sea of Reeds - by Rabbi Yosi Haglili, Rabbi Eliezer and Rabbi Akiva. What's the ...
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Origin of the term “pilpul” as a method of Talmudic study

What is the source for referring to the known method of Talmudic study a "pilpul"? When did this usage begin?
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Source for Hiding or Locking Away All Non Passover Vessels

Bit of a debate with someone. I never saw my Sephardic family make a special room to lock away all chameitz dishes. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 451:1 Ceramic dishes that have been used for hametz ...
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Hammurabi in the Book of Genesis

In the additional notes to the Book of Exodus in the Hertz Chumash, Rabbi Hertz writes: For nearly a century there has been continuous archæological rediscovery of ancient civilizations that had ...
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Source that the prosperity of a community is based on the merits of the founders of the community

A Devar Torah I was reading stated that it is well known that the prosperity and success of a community is based on the merit of the people who founded that community. This is a fascinating concept. ...
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Levi Marries a Ger - Does the son inherit Levi status?

A Levi marries a female convert. Does the son inherit Levi status? Source?
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Changing name of 10 Hadvarim to 10 Hadibrot

Inspired by this discussion. When did the Decalogue (עשרת הדברים) begin being called the Aseres Hadibros (no Biblical source for those words) as opposed to the Aseres Hadevarim (Shemos 34:28, Devarim ...
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Does the Havtacha in the Igeres Haramban apply to everyone?

I was wondering if what the Ramban writes in the end of the letter to his son ובכל יום שתקראנה יענוך מן השמים כאשר יעלה על לבך לשאול עד עולם was specifically for his son, or does this apply to ...
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what is the source that a parent carries the sins of their children when the children are minors?

As a child I learned that a minor is not culpable for his or her sins and that any negative effect from those sins is borne by the parent (I don't recall if it was specifically the father). I would ...
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Can a robot count in a minyan?

Can a robot count in a minyan? This answer brings that a robot is not Mechuyav in Mitzvot. I'd like to know if there are sources stating any other reasons (if any).
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Source that indicates which Sefira corresponds to which persona

The Ten Sefiros can be correlated to people in Tanach. For example, Avraham is Chesed, Yitzchok is Gevurah, Moshe is Netzach, etc. I'm looking for an early source which lays out these correlations. ...
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Whose opinion / custom for tying tzitzit is this?

I recently saw a hassidic gentleman in shul, with tzitzit tied in a way I had never seen before. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to speak to him, and I was wondering which opinion / custom he ...
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Married to the Torah

People say the Jewish nation is married to the Torah. Where does it say that? I've heard its a Midrash, a Zohar, and a Gemara in Sanhedrin, but I haven't managed to find them. (I know we refer to ...
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No sevara before completing shas?

In this shiur http://classic.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/895937/Rabbi_Hershel_Schachter/Derech_HaLimud_and_Shiur_of_the_Rav# at about the 26 minute mark Rav Schachter says "they printed" that Rav ...
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source for lighting candles on zayin adar?

I was told that the Ben Ish Chai says to there is an inyan to light candles on zayin adar. Where does he say this and what is his source?
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Names of mazalot in Judaism

Yesterday we discussed that during Zayin Adar we eat fish due to the constellation of Adar. Rambam lists these mazalot, and uses them extensively when discussing calendar calculations. They are also ...
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Zayin Adar customs

As tomorrow is Zayin Adar (and I'm a bit fed up with PTIJ), I was trying to find sources that Moses was born and died on Zayin Adar, and it was more difficult as it is widely known. For the record, it ...
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source for kel erech apayim in tachanun

In nussach sefard in Tachanun after Oshamnu, is the tefillah kel erech apayim atah uva'al horachamin nikraisah. what is the source for this tefillah ?
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Incident where moshe witnesses someone being killed and asked hashem why bad things happen to good people

i dont remember the storyline exactly but there were three people, one lent money to another and one of them got killed and then the other one came and took the second one's money. Moshe rabbeinu ...
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When were the decrees against the boys made?

In Parshat Sh'mot (Ex 1:15) Par'oh decrees that the boy children of the Hebrews should be killed. When was that moment in relation to the timeline of events in Egypt (the death of Yosef, the ...
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What is the source for saying tizku l'mitzvot? [duplicate]

It seems common these days to get the response "tizku l'mitzvot" for doing a mitzvah, usually a chesed for someone. Where did this response originate from and has anyone seen a discussion or source to ...
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When do we surrender a prisoner?

To the best of my recollection... When bandits surround a city and demand that the inhabitants give them a specific person, we give them that person (because he is dead anyway and the rest may ...