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.

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Timeline of learning the parts of the written and oral Torahs

As we follow the rule that the Torah is not chronological (אין מוקדם ומאוחר בתורה), I'm very confused about the order of receiving different parts of the Torah in the 40 years from the Exodus to the ...
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Technological advances of Yehoshua's generation over the natives

My question is based on "were-rabbis-ahead-of-the-times". A claim is made that the Torah contains scientific knowledge known to Rabbis and unknown to Gentiles. Many try to bring examples from the ...
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Moreh Makom or Mar'eh Makom

A Torah source is often referred to as a M"M, which I have heard read as both מורה מקום, Moreh Makom and מראה מקום, Mar'eh Makom, (see here for example) which have similar meanings, and mean something ...
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Source that one doesn't challenge someone ready to humiliate himself to ask for tzedakah

I seem to remember reading that one doesn't challenge someone ready to humiliate himself to ask for tzedakah, but I can't find the source. The closest I am getting is the Rambam (MT Matnot Aniyim 7:6)...
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Story of the “marching” version of the song Kel Adon

I recall once hearing that a chassidic rebbe composed a marching-style tune for the Shabbat piyut Kel Adon. This was the closest thing I could find to the tune. I found very few references to it ...
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Source that the customs in regards to the night after Tisha B'av apply on a year when the fast is pushed off

There is a custom to keep the restrictions of the "nine days" throughout the night after the ninth of Av (until midday on the tenth). When Tisha B'av falls out on Shabbat, which causes the fast to be ...
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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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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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Source for Lubavitch Siddur Legend

If you take a look in the old print of the Siddur Tehilas Hashem on page 13, you will notice a strange looking vav in the word "yetzur" (as in "yetzur nivra" from the tefillah of Adon Olam). I have ...
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Measuring the time of eating (c'dei achilas pras)

I once saw written in a "alon" (given out in shuls before Shabbos) that in regards to eating matzah that it has to be done in the amount of time that is "c'dei achilas pras" -- that this time begins ...
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passive bal tashchis

is passive bal tashchis wrong? i see jews eat things (sometimes even to the detriment of their health, (because of the amount or quality) so that they will not go to waste is this a Jewish thing to ...
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The Pach Shemen and the Sotah

I remember hearing during a shiur on Neiros Shabbos and Chanukah...shalom bayis/Shabbos trumping pirsumei nisah/Chanukah, etc. There was one source which said that the pach shemen was actually ...
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Has anyone posed a theory as to who authored Targum Pseudo-Yonasan?

This answer and this one bring several commentaries who hold that Targum Yonasan was not written by Yonasan ben Uziel. Are there any other people mentioned who may have authored the work? To clarify: ...
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Tefillin - Source for the Chabad Kesher

Ashkenazim wrap inwards, so both the yud kesher and the loop the strap goes through are near the body of the wearer. Sephardim wrap outwards, so their kesher places the yud near the body and loop on ...
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Source for Adam being made with the letter Hey

I know of this gemarah teaching (see also Midrash Rabah 12:2) about Bereshit 2:4 which teaches that the phrase: 'Eileh toldot hashamayim v'ha'aretz b'hibaram' could be read as 'b'Hey baram', that ...
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Rebuke for what commandments?

A person is obligated to rebuke a person from sinning Rambam Deot 6.7 It is a mitzvah for a person who sees that his fellow Jew has sinned or is following an improper path [to attempt] to correct ...
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Everybody marries Rochel and wakes up to Leah

I think I heard this from Rabbi Jacobson, a lecturer in theyeshiva.net but I don't recall where. In this lecture (minutes 39 to 47), he mentions it again: That everybody has expectations in his wife ...
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Source for anecdote with Moses Montefiore and Charity

I have heard an anecdote told of Moses Montefiore explaining that his 'worth' was only what he gave to charity. This story is quoted in many places (ex. 1, 2, 3) to underscore the value of charity. I ...
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Texts of Currently Used Prayers for a Monarch

I am looking for the texts of currently used prayers for monarchs/royal families around the world. I was able to easily find the text of the British Jewish community's prayer for the royal family (...
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kaddish of a siyum on shabbos?

I heard once that the special kaddish recited after a siyum is replaced by a regular kaddish dirabbanan when the siyum takes place on Shabbos. Is this correct or perhaps just a minhag of some? Is ...
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Question on Me'am Lo'ez source

In the English translation of Me'am Loez, Shemos, Ki Thisa, Chapter 10, verse 33.11, the Meam Loez explains why Yehoshua was named bin Nun, and not ben Nun. He says that when Joshua's name was changed ...
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nekudos make the sound of 2 other nekudos?

I am learning how to sing the torah (lain) (which is a Jewish thing to do). It seems that all the music (notes) is in the vowels and not in the consonants/letters (consonants by themselves can not be ...
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Baal HaTanya making kidush and a kvart of vodka

I was told of a story about the Alter Rebbe in which once he did not have wine and cups during Shabbos day, and so he made kiddush on a quart of vodka. What is the full story? Please give the most ...
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Two Towers in Schul Façade

I have noticed in many examples of traditional Ashkenazi schul architecture that there are two towers flanking the entrance. Examples may be seen in such disparate locations as Gąbin, Poland (Gombin),...
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Raban Gamliel and learning near a pile of gold

I heard that raban gamliel learned near a pile of gold as a segula for something. I'd like to find out if there is a source for this and what it was a segula for
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Source that Lulav is a banner representing life

I am reading a Devar Torah by an esteemed Rosh Yeshiva which says "Furthermore, the Midrash explains that when we lift our lulavim and esrogim on Sukkos, it is essentially a celebration of life. The ...
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Source that it is a mitzvah to let your seat be used

I've heard many times that to let others use your seat in shul is a fulfillment of the mitzvah of accepting guests. Is there a respectable (by most Jews) written source for this? Where?
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What is the source and meaning of the word מהול?

I am trying to get to the bottom of what the word מהול means in the context of being circumcised. I can't find it used in Mishna or Talmud, but by the Rishonim and Medrashim it is commonly used to ...
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What's Peshat in this Midrash Tanchuma?

In the last Midrash Tanchuma in Parshas Haazinu is the following (Translation omitted; Source provided by Sefaria.org) יצרנהו כאישון עינו. הקדוש ברוך הוא נוצר לבחוניו, כאדם הנוצר אישון עינו. ...
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Excluding a case in קנין but קנין remains valid

I heard of an idea that when it comes to קנינים (Acquisitions)if the קנין cannot be done in every instance, the קנין does can not apply at all. Example: (Forgetting רש"י or other commentaries) In ...
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Sources for Rav Pinkus's ideas on Shabbos

We are learning נפש שמשון - שבת קודש from הרב שמשון דויד פינקוס. Rav Pinkus typically gives concepts without giving sources. I would like to know what sources there are for the ideas that: on ...
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Torah punctuated with trop?

The passuk in Devarim (31:19) reads: ועתה כתבו לכם את השירה הזאת ולמדה את בני ישראל שימה בפיהם, "And now, write for yourselves this song (i.e. the Torah) and teach it to the Bnei Yisrael; place it in ...
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The story of the Minim and Boethusians; trying to fix the festival of Shavuot on Sunday

I've found different sources like the Mishnah, Babylonian Talmud (tractate Rosh HaShanah), Jerusalem Talmud, Tosefta etc., talking about the Minim and the Boethusians who wanted to fix the festival of ...
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Reincarnation in the Hechalot Texts

This answer claims that the idea of reincarnation is found in the Hechalot texts. Is this indeed the case, and if so, where? According to R. Aryeh Kaplan in Meditation and Kabbalah reincarnation is ...
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Are there any sources that say to wash hands with soap after the bathroom?

Are there any sources in Rabbinic literature that mention washing hands with soap after using the bathroom? I.e that just using the cup (נטילת ידים) isn't sufficient. An explicit statement would be ...
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The pre-Maimonidean half-tekheleth string

Are there any sources prior to the Rambam that suggest (even implicitly) that the tekheleth string is only half-dyed?
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Nishmas Chaim / Rav Chaim Berlin - searching for his tshuva on men and women shaking hands

Regarding the sugya of men and women shaking hands, I saw a few places who source the Nishmas Chaim who explains his shitta. They source it as Nishmas Chaim Siman 135 and some add (anaf) 6. However, I ...
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What is the origin of the minhag to recite psukim having 3 words?

A few weeks ago, I saw in a Siddur (I wish I could recall which one. It's not one of the "popular brands") a section at the end of Shacharit saying that there is a minhag to recite verses from the ...
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Sources about learning to defend oneself

Does the Torah require one to know how to defend one's self if attacked?
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Source for guest bed in Sedom as a parable for education

Shalom has quoted R. Yakov Kaminetsky as saying: R' Yaakov Kaminetsky pointed to the Gemara about the "guest bed" in Sodom, where if you were too short they stretched you; too tall, they cut off ...
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Our bodies aren't here for the long haul?

I seem to have learnt something a long time ago. In basic terms that after the coming of Moshiach and the resurrection of the dead there will be a time where we won't need our bodies and we will live ...
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From where do we know that Yaakov has the spirit of prophecy when referred to as Yisroel?

The Torah frequently shifts in references to Yaakov. I have heard that it refers to him as Yisroel when he is experiencing prophecy, and as Yaakov when his prophetic abilities are lacking, as they ...
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Wanting to do a Mitzvah, getting paid for intent AND accomplishent

I heard from someone that whoever wants to do a mitzvah, Hashem gives him reward before he does the mitzvah, and after he does the mitzvah Hashem doubles it. Where is the source for this?
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Time, Place and Speak

I heard from someone that מזל stands for מקום זמן לשון, (there is a) place (and) time (to) speak. Do you where this idea comes from?
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Walking In-front of Someone Davening Shemona Esrei

I read somewhere that shtenders, chairs, tables and benches aren’t considered an interruption between the one davening and one passing before him unless the shtender is 10 טפחים tall by 4 טפחים wide. ...
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Source for split between דיני ממונות and דיני נפשות

There's a fairly commonly quoted idea in נזיקין masechtos, that a difference exists between דיני ממונות (monetary cases) and דיני נפשות (capital cases); that by דיני ממונות the חייב [whoever is חייב] ...
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Doros Rishonim on Shmuel writing tanach

I was hoping someone could point me in a more precise direction as to where the work Doros Rishonim (by Rav Yitzchak Issacc HaLevi) speaks about the opinion of some Bible scholars that Shmuel wrote/...
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Why is the name of the first Hebrew letter also the word for 1000?

I find it interesting the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet is "Aleph", which shares the letters and is pronounced nearly identically to the word for one thousand - "Eleph". Why might this be? ...
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God issuing prophecy in the name of idols

I once read somewhere in the Gemara that a Rabbi asked how come idolaters claim that, as they walked by an idol, the god made a prediction (or gave advice) that came true. The answer was that God ...
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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?