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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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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?
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What does Judaism say about twins?

Do the Sources make any collective judgments about twins? (Such as: Twins are a sign of this, twins portend that, etc.) I couldn't find anything about twins except mentioning multiple births when ...
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Source in the Gemara about seven qualities of an individual's personality

I recently heard a Torah lesson in which the speaker mentioned that according to the Gemara there are seven different sections or aspects of a person: How people view you Your deepest emotional needs ...
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What is the source for the Baal Shem Tov’s application of Psalm 122 (1) to a marriage?

I seem to remember a Dvar Torah from the Baal Shem Tov that reinterprets the first verse of Psalm 122 I rejoiced when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord." into a dialogue between ...
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Time as a Spiral

@PixelArtDragon asked what rabbi originated the idea that time is a spiral. @PixelArtDragon said that the earliest they've found is Rav Natan Breslov who lived from 1780-1844 - can anyone locate that ...
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What verses in Na"ch describe the details of Jewish calendar like Kidush HaChodesh and Ibbur Hashanah?

The Gemmorah in Jerusalem Rosh Hashana 6a explains the process of adopting the Babylonian names instead of Biblical ones. דא"ר חנינה שמות חדשים עלו בידם מבבל R'Hanina said: the names of the ...
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May you repeat the words of a rasha?

I vaguely remember reading that a rabbi ruled that the words of a rasha (wicked person) must not be repeated, no matter what they are, because he probably said them with evil intent. Is this accurate?...
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War of Sichon & Og Erev Shabbos?

The Talelei Oros (Bamidbar 31:23) quotes the Satmar Rav (Kuntros Chiddushei Torah on Avos) who says the war of Sichon & Og took place on Erev Shabbos and ended just before Shabbos in order to ...
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Sources discussing Trick Candles

Are there any rabbinic sources which discuss whether one can blow out a "trick candle" on Shabbat? I see issues related to m'chabeh but also possibly mavir, but because the intent is not to relight, ...
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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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Derobonon extensions of mide'oraita laws - list

In Mas. Kiddushin, 45b, the gemara discusses a woman who has undergone eirusin but the status of her nesuin is in doubt. The question arises as to whether she can (if she married a kohein) eat of his ...
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Skipping Paragraphs in long Tachanun

Although it pains me to ask the question, after davening in many orthodox shuls throughout New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, it seems chazanim often skip parts of והוא רחום (longer Monday/Thursday ...
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Is faith being built on 'mind, heart and actions'?

I've found this article online and part of it - from the words: "Philosophers of religion have observed that the word 'faith' covers a number of types or categories of religious existence..." till "...
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Link between rejoice and redemption

Once I found a commentary which made a wordplay, connection or link between rejoicing (גִּיל) and redemption (גָּאַל). I liked the idea that redemption and rejoicing would go hand in hand. Is there ...
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Source of “God could not be everywhere, so He created mothers”?

A popular line, usually attributed to the Talmud, is "God could not be everywhere at the same time, so He created mothers." I could not find it anywhere in Jewish sources. Besides, God is Ha-Makom --...
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Severity of covering the hair for women

I've heard Rabbi Yaron Reuben saying women who do not wear kisui rosh (putting the dispute of wigs as an exception), are like a woman who sinned before her husband. The Rabbi said that the kohen used ...
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Luchot HaBrit; first time receiving Torah passively and a second time actively

Once I read an article which talked about Exodus 31:18 and compared it with Exodus 34:1. In the first verse G-d gave the tablets (His work, His writing, 32:16), the second verse teaches Moshe needed ...
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Regretting a Mitzvah Anxiety

Are there sources for someone who constantly has anxiety about regretting his mitzvot? To better explain this, one who keeps doing mitzvot but has an anxiety that he regrets the mitzvot when he ...
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Who carries the 2nd and 3rd Sefer Torah?

In the synagogue that I attend I was asked to carry the 2nd Sefer the Chazan 1st to the Bimah. Afterwards the other gentleman who I had pesicha with took the 1st Sefer back. The chazan takes the ...
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Source that the word לשמי hints to the changing of Yaakov's name to Yisrael

In Genesis 32:30 after Ya’akov want’s to know the name of which he is wrestling with, the question is asked why he wants to know it’s name: (למה זה תשאל לשמי), I can’t find its source but I heard ...
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Origin of the Phrase Nichsof Nichsafti

In Yedid Nefesh, some versions of the lyrics have the phrase "ki zeh kama nichsof nichsafti" (some have nichsof nichsaf) because it is so very long that I have yearned intensely כִּי זֶה ...
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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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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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Tallit - to bless or not to bless?

My family has a hanhagah (practice) not to make a berachah on a tallit when putting the same beged on a second time in the same day. However, I’ve seen many others carefully make another berachah when ...
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Covering dough for the blessing on the dough offering

Before reciting the blessing "להפריש חלה..." (or whatever other version) I've seen women remove the mandated size of dough and then cover the rest of the dough prior to reciting the blessing. Is ...
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Seven Ushpizot on Sukkot?

In a number of places online, I've seen reference made to a teaching from Menachem Azariah of Fano, or Rama MiPano, about seven female "guests" which visit the Sukkah over Sukkot, in paralel to the ...
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Symbols for Shevet Levi and the Kohanim

Usually, I've seen hands in the position of nesiyat kapayim to represent Kohanim and a laver to represent other members of Shevet Levi. These are fairly common imagery. My question is whether Chazal ...
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Vilna Gaon: Tehillim's prophecy about Eisav and Yishmael

I heard once in a class where the Rabbi taught a teaching from the Vilna Gaon on Tehillim 20:8: אֵ֣לֶּה בָ֭רֶכֶב וְאֵ֣לֶּה בַסּוּסִ֑ים וַאֲנַ֓חְנוּ ׀ בְּשֵׁם־יְהוָ֖ה אֱלֹהֵ֣ינוּ נַזְכִּֽיר׃ ...
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Did Rambam wear “Rambam tzitzit,” etc

Some rabbis have invented their own methods for tying tzitzit, depending on their interpretation of the halachah. For instance, Maimonides had his own method for tying tzitzit that he passed onto the ...
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If don't aspire to be a general cannot be a simple soldier

I believe I read this saying (originally said by Napoleon) by one of the Gedolim (torah leaders) with respect to one's religious service. Could be it was the Chafetz Chaim. Looking for a source. the ...
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His Torah is He?

Within a book which translates some of the works of Menachem Nachum of Chernobyl called: 'Upright practices; The light of the eyes'* I found a quote but without a source: He is His Torah and His ...
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Chassidic Statement Supporting Misnagdim

I heard from my Rabbi that there was a Chassidic rebbe (possibly Lubavitch) who said that if not for the Misnagdim the Chassidim would've gone off the derech/ not remained within orthodoxy. Does ...
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Impure Korban and ketoires that started to burn become completely pure

I was just in a shiur where they said that a korbon and kitoires which where tomai become tohor after part of them starts burning Where can I find this(in the gemoro and the rambam)? What is this ...
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Reishis Chochmah on Images

Someone sent me a quote from the Reishis Chochmah which states: "Everything that a person looks at, the image penetrates and fixes itself in his mind, and when he comes to pray or to study Torah, ...
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Sefer Olat Tamid, 13 fulfillments of bracha

Found this online here: Sefer Olat Tamid lists 13 verses that one fulfills each time one says a bracha properly. Included among them: the mitzvah to remember God (Deut. 8:18) recalling ...
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In search of book(s) by the Koznitser Maggid

I'm in search of a possibility to read online (and free) some books of Rabbi Yisroel Hopsztajn Hupstein, most specifically the work Geulath Israel (on the writings of the Maharal). He cited this book ...
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What the מאירי holds on חזקה

Where are places in the Gemara (or anywhere else) that we see the way the מאירי holds when it comes to חזקה. Preferably חזקה דמעיקרה but all sources are helpful. Thanks!
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Primary sources that high culture are valid, or necessary, forms of service of God

Are there any primary sources* that speak about art, literature, music, and so forth as being valid, or even necessary, forms of service and appreciation of God? Is there anywhere that explicitly ...
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Sefer HaMiddot - Has anyone successfully sourced each aphorism?

Sefer HaMiddot A.K.A. Aleph-Bet Book (Sefer Ha-Alef Bet, Book of Traits), was Rebbe Nachman’s first work, a collection of aphorisms on the various character traits, positive and negative, as well as ...
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Bais Yosef's magid/angel tricked him?

I heard (in a few dvar Torahs, though I can't find them now) that the Bais Yosef had recorded that his magid (the angel that taught him) had tricked him, and something like "from this we know that ...
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People who discovered God on their own

Chazal give a list of people who discovered God on their own. Does anyone know where this list is? I saw it a while ago but can't recall where.
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Moshiach and three meals

The Gemara Shabbos 118a says, "Whoever has three meals on Shabbos... will saved on from the birth-pangs of Moshiach." Why specifically 3 meals? Is the Gemara saying that one who specifically eats ...
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Giving money to a shul

Someone told me that giving money towards a shul in order to enhance and beautify the physical structure of the building is a mitzvah. Is there source for this?
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Authorship of Summarized Sefer Hamitzvos

Are there any sources that claim that Rambam didnt author the summarized sefer hamitzvos (מנין מצות הקצר)?