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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What is this intro to this rendition of Kah Echsof?

My inability to hear lyrics, and my inabilities in Yiddish require me to ask the fine folk here what exactly is being said in the first words that precede Kah Echsof in this rendition. Could someone ...
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Torah scholar conceding due to a logical but unlearned argument

Is there any documented case of a major Torah scholar changing his mind as the result of a logical argument put forth to him by someone who was not basing his argument on any clear Torah sources the ...
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Annulling future regrets

Would any sources seem to indicate that if one states when talking to Hashem “HaShem if I ever regret any of my mitzvot, I don’t really regret them.” then any regrets he would have in the future would ...
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Source for forgiving sins for embarrassment

What’s the source for the idea that you get כפרת עונות when you are embarrassed? I’m not referring to one being ashamed and embarrassed of sinning, but rather one who randomly gets embarrassed during ...
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"One who does not waste time, has time for everything"

The Chida, in his Moreh BeEtzba (153) writes basically that on Shabbos, ones occupation should solely be Limud HaTorah. He says, כי לא נתנו שבתות וי״ט אלא ללמוד תורה. ומי שאינו מאבד הזמן יש עת לכל ...
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Deep dive into learning about Matriarchs?

I would like to learn more about the Imahot. I am happy to hear about books written focussing on this topic, gathering sources and summarising them into some easy reading, as well as hear any list of ...
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Rav Chaim Palagi and the 50th level of impurity in the haggadah

Rav Daniel Glatstein shlita says in a recent interview with ArtScroll (min. 23:24) that Rav Chaim Palagi, in his sefer Zechira Le'Chaim (Chaim Le Rosh, Haggadah Shel Pesach) divides the sections of ...
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What does "Yishmael Lavan Ha'Arami" mean?

The Ramak in his commentary Or Yakar on the Zohar uses the phrase "ישמעאל לבן הארמי" (Yishmael Lavan Ha'Arami) twice (from what I can tell), as though both names are that of one figure. Here ...
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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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What's the source for the deeper meaning of the word Yavan?

BH The Hebrew word for Greek is יון. I heard from a rabbi, but don't remember the source he mentioned, the deeper meaning of the word. That when Greeks first begin to deny, chos vishalom, the Torah, ...
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How much meat should one eat?

According to Torah, how often should one eat meat? One opinion is that if one can afford it, one should eat meat every day. Chullin 84b: מכאן אמר רבי אלעזר בן עזריה מי שיש לו מנה יקח לפסו ליטרא ירק ...
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Understandig the Chiddushei HaRim on the sin of Nadav and Avihu

The Chiddushei HaRim (Parshas Shemini, p. 168) explains what really lies behind the sin of Nadav and Avihu. He seems to explain that when G-d gives us a mitzvah, doing that mitzvah, without knowing ...
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Where in the works of Maimonides does he address how to deal with apparent contradictions between halakha and empirical facts?

Maimonides’ view is that halakha is teleological (see for example Guide III, 27,31) e.g. some laws are to promote societal wellbeing, correct moral beliefs, etc. Where in his works does he deal with ...
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What's the source for the phrase in Krias Shema al HaMitah: : ...בְּשֵׁם יְיָ אֱלֹקֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל and to recite it 3x?

What's the source for the actual phrase that is cited in Krias Shema al HaMitah: בְּשֵׁם יְיָ אֱלֹקֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: מִימִינִי מִיכָאֵל וּמִשְּׂמֹאלִי גַבְרִיאֵל וּמִלְּפָנַי אוּרִיאֵל וּמֵאֲחוֹרַי ...
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What is the "necessary existence"?

B"H Often times regarding the first halacha of Yesodei Hatorah chapter 1, I hear from different people that the Rambam is discussing the concept of G-d as a "necessary existence" as ...
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Where did the Chofetz Chaim mention a segula for Refuah in connection with Shabbos

Read in a pamphlet that the Chofetz Chaim says a segula for Refuah is to have challos and wine on table by daybreak Friday where is the source
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Source for the practice of praying while attending a circumcision? [closed]

I've heard of a practice for those attending a circumcision to pray during the circumcision. Is there any known source for this?
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R' David Tzvi Hoffman's sun depression angle for nightfall

The time lapse between sunset and nightfall (i.e. the length of twilight) depends mainly on the observer's latitude and the time of year (and also, to a lesser degree, on atmospheric conditions.) ...
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The Ox and The Donkey: Moshiach and Eisav

The Torah tells us in Parshas Vayishlach that Yaakov says: וַֽיְהִי־לִי֙ שׁ֣וֹר וַחֲמ֔וֹר - I have acquired oxen and asses There are some commentaries that connect this very specific posuk to ...
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Who is Achashverosh the Mede found in Daniel 9:1?

In Daniel 9:1, Darius the Mede's father is said to be someone called Achashverosh. This is obviously not to be identified with the Achashverosh in Esther, as many meforshim make clear. Is there any ...
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The Mishkan as a small world

In different sources (Maggid HaRakiah, Inyanei Purim & Megilath Esther by Rav Daniel Glatstein, p. 65, ביני ובין בני ישראל, p. 41), the idea is echoed that the construction of the Mishkan (...
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Torah thoughts conceived during davening

Are there any statements in Chazal (any era) about Torah ideas that one had during prayer accidentally (b'shogeg/b'ones) ch'v, when one should have been concentrating only on the words of prayer (...
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Source for imagining a rabbinic author before you

Whatever the original/straightforward meaning of this verse might be, some have understood the phrase " וְהָי֥וּ עֵינֶ֖יךָ רֹא֥וֹת אֶת־מוֹרֶֽיךָ" (Yeshayah 30) to be instructive, that "...
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Parshas Achrei and Pesach

This year, on Erev Pesach (Monday, April 22, 2024) the Torah reading is parshas Achrei Mot. The Chabad-website notifies that the daily reading of Erev Pesach is the 2nd Portion (Vayikra (Leviticus) 16:...
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Parshas Vayechi: The impurity of Philistim

The Shivlei Pinches (Parshas Vayechi, 5774) shares an incredible idea about the spiritual impurity/kelipah of the Philistim (Hebrew here). The Shivlei Pinches explains, regarding Shimshon HaGibor, ...
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The Tzadik, The Nations and the Geulah: the chiddush of Rabbi Mordechai Rottenberg

Rabbi Mordechai Rottenberg, Rabbi of Antwerp (1872-1944), has written an interesting teshuva on the Shalosh Shevuos (the three oaths. Refer to Kesubos 111a). Rabbi Rottenberg, in his reaction to some ...
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B'nei Yisroel: if sunken to the 50th level of tumah, beyond redemption

The Kedushas Levi explains (Shemos, Parshas Bo 14) that if the Jewish people sunk one more rung in impurity, they would have been beyond redemption: ‎When the Jewish people left Egypt in great haste, ...
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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 biblical requirement to read. Why is that? Zachor makes sense (as it says so in the Torah here). Why Parah?
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What is known about Avichayil?

Esther's father is mentioned twice in the Megilla (2:15 and 9:29). He is spoken of as "Avichayil." This Avichayil would have to be brothers with Ya'ir, Mordechai's father, if we see ...
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Looking for Rabbi Bentzion Sternfeld's Shaarei Tzion

The Gemara in Megillah 12a relates that the students of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai asked him: For what reason were the enemies of Jewish people, in that generation deserving of annihilation? Rabbi ...
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Achashverosh earned Olam Haba?

In Let My Nation Live by Yosef Deutsch, p358, he claims that Achashverosh earned Olam Haba. There is no footnote on that paragraph, but the preceding paragraph's footnote lists Rokeach; Yedei Moshe; R'...
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Chazal empty barrels make the most noise

As far as i know there is a mamer chazal for empty barrels make the most noise. can any one help me find it
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What does Rashi mean with "our Rabbis expounded what they expounded"?

B"H In Ester 1:7 when it mentions how the feast had different"vessels", Rashi gives his explanation, then finishes off "our Rabbis expounded what they expounded", a very ...
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The Maharsha's Funeral Procession

I heard a tale about a wonder that happened during the Maharsha's funeral procession which involved a church falling down and the Maharsha sitting up in his bier. What is the original source of this ...
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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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Origins of the term "עולם השקר"

What are the earliest sources referring to our world as "עולם השקר"? Thank you
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The physical and spiritual halves of man in the Yerushalmi

In the entry "Soul: Jewish Concept" on Encyclopedia.com it states the following apparently based on the Yerushalmi: "The close connection between soul and body characteristic of the ...
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Is it true the Ari said that if there is hate of one scholar to another it's because they're from the same shoresh?

Is it true that the Ari said that if there is hate from two talmidei chachamim this is because they're from the same shoresh neshama?
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Story of a child who fell in honey and died?

I remember learning in Yoreh Deah about a halachic case about a child who fell into honey and died, and the Tosfos Yom Tov declared the honey not kosher. Where is that story found?
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What is the source of the majority rule?

I often hear Exodus 23:2 referred to as the source for the majority rule (e.g., the accepted answer to Beis Hillel vs Beis Shammai - so what that the latter are sharper?). However: You shall neither ...
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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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Getting close to G-d by studying sefer Devarim

Rav Elimelech Biderman (Torah Wellsprings, parashas Devarim - Tishah B'av 2017, p. 16) quotes the Kotzker Rebbe and says that whoever studies sefer Devarim, becomes close(r) to Hashem. "Even a ...
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Masei: spiritual rectification through the encampments

The Torah in Parashas Masei tells us (Bamidbar 33:1): Eileh Masei B'nei Yisrael - these are the journeys of the children of Yisrael One of the journeys was from Sinai to Kivroth HaTaavah (v.16) And ...
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Is a statement against or about the peril of adding or subtracting a letter from the Torah, with a connection to destroying the world, made by Rashi?

Is a statement against or about the peril of adding or subtracting a letter from the Torah made by Rashi ? I recall hearing that Rashi said that if one letter were erased from the Torah, the entire ...
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"Purimfest 1946" and the ten sons of Haman

In the Megillah (Esther 9:7), the Torah lists the ten sons of Haman that were hanged. If we look at the words, we notice that some letters are written small.For example, the "tav" in the ...
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What days of the week were the original 14th/15th of Adar?

Looking for a source that pins down the days of the week that the first Purim fell on.
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Vizhnitzer Rebbe's Prayer for Israeli Soldiers

On the first Shabboth following the Simhhat Torah Massacre, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe, R. Yisrael Hager recited a special prayer for the soldiers in the IDF. It was not the commonly recited Mi Sheberakh ...
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The Belzer Rebbe's approach to nationalism and zionism

In "The Rabbis Speak Out", the 3rd Belzer Rebbe, Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach is quoted (Kuntres 22 Cheshvan, p. 108) in saying that: Zionism itself is founded on denial of G-d‟s providence, ...
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Interpreting and accepting contemporary reports of fantastic events

Are there any contemporary sources that discuss how to approach reports or stories in circulation among the Jewish public that stretch credulity? Is it incumbent upon us to find meaning in them? I am ...
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Ein beis hamidrash bli chiddush

Rav Daniel Glatstein shlita often quotes the idea of: ein beis hamidrash bli chiddush Meaning, whenever you say a chiddush, over and over, there always is something new to say and to discover. Where ...

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