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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From Adonijah's self-exaltation to self-debasement at the horns of the altar, what was the time frame?

From Adonijah's self-exaltation to self-debasement at the horns of the altar, what was the time frame? From the time "Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying: 'I will be king'" (...
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What is the reason for non-linear structure in many mishnayot?

What is the reason that many mishnayot are structured in non-linear fashion, where the first case discusses Topic #1, the middle case discusses Topic #2, and the last case returns to Topic #1? One ...
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backroom, minyan and shul

I read somewhere that people who daven in the backroom of a shul (i.e. a hallway or on the balcony) are not יוצא davening with a tzibur, unless there happens to be a minyan in that room with them. ...
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What was and who were Bath-Sheva's or Bath-Shua's Name and Children with David and Uriah?

What was and who were Bath-Sheva's or Bath-Shua's Name and Children with David and Uriah? Divrei Hayamim I - I Chronicles - Chapter 3:5 And these were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, and Shobab, ...
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Story identification: Rabbeinu Tam argues with Moshe Rabbeinu

In this answer, a strange and rather fascinating story is quoted from the Seder Hadoros: Seder Hadoros (year 4930) brings the story of an argument between Rabeynu Tam and other Rishonim regarding ...
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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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Looking for the source of an opinion on the definition of good

I heard somewhere that it was the Maharal or a similarly philosophical author who wrote that the definition of good is "something that serves its purpose." It has been escaping me for quite ...
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Source of opinion that Talmud Yerushalmi was corrupted by Karaites

In the entry for Talmud Bavli/Yerushalmi in Chida's Shem Hagedolim Hashalem (c.1800, the older versions do not have this paragraph), he references a theory from maskilim of his time that the Rabbis ...
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Why a human Messiah?

I understand that Mashiach is going to be a human. What is the source for this, and are there any explanations why it must be so? Can't G-d Himself redeem us?
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מנ"ע - Talking to a person but intent towards Hashem

I've seen in a few places the concept that we sometimes find a person talking to another, but their intent is really to Hashem. Some examples are the Vilna Gaon (Esther 7:6), Noam Elimelech (...
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Source for # times chai?

I often see donation requests with amounts in multiples of $18. I would like to know the source for giving charity of the numeric value of the Hebrew word chai (18) and its multiples.
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Source for a story about the Mir Yeshiva on the train to Shanghai?

I remember hearing a story told by R' Hershel Schachter about the Mir Yeshiva's journey to Shanghai, that took place on the train ride from Eastern Europe to Shanghai. The gist of the story is that ...
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Yishmael’s burial site

Are there any Torah sources that indicate where Yishmael (ben Avraham) is buried? I have not found anything that mentions his place of burial
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Did Nathan HaNavi exaggerate the numbers of captains invited?

Did Nathan HaNavi exaggerate the numbers of captains invited? In 1 Kings 1:19, Bath-Sheba (under the coaching of Nathan HaNavi) reported to King David that Adonijah invited, among others, "the ...
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What is the source for Neilas Hachag?

Neilas Hachag (as I understand it since there doesn't appear to be any real rules about it) is a tradition to eat some level of special meal as yom tov ends, typically associated with Sukkos, Pesach, ...
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What became of Chileab ben David HaMelekh?

What became of Chileab ben David HaMelekh? Shmuel II - II Samuel - Chapter 3:3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the ...
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What is the significance of leaving out the suffix-“vav” and/or adding it to אֲדֹנִיָּה?

What is the significance of leaving out the suffix-"vav" and/or adding it to the name אֲדֹנִיָּה? Of the 15 times the name of the antagonist or bad character is mentioned in 1 Kings 1, three ...
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How can a Sukkah be used as a protection from “Storm and Rain”?

According to the last verse of "Yeshayahu - Isaiah - Chapter 4", a Sukkah is "for a shelter and for a covert from stream and from rain" (Chabad) or "for a refuge and for a ...
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Source about a king like Haman if Israel doesn't repent

I'm writing an article about the holocaust and I want to find a source that says if Israel does not repent, Hashem will raise up a king like Haman.
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Who is this person named “Rei” in the Haftarah of Parashat Chayei Sarah?

Who is this person named "Rei" in the Haftarah of Parashat Chayei Sarah? Melachim I - I Kings - Chapter 1:8 And Zadok the priest and Benaiahu the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, ...
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Sfarim vs. Stand-alone sources

BSD I was learning with my Chavrusa the other day from a source sheet, and he displayed some surprise when I reached for the Sefer where the particular cited source was referenced. Upon asking why I ...
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Why is Shabbos called shabbos bereishis?

I have found in multiple sources that Rishonim refer to Shabbos as shabbos bereishis, and it is clear from context that they are referring to the weekly Shabbos as opposed to Shabbos of Creation. For ...
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Non-Jews Tending to Abandoned Cemeteries

Those of you who may have read my profile know that I have been reading and transcribing information on tombstones in towns in the Spis Region of Slovakia, in which no Jews remain. My colleague is a ...
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Where is the source for the statement “The last exile - the sin is hidden so the end is hidden”?

There is a reference somewhere that says something like: "In the first exile, the sin was known and the end was known. The last exile, the sin is hidden so the end is hidden." I'm looking ...
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What is the source for the Kallah's circling the Chasan 7 times?

What is the source for a Kallah (bride) to circle her Chasan (bridegroom) seven times at their wedding?
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Are there Orthodox sources on alternative estimations of the Exodus?

When discussing the Exodus, some academic scholars try to reconcile the Biblical narrative with empirical findings by lowering the estimates for the number of people involved and the grandiosity of ...
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Why isn't there a source for a widows time limit?

The Mishnah in Ketubot 57a says: נותנין לבתולה שנים עשר חודש משתבעה הבעל לפרנס את עצמה, וכשם שנותנין לאשה כך נותנין לאיש לפרנס את ‏עצמו. ולאלמנה שלשים יום One gives a virgin twelve months from the ...
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Are there brick structures mentioned in the Tanach?

Besides the Tower of Babylon, are there other brick structures mentioned in the Tanach?
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What's the source that there is תשלומין for tefilla?

What's the source that there is תשלומין for tefilla? Is it learnt out from תשלומין of korbanos? Also related to this: do the daily karbanos, such as the tamid, have תשלומין if they weren’t brought at ...
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Deep commentaries on the 2 stories of Rabbi Akiva laughing

The Talmud at the end of the tractate Makkos (24a-b) relates 2 stories about Rabbi Akiva laughing in the face of suffering. I was able to find nice commentaries explaining the simple ideas behind the ...
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How important are Yahrtzeit customs?

Many people regard Yahrtzeit customs and observances with much reverence and importance. The psychological reasons for this are self-evident, as such observances provide people with a feeling of ...
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Sarah's beauty at 80

Shalom u bracha. Does anybody know the source of a midrash that says that Pharaoh (and everybody) finds Sarah really beautiful even at her 80's because Avraham gave her so much confidence by repeating ...
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What is the source for one sixtieth?

The rule of bitul one sixtieth or sleep one sixtieth death or dreams one sixtieth prophecy: How did we arrive at one sixtieth as the measurement?
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Help me find the verse that says all good praises / words belongs to Hashem

I was reading comments on a thread two weeks ago and I came across a verse that says all good praises / words only belongs to Hashem. I can't remember where I save the text, please help me find this ...
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Eruvin 43a: Who was Yosef the Demon?

The Gemara in Eruvin 43a asks the following: (Sources from Sefaria) ?בָּעֵי רַב חֲנַנְיָא: יֵשׁ תְּחוּמִין לְמַעְלָה מֵעֲשָׂרָה, אוֹ אֵין תְּחוּמִין לְמַעְלָה מֵעֲשָׂרָה Rav Ḥananya raised a dilemma: ...
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What is the original source for Yahrtzeit customs?

There are various customs and even halachot associated with yahrtzeits, such as saying kaddish, getting called to Torah, lighting candles, fasting, serving as a prayer leader, giving charity, ...
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What are the sources that the soul possesses the knowledge of a language?

@AvrohomYitzchok asked me this question to support the assertions for another question: "why-dont-newborns-speak-outright. What are the sources that the knowledge of a language is a quality of ...
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Where in the Tanakh, on a peshat level, is “Yetzer HaTov” derived?

Where in the Tanakh, on a peshat level, is "Yetzer HaTov" derived? Rashi seems to derive "Yetzer HaRa" from Genesis 8:21 (because the words "yetzer" and "ra" ...
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Taz About self defense

In this question, user3109 on the comment refers to certain Taz (Y.D. 179 S'4), that talks about self defense. It seems that there was a typo, and the source is incorrect. Where does the Taz talks ...
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Sources for using the father's name when praying for a non-Jew

Related to this answer. Earlier today I was sent a video that showed the Chief Rabbis of Israel at the Kotel making a Mi Sheberach for the refuah of President Trump, where they called him דונלד ג'ון ...
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Engagement with short woman

I read many years ago a book or an article that claim that it if you have an option to marry short or tall woman with same qualities it is advised to marry the low woman. The reason that stands beyond ...
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Was Eli the Kohen Gadol until he died?

Apparently, a blind kohen can't serve in the Mikdash: Bechorot 44a: The Sages taught in a baraita: When it is stated that a blind man [iver] is disqualified from performing the Temple service (see ...
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Difference between רבון and אדון

In the Beracha of Elohai, we refer to God using a number of different descriptives. Towards the end, we give thanks to God as: רִבּוֹן כָּל הַמַּעֲשִׂים, אֲדוֹן כָּל הַנְּשָׁמוֹת. What are some ...
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What are the references or terms for the word sukkah?

Which words or descriptions serve as references for the word sukkah? I will accept any and all sources that are accepted here at mi yodeya.
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Religious origin of Yiddish expression

My father used to say "Nem di oygn in di hent," literally "Take your eyes in your hands." This was meant as a warning to be careful. I wonder if there is a religious source for ...
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Nothing stands in the way of desire

I saw on page 15 of this pdf the following statement quoted in the name of the Chida: "אין דבר העומד בפני הרצון, Nothing stands in the way of desire." Does anyone know where the source for ...
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Custom of two people not clothing someone together

Probably a common occurrence is when putting clothes on a baby, both parents will try to do it together to make it easier (one puts on the shirt, one puts on the pants, etc.). Someone recently told me ...
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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)?
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Sources that Parah Adumah shows love between Bnei Yisrael and Hashem

I'm looking for sources that Parah Adumah shows love between Bnei Yisrael and Hashem. (I know that there are recent sources that say this. I'm looking for earlier sources, preferably Rishonim or ...
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Source for repentance being illogical (or counter intuitive)

Rav Yosef Yehuda Leib Bloch in the sefer Shiurei Da'as (page 178) is quoted as having said that there are many places in the words of Chazal that Teshuva is against the sechel. I'm looking for ...

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