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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The origins of Rabbi Akiva

In this lecture, historian Gershon Bar-Kochva recounts the story of how Rabbi Akiva's parents met. In short, his mother, Sarah, was an orphan living in Lod. Her neighbor was a non-Jew who was ...
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What was the general skin color of ancient Israelis?

There are lots of claims that ancient Israelis were black/brown/white or even east-asian looking? So which one is accurate is there any evidence from Torah or from other biblical resource?
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What earliest sources mention reincarnation explicitly? [duplicate]

Where is an explicit reference to reincarnation first mentioned in Jewish literature?
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What is the source of the expression מנהג ישראל תורה?

The earliest source I found is the Ramban who says in Pesachim 7b: ועוד נ"ל שסדר ברכות הללו של שחרית ברכות שבח הן על נוהג העולם ואפי' לא שמע שכוי מברך עליו וכן בכולן, וכן נהגו ומנהג ישראל תורה ...
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Moses at fault for spies?

Looking to better understand if, per the sources, Moses was at fault for sending spies, especially as it relates to sending them on a seemingly military mission.
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Halacha LeMoshe MiSinais which are taught together were originally said together

I seem to remember seeing somewhere, maybe Tosafos somewhere, saying that when the gemarra groups certain halacha lemoshe misinai's together, like Sukkah 5b with שיעורין חציצין ומחיצין, it's telling ...
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Why is it called 'Breaking Shabbos'? [closed]

The standard English language way of referring to חילול שבת seems to be 'breaking Shabbos'. I have not come across the Hebrew phrase 'לשבור את השבת' anywhere, which is the literal translation of '...
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Requesting forgiveness when in doubt

Rambam writes in Teshuva 2,9 that one must ask a person for forgiveness when he has wronged him and personal Teshuva is not enough. I have seen people (and I myself have often done this) asking for ...
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"In the next world, a person shall be judged for all the fruit that he saw but did not eat." — Source?

I have seen this statement, always attributed to Rabbi Abbun, cited in many Tu b'Shevat haggadot online, always in the following form: In the Talmud, Rabbi Abbun said: “In the next world, a person ...
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Tzafenas Paneach and the conversion of Rus

I heard in a shiur once that Rus' and her sister Orpa's conversion to Judaism was pending. Meaning, when they married Na'ami's sons, they converted. However, since they converted for marriage, it was ...
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When was Shlomo HaMelech anointed king?

When (day, month, year) was Shlomo HaMelech anointed king, as according to the pasuk below? 1 Kings 1:45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon, and they have ...
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Who says Beis Shammai don't hold of "Aseh docheh lo saaseh"?

A pretty ubiquitous concept in Torah is the idea of aseh docheh lo saaseh, that a positive mitzvah can override a negative precept. I recently saw in a contemporary sefer that Beis Shammai don't hold ...
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Source for "Hamakom" said at shiva and variations

What is the source for the text of hamakom? In Israel I noticed that they add some words that I never heard in the States (something like"vlo yosifo lidavek?od") , what is the source for them and why ...
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Source to comfort mourners "המקום ינחם אתכם" [duplicate]

What is the original source to comfort mourners with the exact phrase "המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים" - "hamakom (the Omnipresent, i.e., God) should comfort you among the ...
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Examples of "Mitzvah X was not practiced since the times of Y"

The book of Nehemia states that the Israelis didn't keep Succot from the times of Joshua Binun (about 1000 years, Nehemiah.8.17. וַיַּעֲשׂוּ כָל־הַקָּהָל הַשָּׁבִים מִן־הַשְּׁבִי סֻכּוֹת וַיֵּשְׁבוּ ...
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Did Tannaim in Israel accept the principle of Dina Demalchuta?

Allegedly, the principle of DD"M is based on related to prophet Jeremiah prescribing the exiled Jews to "Seek the peace of the city whither ye have been carried away captives." (see my ...
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Is acting stringently so that "he shall be blessed" an authentic mechanism?

Many times in Halachic literature I have come across the formula in which one can follow the law more stringently than is necessary, and for that he will be blessed (תבא עליו ברכה). Does this ...
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Source for Mar Shmuel citing Jeremiah 29:7 on Dina Demalchutah

WIKI for Dina Demalchuta says: "Origins of this idea come from Jeremiah's letter to the Babylonian exiles: "Seek the peace of the city to which I have exiled you and pray to the Lord on its ...
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Is there internal evidence within the Mishnah that Rabbi Yehudah ha-Nasi redacted it?

Without drawing upon later sources like the Gemara, Rabbi Sherira Gaon, Rashi, Maimonedes and others, is there internal evidence (or explicit claims) in the Mishnah itself that Rabbi Yehudah ha-Nasi ...
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What is the hetter for yeshivas to daven a Hoiche Kedusha?

I have seen many Yeshivas (and some not-so-yeshivas [day schools, etc.]) doing a Hoiche Kedusha for Mincha. They had the Chazzan start the first three Brachos of Shemoneh Esrei aloud and say Kedushah,...
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Where is it taught that you can't sleep with socks

I remember hearing that you can't sleep with socks. I think Rambam stated this (correct me if i am wrong), but where in Rambam was it said and why do we do it?
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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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Seeking source for story of someone who communicates from the next world about concepts not understood in this world

There is a story of 2 great Rabbis who made a pact between themselves that whoever died first would come back in a dream and tell the other one why certain bad things happened in the world. But when ...
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The History of Muktzeh

Where can I find information on muktzeh from an historical perspective? I would like to get a sense as to what different tannaim and amoraim considered to be muktzeh (both for Shabbes and for yontef), ...
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Bar Mitzvah on Yom Tov

In most situations a boy becomes a Bar Mitzvah and there are certain practices to mark that occasion which take place on the upcoming Shabbos. Those may include some or all of the following: getting ...
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Is Dina Demalchutah ever mentioned in Tannaic sources?

I was looking up in the Sefaria, but the only reference to the Dinah Demalchutah I could find was in the Babylonian Talmud in the name of the Babylonian Amorah Shmuel (דינא דמלכותא) and only in his ...
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Did the Men of the Great Assembly Canonize Tanach?

Many Jewish websites, (Aish, Jewish History, Ou), state that the the Men of the Great Assembly finalized the contents of Tanach in the early Second Temple Period. No source is brought to support this ...
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Was Herod Jewish?

Slightly related. This topic has been on my mind lately. According to Josephus, Herod's father Antipater was the son of Antipas, one of the Edomites converted by Yochanan Hyrcanus. I asked one of the ...
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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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Looking for a source on the city of Gilad

Some time ago I heard a Dvar Torah (which I brought here) by someone who stated, among other things, that the city of Gilad used to be, at least from the time of the sale of Yosef until it was ...
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Did Ibn Gabirol write a commentary on King David's Psalms?

I heard that Ibn Ezra preserved some of Solomon Ibn Gabirol's exegesis in his great commentary on the Pentateuch, but did Ibn Gabirol write a commentary on King David's Psalms?
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Where is the source of Yeshu (ימח שמו) hearing the Shem Hashem from the Kohen Gadol?

There is a Sefer "תם ומועד" which reportedly says that Yeshu (ימח שמו) was able to perform miracles because he was in the Beis Hamikdash when the Kohen Gadol said the Shem HaMeforash, wrote ...
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Where can we find a list of chalek/chapter lengths from shortest to longest of Tanakh?

A quick glance of Bereshis alone would make chapter 24 the longest. Everyone knows Tehillim 119 is the longest of all of Tanakh. We are looking for a list of at least the Torah shortest to longest. ...
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What's the reference for the line in the talmud that is about a Jewish apostate being put into a pit?

What's the reference for the line in the talmud that is about a Jewish apostate being put into a pit? I know that it gets brought down later in the RAMBAM and Shulchan Aruch. How are we supposed to ...
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Each generation in which the Temple wasn't rebuilt it's as if it was destroyed anew

I've often heard the phrase "In each generation in which the Temple isn't rebuilt, it's as if it was destroyed anew". כל דור שלא נבנה בית המקדש בימיו, כאילו נחרב בימיו. I'm trying to find ...
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Is there significance in the Torah calling Yaakov "Yaakov" at the start of Miketz, then switching to "Yisrael" in the middle

In parsha Miketz, in chapter 42 Jacob is referred to by the name יעקב several times. then in chapter 43, starting in sentence 6, it switches to ישראל and uses that a couple of times. Is there any ...
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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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Source in Darash Moshe on own understanding

It is said that in Darash Mose דרש משה Parashas Korach, the following quote can be found from Rabbi Moshe Feinstein zt'l Korach thought that every Jew is entitled to fulfill the laws of the Torah in ...
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Did Abraham and Noah know of each other?

Are there any sources that discuss whether Abraham and Noah knew of each other's existence, if there was ever any interactions between the two and/or if they ever met (not sure if their lives actually ...
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How is it known that Ben-Temalion was a small shed (שד)?

A follow-up to my first question, which is really what I was going for on that question: How is it known that Ben-Temalion was a small shed (שד)? @Dov sourced Rashi to Rabbeinu Gershom, but that doesn'...
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How should a Jewish person respond to antisemitism?

It is a sad reality that Jewish people are often faced with discrimination, be it in the workplace, on the street, or online. I myself have experienced antisemitism from time to time. Hatred against ...
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How should a Jew deal with Ashkenormativity? [closed]

Based on the following question: How to deal with Anti Semitism? Is there a standard way for a Jew to deal with the disregarding/ignoring/erasing/belittling of non Ashkenazi received traditions/...
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Sources needed on Beis Shammai and Mashiach and the paths of the tribes

Does anyone know where to find the following explanations/sources? ספר השיחות תשנ''א Sefer Hasichos, Shavuos 5751 where the concept is explained of that when Mashiach comes, we will follow Beis ...
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What may I reference to learn Tanach chapters by topic?

What may I refer to to learn where to locate verses or sections in the Tanach by topic? Preferably one of our own sources rather than a Christian one because the interpretations of the Tanach need to ...
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Berachot in Kriat Shema

I'm sorry if the question is too general, but I was just wondering about Berachot Kriat Shema. What exactly are they? What kind of relationship do they have with the Shema? We need to make a Beracha ...
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Yaakov's travel from Be'er Sheva to Haran: a spiritual journey?

The Torah tells us that Yaakov went from Be'er Sheva towards Haran (Bereishit 28:10). If you look at the map, Haran is somewhere in modern day Turkey (if I'm correct), so the journey was upwards. When ...
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Shechting non-Kosher animals

The question was asked: If someone for example is sick and must eat from a non-kosher animal. Must it be shechted (slaughtered) first like a kosher animal? I don't see any reason why it should, since ...
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Vilna Gaon letter about zohar learning

I heard from some people that the Vilna Goyn wrote a letter saying that if one doesn't learn Zoyhar, he shouldn't render decisions about Jewish law; where can we look to find this letter?
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Sources for Hamsa

I know from Ben Ish Hai Shana Bet Parashat Pinehas siman 13 where he writes to make a Hamsa from wood. However, I am wondering if there any earlier sources to solidify the fact that this would ...

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