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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Women giving birth daily ( Olam Ha-Ba )

I have read on an article that in the world to come , every day women will bear children and I want to know if this is true and if so where it says that in the Mishnah.
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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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Benefiting from a non-Jew's labor on Shabbat

I understand that if a non-Jew performs labor on Shabbes for a Jew, the Jew cannot benefit from that labor - but what if it was performed for a group of people, only one/some of whom are Jewish? For ...
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Zohar / Facial features

Shalom all. I once read/heard that the Zohar says that when Jews move to a certain location, then those Jewish people's facial features change to look like the people that they live among. Does any ...
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What is the occupation of the soul, Jewish and non-Jewish, in the months prior to birth?

After reading an interesting scientific article concerning how mammals apparently dream prior to birth, it reminded me of Rabbi Simlai in Niddah 30b discussing how each Jewish soul learns the entire ...
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Midrash on the sale of the Machpelah Cave

A few days ago I saw in a library book a midrash on the sale of the Machpelah Cave. The midrash detailed the names of the four witnesses who signed their names on the deed. Unfortunately, I returned ...
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Suffering As An Atonement

Is there any source that states explicitly that the יִסּוּרִין, suffering, that a person goes through serves as a כַּפָּרָה, atonement?
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1:1 correspondence of spiritual purity to spiritual impurity?

I’ve always held the belief that the amount of spiritual purity in the world is equal to the amount of spiritual impurity. I think I heard this idea before, however, I do not know the source. My ...
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Halachic dispute over 'Geshtuppte Ganz' (Goose Liver) - Stuffed-goose dish

I was reading the Artscroll biography of the Tosher Rebbe and it writes on p.283 the following: He recalled how his grandfather the Saba Kadisha, had warned him against eating geshtuppte ganz, the ...
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Gedolim books in the bathroom

Is it permissible to read gedolim books in the bathroom or is it forbidden? Would it change the Halacha based off what the contents of the book are? For example, some of these books just contain ...
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Imitating Rabbanim

Is it Lashon Hara (or any other aveirah) to imitate a rav. It’s a common thing in yeshivos (at least the ones I’ve been involved in) that some bachrim imitate the rebbes mannerisms and way of speaking ...
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Chinuch in personal hygiene

Are there any sources (from any period in time as long as they come from a respectable source please) that demonstrates the need to educate one's child in the importance of cleanliness and personal ...
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Source that we were enslaved in Egypt to bring national unity

I heard in a Shiur that the Medresh says that the reason we were enslaved in Egypt was to bring national unity. Does anyone know where the Medresh says that? Thanks.
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Source for dividing the ten commandments into Ben Adam Lamakom and Ben Adam Lechavero

This is something that I have heard and been taught many times, but I can't find it sourced anywhere. I do see this concept quoted often in various articles (via Google searches). The question on this ...
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Is there a source for this Segulah to help somebody become pregnant?

There seems to be a Segulah to help a woman who is having trouble having a child. The Segulah is to form a group of 40 women (or more) who will say Tefilas Chana (Perek Aleph and Perek Bais in the ...
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Source for this Rambam quote?

I am looking for a source for the quote below. I assume it is the Mishneh Torah but have no basis for such belief. The quote (roughly translated by a non-Jewish “quotes” website) is: One should see ...
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Only Kohanim get reward for mitzvos in this world

There's a concept of שכר מצוות בהאי עלמא ליכא, there is no reward for mitzvos in this world (Kiddushin 39b). Much has been written on what this means and why it's true, but I found a innovative idea ...
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Saying kaddish for a year, years after death

Someone found out that their grandmother, who passed away 7 years ago, didn't have anyone that said kaddish for her for the year after her passing. Is there any inyun now to say kaddish for a year (...
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Only one Rebbi for hashkafa

I was told there is a gemara which stresses the importance of having only one Rebbi for hashkafa as multiple teachers in this area would only result in confusion. Anyone know where this gemara is? ...
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The presence of Angels when uncovered (source)

I can't remember exactly where I read this, but is it true that angels are not present when someone is uncovered? Is there a source for this?
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Where can I find Rav David Tzvi Hoffman's commentary?

I have seen it alleged that Rav David Tzvi Hoffman disagrees with the Ramban's interpretation of Devarim 18:15, and would like to see details. Where can I find his commentary, so as to compare what he ...
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Does aseh lecha rav mean you can only ask Halachic sheilohs to one rabbi?

I remember learning that it is also related to asking sheilos only to local rabbonim. Anyone has answer/sources? Thank you
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Samuel knew Torah at the age of two?

I was listening to a shiur and the rabbi said that Samuel knew Torah by the age of two. He didn't give any source for this, however. Is there any source for what he said?
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Looking for example(s) of differing rulings by Rav Yochanan vs. R' Yose bar Chanina

In discussing whose halachic rulings we follow when tanaaim and/or amorim give different rulings, in Halachipedia it says: Rav Yochanan vs. R' Yose bar Chanina is a Machaloket (regarding whom we ...
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“Hasidic Zmanim “ [duplicate]

Something that has always piqued my interest is how some hasidic groups sometimes daven way later than the zman, is there any halachic validity to doing this?- I was under the assumption that if you ...
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Is cheating on High School tests גניבת ממון?

It's very well known today, especially from R' Moshe's ruling, that cheating on college tests is גניבת ממון. However he says High School cheating, although forbidden, is not גניבת ממון. How does this ...
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Is a Jewish Male Allowed to Offer Free Hugs to People?

On a recent YouTube video, a religious Jew blindfolded himself and stood on the streets of New York City offering people the opportunity to stand with him for peace through a hug. Even though he ...
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What is “going” in terms of head covering?

related: Kippa in Torah? The talmud in Kiddush 31a relates that רב הונא בריה דרב יהושע לא מסגי ארבע אמות בגילוי הראש "Rav Huna, son of Rav Yehoshua, would not walk four cubits with an uncovered ...
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Is Yitroh's judicial structure mentioned anywhere else in the Tanakh?

Yitro advised to divide the people into groups of 10, 50, 100,1000 and appoint a corresponding judge for every group. Is the legal process of any of such judges mentioned in the Tanakh? I mean, does ...
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Invalidation of Eruv

Could a Eruv become invalid if the majority of Jews are Mechallel Shabbos(desecrating the Shabbos)while using it e.g. driving a car in the boundaries of the Eruv, carrying and using mobile phones etc?
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Where are these sources quoted by the Chofetz Chaim?

The Chofetz Chaim here references a place in the third section where he discusses the laws of talking in a shul. I have not been able to find the reference. Can anyone find it for me? He also writes (...
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Where are the 24 places that Kohanim are called Leviim?

In numerous places the gemara quotes Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Levi as saying there are 24 places that Kohanim are called Leviim, but the gemara only ever quotes the pasuk in Yechezkel 44 15. See for ...
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Looking for sources that explain why monotheism is true (as opposed to paganism) and how to attain that knowledge

Shalom. I am looking for sources (a list if possible) that explain why monotheism, as opposed to paganism, is true. I would also like to know how to attain that knowledge. I am aware that Chovos ...
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The Identity of R' Elazar ben Chananyah

Recently, I found that there are some academics that identify the Tanna Rabbi Elazar ben Chananyah with Elazar ben Chananyah, one of the rebel leaders during the Great Revolt. Prof. Ephraim Urbach in &...
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Numbering in the Mordechai

I've noticed that the Mordechai has a strange numbering system (א,ב,ג etc.) that goes through it. I thought it might just be enumerating the individual halachos l'maaseh, but I noticed that it often ...
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Deficient limb(s) - (King David vs Messiah?)

Around 2015, I read in a Midrashic source - presumably on Sefaria - that either King David or the future King Moshiach (I cannot remember this crucial fact) would have a problem relating to something ...
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Is there a Braita like Rabbi Pinchas Ben Yair but for intellectual virtue?

The braita of Rabbi Pinchas Ben yair in Masechet Avodah Zara 20b enumerates the levels of moral virtues. As quoted below, there is a structured progression to get to the next virtue. מכאן א"ר ...
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Why the change in phrase with the morning blessings?

In the morning blessings, there is a small but seemingly important variation in word usage across three blessings. In the blessing about the distinction between day and night, G-d is described by the ...
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Source of the Rambam's statement?

Where exactly does the Rambam say the following in his Igeres Teiman: “When the gentiles think that this people will never have their own government and state, and they will never be redeemed from ...
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With what Halachic work should an Ashkenaz start his learning?

If an Ashkenaz Jew wanted to start diving into the learning halacha are there any sources on which halachic work might be recommended to him to start with?
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What is the connection between the natural world and sinking? (טבע)

Do any commentators explain a connection between the shared root of the word "טבע" for sinking (as in Shemos 15:4 - טֻבְּעוּ בְיַם) and the natural world of טבע?
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Is Shlomo HaMelech a prophet? [duplicate]

Does any text/source indicate that Shlomo HaMelech was a prophet? I ask because according to Muslims he was a prophet.
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Makkas Dam throughout the whole world?

Someone told me in the name of a Talmid Chacham that Makkas Dam was not just in Mitzrayim, but was throughout the whole world, similar to the water splitting everywhere in the world. However, I looked ...
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Source for Baal Shem Tov's advice to parents with troubled teen - “Love him more”

The story is related about a father whose son was becoming increasingly disinterested with Yiddishkeit and moving ever closer to going off the derech. He went to seek the advice of the Baal Shem Tov, ...
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Where are resources about counting Omer Year round?

My rabbi mentioned there's a custom to count the omer year round. The idea is to travel through all the sefirot for 7 sets of 50 days. I'm looking for shiurim, texts, etc. that teach on this practice. ...
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Source for the statement that there's a message in everything a Jew sees or hears?

I heard or read once that, according to Hasidic masters, there was a message one should learn from in everything a Jew sees or hears in a given day. I often think of it when faced with unusual ...
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Which part of Hebrew or textual grammar tells the reader to add to the verb in question the word “habitually”?

Which part of Hebrew or textual grammar tells the reader to add to the verb in question the word "habitually"? For example, Exodus 21:36 (Parashat Bo), Chabad translates the verb in question ...
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Origin of Lag Biomer bonfire [duplicate]

Where and when did the minhag of lighting a bonfire on Lag Biomer originate? What are the earliest sources about it? (For that matter, do any written sources mention a bonfire at all?)
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Super-commentary and or index

Many times, a given seffer has a commentary and or index written on it, but due to lack of knowledge about it or lack of accessibility, the commentary/index remains largely unknown. This question ...
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Limitations to being dan l'kaf zechut

Are there any sources (if any) for there being limitations to being dan lkaf zechut? When is one required to do so, and when is one exempt?

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