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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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Nadav and Avihu versus Titus the Wicked entering the Holy of Holies

There are commentaries (for example the Yalkut Shimoni on Torah 524:7) that explain that the sin of Nadav and Avihu was that they entered the Holy of Holies. This is just one opinion, and that is not ...
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Midrash about our "age" in Olam Haba

I once heard that there is a midrash that states in Olam Haba, we start each day as children, then the next quarter we are adolescent, then adult, then old age, so that we can enjoy the goodness of ...
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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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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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"One who does not waste time, has time for everything" - learning on Shabbos

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Origins of the term "עולם השקר"

What are the earliest sources referring to our world as "עולם השקר"? Thank you
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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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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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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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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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Is there an English Translation available of the Maamer Nefesh HaShfeilah by the Alter Rebbe?

BH Is there an English Translation available of the Maamer Nefesh HaShfeilah by the Alter Rebbe available online?
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Tucking Tzitzis knots in

It seems that the minhag of a lot of people is to have their Tzitzis strings hanging out while their knots are tucked in. Is there a known source for this minhag?
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Looking for the source of a teaching that HKBH always sides with the pursued, regardless of merit

Shalom. I heard a teaching a little while ago that HKBH always sides with the pursued, regardless of merit. I am quite sure this came from a reputable source. Does anyone know the source for this ...
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Can Earth exist without Heaven?

Science and materialism claim that everything about this world can be explained in terms of materialism. Stuff, and the maths that governs the rules of that stuff, basically, is all there is. Does ...
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What is the sefer עץ אבות

In Rav Emden's pirush of perek shirah, זמרת הארץ, he references a sefer or pirush called עץ אבות. Where can I find the sefer as well as the specific point of reference within this sefer? It's ...
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Rabbi Yochanan Ben Dehavai's "Ministering Angels"

The quoted Tanna says that he heard something from ministering angels (Nedarim 20a). Over the page, it says: אמר אמימר: מאן מלאכי השרת — רבנן, דאי תימא מלאכי השרת ממש, אמאי אמר רבי יוחנן אין הלכה ...
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Torah Scholars, Shirt Stains and the Death Penalty

Shabbat 114a: ואמר רבי חייא בר אבא אמר רבי יוחנן: כל תלמיד חכם שנמצא רבב על בגדו — חייב מיתה And Rabbi Chiyya bar Abba said that Rabbi Yochanan said: A Torah Scholar with a fat stain found on his ...
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Opinions on when to leave a country

Would like to see some opinions and advice given by our leaders throughout galus (or before), on when it is time to leave a country, and how to decide where to go. What sort of situation or signs ...
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The legend of Rashi's 4 lines

There is a known legend among Talmudists that each Amud has four lines of Rashi before the beginning of the text of the Talmud to hint to a student to review the Amud four times before continuing. I'm ...
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The beauty of referencing Torah-sources

Rashi, in several places, says "לא ידעתי" - I don't know. It is said that Rabbi Akiva Eiger made a list of the times Rashi said "לא ידעתי" - I don't know, people were bothered by ...
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Urim and Thumim

I am currently researching the topic of Urim and Thumim and have two questions, maybe someone can help me or suggest sources: There are 72 letters on the Ephod (50 for the 12 tribes plus Avraham ...
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Asking children Psukim in Tanach

I remember that chazal used to ask chidren what Pasuk the child is currently learning to know answers to certain questions. Does anybody have a source ?
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R' Akiva visiting Syracuse

I have read a claim on various sites, including Wikipedia, that R' Akiva visited the city of Syracuse in current Sicily. However, I have failed to find its source in the Talmud. I have seen the ...
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If a woman has an abortion is she considered a mazik and need she compensate the father?

Should someone terminate a woman's pregnancy the monetary value of the fetus need be paid to the father (Shemos 21:22). Ralbag explains (ad loc) that it is awarded to him as he "owns" the ...
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