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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Source of the idea of “enough to square” - “כדי לרבע”

IIRC the idea of "to square" addresses two main issues - measuring a minimal Succah and a minimal house for Mezzuzah (I'll focus on the first but the discussion on the later is similar). IIRC the ...
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Origin of a phrase (v'hu yiftach libeinu)

After the Kiddusha D'sidra the following words appear: הוּא יִפְתַּח לִבֵּנוּ בְּתורָתו. וְיָשֵׂם בְּלִבֵּנוּ אַהֲבָתו וְיִרְאָתו וְלַעֲשׂות רְצונו וּלְעָבְדו בְּלֵבָב שָׁלֵם. The Beurei Hatefilah ...
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Are there any instances in Tanach of Lashon Hara said purely for non-constructive purposes?

I can think of several said with proper intentions - for instance, Miriam (Bamidbar ch. 12) wasn’t trying to harm Moshe with her speech; likewise those who told Gedaliah that he was to be killed by ...
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“Hanukkah 8th day/Tevet 3/New Years Day” triple coincidences - What makes them so Rare?

I very recently became aware that Hanukkah 8th day sometimes (but rarely) falls on Tevet 3. What causes this to happen? At the same time, I also noticed that when Hanukkah 8th day/Tevet 3 happen ...
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Pirush on Tamid

Ezra and I have been learning the gemara of Tamid over the phone. In the standard edition (Vilna and subsequent) there is one main pirush (presumably the same one as in the other minor Kodashim ...
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What is the source of the (oft-quoted) phrase “אתיות מחכימות”

The phrase "אתיות מחכימות" is often bandied about. What is the source? Is this meant to be taken literally? Does it apply to נ"ך as well as תורה? What about דברי חז"ל?
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Time as a Spiral

@PixelArtDragon asked what rabbi originated the idea that time is a spiral. @PixelArtDragon said that the earliest they've found is Rav Natan Breslov who lived from 1780-1844 - can anyone locate that ...
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What sefer is being cited here?

I’ve been learning about the concept of עצם as it relates to עצם, נהר, גן. ענ״ג. This has taken me to Sefer Kehillat Yaacov by Rabbi Yaacov Tzvi Yolles, ערך עץ and the word עצם. For those checking ...
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Did the Talmudic rabbis know about America?

Is there any evidence in the ancient Sources that the Talmudic rabbis were aware of the existence of America?
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Written Torah in Messianic era

In the brief clip linked the speaker says that “in the end of days when Moshiah comes and prophesy comes back they’re going to write all about Jewish history, they’re going to write about galus (exile)...
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Tying double knot of garbarge bag

I remember seeing in a Shu"t that one is allowed to tie a double knot of something that will be going into the garbage since one doesn't care about it. Has anyone seen this opinion anywhere. I do know ...
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Married Jewish women and tzedaka

Are married Jewish women permitted to give tzedaka by themselves? Are they required to give it only together with their husband? There seems to be some question about this based on the Rashi and ...
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When answering a greeting one should top it

On a daf yomi shiur I heard that when someone is being greeted/blessed he should reply with a greater blessing. When I heard that I thought that this was the reason why people reply shabbat shalom ...
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Moshe will come and redeem us from here

I saw in a medrash that when the Jews were slaves in Egypt their wives would strengthen them by saying, "Moshe will come and redeem us from here." Does anyone where the medrash says this statement?
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Anomalous directive and obvious condition in Parashat Re’eh

Within Perek 14, passukim 3-21, discusses the dietary prohibitions and permissions. My first inquiry is the anomaly particularly found in Passuk 11. ״כל ציפור טהורה תאכלו״- “Every clean bird, you may ...
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Source to not learn Torah from a Rabbi who is overweight

I remember once learning that one should not learn Torah from a Rav who's overweight because (something along the lines of): "if he can't control his appetite, how can he control his other ...
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Source for ויראת מאלקיך because of loss of money

HaKesav VeHaKabbalah (Deuteronomy 10:12) writes: והנה מצאנו בחמשה מקומות שדברה תורה ממצות שבין אדם לחברו שסיימה בהם ויראת מאלהיך, כמו אל תקלל חרש ויראת מאלהיך, מפני שיבה תקום ויראת מאלהיך, ולא תונו ...
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Making a Siyum on a Yahrzeit - allowed?

I see and hear of people making a Siyum on a Yahrzeit - and we have questions to that effect on the site. I am wondering why this is permitted. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 221:6 forbids eating at a ...
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What verses in Na"ch describe the details of Jewish calendar like Kidush HaChodesh and Ibbur Hashanah?

The Gemmorah in Jerusalem Rosh Hashana 6a explains the process of adopting the Babylonian names instead of Biblical ones. דא"ר חנינה שמות חדשים עלו בידם מבבל R'Hanina said: the names of the ...
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Dam Betulah (hymen bleeding) [duplicate]

I heard some one had told me, Dam Betulah need to be wait 3days and,after 7days of cleaning. Is there any poskim that says dam betulah can be wait 3 days so far??? Thankyou
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Two beginnings related to heavens and earth

IIRC, there is a medrash conecting the first letter of torah (beit) + the word reshit by saying that with 2 beginnings (meaning the heavens and earth) the world came into existence. Does anyone happen ...
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List of all the people that could have been Moshiach

I've been doing some research on the topic of "who could have been Moshiach based on Chazal" an example of one such person is Chizkiyahu Hamelech as it says in Sanhedrin 94. If anyone knows any names ...
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Source for story about a boy who asked to be given a scar on his face instead of it being given to his wife [closed]

I remember once hearing a story, the gist of which is: Once there was a young girl who was going to be mugged/ accosted by a bandit. A similar aged boy saw what was about to happen, and was able to ...
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Source that you can't tell your wife not to lend to others

Although I heard in a shiur that there is a gemara which says a husband is not allowed to tell his wife not to lend to others since she would eventually develop a bad name, I can't find it - are there ...
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Raising heels in kedusha according to Chacham Ovadia

Halacha Yomit says that Chacham Ovadia rules that one must raise his heels 3 times each in every kadosh. Where can the source for this halacha be found in Chacham Ovadia's books?
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What is the mitzvah of tzedakah dependent on?

We learn in the Rambam commentary on Avos (3:19) that it is preferable to give a little bit of tzedakah to many people than a few large amounts to a few people. When does one fulfil the mitzvah of ...
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May you repeat the words of a rasha?

I vaguely remember reading that a rabbi ruled that the words of a rasha (wicked person) must not be repeated, no matter what they are, because he probably said them with evil intent. Is this accurate?...
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Where can I find Rav Kook's writing of this?

There is a recent article in which Rabbi Moishe Bane writes the following : The legendary Chief Rabbi Avraham Yitzchok KaCohen Kook z”l, observed that in every society, in every religion, in ...
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Aderet's Anonymous Sefer and Haskamah?

In this post, https://www.torahmusings.com/2013/04/my-nom-de-plume-exposed/ , R' Michael Broyde says that "Finally, [Professor Marc B.] Shapiro informed me that the Aderet published a book anonymously,...
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Egalitarian references in Chazal

I'm trying to find references in Chazal to the principle that people are judged/rewarded based on the choices they make, regardless of their specific role in society. For example, I believe I have ...
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No Shema' at the end of Shirat haYam?

Over the last several years, I have noticed that most schuls in the US do not recite the pasuk of שמע ישרﭏ at the end of Shirat haYam in Pesukei deZimrah, while every Nusach Ashkenaz siddur I've seen (...
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Custom of placing notes at the Kosel [duplicate]

What is the earliest recorded source mentioning the custom of placing notes at the Kosel?
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Is there a book or online source explaining Jewish year-“type” sequences?

The current Judaic calendar allows for three types of year lengths: Chaser ("missing") - 353 days Kesidra ("in order") - 354 days Shalem ("full") - 355 days (Add 30 to each of the above for leap ...
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Where in ש״ס who one find the adage, “He who suggests the idea should carry it out”?

If I can recall it would be found in Kedushin (besides others)
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Source for not whistling at night?

I have heard that one is not allowed to whistle at night, something to do with bringing demons. does anyone know a source for this?
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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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Source for Geonic division of mitzvos

The Rambam and those who follow suit divide the 613 mitzvos into two groups, 248 positive mitzvos and 365 negative mitzvos. This is sourced from Makkos 23b. However, most of the Geonim (for example: ...
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Jewish significance of being an uncle or aunt?

Is there any Jewish significance to the relationship between an uncle/aunt and their nephew/niece? Meaning to say, are there any special things (opportunities, responsibilities) about being an uncle/...
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Leniency for Dangerous Surgery

The Chochmas Adam apparently writes that a patient is allowed to undergo a risky medical operation which may effectively end the patient's life during surgery for the chance that he will live longer. ...
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Talmudic sages of Davidic descent

Which (individual) sages of Talmud were said to be traced back to King David? IIRC, R. Hillel was one (?). Are there others? Sources are welcome.
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Source for blessing “Livnot Bayit Ne'eman B'Yisrael” [duplicate]

A classic blessing for a bride and groom is they should merit to build a לִבְנוֹת בַּיִת נֶאמָן בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל - a reliable house in Israel. The only source I could find for this expression is the Mi ...
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Earliest application of "frailty/feebleness descended upon humanity” (״ירדה חולשה לעולם״)

A popular saying in various fields of halachah (Jewish law) is “frailty/feebleness descended upon humanity” (״ירדה חולשה לעולם״). This is perhaps most known in the area of fasting where some ...
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R. Yehudah's suspicion on Kiddushin 82a

The mishna on Kiddushin 82a presents R. Yehudah's opinion that an unmarried man should not be a shepherd or share a blanket with another unmarried man. The chachamim allow it. In the gemara, the ...
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Exact Yalkut Shimoni Reference

So says the Gemara in Masechta Sanhedrin, 39a: “Caesar said to R' Tanchum, 'Come, let us all become one nation.' Rabbi Tanchum said: 'Very well. But we, who are circumcised, cannot become ...
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What are the “maasim tovim”?

Talmud, mishna, and other sources reference "maasim tovim" (good deeds) in many places (Avos 4:17 is one example). Do any sources define what this term actually includes? Some of the possible options ...
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Custom to specifically have whiskey after fish because of danger

The Rema (YD 116:3) says to eat something and drink something between having fish and meat. Many have the custom to specifically make a lechaim between fish and meat, meaning they have something ...
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Source for “everyone has a specific area of Torah that they're naturally drawn to”

While we have to learn the entire Torah, I remember once learning that "everyone has a specific area of Torah that they're specifically drawn to/ naturally comes easier to them" (for example: monetary ...
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Torah Source For Emergency Fund?

Although it might seem obvious to responsible individuals to have an "emergency fund", some might say it's a lack of bitachon - is there a Torah source (Gemara, Midrash, Halacha, etc) for saving up ...
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Sources discussing Trick Candles

Are there any rabbinic sources which discuss whether one can blow out a "trick candle" on Shabbat? I see issues related to m'chabeh but also possibly mavir, but because the intent is not to relight, ...
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Adding a name for sick person [duplicate]

It is common practice for someone who is dangerously ill to add a name (as a form of shinui mazal). I have noticed that people who name after somebody who had a name added during illness who ...