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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Rabbinical sources that support the Flat Earth view

While many people are busy looking for the slightest hints of the vast scientific knowledge possessed by our Sages, I've bumped into Rasa"G's interpretation of Sefer Hayetzirah 4,2 (c.900) (is there ...
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Sources that all future souls were at Mount Sinai?

What are the sources for the common understanding that all future souls were at Mount Sinai? I saw the Chasam Sofer bring the gemarra in Shevuos (39a), but that's talking about parshas Nitzavim. A ...
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Source - Matan Torah

Is there a source that says that at Matan torah the Bnei Yisrael would receive the written Torah but because they sinned with the golden calf they received the oral Torah as well? Please feel free ...
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Sources for Greek philosophy being influenced by Judaism [closed]

I'm aware of multiple sources describing exactly the opposite - the sheer influence of the Greek culture, language, economy, science and general worldview on the Sages and Judaism. The Greek culture ...
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When can a wife use the money she owns or earns without her husband's permission?

Normally, the money that comes to a woman before and during her marriage, she uses to buy land which belongs to her, but the husband has the rights to eat (own) their fruits (dividends​), this is ...
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Source that a married woman seduced by a “messianic figure” is still permitted to her husband

I've heard in the past that there is a responsum in regards to a married woman that was seduced by another man claiming to be the messiah, and the question arose about whether or not she was still ...
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Choosing the Name of a Sefer

Is there a kabbalistic preference for the author of a sefer to create a title alluding from a posuk alluding to his name? If so, why?
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Origin of counting Omer according to the Sephirot?

What is the origin of the association of each day of the Omer with a particular pair of Sephirot (Hesed sh'b'Hesed, etc.)? I'm looking for the earliest textual mentions.
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Why allowed on Yom Tov?

According to the Torah, melacha isn't permitted on Yom Tov days except for what is needed for food. I read that certain laws, like carrying, don't apply on these days because they are loosened for ...
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Where is the midrash of “300 days of Tefillin?”

According to various Rishonim and Acharonim who are listed in R' Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger's "Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz Volume 5," there is a Midrash that states that the Shin on Tefillin boxes alludes ...
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Looking for a Chazon Ish about developement of Minhagim

It has stuck in my head for a while now - roughly quoted as saying that one shouldn't mock minhagim that have developed in klal yisroel even if the origin seems dubious - as Hashem wouldn't allow ...
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Did people who were not priests or Levites enter the Tabernacle for ritual purposes?

(Note: I am posting this more specific follow-up to a previous question based on the recommendation of Isaac Moses here.) Aaron and his descendants were designated as cohanim (priests) to do the ...
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PreRishonic sources against the tekhelet half-string

What are the classical (pre-rishonic) sources explicitly or implicitly against the view of the Rambam that the tekheleth string is only half-dyed?
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Source that tekhelet was known to run

This blog post from Ben's Tallit Shop made me start looking for a source: Let me warn you that the Radzyn techelet dye runs. Your hands will turn blue, your tallit may get a bit smudged and the ...
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Halachic Literature on Armory

I have a fairly strong interest in the Armory* and I am aware of the existence of rishonic teshuvot on the subject (see this article on Heraldica). However, as the source is written by a non-Jewish ...
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Married women rape by a stranger payments division

What sources which talk specifically about a married woman being raped and how the payments of embarrassment, damage (pegam), and pain (see Kesubos 3:4) is apportioned between her and her husband?
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Looking for a Chasam Sofer

Where is the Chasam Sofer cited as saying that if one "chances upon" connections across various sugyas he is learning, it is a sign of special siyata dshmaya?
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Are there specific behaviors that make someone a rasha?

What halachically constitutes a rasha- Wicked person? Are there parameters with which to determine someone's status in this area?
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What is the oldest extant source which attributes Targum Pseudo-Jonathan to Yonasan Ben Uziel?

There’s an impressive list of proofs that what’s commonly called Targum Yonasan on the Chumash was not, in fact, written by Yonasan Ben Uziel. Where did the rumor start that it was actually written ...
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What constitutes the Biblical Mefateh?

I'm trying to understand the Biblical concept of "Mefateh" (a "seducer"): The Torah says (Shemot 22,15) without elaborating: וְכִי־יְפַתֶּה אִישׁ בְּתוּלָה אֲשֶׁר לֹא־אֹרָשָׂה וְשָׁכַב עִמָּהּ ...
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Source for Ramban regarding Devarim 30:7

According to Ramban (in the context of Vikuah), Devarim 30:7 applies both to notzrim and ishmaelim: וקראתי להם פרשת והיה כי יבואו עליך כל הדברים האלה הברכה והקללה אשר נתתי לפניך, וגמר הפרשה עד ...
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Source that the snake's contamination returned with the sin of the Golden Calf

The gemarra in Shabbos 146a teaches שבא נחש על חוה הטיל בה זוהמא ישראל שעמדו על הר סיני פסקה זוהמתן The snake came upon Eve, i.e., when it seduced her to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, it ...
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What is the source for Beis Din's obligation to enforce mitzvos

The Gemarra in Kesubos 86a and Chullin 132b teaches the following: במצות עשה כגון שאומרין לו עשה סוכה ואינו עושה לולב ואינו עושה מכין אותו עד שתצא נפשו With regard to positive mitzvot, for ...
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Why does one have to put on Tefillin every day?

Technically, one should wear Tefillin all day. We don't, since we can't keep ourselves clean the whole day. But we still put it on once a day during Shacharis, since we can presumably keep ourselves ...
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Vilna Gaon's Criticism of the Rambam

As mentioned in this answer, the Vilna Gaon once criticised the Rambam for having been led astray by his own philosophy. I have seen this statement referenced also in this article on Seforim Blog and ...
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The twelve plagues of Rashi

The Vilna Gaon (Gra) has a quite challenging comment on Midrash Seder Olam Rabbah 3:2 that Rashi says the Makkot were twelve: I haven't found this Rashi anywhere explicitly in him Chumash peirush. ...
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Earliest source for teaching Torah in secret to hide from the Romans

A number of online sources (such as this article by Rabbi Ari Enkin, or this article by Rabbi Yair Hoffman) mention the tradition that rabbonim used to go out into the woods and teach Torah while ...
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Views on participation in the Chidon Hatanach

In perusing Rav Moshe Tzuriel's Otzros Hamussar (page 1125, here), I noticed a section in which he writes strongly against participation in (and watching) the Chidon Hatanach, and also cites Rabbi ...
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Are complete chuliyot (the groupings of 3 windings) a requirement in tzitzit?

Generally speaking, the chuliyot are a constant reminder of the arrangement and system of the three kavin (also called pillars) which G-d established throughout all of creation. But are they an ...
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Placing a notebook on top of sefarim

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (28:9) writes: לא ישרטט איזה קונטרס על הספר, לפי שאין קדושה בקונטרס, עד שיכתבו בו You should not draw lines on notebook [while] on [a holy] book, because the notebook is ...
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Why is Techiyas HaMeisim not explicitly mentioned in the Torah?

Since believing that Techiyas HaMeisim is part of the Torah is a fundamental of Judaism (Mishna Sanhedrin Perek HaChelek, although the Rambam Hilchos Teshuva Chapter 3 doesn't emphasize the believing ...
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Backing out of the Western Wall (Kosel)

I've noticed many people walking backwards when taking leave of the Kosel. Is there any halachic source for this custom?
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What happens the second you die?

What do our sources say about what happens the second you die. I’m pretty sure I heard somewhere that one’s soul comes out of their body and they float around the room. Are there any fascinating ...
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Does a child's life take precedence over a parent's life?

The Talmud in Bava Metzia 62a brings a scenario where if two people were traveling in the desert and one has a flask of water but there's only enough water for one of them to reach civilization alive: ...
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Was Nebuchadnezzar's statue an image of Daniel himself?

The third chapter of Daniel brings the story of how King Nebuchadnezzar erected a statue made of gold for the people of the land to worship. (Ultimately, this is the story of how Hananiah, Mishael, ...
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Hafrashat Challah - Source & Reason

What is the source of this practice? Is it a Minhag or Halacha? What are the reasons it must be burnt?
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Illness in certain part of body

I remember hearing that if someone has a sickness, disease, or ailment in a specific part of the body, they should do specific cheshbon nefesh regarding that area of their body. For instance, if a ...
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Why is “Hashem… l'olam va'ed” repeated after Tehillim 30?

In Nusach Sfard, why is the phrase "Hashem Melech; Hashem Malach; Hashem yimloch l'olam va'ed" repeated in the paragraph after Tehillim 30?* I've heard it has everything to do with the writings of the ...
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Source of a quote about the value of mitzvot involving pain

This quote is attributed to the Yerushalmi: One mitzvah involving pain is worth a hundred mitzvot that do not. Do you have the exact reference? Is this the only place this thought is expressed?
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Sources for Milchemet Mitzvah at this time

I heard recently a certain rabbi say that "nobody disagrees that [our "war" to conquer Israel] is a milchemet mitzvah." What sources are there, either way, for conquering Israel today being milchemet ...
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What is the source for the midrash about Jewish soldiers escaping to Romania?

Specifically, looking for the midrash quoted by Radaq to Shoftim 20:15 as saying that the missing 1,000 Jewish soldiers "escaped to Romania." Thanks!
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Moshe and the Red-Hot Coals

A midrash that myself and I'm sure many others have heard in grade school is that when Moshe was a baby, still crawling, his "grandfather" Pharaoh, incited by an incident in which Moshe took off ...
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Levi Marries a Ger - Does the son inherit Levi status?

A Levi marries a female convert. Does the son inherit Levi status? Source?
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Sources discussing paying for Torah education

I am looking for sources that discuss the idea of paying tuition money ("schar limud") towards obtaining a Torah education. Topics of interest include: The importance of paying tuition for Torah; ...
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The Forty Challah Bakers

Tehilla R. Goldberg wrote in 2012: A common segulah that has gotten very popular in the last 15 or 20 years or so is that of 40 women baking challah for a specific person in need. If there is a ...
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Source for Ir Miklat used to improve one's character

I heard in a shiur that one purpose for sending an accidental killer to the arei miklat, the cities of refuge, was so that he could improve his character. He would be surrounded by the Leviim, and ...
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What is the preferred attitude towards the Sources?

PTIJ? I don't know. You tell me. I hope this stays up long enough for me to get an answer or two. You can approach a text with some levity (which does not preclude seriousness), with neutrality, ...
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Was the bat kol right?

In Bava Metzia 59b, the rabbis are discussing a matter of halacha, and at some point a Voice from Heaven (bat kol) interjects an opinion. The rabbis reply that the Torah is out of God's hands (they ...
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Source for Kaddish

I think this may be a very common question(but not for me). Can someone please tell me how did the text of Kaddish first compiled?
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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 ...