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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If don't aspire to be a general cannot be a simple soldier

I believe I read this saying (originally said by Napoleon) by one of the Gedolim (Torah leaders) with respect to one's religious service. Could be it was the Chafetz Chaim. Looking for a source. The ...
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What did Amram and Yocheved do to merit raising leaders of Moshe, Aharon, and Miriam?

Although Amram and Yocheved were influential leaders in their own right (seen in Sotah 12a where Klal Yisroel followed their lead in divorcing from their spouses), do any Chazal or Torah commentators ...
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What is the origin of the “divine name” of דיקרנוסא

I noticed this kabbalistic holy name "דיקרנוסא" mentioned in the Amidah of a Edot haMizrach siddur in the extra supplications, and apparently it is not allowed to be pronounced. It sounds like it is ...
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Source for R' Shimshon of Sens's views on Rambam

While reading the wiki bio of R' Shimshon of Sens, a few statement there caught my eye. The Rash sided with the opponents of the Rambam in their disputes. condemned Rambams' rationalistic views on ...
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Day of Yosef’s Sale

I saw in a medrash - but can’t recall where - that the brothers sold Yosef on the tenth of Teveis. Does any which medrash I could find this in?
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Source for an Aggadah about Moshe feeding a bird

I was reading a book called "Shylock" by Hermann Sinsheimer and he made reference to a story from "the Jewish Talmud." (can be seen here) I don't know to what he is referring. I ...
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Animal R'aim of the midrash

I saw in the book, "The midrash says" by Rabbi Moshe Weissman that the Midrash Socher Tov 22 explains that a creature called R'aim that David mistook as a hill, lifted David up into the sky and only ...
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How can the Almighty purify himself? [closed]

The Gemara discusses something of the following question: How can the Almighty purify himself, His Presence can never be contained in any body of water, so how can He ever properly emerge Himself?
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Web sites where I can post divrei Torah

Can anyone suggest a good site where I can post a weekly list of marei mekomos in Ramban on the Parsha?
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Shechyanu vs Hagomel

On social media I see that some people are making a Shecheyanu without Hashem’s name after having the Covid vaccine. So I was wondering whether hagomel would/ should be more appropriate maybe without ...
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Finding a chiddush of the Brisker Rov

This question has a bit of an introduction to it. Rav Shlomo Lorincz wrote a biography of the Chazon Ish, the Brisker Rov and Rav Shach, called במחיצתם (translated by Yonason Rosenblum as “In Their ...
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What are the differences between neshama or nefesh yisraelit and neshama or nefesh yehudit in a metaphysical sense?

I recall hearing that there are differences between a neshama or nefesh yisraelit and a neshama or nefesh yehudit in a metaphysical, kabbalistic, drush or sod sense and I would like to know what those ...
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Blessings on Birthdays

There is apparently a practice among contemporary Jews of giving out blessings on one's birthday. Is there any source for this in the Jewish tradition?
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Aruch Hashulchan on municipality water for a mikvah

According to this article, Aruch Hashulchan allowed municipality water to be used for a mikvah. Below is the direct quote from the article. Where can this Aruch Hashulchan be found? In the late 19th ...
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Is there a Karaite answer to the Kuzari?

According to Wikipedia, the Kuzari was originally written as a reply by Rabbi Yehudah Halevi to a heretic, likely a Spanish Karaite. Indeed, sections of the book are dedicated to refuting the Karaite ...
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Does giving donations necessarily mean it's tzeddakah?

BS"D How can giving a donation (based on US law that it is a contribution towards a non-for-profit 501c3 organization) to a very affluent shul, yeshiva, or other mosed still Halachically count as ...
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Is there a source for the claim that a person's day has more blessing if they wake up early?

I remember someone saying in a shiur a long time ago that a person's day is blessed if they wake up early. Is there any source for this claim?
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Sources for the Israelites crossing the Red Sea in a semi circle

What is the source(s) for the Israelites crossing the Red Sea in a semi-circle and thereby ending up on the same side? I have heard reasons being that they could see the dead Egyptians that way but ...
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Chatam Sofer on Tenth of Tevet falling on the Shabbat

Abudarham argued that should we not use a calculated calendar and should Tenth of Tevet fall on the Shabbat, we would be required to fast instead of postponing it. He learns this from the common ...
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Where in halachah does it say that one is forbidden to go onto the Har HaBayis?

1) Rav Elyashiv zt”l stated in 2009, “Halacha forbids going onto Har HaBayis but today, it is more than this, it is an act that may lead to a religious war and bloodshed." Where in halacha does it ...
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Engagement with short woman

I read many years ago a book or an article that claim that it if you have an option to marry short or tall woman with same qualities it is advised to marry the low woman. The reason that stands beyond ...
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Looking for Ibn Ezra Riddle

I'm looking for the Hebrew of an Ibn Ezra riddle related to fast days: "the short, the long, the black, the white, the man, the woman." Does anyone have a source, or the Hebrew for this? ...
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Does a person’s soul see through the navel when the person passes away (Ben Ish Hai)

I was studying with someone earlier today and he mentioned that he once read in the Sefer Ben Ish Hai that when a person passes away, his soul can ‘see’ (I don’t really know what that means) through ...
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Sources in the Talmud Aggaditah and/or Midrashim on Samal and Lilit?

I know that there are sources in the Gemara Aggaditah on Samal and Lilit (לילית & ס"מ) as well as in the Zohar. I have seen her mentioned in Shabbat, Eruvin, and Niddah. Still, not a clear ...
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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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Significance of the numbers 3 and 7 in the story of Lavan

What is the significance of the numbers 3 times 7 in the story of Lavan other than that Yaakov worked for Lavan for (almost) 3 times 7 years? Do these numbers have significance elsewhere that can be ...
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Stealing of Beracha/Mission

Al Berko in Why did Ya'akov work for Lavan for so long? claimed that "If you remember, he stole Eisov's Brochos, and therefore, Eisov's mission in this world." What does "stealing ...
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Sur meRah Mission

What does Sur meRah mean (sources please) in the context of Al Berko's answer to Why did Ya'akov work for Lavan for so long?? Associated: Why would Yaakov need to go looking for the Lavan in "...
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Source for Ramban's perception on death

I read Rav Gifter's biography, where he states the following: The Ramban, in his introduction to Iyov, asks a question: “Why do we cry at a moment of death? “Why do we shed tears? This is the natural ...
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Scriptural evidence that angels have no free will

Judaism does not believe in the free will of angels. What is the scriptural evidence for that and since when has such belief been held within the Jewish community?
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Source of opinion that Talmud Yerushalmi was corrupted by Karaites

In the entry for Talmud Bavli/Yerushalmi in Chida's Shem Hagedolim Hashalem (c.1800, the older versions do not have this paragraph), he references a theory from maskilim of his time that the Rabbis ...
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What's the source that Yavan/Greece is keneged choshech?

I heard that Greece is connected to the term 'choshech' in the line "Tohu VaBohu Vechoshech al benei tehom..." (Bereishis 1:2), and I heard the idea used in multiple shiurs. Just wondering ...
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Is there any practical implication to the Avot's being priests?

According to various sources, Malkitzedek was punished for blessing Avraham before blessing Hashem by having his "priesthood" status taken away and placed on Avraham. This status is then ...
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Source of a line about superstitions

I frequently encounter this line, attributed to Sefer Ḥasidim: One should not believe in superstitions, but still it is best to be heedful of them. Try Googling it and you will get 125 returns. I ...
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What is the source for Neilas Hachag?

Neilas Hachag (as I understand it since there doesn't appear to be any real rules about it) is a tradition to eat some level of special meal as yom tov ends, typically associated with Sukkos, Pesach, ...
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Was Adonijah's grab of the throne, while David reigned, ever referred to, by any authorities, as a co-regency?

Was Adonijah's grab of the throne, while David reigned, ever referred to, by any authorities, as a co-regency? From Adonijah's self-exaltation (1 Kings 1:5) to self-debasement at the horns of the ...
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Source for the act of completing Shas if every daf is distributed and completed individually by a group of people?

There is an unsourced claim I am seeking to verify. There is a claim that, if every daf of a masechet (and, by extension, Shas) is learned by a group of people - through the means of every person ...
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Source for story about the Maskilim's play mocking what the “orchei hamilchama” would look like according to chazal

Does anyone know of a reliable source for the story about how the Maskilim made a play to mock what a milchama would look like according to the torah/chazal, in which they depicted only the Chofetz ...
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Source for the work on the mishkan being completed on Kislev 25

In the Pesikta Rabbati, we find a midrash that claims that the work on the mishkan was completed on the 25th of Kislev, even though it wasn't erected until Nisan. אמר רבי חנינא בעשרים וחמשה בכסליו ...
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Source for Rav Simcha of P'shischa insight

Many articles quote a beautiful insight from Rav Simcha Bunim of P'shischa on the posuk (Bereishis 37:14) וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ לֶךְ־נָא רְאֵה אֶת־שְׁלוֹם אַחֶיךָ וְאֶת־שְׁלוֹם הַצֹּאן וַהֲשִׁבֵנִי דָּבָר ...
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Looking for the source concerning a claim made about Yosef and his brothers

Here, HaRav Zev Leff makes the claim that the quarrel between Yosef and his brothers was primarily about the legal or covenantal status of the sons of Israel. The author claims that Yosef’s brothers ...
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Source for pure status of those buried on Har Hazeitim

In this article on Har Hazeitim (Mt. of Olives) it says: "People buried on the Mount of Olives are exempt from the ritual of atonement that those buried elsewhere must undergo." Is there a ...
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Looking for a source for the following Chanukah Dvar Torah

I remember over 15 years ago hearing a nice idea from one of my Rebbeim in Yeshiva but I don't remember the source, I wonder if anyone has seen this (or something similar) written anywhere or if this ...
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What is the reason for non-linear structure in many mishnayot?

What is the reason that many mishnayot are structured in non-linear fashion, where the first case discusses Topic #1, the middle case discusses Topic #2, and the last case returns to Topic #1? One ...
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From Adonijah's self-exaltation to self-debasement at the horns of the altar, what was the time frame?

From Adonijah's self-exaltation to self-debasement at the horns of the altar, what was the time frame? From the time "Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying: 'I will be king'" (...
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What was and who were Bath-Sheva's or Bath-Shua's Name and Children with David and Uriah?

What was and who were Bath-Sheva's or Bath-Shua's Name and Children with David and Uriah? Divrei Hayamim I - I Chronicles - Chapter 3:5 And these were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, and Shobab, ...
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Story identification: Rabbeinu Tam argues with Moshe Rabbeinu

In this answer, a strange and rather fascinating story is quoted from the Seder Hadoros: Seder Hadoros (year 4930) brings the story of an argument between Rabeynu Tam and other Rishonim regarding ...
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Severity of covering the hair for women

I've heard Rabbi Yaron Reuben saying women who do not wear kisui rosh (putting the dispute of wigs as an exception), are like a woman who sinned before her husband. The Rabbi said that the kohen used ...
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Looking for the source of an opinion on the definition of good

I heard somewhere that it was the Maharal or a similarly philosophical author who wrote that the definition of good is "something that serves its purpose." It has been escaping me for quite ...
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Why a human Messiah?

I understand that Mashiach is going to be a human. What is the source for this, and are there any explanations why it must be so? Can't G-d Himself redeem us?

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