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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Was King Achashverosh Jewish?

In this beautiful animated interpretation of the Purim story, at the crowning of King Achashverosh, the crowd announces (as soon as the crown is put upon his head): "And he will rise upon the ...
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Responsum of Maimonides Regarding Translating Mishne Torah

The Maimonides Reader (p. 478) quotes Rambam's responsum to Ibn Gabir regarding translating the MT (also referenced here). He responds to a request from this Arabic speaker who was able to learn ...
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Meditation before Mitzvah activities

Who invented the meditation that is often printed before such things as counting the 'Omer, inviting the Ushpizin, and other Mitzvoth or Mitzvah-related activities, and what is the basis for it?
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Text for birchat habayit

I'd like to write a couple birchos habayis and get them illuminated as gifts. Does anyone know of a good existing text? I'm looking for something five or six lines long, preferably not the usual one ...
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What is the source of yeridas hadoros and does anyone disagree?

There is a concept often talked about in orthodox circles called yeridas hadoros. What is the earliest source for this idea? Does anyone argue?
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“Evil Inclination” History

I'm a Christian who wants to know more about history of the Jewish concept of "The Evil Inclination". (I find myself often arguing against saint Augustine's Original Sin theology and the more early ...
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Timeline of learning the parts of the written and oral Torahs

As we follow the rule that the Torah is not chronological (אין מוקדם ומאוחר בתורה), I'm very confused about the order of receiving different parts of the Torah in the 40 years from the Exodus to the ...
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kaddish of a siyum on shabbos?

I heard once that the special kaddish recited after a siyum is replaced by a regular kaddish dirabbanan when the siyum takes place on Shabbos. Is this correct or perhaps just a minhag of some? Is ...
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Source that every room in the house needs a mezuza

What are the source(s) that every room needs a mezuzah and not just the front door? In the Torah and Talmud.
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What side is a newborn supposed to nurse from first?

I have heard that there is a gemara that discusses what side a newborn is supposed to breastfeed from first. If this is true, where is this gemara and what's the idea behind it?
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Tefillin - Source for the Chabad Kesher

Ashkenazim wrap inwards, so both the yud kesher and the loop the strap goes through are near the body of the wearer. Sephardim wrap outwards, so their kesher places the yud near the body and loop on ...
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Source for “no Yetzer Harah when a Torah Scroll is opened/read”?

Following my question on "separation of men and women on Hakhel", in this Drashah (thanks Lee) R' Uri Sherki (Mercaz Harav) explains the lack of separation of men and women on Hakhel by the fact ...
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Entering a Catholic or Protestant church [duplicate]

According to Jewish Law, is one allowed to enter a Catholic or Protestant church?
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Hashem and Arabs

Someone quoted to me a Gemara in Sukkah which said that Hashem had charata that He created arabs. What daf in Sukkah is that on?
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What is the source and meaning of the word מהול?

I am trying to get to the bottom of what the word מהול means in the context of being circumcised. I can't find it used in Mishna or Talmud, but by the Rishonim and Medrashim it is commonly used to ...
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Shir HaShirim on Sabbath Eve

What are the earliest sources that reference the recitation of Shir HaShirim on Erev Shabbos? (Bearing in mind the dates of redaction of various Midrashim).
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What is the source for not saying Hallel because it is a “hidden miracle”?

I heard recently from a Rav that one reason brought not to say hallel on Yom Ha’atzma’ut is that even though (the reason-giver believes) there was a miracle on Yom Ha’atzma’ut, we don’t say hallel ...
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Did the Torah Sages discuss evolution

Are there examples in chazal of the sages discussing the phenomena of micro-evolution (or macro), i.e. adaptive changes in creatures.
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Biographical details of Rav Gidel?

I have seen many statements in the talmud such as 'Rav Gidel said that Rav said...". I would like to know where I can find some biographical details of the life of Rav Gidel. Are there published works ...
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Discrepancies in the Forty-Eight Qualities of Torah

The "sixth chapter" of Avot lists forty-eight qualities with which Torah is acquired. גדולה תורה יותר מן הכהונה ומן המלכות, שהמלכות נקנית בשלשים מעלות, והכהנה בעשרים וארבע, והתורה נקנית בארבעים ...
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Walking In-front of Someone Davening Shemona Esrei

I read somewhere that shtenders, chairs, tables and benches aren’t considered an interruption between the one davening and one passing before him unless the shtender is 10 טפחים tall by 4 טפחים wide. ...
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Medrash on Dovid Hamelech riding a Re'eim

I'm looking for a certain medrash. It's about Dovid Hamelech climbing up what he thinks is a mountain, but it actually ends up being a re'eim.
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Kashrut of second-hand silverware

Note: I've just emailed my rav to request a psak, this question is purely to explore the halachic background of the issue. Does second-hand silverware require both tevilah and kashering? If one is ...
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passive bal tashchis

is passive bal tashchis wrong? i see jews eat things (sometimes even to the detriment of their health, (because of the amount or quality) so that they will not go to waste is this a Jewish thing to ...
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Soul residing in one's mind

I heard from someone that the soul resides in one's mind/ brain. Does anyone where the source for this can be found?
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What are sources that say l'chatchila one can daven shachrit until chatzos? [closed]

What are sources (in the poskim) that say l'chatchila one can daven shachrit until chatzos? (if there are)
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Source of “Koteret”

I have heard Rambam's presentation of the mitzvos at the beginning of each set of halachos referred to as the כותרת (koteret). What is the source for this usage?
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Waiting after meat as a minhag

I was once told in the name of R' Hamburger שליט”א that the practice of waiting between meat and milk is, for Ashkenazim, a minhag. I was told that nonetheless, as we are accustomed to wait and ...
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Where do the words יְרִידַת הַדּוֹרוֹת come from?

There is a term in Judaism called יְרִידַת הַדּוֹרוֹת, the diminishing spiritual level of subsequent generations. Where do the words יְרִידַת הַדּוֹרוֹת originate from? Is it posuk, mishna or gemara ...
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Hamantaschen on Purim [duplicate]

I have seen Hamantaschen discussed by the Bnai Yissoschor (early 1800), Zera Shimshon (mid 1700s). I would like to know the earliest source for eating Hamantaschen on Purim?
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What is the source that singing and clapping sweetens judgment

I heard a song "על ידי ניגונים ומחיאת כף מתמתקין כל הדינים". Seeming to mean: through singing (or songs) and clapping hands all the (negative) judgments (made in Heaven) get sweetened (less harsh) ...
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Origin for the song Bederech Hamelech

Yaakov Shwekey composed a song called Bederech Hamelech. Here are the lyrics: ומבלעדיך אין לנו מלך אין לנו מלך גואל ומושיע ומבלעדיך אין לנו מלך אין לנו מלך גואל ומושיע ומבלעדיך אין לנו מלך אין ...
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What is the Reconstructionist theology notion of G-d?

I would like to know more about the Reconstructionist theology. What books would be good to know more about this movement, stressing the objectives and consequences of its altered understanding of G-d?...
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People who discovered God on their own

Chazal give a list of people who discovered God on their own. Does anyone know where this list is? I saw it a while ago but can't recall where.
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(where) does Rashi say the shibud Mitsrayim was for 113 years [of which the last 86 were the קושי השעבוד]

where does Rashi say [if at all] the shibud Mitsrayim was for 113 years [of which the last 86 were the קושי השעבוד]
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Jewish view on how does one become rich?

What are Torah sources that discuss what actions a person should take in order to become rich?

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