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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Why is the Evil Inclination Called a “fire”

In the introduction of Chomat Hadat, the Chofetz Chaim calls Yetzer Harah a "fire". Why this comparison? What that means? And where is his source for this?
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What is the source for the Prayer for the Sick?

What is the source of the Prayer for the Sick which is included in the back of the Artscroll Tehillim and founded here: Prayer for the Sick G‑d, G‑d, mighty, merciful and gracious, long - suffering, ...
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Looking for midrash source

A couple of years ago I heard a vort based on a midrash. The midrash apparently stated that when Yisrael were enslaved in Egypt, the Egyptians made them work very hard at building magnificent ...
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Eagles and Airplanes

The verse says (Exodus 19:4): אַתֶּ֣ם רְאִיתֶ֔ם אֲשֶׁ֥ר עָשִׂ֖יתִי לְמִצְרָ֑יִם וָאֶשָּׂ֤א אֶתְכֶם֙ עַל־כַּנְפֵ֣י נְשָׁרִ֔ים וָאָבִ֥א אֶתְכֶ֖ם אֵלָֽי׃ ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, how ...
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The Torah warns us twelve times about observing the Shabbos

Rabbi Abraham Danzig writes: והזהירה התורה על שמירת השבת י"ב פעמים, The Torah warns us twelve times about observing the Shabbos. (Chayei Adam, Shabbat and Festivals 1:1) Does anyone happen to ...
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Marital relations in a time of plague? [duplicate]

I remember that the people and animals in Noah's Ark were not allowed to have marital relations because it was an inappropriate thing to do in light of the destruction going on all over the world. I ...
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Weekly Parsha Affecting the Week? [duplicate]

Some have mentioned the concept that the weekly parsha has a spiritual impact on the week it's read and can shed light on issues. For instance, the Ketores mentioned in last week's parsha is one way ...
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Guard the Matzos/Mitzvos

There is a frequently cited midrash that we read "Guard the Matzos" as "Guard the Mitzvos". I see this cited all over the internet, but no one seems to give the exact source. Could someone let me know ...
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Emunah and failures?

Rav Arush in the Garden of Emunah apparently has a concept that failures are from Hashem see here : Before making a mistake, a person has apparent free choice not to make a mistake. But, after the ...
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Torah response to epidemics

What advice can be found in Torah sources for what to do in cases of an epidemic or pandemic? Or what does the Torah say to prevent sickness, even if it weren't epidemic?
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Looking for “The Jewish rite of circumcision” (1873) by Asher Asher

A Google search doesn't come up with any proper results at all. A jstor link and a University of Glasgow biography of Asher Asher didn't offer a link to the entirety of this publication. I'd like to ...
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Where is G-d's name in Megillat Esther?

In Megillat Esther, G-d’s Name is never explicitly mentioned, but what about implicitly? I was told that the Arizal (and perhaps the Vilna Gaon?) found many pesukim in which G-d’s Name is concealed. ...
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Where do the headings of the parts of the seder come from? [duplicate]

Every seder I have ever attended begins with a list of the different parts (simanim) of the seder. This list is often sung and consists of the following: קַדֵשׁ וּרְחַץ כַּרְפַּס יחץ מגיד ...
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Why is there no makaf between “Ben” and “Yair”?

Second chapter, fifth passuk of Megillat Esther reads: אִ֣ישׁ יְהוּדִ֔י הָיָ֖ה בְּשׁוּשַׁ֣ן הַבִּירָ֑ה וּשְׁמ֣וֹ מָרְדֳּכַ֗י בֶּ֣ן יָאִ֧יר בֶּן־שִׁמְעִ֛י בֶּן־קִ֖ישׁ אִ֥ישׁ יְמִינִֽי׃ In the fortress ...
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What makes Ksav Arizal unacceptable to some?

A certain rabbi said that Megillas Ester written in Ksav Arizal should not be used in nussach Sefard shul because people won't be yotze with its reading. What makes Ksav Arizal so different as to make ...
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Source for the menorah represents the wisdoms of the world?

This blog post claims that the Meiri along with other Rishonim taught that the Menorah ,mentioned in Behalotecha represents the 7 wisdoms of the world. Quoted here: The Meiri and other Rishonim say ...
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Why did the Tos'fos Yom Tov compose his Mi Sheberach?

It is well known that R. Yom Tov Heller, author of the Tos'fos Yom Tov and other works, wrote a prayer to be recited for the benefit of those who don't speak in the synagogue (or: during prayer). I'm ...
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Finance in the Torah

Knowing that Finance is an integral part of one's daily life, is the idea of how one should budget mentioned in the Torah Sh'beksav or Torah Sh'baal Peh?
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Halacha not like Zohar [closed]

Is there a list anywhere of all the places standard orthodox Jews don't rule like Zohar? Ideally where nobody does like wait time between milk and meat. But if there are places where Chassidim and ...
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Bar Mitzvah on Yom Tov

In most situations a boy becomes a Bar Mitzvah and there are certain practices to mark that occasion which take place on the upcoming Shabbos. Those may include some or all of the following: getting ...
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Is tum’ah transmitted from an animal bone?

The following passuk in Vayikra 11:24 stipulates וּלְאֵ֖לֶּה תִּטַּמָּ֑אוּ כָּל־הַנֹּגֵ֥עַ בְּנִבְלָתָ֖ם יִטְמָ֥א עַד־הָעָֽרֶב׃‏ And the following shall make you unclean—whoever touches their ...
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Can one separate Maaser at a distance from the Tevel to save another from eating Tevel?

I heard a class about the rabbinic prohibition against separating Maaser at a significant distance from the Tevel (שלא מן המוקף). The Rabbi mentioned that one is allowed to violate this prohibition* ...
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Rambam and Chazal

In his letter to Chachmei Luniel, Rambam says that the belief in astrology was a minority view in chazal and we should not follow it. ...it is not proper to abandon matters of reason that have ...
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Obligation to subscribe to Jewish Newspapers?

While listening to a recorded shiur from a long time ago, the Rav mentioned a Peleh Yoetz who says every Jewish home should subscribe to a Jewish newspaper in order to know the news of the Jewish ...
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Rav Chaim Volozhiner on Kiddush and Havdalah

Rav Chaim Volozhiner thus famously coined the phrase, “Either the Jew can make Kiddush, or the non-Jew can make Havdalah.” Does anyone know if there is a sefer that has this statement in it?
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Difference between רבון and אדון

In the Beracha of Elohai, we refer to God using a number of different descriptives. Towards the end, we give thanks to God as: רִבּוֹן כָּל הַמַּעֲשִׂים, אֲדוֹן כָּל הַנְּשָׁמוֹת. What are some ...
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Moving a sefer torah - requirement to read three times

Rema Orach Chaim 135:1 permits one to move a sefer torah to be used in a jail as long as it placed there a day or two before it is used. I have a recollection of a custom to require a plan to read ...
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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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Fast days and אל ארך אפים

I have heard various opinions about saying Keil erekh apayim before the Torah reading on fast days.* Most say that we should only do that if the public fast day falls on Monday or Thursday. What are ...
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Success of the Younger Brother

While the Torah appears to exemplify the status of a Bechor (first born) - there appears to be a pattern throughout the Tanach of the younger brother carrying on the legacy and success of their ...
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Full translation of Chofetz Chaim into English?

Can anyone recommend (or does this even exist?) a full translation of the Chofetz Chaim into English? I'm aware of some of the 'lesson-a-day' things but am not sure whether these are full translations ...
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Does attending a Siyum receive the merit as if one has learned the whole Masechta (Tractate)?

I've heard people say that attending a Siyum gets the merit like you learned all of the Gemara that's getting Siyum'd on. Is there a mekor (Torah source) for this idea? (And if yes, then does any ...
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Sources on revoking or annulling rabbinic semichah [duplicate]

I’m looking for sources discussing whether or not rabbinic semichah can be revoked (and if it can, on what grounds), plus sources - especially responsa - which deal with specific cases. The main one I’...
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Clear sources from gemara or rishonim for learning secular studies lechatchila? [duplicate]

I'm looking for clear sources in gemara or in rishonim that indicate the learning secular studies is something that should be done lechatchila as opposed to perhaps a necessary evil. I've been told by ...
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Wicks of Menorah after Chanukah

Where is the source of the Minhag to burn the oil, wicks of the menorah/Chanukiya after Chanukah?
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Where is the first time that Tehillim, Mishlei, Iyov are referred to as ספרי אמ"ת?

The books of Tehillim, Mishlei, Iyov are often referred as ספרי אמ"ת. Where is the first source making this reference?
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Question about shidduchim and finding your bashert?

I know this is kind of a weird and long-shot question, but are there any Torah sources which mention signs (simanim) that a person is about to find their bashert? And are there are any sources which ...
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Is “Festival of Lights” our traditional term or borrowed from other cultures?

I keep seeing Chanukah being referred to as "the festival of lights". However I don't recall encountering this term in any of the classic religious texts (Talmud, Midrash, Maimonides, Shulchan Aruch, ...
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Military victory of the Hashmonaim a miracle?

The Al Hanissim and Bimeh Matityah prayer included in the amidah expresses the military victory of the Hasmoneans as a miracle. In Masechet Avodah Zara daf 2b, Hashem convene some nations in the end ...
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Permitting Aguna Via Dream

The MeshivasNefesh Chelek Even Haezer, Takanat Agunot 35.7 is quoted as permitting an aguna based on the combination of factors including a mother saying her son appeared in a dream saying he drowned ...
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Source for Arizal Marital Advice

Rav Ezriel Tauber's To Become One (p.46) quotes a story about the Arizal who told a husband, "This is your tikun, the way you can repair a fault in your spiritual self. In a previous existence the ...
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Origin of “shaliach mitzvah” money [duplicate]

Before someone goes on a trip, there is a custom to give that person a dollar to give to tzedakah when they arrive at their destination. I have heard that the reason for this is that no harm comes to ...
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Is there a Midrash that men gave birth early in the Torah?

I'm told there's a midrash which takes it literally when the Torah says that 'Jared begot Enoch' and so on, ie it argues that it was the men who gave birth in those days. Can anyone help me find it? (...
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Why does Rashi change a claim of holiness made by his supposed source or switch sources midstream?

Follow up to this question about Bereishit 31:53. A word from the "eloh" root is used 3 times in that pasuk. In the Artscroll, there is the word "chol" in the margins for 2 of them, which echoes ...
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What is the first (or any) explicit source for Yaakov being epitome for “truth”?

This idea appears over and over again, and I failed to find where does it come from. I know that the sefirot are matched by the Ushpizin by the Arizal, Abraham stands for chesed, Yitzchak for gevurah/...
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Looking for a Shiltei ha-Gibborim citation

The Oxford Handbook of Judaism and Economics (page 435, footnote 50, available on Google Books preview here) refers to a comment in the Shiltei ha-Gibborim. The only precise reference is "note 3 on ...
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Moshiach/R' Elchanon Vasserman

In his sefer Kedushat Hayom, Rabbi Shmuel Tuvia Stern alleges that Rabbi Elchanan Vasserman made the following pictured svara. Is anyone able to locate it in the [R Vasserman’s] original?
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Cherem ceremony: candles?

Encyclopedia Judaica (sv 'Herem') says that when a cherem was pronounced, a ceremony would be held in synagogue involving wax candles. Can anyone point to sources discussing this ceremony?
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Was Nun, the father of Joshua a righteous person?

I recall learning a long time ago that Nun, the father of Yehoshua was a righteous person. Is there a source for this idea?
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Sources for connection between Succah and Chuppah

I can see many things in common, they both relate to the story of the Exodus - G-d seated the Israelites in Succos and Matan Torah was sort of a Chuppah something, both have 4 bars and a feeble roof, ...

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