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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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Mashiach and the (blessing of the) tribes (Gen. 49)

I have a question regarding the blessings of the tribes in Bereishis 49. The Torah (49:14) states for example, "Issachar is a strong-boned ass, Crouching among the sheepfolds", which Rashi ...
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Seeking books mentioned on site

On TrueTorahJews (an anti-Zionist site from a Satmar-perspective), it quotes: "Uvdos Vehanhagos Leveis Brisk, v. 4 p. 195" - source And "Mara D'ara Yisroel v. 1 p. 145" - source ...
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The Maggid of Mezeritch on jewels and straw

In his sermon on the ethics of controversy, R Norman Lamm says: The great Maggid of Mezeritch, the leading theoretician of Hasidism and one who knew only too well the life of controversy, told us ...
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What is the source for this quote by Maimonides?

I have often heard a quote attributed to Maimonides which goes: “Hear the truth, whoever said it.” What is the source for this quote?
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Minhagim of Amsterdam

I am trying to find out about the Minhagim/customs of the prewar Amsterdam Jewish community. Would anyone have any recommendations of which sefarim/books discuss this?
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The Sandek being called the 'ba'al bris' and not the Mohel

I received the following excerpt from a friend that comes from HaRav Moshe Wolfson's shlita (the Mashgiach of Mesvita Torah Vodaas) Emunas Itecha: Translation: And with this we can understand that ...
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Jewish sources for Jerome on Daniel 11:34

Jerome, in his commentary on Daniel 11:34, wrote (my translation from a Hebrew translation): "In defeat, they will receive a little help - there are among the Jews that relate this verse to ...
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What does "Britain" have to do with "the destruction of the second Beis HaMikdosh"?

Abarbanel on Torah, Deuteronomy 28:49, writes "Now he mentions the destruction of the second Beis HaMikdosh. From afar. Who came from Britain and other distant countries speedily." I only ...
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What is the earliest reference of the "original sin"?

The term "חטא הקדמון", or "חטא אדם הראשון" is used widely in Kabalistic and Musar literature to explain Jewish theology, where the world is seen as somewhat broken by this "...
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Who made this claim about the author of Sefer Habahir?

Asking for someone else: "I remember a quote of some medieval or later rabbi disputing the claim that Rabbi Nechunya [ben Hakanah] wrote the Sefer HaBahir, saying something like god forbid that a ...
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Sources for Minhag of Davening Fast (Better Kavannah, Middas Hadin etc.)

In some Chassidic circles davening fast is known to be somewhat of a minhag. Sometimes this is only in regards to a specific tefillah. For example: In some of the Polish chassidic courts (i.e. Gur) ...
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Mashiach ben Yosef and the relation to Yaakov

In parashas Toldot it is explained that Yaakov stayed in his tent, "[...] but Jacob was a mild man who stayed in camp". The Haamek Davar on this pasuk says that "his tent" or "...
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Yosef giving signs to his brothers

Bereishit 45:3 states "וַיֹּ֨אמֶר יוֹסֵ֤ף אֶל־אֶחָיו֙ אֲנִ֣י יוֹסֵ֔ף הַע֥וֹד אָבִ֖י חָ֑י וְלֹֽא־יָכְל֤וּ אֶחָיו֙ לַעֲנ֣וֹת אֹת֔וֹ כִּ֥י נִבְהֲל֖וּ מִפָּנָֽיו" In his book, Vedibarta Bam, ...
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Where can I find this Besht quote

In Elie Wiesel's book Gates of the Forest he relates a story about the Baal Shem Tov the ends with the words: "G-d made man because he loves stories". Can anyone please help me with locating ...
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When did life span decrease?

Are there any sources that state that the lengthy life span that Noah was privileged with would no longer be given to later generations? To elaborate, just as there are sources that state that ...
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Waving the lulav during all first four verses of Psalm 118

The Shulchan Arukh Orach Chayim 651:1 writes that during the hallel we shake at three verses: הוֹד֣וּ לַֽיהוָ֣ה כִּי־ט֑וֹב כִּ֖י לְעוֹלָ֣ם חַסְדּֽוֹ׃ (Psalms 118:1) אָנָּ֣א יְ֭הוָה הֽוֹשִׁ֘יעָ֥ה ...
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Non-Jew Allowed in the Sukkah

I heard in a class that there is either an prohibition or at least an inyan not to have a non-Jew in the sukkah. What is the source for this?
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What rabbis openly allowed/promoted wearing wigs?

When discussing wigs as a means of covering women's hair, I only heard that rabbis recognized them only aposteriori. What prominent rabbis publicly allowed their use apriori?
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What are Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach's Three Threes?

I believe it was Rav SZA who wrote/said that there are three "threes" (3 things that people do having to do with "3") that are made up. Does anyone know where this is written and/...
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According to the Karaites, who invented the Oral tradition?

I've been searching for closing in on eight hours trying to find a source from a Karaite about who they think created the rabbinic Oral law. I heard someone claim that Karaites believe Moses created ...
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Source for a rabbi warning his student/son?

I distinctly remember a passage in the Talmud that went something like this: A Rav advises his student (or son) that he should ensure that he uses the correct Torah scroll or chumash when praying/...
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Can you use jute twine to hold down the schach of a sukka

In one of the Lakewood weekly (free) papers, I recently came across an ad from Rabbi Yehuda Shain in which he notes that jute twine is acceptable to tie and hold down schach. Keeping the lecatchila ...
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Parallels in Sotah 11a and Shabbat 33b

I noticed yesterday that there are some similarities between the story brought in Sotah 11a and the one in Shabbat 33b. In Sotah 11a it says: "Rabbi Ḥiyya bar Abba says that Rabbi Simai says: ...
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When should we not to correct the ignorant? Search for sugya in Masechet Shabbat

I am searching for a sugya in Masechet Shabbat relating to two Rabbis who did not correct the towns people in relation to wearing certain type of footwear because they were concerned that if corrected,...
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Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh

Aside from the book series by Rabbi Itamar Schwartz, from where does the above quote come? I have googled this statement; of course, I come upon Ex. 25:8 - "V'asu li mikdash," but I don't ...
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Where is the Gemara that says that working people won't aquire Torah?

I heard a shiur where this Gemara was quoted, but forget the exact source. Anyone know where this can be found, or if i misheard? TIA
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Online access to Otzar Hachaim vol. 14

About a century ago there was a monthly Torah publication called Otzar Hachaim (אוצר החיים) put out by Rabbi Chaim Yehudah Ehrenreich. Most of the volumes can be found on Hebrewbooks, but not the ...
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Oft-Repeated Rabbi and East to West Distance Story, what's the source?

There are countless references to this story, often in the context of teshuvah: There once was a rabbi who said to his students: “we are as far from where God wants us to be as East is from West”? And ...
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Everyone in the Gemara can resurrect the dead?

Although I have never seen a source for such a concept, I have heard from a handful of people over the years that every individual mentioned in the Gemara is capable of resurrecting the dead. Is this ...
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Question on Torah-study principles

It is explained (Selections from Likkutei Sichos, Shmos, Parashat Tetzaveh, p. 483) that one of the principles of Torah study is to minimize the number of differences between the positions of the ...
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What's the point of visiting one's parents gravesite

I am looking for Torah sources on the benefits of visiting parents' gravesite for the deceased or for the visitors.
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Explanation of number shifts in the Tanach

In many places in Tanach, the grammatical number (plural or singular) shifts. One famous example has to do with the rocks that Yaakov put under his head. When he woke, the "rock" is referred ...
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The origins of Rabbi Akiva

In this lecture, historian Gershon Bar-Kochva recounts the story of how Rabbi Akiva's parents met. In short, his mother, Sarah, was an orphan living in Lod. Her neighbor was a non-Jew who was ...
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Where does Jacob Bernays discuss the creation of the Septuagint?

I'm not sure if this question is on-topic. If not, I would be happy for recommendations on which SE site would be more appropriate. On page 285 of the Hebrew translation of Der Chassidmus (The ...
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Who are the rabbanim of the story of Vehu Rachum?

The Artscroll Siddur records a tradition from the Machzor Kol Bo of three rabbanim who authored the tefillah of Vehu Rachum: Machzor Kol Bo and others record a tradition regarding the authorship of ...
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The earliest source calling a rabbi "Kadosh"?

I'm looking for the earliest source that calls any rabbi "Kadosh", like calling R' Yehuda "Rabeynu Hakadosh", or "Rashi Hakadosh", or ZaTZuKa"L (זצוק"ל), etc.
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Is there a source that lists halachic sugyot in a given masechta with suggested rishonim to compare?

I'm looking for a source that I was once shown that outlines the major halachic sugyot of a masechta along with the important rishonim to know to be aware of the gist of the machloket and any ...
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Chatam Sofer on tchiyat hametim

I heard in this lecture that the Chatam Sofer was once told about a certain person in a community who proclaimed publicly that he didn't believe in tchiyat hametim, and that the Chatam Sofer wrote a ...
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Source for a quotation from a Rabbi (or Jewish story)

My apologies if this question isn't within the typical scope of this site. I'm trying to locate the source of a quotation I saved long ago, it was from I believe an academic text collecting various ...
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Names of Ishmael's 1st and 2nd wife

It seems there is a dispute regarding the names of Ishmael's 1st and 2nd wife. According to Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer 30:6, Ishmael's first wife is Ayesha עישה from the daughters of Moav. ibid 2nd wife ...
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Sources on adultery for a man

I haven't heard much discussion on adultery for a man. It seems the focus is on adultery of a woman, since she can't have more than one husband. A man however can have more than one wife. As well, ...
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Women giving birth daily ( Olam Ha-Ba )

I have read on an article that in the world to come , every day women will bear children and I want to know if this is true and if so where it says that in the Mishnah.
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The History of Muktzeh

Where can I find information on muktzeh from an historical perspective? I would like to get a sense as to what different tannaim and amoraim considered to be muktzeh (both for Shabbes and for yontef), ...
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Benefiting from a non-Jew's labor on Shabbat

I understand that if a non-Jew performs labor on Shabbes for a Jew, the Jew cannot benefit from that labor - but what if it was performed for a group of people, only one/some of whom are Jewish? For ...
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Zohar / Facial features

Shalom all. I once read/heard that the Zohar says that when Jews move to a certain location, then those Jewish people's facial features change to look like the people that they live among. Does any ...
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What is the occupation of the soul, Jewish and non-Jewish, in the months prior to birth?

After reading an interesting scientific article concerning how mammals apparently dream prior to birth, it reminded me of Rabbi Simlai in Niddah 30b discussing how each Jewish soul learns the entire ...
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Midrash on the sale of the Machpelah Cave

A few days ago I saw in a library book a midrash on the sale of the Machpelah Cave. The midrash detailed the names of the four witnesses who signed their names on the deed. Unfortunately, I returned ...
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Suffering As An Atonement

Is there any source that states explicitly that the יִסּוּרִין, suffering, that a person goes through serves as a כַּפָּרָה, atonement?
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1:1 correspondence of spiritual purity to spiritual impurity?

I’ve always held the belief that the amount of spiritual purity in the world is equal to the amount of spiritual impurity. I think I heard this idea before, however, I do not know the source. My ...
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Halachic dispute over 'Geshtuppte Ganz' (Goose Liver) - Stuffed-goose dish

I was reading the Artscroll biography of the Tosher Rebbe and it writes on p.283 the following: He recalled how his grandfather the Saba Kadisha, had warned him against eating geshtuppte ganz, the ...
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