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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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Is there a special term for a King who is also a Rabbi?

I'm looking for whether there is a specific term or a title for a King who also happens to be a Rabbi/Chief Rabbi. In other words, both the religious authority and the political authority. Just as an ...
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"And this nation will arise and stray after idols" - the Ohel Moshe's story about Rabbi Shlomo Lorincz

I came across a Ohel Moshe on parashas Shemos, where he cites the sefer Bimechitzatam Shel Gedolei HaTorah. The explanation in both seforim, deals with the posuk in Devarim (31:16) where it says: And ...
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Sourcing a quote from the Rambam

I came accros a quote from the Rambam, apparently in his teshuvos, that a person should be "רודף אחר כוונת התורה". I saw it in a piece from Shem MiShmual (Lech Lecha תרע"ב, second piece)...
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Is the soul eager to enter this world?

Is it brought down anywhere that before birth, the soul yearns to be brought into a physical body, and be in this world, and if yes, how do we reconcile that with what it is taught that the soul is ...
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Importance of good counsel

It appears to me that in the situation of Pharaoh in Egypt and King Achashverosh in Persia, both had begun their plot against the Jews using advice from their advisors. Where can I find Torah ...
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Sources for importance of achdus

What are some good sources of the importance (and benefits) of achdus to encourage people to work on improving it? (Preferably in English)
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The Tzadik, The Nations and the Geulah: the chiddush of Rabbi Mordechai Rottenberg

Rabbi Mordechai Rottenberg, Rabbi of Antwerp (1872-1944), has written an interesting teshuva on the Shalosh Shevuos (the three oaths. Refer to Kesubos 111a). Rabbi Rottenberg, in his reaction to some ...
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Are there any sources for the idea that reincarnation is not chronological?

The idea of reincarnation is quite widely accepted in Judaism, but I've often wondered if there is any source for the idea that it doesn't have to happen in chronological order. Eg. could I be (p)...
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The parallel of 6000 years and the six days of creation

I have read in the Yalkut Biurim-section of the Mesivta Gemara Sanhedrin (p. 98 of the Yalkut Biurim), that the six days of creation are intertwined with the teaching that the world will exist for ...
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כף הקלע while alive?

I saw this in the Piasezno Rebbe's Hachsharat Avrechim: וכבר אמרו חז״ל [בר״ר פל״ד] הצדיקים לבן ברשותן ולהיפך ח״ו, הם ברשות לבן. ובזה תלוי הכל, מי שלגמרי הוא ברשות לבו ואינו יכול להתגבר גם על תאוותיו ...
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Where can I find this text from Midrash Tanhuma?

Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo discusses Jesus association with Balaam and offers the following text from the uncensored Midrash Tanhumah : “Bilaam foresaw that a man born from a woman would arise and ...
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Lech Lecha: Avraham fulfilled G-ds mitzvos with joy

Rabbi Yerucham Brodianski in his sefer Siach Yitzchak (Parashas Vayigash, p. 480, sv. תשמע לאומרים) quotes the Nesivos Shalom and says that bitachon in Hashem will give a person inner joy when ...
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The Steipler's Gaon idea behind voting in Eretz Yisrael

In sefer B'ein Chazon by Rabbi Shmuel David Munk, there is a letter in response to what the Steipler Gaon is supposed to have said on voting in the Israeli elections. The Steipler Gaon held that ...
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attack against Persia (Iran) in the Acharis HaYomim

I saw a midrash that says that Edom (Europe, US?) will join forces with Arabia; together they will attack Malchus Poras (Persia, Iran).After they defeat her, they will in turn attack Yisrael, leading ...
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Pele Yoetz Question

Does someone know from which chapter of the Pele Yoetz this is taken or paraphrased from? There is a general rule in life, that we believe with perfect faith nothing bad comes from heaven, it is only ...
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When donating something liluy nishmas someone, is there any reason to write the name of the person you're donating for in/on the item?

I see a lot of people do write it on plaques or in seforim, but what would the reason be? (I have heard that maybe it's for people to see it and do something as a zchus for them, but practically, I ...
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Are there any historical accounts that help give context to the "sinat chinam" at the time of the destruction of the temple?

I would like to know what exactly this sinat chinam looked like. What did they "hate" about each other? I feel like the answer to this would be better if it gave a full picture of the state ...
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Should Hamas be treated like Amalek?

Do we say that Hamas's behaviour recently is as bad as Amalek, and therefore we have a mitzvah to completely eradicate them? If so, does that stretch to the whole of Gaza's population or even further? ...
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Coping with Hashem's plan when it is difficult to accept

I have always worried that the events of the holocaust and previous pogroms etc could recur, and could happen to any of us. Intellectually, I know that Hashem has a reason and we have to accept it, ...
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Who are Gog and Magog?

I've been through all question titles here but nobody asks directly who are Gog uMagog (might be answered in some of them though)? Specifically, in the context of Moshiach, rather than the original ...
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The language of the “farewell-blessing” of Moshe

In Moshe’s final blessing to Klal Yisrael (parashas Vezos HaBeracha, Devarim 33:1), the Torah says: וְזֹ֣את הַבְּרָכָ֗ה אֲשֶׁ֨ר בֵּרַ֥ךְ מֹשֶׁ֛ה אִ֥ישׁ הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל לִפְנֵ֖י ...
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Last Sealing on Hoshana Rabba or Shmini Atzeret?

I have heard in numerous Shiurim that one is judged on Rosh ha Shana, sealed on Yom Kippur and finally sealed on... A) Shmini Atzeret B) The night of Hoshana Rabba C) The day of Hoshana Rabba. What ...
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Four Minim in Kaballah

In my Siddur it says in the 'Yehi Ratzon' before the Netilat Lulav, that by combining the 4 Minim I ask Hashem to combine the 4 letters of his holy name. Does anybody know, which Min corrsponds to ...
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Sources for auctioning/bidding on Simchas Torah

There is a widespread custom to bid for various kibbudim on Simchas Torah e.g. for each of the pesukim starting with אתה הראת לדעת. The practice is attributed to the Maharil - see the Sefer Taamei ...
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What do honorifics represent?

What is the custom for adding a honorific after a deceased person's name? For example we say for [Avraham Avinu - alav hashalom. While the ari has zecher tzadik livracha. Does one signify more of a ...
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5 fingers correlating to the five senses

Someone was trying to explain to me how the five fingers are connected to the five senses... without much success. Is there a reputable source for this?
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Was Migdal bavel a rocket ship? [duplicate]

I seem to remember hearing somewhile ago that the tower of bavel was a rocket. What is the source that migdal bavel was a "rocket"; or some thing that would fly up to the sky instead of the ...
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Is there a source for this story of the seven brothers?

This is part of the story: "There were once seven brothers, the sons of one woman, in the city of Tzippori. They were wealthy, but one day they went to a certain city in the land of India. They ...
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When did Akedat (Binding of Isaac) Issac occur [duplicate]

I heard that one of the reasons that we read "Akedat Issac" in Rosh Hashana is since it happened at the same day. On the other hand, I heard that it occurred on Yom Kippur (day of Atonement)....
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The reason for the evil in the world today [duplicate]

I have read a book by Dr Michael Heiser that stated if you asked this question to a Christian audience, they would say, the fall of Adam in the garden is the cause of evil in the world today. But if ...
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Looking at one's tzitzit during kiddush levana

In some siddurim it writes to look at one's tzitzit during birchat halevana and kaparot. What is the reason for this?
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Think good and it will be good

Does anyone know of a gemara or other maamar chazal which says something along the lines of "think good and it will be good" ?
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Where is this Ramban

יש מקומות שנוהנים לשחוט תרנגול לכפרה וכן יש בתשובת הגאונים המרדכי במס' יומא כתב המנהג הזה וכל מ"ש בסימן זה הוא בפסקי הרא"ש למסכת יומא וקצתו במרדכי ומנהג זה כתוב גם בתשב"ץ וכ' שם שנוהגים ...
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Does anyone know of an Illustrated/Animated Audio Bible resource on YouTube or other video platforms?

I'm looking for a YouTube playlist or something along those lines which includes an Audio Bible reading along with illustrated images as the audio keeps going. The focus is on the five books of Moses.
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Calling one's wife 'honey'

I recently heard that calling one's wife 'honey' is a Jewish concept born from the fact that the gematriot are the same. דבש = 306. אשה = 306. Does anyone talk about this? Or is this a convenient ...
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Parshiot Devarim referring to mashiach

Where does the vilna gaon say that the parshiot of devarim are a remez to the last generations of before mashiach?
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Are there any significant differences between the censored Talmud and the uncensored Talmud? [duplicate]

Are there any significant differences between the censored Talmud and the uncensored Talmud? And are there tools to study this topic?
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If Hebrew was the target language, what was the source language in any of the Psalm in which “maskil” is mentioned?

If Hebrew was the target language, what was the source language in any of the Psalms in which “maskil” is mentioned? Rashi on Psalms 88:1 wrote: משכיל: כל מקום שנאמר משכיל ע"י תורגמן נאמר שהיה ...
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The Baal Shem Tov: mitzvos as a gift

I've heard in the name of the Baal Shem Tov, that G-d was wondering what to give the Jewish people in order to perfect themselves. The endresult.... mitzvos, all 613 of them. G-d gave us the Torah and ...
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The Tolner Rebbe on donkeys and shofars

This article refers to a teaching of the Tolner Rebbe on the Talmudic passage regarding one who mistakes the sound of the shofar for the sound of a donkey: The Tolner Rebbe asks – which Jew walks by ...
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Where is it first mentioned that the Jews partook in the feast of Achashverosh?

In a discussion in the Gemara Megillah 12a, it is mentioned in the name of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai that the Jews participated in the feast of Achashverosh. Is there an earlier mention of this? (I am ...
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Are the Rabbis currently talking?

What is the source for talking about the past writings of rabbis in present tense? E.g. rashi says. Instead of said. I understand the concept to be something along the lines of this pasuk: And these ...
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Are there any primary sources discussing the feeling of being near Shekhinah in the Holy Temple?

I think that maybe Philo of Alexandria was one, but that's just a guess from me, and I don't think his writings are that direct. I'm essentially looking for a first-hand extra-Tanakhic source of ...
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Would Jews speak Lashon Hakodesh by default?

If my memory serves me correctly, I read in the sefer Daas Torah some while back that if one doesn't teach a [Jewish?] child a language it will start talking Lashon Hakodesh on its own accord. Is ...
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Why was the Priesthood hereditary?

Can anybody share any sources that discuss the question of why the Priesthood was hereditary? There are plenty of sources that discuss why, specifically, the family of Aaron was chosen for that honor -...
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Source for a drush in lemaaleh mimecha

There is a famous drush that is brought by Nefesh haChayim in the beginning of the 4th chapter of shaar 1, and also discussed in Ruach Chayim. The mishnah in Pirkei Avos 2:1 says da ma lemaaleh mimeka ...
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"And you shall place My words upon your heart" - even in exile

In parasahas Eikev (Devarim 11:18), the Torah instructs us that we: shall lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they will be as frontlets ...
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Transmission of Kabbalah - what happened after Shlomo Hamelech?

According to Brit Menucha, the chain of transmission of Kabbalah from Adam to Shlomo ends with his sons putting the knowledge in the geniza of the Beit Hamikdash. After that, there seem to be 2 ...
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Medrash about Adam originally not having fingers

I'm looking for the medrash that says that Adam (or another hunanoid creation) originally didn't have fingers but had spoon like appendages instead.
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Masei: spiritual rectification through the encampments

The Torah in Parashas Masei tells us (Bamidbar 33:1): Eileh Masei B'nei Yisrael - these are the journeys of the children of Yisrael One of the journeys was from Sinai to Kivroth HaTaavah (v.16) And ...
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