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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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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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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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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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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When was Shlomo HaMelech anointed king?

When (day, month, year) was Shlomo HaMelech anointed king, as according to the pasuk below? 1 Kings 1:45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon, and they have ...
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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 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 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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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 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 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 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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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 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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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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מנ"ע - Talking to a person but intent towards Hashem

I've seen in a few places the concept that we sometimes find a person talking to another, but their intent is really to Hashem. Some examples are the Vilna Gaon (Esther 7:6), Noam Elimelech (...
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Did Nathan HaNavi exaggerate the numbers of captains invited?

Did Nathan HaNavi exaggerate the numbers of captains invited? In 1 Kings 1:19, Bath-Sheba (under the coaching of Nathan HaNavi) reported to King David that Adonijah invited, among others, "the ...
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What is the significance of leaving out the suffix-"vav" and/or adding it to אֲדֹנִיָּה?

What is the significance of leaving out the suffix-"vav" and/or adding it to the name אֲדֹנִיָּה? Of the 15 times the name of the antagonist or bad character is mentioned in 1 Kings 1, three ...
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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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Source about a king like Haman if Israel doesn't repent

I'm writing an article about the holocaust and I want to find a source that says if Israel does not repent, Hashem will raise up a king like Haman.
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What became of Chileab ben David HaMelekh?

What became of Chileab ben David HaMelekh? Shmuel II - II Samuel - Chapter 3:3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the ...
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Who is this person named "Rei" in the Haftarah of Parashat Chayei Sarah?

Who is this person named "Rei" in the Haftarah of Parashat Chayei Sarah? Melachim I - I Kings - Chapter 1:8 And Zadok the priest and Benaiahu the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, ...
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Sfarim vs. Stand-alone sources

BSD I was learning with my Chavrusa the other day from a source sheet, and he displayed some surprise when I reached for the Sefer where the particular cited source was referenced. Upon asking why I ...
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Black seed (Nigella Sativa) - "קצח" in talmud

Black seed ("Nigella Sativa"), known as קצח in Modern Hebrew, is known for having medicinal qualities - but is it at all mentioned in the Talmud or any Jewish sources as treatment to most ...
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Where is the source for the statement "The last exile - the sin is hidden so the end is hidden"?

There is a reference somewhere that says something like: "In the first exile, the sin was known and the end was known. The last exile, the sin is hidden so the end is hidden." I'm looking ...
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Why isn't there a source for a widows time limit?

The Mishnah in Ketubot 57a says: נותנין לבתולה שנים עשר חודש משתבעה הבעל לפרנס את עצמה, וכשם שנותנין לאשה כך נותנין לאיש לפרנס את ‏עצמו. ולאלמנה שלשים יום One gives a virgin twelve months from the ...
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Are there Orthodox sources on alternative estimations of the Exodus?

When discussing the Exodus, some academic scholars try to reconcile the Biblical narrative with empirical findings by lowering the estimates for the number of people involved and the grandiosity of ...
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Are there brick structures mentioned in the Tanach?

Besides the Tower of Babylon, are there other brick structures mentioned in the Tanach?
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What's the source that there is תשלומין for tefilla?

What's the source that there is תשלומין for tefilla? Is it learnt out from תשלומין of korbanos? Also related to this: do the daily karbanos, such as the tamid, have תשלומין if they weren’t brought at ...
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Deep commentaries on the 2 stories of Rabbi Akiva laughing

The Talmud at the end of the tractate Makkos (24a-b) relates 2 stories about Rabbi Akiva laughing in the face of suffering. I was able to find nice commentaries explaining the simple ideas behind the ...
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What is the source for one sixtieth?

The rule of bitul one sixtieth or sleep one sixtieth death or dreams one sixtieth prophecy: How did we arrive at one sixtieth as the measurement?
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Sarah's beauty at 80

Shalom u bracha. Does anybody know the source of a midrash that says that Pharaoh (and everybody) finds Sarah really beautiful even at her 80's because Avraham gave her so much confidence by repeating ...
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How important are Yahrtzeit customs?

Many people regard Yahrtzeit customs and observances with much reverence and importance. The psychological reasons for this are self-evident, as such observances provide people with a feeling of ...
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Help me find the verse that says all good praises / words belongs to Hashem

I was reading comments on a thread two weeks ago and I came across a verse that says all good praises / words only belongs to Hashem. I can't remember where I save the text, please help me find this ...
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Where in the Tanakh, on a peshat level, is "Yetzer HaTov" derived?

Where in the Tanakh, on a peshat level, is "Yetzer HaTov" derived? Rashi seems to derive "Yetzer HaRa" from Genesis 8:21 (because the words "yetzer" and "ra" ...
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What are the sources that the soul possesses the knowledge of a language?

@AvrohomYitzchok asked me this question to support the assertions for another question: "why-dont-newborns-speak-outright. What are the sources that the knowledge of a language is a quality of ...
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Yishmael’s burial site

Are there any Torah sources that indicate where Yishmael (ben Avraham) is buried? I have not found anything that mentions his place of burial
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Rabbi Saadia Gaon on the 10 Lost Tribes

I have read that Rabbi Saadia Gaon, a great sage who lived from 882 to 942, considered the Assyrian Exile to be in modern day Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of Iran. Would anyone be able to confirm ...
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What is the original source for Yahrtzeit customs?

There are various customs and even halachot associated with yahrtzeits, such as saying kaddish, getting called to Torah, lighting candles, fasting, serving as a prayer leader, giving charity, ...
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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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Was Eli the Kohen Gadol until he died?

Apparently, a blind kohen can't serve in the Mikdash: Bechorot 44a: The Sages taught in a baraita: When it is stated that a blind man [iver] is disqualified from performing the Temple service (see ...
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How can a Sukkah be used as a protection from "Storm and Rain"?

According to the last verse of "Yeshayahu - Isaiah - Chapter 4", a Sukkah is "for a shelter and for a covert from stream and from rain" (Chabad) or "for a refuge and for a ...
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What are the references or terms for the word sukkah?

Which words or descriptions serve as references for the word sukkah? I will accept any and all sources that are accepted here at mi yodeya.
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Sources for using the father's name when praying for a non-Jew

Related to this answer. Earlier today I was sent a video that showed the Chief Rabbis of Israel at the Kotel making a Mi Sheberach for the refuah of President Trump, where they called him דונלד ג'ון ...
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Custom of two people not clothing someone together

Probably a common occurrence is when putting clothes on a baby, both parents will try to do it together to make it easier (one puts on the shirt, one puts on the pants, etc.). Someone recently told me ...

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