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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Taz About self defense

In this question, user3109 on the comment refers to certain Taz (Y.D. 179 S'4), that talks about self defense. It seems that there was a typo, and the source is incorrect. Where does the Taz talks ...
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By what authority, and roughly when, did Judaism concede that adoption of Noachide laws was an acceptable alternative to conversion?

I. Introduction. According to: B. Shabbat 145b-146a. "Rabbi Yoḥanan then explained to them: Why are gentiles ethically contaminated? It is because they did not stand on Mount Sinai. As when the ...
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Does complete bitachon necessarily eliminate or at least mitigate all anxiety one may experience?

Or put differently, does anxiety always indicate a lack of bitachon. Some claim that bitachon does not (always) mitigate or eliminate anxiety (see the discussion here 1 and Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank ...
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Maharam Shiff’s Mnemonic indexes

The Wikipedia page (from Jewish encyclopedia) for Rabbi Meir Shiff states: A mnemonic index to the Bible and the Talmud by him is also extant. Where can I find such an index?
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Does anyone know of the following quote from Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz?

I am looking for the source on the quote from Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz: "“If a person would know what happens to the food from the moment they put it into their mouth to the moment it leaves their body,...
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Who was the Megilat Esther?

As in the commentary on the Rambam’s Sefer HaMitzvot. Do we know this person’s identity? Or even when this person lived?
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Sources referenced as אר“ח ח”ב and קונדרסים

I'm reading an article in Encyclopedia Talmudit (Cherem א) and finding it a bit difficult to trace its sources. The ones I'm struggling with are described as below. Can anyone help me with full names ...
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Why is the name “Tre Asar” in Aramaic?

All the books of Tanach are either named after a person, or are given a Hebrew name, except for Tre Asar, which is Aramaic. One would have expected the Hebrew title Shinem Asar, and indeed it is ...
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Is ‘kol tuv’ a religious phrase?

I often hear religious people saying the phrase ‘Kol tuv’ - May everything be good by you. Is there any history behind the wide usage in religious communities, other than it being said in Hebrew?
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Changing from Base-10 to Base-7 in sefiras haomer

I saw years ago a fascinating idea regarding the counting of sefiras haomer. The source was discussing the change in counting between the days and the weeks. We first start counting in base-10: "...
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Where did the sages get the idea of tying a crimson cord to the goat sent to Azazel?

Where did the sages of blessed memory get this idea recorded in the Babylonian Talmud Rosh Hashana 31b of tying a red or crimson cord to the goat sent to azazel (last week's Torah reading), in order ...
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Seeking a source for Keruvim as destructive angels vs saintly children

I was wondering if anyone could please help me - I am seeking the source for the following vort: The Keruvim in Bereishis are described as destructive angles guarding gan eden, but we know them also ...
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What is the origin of the “divine name” of דיקרנוסא

I noticed this kabbalistic holy name "דיקרנוסא" mentioned in the Amidah of a Edot haMizrach siddur in the extra supplications, and apparently it is not allowed to be pronounced. It sounds like it is ...
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Include “al hagefen” if just had a sip of grape juice when anyways saying me'ein shalosh

Sorry I don't have all the sources in front of me. The basic rule of blessings is that wine/grape juice, fruits from the seven species, and the five grain products get a special after blessing known ...
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What's the source of post Yom Tov Behab

What's the source of post Yom Tov (Sukkos and Pesach) Behab. I see here the general fasting for rain of Behab but I can't find it for post YT.
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Malbim's Introduction to the Book of Daniel in Hebrew

I found an article on aish.com, entitled Moshiach and the World Today which quoted the Malbim as stating the following: A father and son traveling a long distance. As they start out, the son ...
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Rain in Iyar - Miracle Cure?

I remember that a few years ago, it was raining in Iyar and someone (who I believe to be a talmid chacham) told me that drinking the rain in Iyar is a powerful segulah for refuahs. Today, Rosh Chodesh ...
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Help finding source ונטמתם

There seems to be this teaching (gemarah) in the Talmud (Yoma 39) on Vayikra/Leviticus 11:43 regards the phrase ונטמתם. Because this is written without the expected alef it could be read as v’nitamtem ...
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Looking for a commentary, possibly in Mas. Nazir

Connected to this question. In the discussion of the relationship between the Nachash and Chava, as related in Masechet Avoda Zara, 22b, the Chidushei Agadot summarizes opinions about the connection ...
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The Gra's “70 Abilities of the Soul”

I'm looking for more information on the concept of שבעים כוחות האדם, which was apparently discussed by the Vilna Gaon. What are they? Where did he learn of them? I've read that he writes about this ...
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Looking for a source on the city of Gilad

Some time ago I heard a Dvar Torah (which I brought here) by someone who stated, among other things, that the city of Gilad used to be, at least from the time of the sale of Yosef until it was ...
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The source for breath of the mouth as the scent of an offering

I came across this quote: “May it be Your will that the breath that rises from my mouth at this moment be as the scent that rises from an offering in the fire of the altar..” It seems to a quote ...
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Jewish life during the times of the Black Death [closed]

I'm looking for any sources (if possible maybe even first-hand written accounts) of how Jews who lived in Western Europe at that time handled this particular period. Anything goes, matter of fact ...
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Who authored the three hagahos in Rosh HaShanah?

In Rosh HaShanah 11b, at the top of the page in the standard Vilna style printings, is a marginal gloss introduced with the word הג״ה. There is another, introduced with the same word, on the right-...
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Source for women being on higher spiritual level?

What is the source for the concept that women are on a higher spiritual level to start than men?
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What is the definition of a Kuntres?

A kuntres is, generally speaking, known to be a pamphlet or a booklet in the spirit and style of traditional ethical Torah teachings. But how is this different to a small sefer? How many pages it ...
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Source for non-immorality in Egypt

I heard a shiur recently, that quoted a gemara to the effect that the Jews in Egypt where not immoral. Where is this gemara, or gemeras that talk of this?
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Where does Ramchal's idea of circulating calendar come from?

I am in search of any source preceding Derech Hashem, 4:7:6 (Sefaria Translation): חגיגת החגים הזמניים: ואולם מלבד הקידוש הזה הנשער במדריגותיו כפי מדריגת קדושת הימים יש עוד ענינים פרטיים מיוחדים לכל ...
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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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