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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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Rabbi Moshe Feinstein's opinion on the age of the universe

B"H There are posts about the age of the universe according to the Torah, but this question intends specifically to only ask: Are are any sources that reveal what the opinion of Rabbi Moshe ...
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Name of G-d changing

Is there a Source for the statement that when Mashiach comes the Name of G-d will no longer be יהוה but יהיה ?
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Midrash - Avraham Avinu and the idol worshipper

A came across a Dvar Torah here which states the following: The souls that they made in Charan (12:5) – Rav Ovadiah Yosef ztl. cited a midrash which described how far Avraham went in order to be ...
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Rav Aharon Kotler zt"l: closeness to Hashem achieved through Torah

Rabbi Moshe Krieger from Yeshivas Bircas HaTorah, quotes Rav Aharon Kotler zt"l and says: A difference between the closeness to Hashem achieved through Torah compared to that achieved through ...
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Write a book, plant a tree, have a son?

A few non-Torah websites (not worth linking) suggest there is a Jewish source for the quote: "Plant a tree, write a book, and have a son." Is this idea found anywhere in the Torah sources?
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Someone said that there's a Jewish source which claims that Satan cries when we do something bad? Does anyone know where this is from?

I've recently heard someone claim that there is a Jewish source which states that Satan cries when we do something evil. As the question title says, does anyone know where this is coming from?
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Is there a comprehensive list(s) which has every single attribute/trait of G-d, blessed be He, with their corresponding Torah, Talmud, etc. verses?

As the question states, I'm looking for some kind of a resource which contains a clear list, in a bullet-point form or otherwise, of every single attribute of G-d, blessed be He, according to Jewish ...
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kohanim mikvah after bathroom

Rabbi Shlomo Calerbach says kohanim would go to the mikvah after going to the bathroom And that Rav Yoel the satmar Rebbe also did this Looking for written sources for both of these ideas https://...
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Teshuva and Torah study

There are, according to the famous work of the Rabbeinu Yonah "Shaarei Teshuvah", twenty principles of teshuvah (mentioned in the first chapter). The Rabbeinu Yonah writes that for example, ...
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Tefillin in view of toilet

According to many, it is not permissible to say a beracha or read Torah when in view of a toilet, even if that toilet is in a different room (see SA OC 83). I want to know if according to any is there ...
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Source of Chofetz Chaim's story

This article quotes the Chofetz Chaim, on the words "that the land not vomit you out" (Vayikra 20:22), where the Chofetz Chaim allegedly would say (according to his son): “The Zionists err ...
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Guaranteed entry to Olam HaBah

I learned from a rabbi that, if you live to see the 4th generation, your great-grandchildren, you automatically get into Olam HaBah. I love this idea. I know that all of Israel gets in - but this ...
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Why is Human Intellect the only "faculty" with a dedicated Beracha in Amidah?

Only one of the berachot in Amidah (notably, the first one after the 3 berachot of praise; אַתָּה חוֹנֵן לְאָדָם דַּֽעַת) thematically corresponds to a faculty in the human being, namely intelligence. ...
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Source for Chasam Sofer on Impact of Clothing

Following on from this answer here, discussing teaching tznius to a child, the answer links to a pamphlet that brings a teaching of the Chasam Sofer that "you are what you wear" and writes: ...
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Which seffer is the תשובת ב׳י in Pischei Tshuvah Yoreh De'ah 112?

The Shulchan Aruch in Yoreh De'ah 112 sif 16 brings an opinion regarding a traveler who is stringent not to eat bread of a non-Jew should wait four mil to reach the Jewish baked bread. Pischei Tshuva #...
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Yom Kippur service source recommendations

Is there any source describing the exact things that happened, from sunrise to sunset, on Yom Kippur during the period of the Beis HaMikdosh? With regard to the service of confession, the Mishnah (...
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Washing a newborn's hands in the morning - identifying sources

I am currently looking at the concept of Negel Vasser - washing hands in the morning, and how it pertains to chinuch. There is an apparent machlokes amongst the poskim with there being those who say: ...
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Source for zeh le'umas zeh interpretation

There is a well known concept in Jewish thought that things manifest themselves equally in the realms of holiness and unholiness, kind of like a cosmic balance. Many mefarshim quote this pasuk from ...
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Theodicy in the Or Zarua

I remember reading that the Or Zarua attributed the suffering of Jews in Hungary and other lands in eastern Europe to the fact that they were studying insufficient Torah. I can no longer find a source ...
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The connection between the parshios of Shimini and Tazria - the purity of children

I read in Rabbi Elimelech Biderman's Torah Wellsprings the following: Parashas Tazria discusses the laws of childbirth. These laws follow parashas Shmini, which discusses the laws of kashrus. The ...
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Parashas Eikev: The Consolation of Exile

The Lubavitcher Rebbe is quoted in explaining that just as the theme of the haftara of this weeks parasha "Eikev" is "redemption", so too is the case with the parasha itself. ...
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Haman and God sleeping

Is there a source for Haman claiming that God is "sleeping" during the time he wanted to commit the genocide?
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Heat of the sun

In ספר הברית השלם, authored by פינחס אליהו בן מאיר הורביץ, he writes that there are akhronim who say that the sun possesses no heat (p. 50): ושקר אמרו שהמה מורכבים מארבעה יסודות וגשמיים כמו עולם הזה, ...
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Source for story about a Rabbi being happy to bury Sheimot

I heard a story many years ago about a community that was burying Sheimot. Most of the people were sad/crying, but the rabbi was happy and singing. When they asked him why he was happy, he gave them a ...
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Midrash that Paul changed sabbath to sunday [duplicate]

I have heard a few times that there is a midrash (or other rabbinic source) that Paul, as some kind of "undercover pharisee" type situation, deliberately changed the sabbath to sunday in the ...
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Salt at the table during a meal

Concerning salt brought to the table at a meal, Tosafot cites a medrash, which I can't seem to find, which states that salt is a "protector". I know what the covenant with salt is; but how ...
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Mishkenos Haro'im: The Shinnover Rebbe's response to the Shivas Tzion

This article relates that Rabbi Yechezkel Halberstam, the Shinnover Rebbe, responded to a statement written in the in 1891 published sefer "Shivas Tzion" written by Rabbi Avraham Yaakov ...
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Skills of the Shevatim

I recently read this story - 'Warrior Prophets' by Ben Tzion: https://ben-tzion.com/warrior-prophets/#:~:text=A%20Biblical%20Fiction%20Novel%20based,chaos%20sweeping%20the%20ancient%20world. (Highly ...
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What are some Resources for Learning About Zmanim?

I'm interested in learning more about Zmanim, specifically, the different calculations involved and how to determine these times. I understand that the calculation of Zmanim can be complex, changing ...
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When and how did the practice of tsitsit on a small talit originate?

Today, it seems that everybody wears a talit katan. Where does this practice come from and when did it start?
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Getting close to G-d by studying sefer Devarim

Rav Elimelech Biderman (Torah Wellsprings, parashas Devarim - Tishah B'av 2017, p. 16) quotes the Kotzker Rebbe and says that whoever studies sefer Devarim, becomes close(r) to Hashem. "Even a ...
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The sections of the camp of B'nei Yisrael as a reference to the Temple Mount

The Rambam (Mishneh Torah, Beis HaBechirah, chapter 7, halacha 11) writes:" The [encampment of the Jewish people] in the desert [ was divided into] three areas: the camp of Israel, which was ...
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Bris on Erev Tisha B'Av?

I seem to recall reading/seeing that one cannot serve meat at a bris on the 8th of Av (assume not on Shabbos) but I can't find it now. Does anyone know a source that says this?
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R Yitzchak Yosef on kiddushin with ger toshav

Page 31 of this paper gives a Hebrew extract from Shulchan ha-Ma’arechet by R Yitzchak Yosef, in which the author argues that kiddushin is possible between a Jew and a ger toshav. Apparently it comes ...
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Tz’ror ba-Kessef and Ikkurei Dinnim

This article, footnote 40, refers to two responsa, neither of which I can track down: Tz’ror ba-Kessef YD 18 (there is a Tz’ror ha-Kessef, which may be what is meant, but if so I’ve been unable to ...
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כֻּלָּם אֲהוּבִים - further reading please

Every day in the berachot of Shema, we describe the angels who praise Hashem as כֻּלָּם אֲהוּבִים, all beloved. I would like further reading on this description of them. Anything: who they are, why ...
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Non-Jews in messianic times

I have once heard that when the Mashiach comes the non-Jews will be like Jews and the Jews like angels. Don't know where the source might be. Can someone help me?
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Pinchas didn't carry a spear?

In discussing Pinchas, the Chasam Sofer reportedly says that the kana'im who don't carry around a spear are the true kanai'm lishma while those who carry around a spear looking for a machlokes are not ...
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Did Mordechai wear the bigdei kehuna?

Are there ANY sources that say that Mordechai wore the levush kohen gadol?
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What is the source for singing Od Yishama at a wedding?

What is the (earliest) source for singing Od Yishama at the wedding? The words are part of the last of the sheva brachos that are said by the wedding. But I'm curious about the switching from sheva ...
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Why did only Pinchas (know how to) respond?

The Torah relates the story of Pinchas, who, after seeing Zimri committing an act of immorality, in front of the leaders of B'nei Yisrael, took initiative and took action. The Torah says: And, behold,...
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Discrepency of 600 years: Velikovsky's view on Jewish history

There are different sources (for example: Seder Olam Rabbah, chapter 5, which deals with yetzias mitzrayim and the splitting of the sea) that explain when important events took place in our history. ...
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What is the earliest use of the term tzaddik? How far back does the concept go?

According to this website, there is a claim that "It is part of our glorious tradition going back thousands of years to seek a blessing from a Tzaddik for a sick relative (see Talmud Bava Basra ...
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Some senses open, some we can shut

I recently heard a question, why can we close our eyes and mouth without our hands, but not our nose* and ears? I believe this sounds like the perfect question to ask the Torah. Does anyone have any ...
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The metaphysical essence of the non-jewish person [duplicate]

In the first chapter of the Tanya, the Alter Rebbe says that the Nefesh Behemitof a Jew comes from the Klipat Noga while the Nefesh Behemit of a Non-Jew comes from the unclean Klipot which contain no ...
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Satmar Rav in Divrei Yoel: the goal of Eretz Yisrael

This article on Parashas Pinchas quotes the Satmar Rav in Divrei Yoel, vol. 6, where it says: The Satmar Rebbe, ZY"A, in Divrei Yoel (Parashas Emor pp. 184-185) decries the false ideas ...
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Minhag to say Mizmor Shir L'Yom Hashabbos twice

I recently read in a sefer that there was a minhag to say mizmor shir lyom hashabbos twice in the kehilla of the Maharal by kabbalos shabbos. The reason why it was said twice is based on a story about ...
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Radbaz on cross-dressing

In The Mitzvot: the commandments and their rationale, Rabbi Abraham Chill attributes the following idea to Radbaz (without quoting him verbatim): It is understandable why a man should not dress like ...
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Start of Shabbos

I believe someone asked a question on this site regarding the which day Shabbos starts I.E. Friday night or Shabbos Day. Some answers quoted machlokes Rishonim that before matan torah Shabbos started ...
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Shlomo HaMelech's Throne

Where can I find an accurate depiction (drawing or digital depiction) of Shlomo HaMelech's throne? (Or, an easy to understand description of it.)
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