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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Did Rabbenu Nissim also write the long “Ashamnu” in the Chazarah of Shacharit in the Sephardic Yom Kippur Machzor?

Who wrote the long vidui in the Chazarah of Shacharit in Sephardic Yom Kippur Machzorim, i.e. the one that starts "Ashamnu, Achalnu ma'achalot assurot" and has a whole paragraph for each letter of the ...
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Charging interest to “your brother”

A deleted post from a long time ago made the claim that [W]e are [allowed to charge interest to other Jews] but not from immediate family. Even from another Jew, if he or she is not a member of ...
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How did the modern day Beis Hora'ah phenomenon develop?

Here in Eretz Yisrael, we find Batei Hora'ah in many cities - places where a moreh hora'ah sits either during special times or perhaps the whole day or different rabbonim throughout the day answering ...
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Similarity between Eisov and Dama ben Netina for honoring parents

Eisov = Red = Edom = Romi (Rome) Eisov excelled in honoring Yitzhok (B"R 65) Dama B"N was a senator (? or a general) in Rome's province in Ashkelon (according to Yerushalmi) דמא is the letters אדום He ...
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Sources forbidding a gentile from keeping the Sabbath

I have read that there is a halacha that a non-Jew may not observe Shabbat. This seems to stem from the gemara cited here and the Rambam listed here. But the gemara only seems to be saying that a non-...
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What berachos should be made when Moshiach comes?

I supose shehecheyanu or hatov vehameitiv, but I'm not sure about this. Are there something more specific than that? What are the mekorot dealing with berachos to be made when Moshiach comes?
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Amaleik, Refidim and Disunity

The Torah says that the Amaleik came and battled Israel at Refidim. I read in a book called, "Up, Up, and Oy Vey by Simcha Weinstein, page 65, that according to the sages, the Jews were actually ...
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Sources on the Rogochover and Islam

Someone once told me the Rogochover says that Muslims are idol worshippers, as they secretly worship the moon. I couldn't find where the Rogochover actually writes this. This article (fn. 20) says ...
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What animal is ערוד (Arod)?

I'm a visual learner. Now, I've been learning Daf 33a in Meseches Brachos and I came across the word ערוד, which Rashi explains as a hybrid of a Snake and a Toad. I was wondering if anyone ever saw a ...
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Sources that all future souls were at Mount Sinai?

What are the sources for the common understanding that all future souls were at Mount Sinai? I saw the Chasam Sofer bring the gemarra in Shevuos (39a), but that's talking about parshas Nitzavim. A ...
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Placing a notebook on top of sefarim

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (28:9) writes: לא ישרטט איזה קונטרס על הספר, לפי שאין קדושה בקונטרס, עד שיכתבו בו You should not draw lines on notebook [while] on [a holy] book, because the notebook is ...
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What happens the second you die?

What do our sources say about what happens the second you die. I’m pretty sure I heard somewhere that one’s soul comes out of their body and they float around the room. Are there any fascinating ...
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Throwing out cake or pastry larger than a k'zayis

One is not allowed to throw out pieces of bread larger than a k'zayis. Rabbi Doniel Neustadt (here in footnote 2) says this also applies to pastry and cake, but doesn't provide a source for this. ...
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Source for kedushah of the kotel?

I’ve heard before that the kedushah of the beis hamikdash went into the kosel when it was destroyed, anyone know of a source? Any other sources of the kedushah/value of the kosel in general?
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Do any sources discuss reading Megillas Ester too fast?

I remember seeing a source explaining that ideally Megilla should be read somewhat fast because it is called "iggeret" (a letter), and letters are read at fast speed out loud. I've also heard the ...
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Is the “wicked son” of the Haggadah an apostate Jew?

I've seen a few sources that seem to understand that the wicked son of the Haggadah was an apostate Jew, who converted to Christianity. See for example, this answer and linked article, as well as ...
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“The Torah shall be my profession” or “my faith”?

Following Modeh Ani in the Siddur, some recite a number of sentences (some of which are verses from the Torah): תּורָה צִוָּה לָנוּ משֶׁה מורָשָׁה קְהִלַּת יַעֲקב. שְׁמַע בְּנִי מוּסַר אָבִיךָ ...
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Was Haftarah prophesied on Motzei Shabbos?

Shlomo Carlebach, in the YouTube video for his song נחמו נחמו עמי, claims that it is well known that 'according to our tradition', the prophet prophesied the הפטרה for a given week on the Motzei ...
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Modern Directions to Sambatyon River

A Rav recently mentioned a sefer was written by an American Rav in the 1930s called Kol Mevaser which provided exact directions to find the Sambatyon River. (The map began in Tibet and carefully ...
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Where's the Ketzos Hachoshen about hashava?

I remember many years ago learning a ketzos who quotes an acharon (with a name similar to sason, I think) that the monetary obligation incumbent on a thief flows from the torah's commandment to return ...
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Making Everyday Like Yom Kippur

I have toyed with the idea of importing an aspect of Yom Kippur into my everyday life and am constantly looking for (homiletically) a connection which would draw the essence of Yom Kippur into every ...
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Meaning of ישב אהלים and grammar

We read last Shabbat parshat Toldot in which we find the famous statement in Bereshit 25:27 וְיַעֲקֹב֙ אִ֣ישׁ תָּ֔ם יֹשֵׁ֖ב אֹהָלִֽים The mefarshim deals with the meaning of ישב אהלים, some like ...
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At what age does a minor kohen start to recite Birkat Kohanim?

Shulchan Aruch 128:34 rules that a minor kohen performs nesiat kapayim (lit. 'rasing the palms', i.e. reciting the Priestly Blessing) in order to learn and become accustomed to the practice (as long ...
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Rain on Sukkos a bad sign outside the land of Israel

The Mishnah (Taanis 1:1) says: ...אֵין הַגְּשָׁמִים אֶלָּא סִימַן קְלָלָה בֶּחָג‏ ...the descent of rain on the festival of tabernacles is to be considered an unpropitious event The ...
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Gentiles/Noahides and Yom Kippur

Can Gentiles/Noahides participate in Yom Kippur and to what extent? I have read by some Rabbis that they not only can but should! Biblical resources would be most helpful. Shalom!
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Misplacing things and Shedim

Are there any sources in Judaism that explain that when you put something down and you lose it straight after, shedim have taken it and misplaced it to mess with you? Not sure if this is a good ...
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Was Rashi a rebellious student?

In his commentary to the Talmud, Rashi usually just gives us a simple explanation of the word or phrase he is commenting on. However, every so often he quotes his teachers. It seems to me that when he ...
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When do we surrender a prisoner?

To the best of my recollection... When bandits surround a city and demand that the inhabitants give them a specific person, we give them that person (because he is dead anyway and the rest may ...
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Source for Lubavitch-style hat

Most Lubavitcher chassidim, if not all, who I see wearing fedora-style hats with a down-brim have deep pinches impressed on them (see image in link of rabbi below). What is the reason(s) for these ...
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Purpose of non-Jews

I was having a conversation with a friend about the purpose of life. I remember learning somewhere that the purpose of non-Jews is to build up the physical world, while the purpose of Jews is to ...
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Sources on the parameters of Eilu VeEilu

There's a concept in the gemarra known as Eilu VeEilu: יצאה בת קול ואמרה אלו ואלו דברי אלהים חיים הן Ultimately, a Divine Voice emerged and proclaimed: Both these and those are the words of ...
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Seven Sons equals Gan Eden?

Is there a source for the idea that a woman who has seven boys in row gets automatic entrance to Gan Eden?
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Yerushalmi about davening with a Tzadik

Rav Hershel Schachter gave a shiur (on numerous topics on maseches berachos) explaining the machlokes between chassidim and litvaks concerning davening bzmano. He mentioned that the chassidim were ...
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Protesting Chillul Shabbat- מחאה

Is there a halachic basis for those who loudly protest Chillul Shabbat publicly? I heard there are those who justify themselves by saying the Shulchan Aruch clearly states שצריך למחות when there ...
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Sanhedrin Redefining the simple translation of a Passuk

The Sanhedrin are empowered with the capability of defining a certain word or verse in the Torah through a Drasha exegesis (cf. Hilkhot Mamrim 1:3). Firstly, does this mean that before the Sanhedrin ...
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Is there a biblical source for pushing away a potential convert?

From what I understand, partially based on Yevamot 47b and Rambam Hilchot Issuray Biah end of chapter 13 and beginning of chapter 14, when a potential convert first expresses an interest in converting ...
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Zissin Pesach - Where does this phrase come from?

What is the history of wishing a zissin - sweet Pesach? Was this purposely created, as someone once told me, in contrast to wishing a Chag kosher vesameach?
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Health blessing

where does it say in Gemara (I remember it was in the gemara) that the main blessing we get from HaShem is health, because w/o it we can't enjoy the other blessings?
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Was King Achashverosh Jewish?

In this beautiful animated interpretation of the Purim story, at the crowning of King Achashverosh, the crowd announces (as soon as the crown is put upon his head): "And he will rise upon the ...
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Not to receive an 'Aliyah when Leining

I was once told in the name of R' Herschel Schachter that we try to avoid giving the ba'al kriah his own 'aliyah under most circumstances (exceptions would include maftir, a bar mitzvah bochur even on ...
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Is the number of Jews killed during the Babylonian exile according to Gittin literally true?

Since the only authoritative sources of information, in this case, seem to be the Jewish Scriptures, can you help understand them? ... in this valley Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard killed ...
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Leaving secular books open and forgetfulness

In this question the concept of leaving Sefarim open being linked to forgetfulness is discussed. Does such a principle apply to Secular books as well or is it strictly limited to Torah-books? (...
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Source for not saying Mazel Tov when pregnant

There seems to be a custom of not saying Mazel Tov on hearing news or observing that someone is pregnant (there are even those that correct others that say Mazel Tov). Instead they say Beshaah Tovah, ...
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Maps of Biblical Israel according to different authorities

After learning through Sefer Yehoshua with a variety of commentaries, I noticed that there seems to be alot of differing opinions in how the land was divided up amongst the Shevatim and the shape of ...
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Sefer Haicholos

Does anyone have a link to where it says in the sefer Haicholos that it's a special time to daven during the pesicha of the aron kodesh of 3 sifrai torah like this past week?
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Modern bug checking sources

Where are modern she'elot and tshuvot that deal with circumstances surrounding bug checking? Looking for sources that talk about things like freezing and blending. Where can I find such things?
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Earliest reference to women making the bracha of Shechayanu by candle lighting on yom tov

There is a minhag that I think is prevalent in most of klal yisrael that when a woman lights candles in honor of yom tov she at that point recites the bracha of shechayanu (rather than being "yotzee" ...
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The blessing of Pru U'rvu

"The reason why a mule cannot reproduce is because is wasn't blessed by the blessing of Pru U'rvu during the Six Days of Creation. " Someone showed this to me while I was learning in Israel. I ...
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What is considered to be night?

I have always understood the definition of "night" ("leilah") when the day is for sure over and we've passed through "bein hashmoshos" completely, is when there are 3 visible stars and "hiksef elyon ...
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Hataras Nederim Erev Rosh HaShanah

What is the earliest makor (source) for making hataras nederim erev rosh hashanah in front of 3 people with a long nusach? It appears from minimal research to be a rather "late" minhag. What is the ...