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Questions tagged [story-identification]

Please add as much detail as possible when you ask for the source of a story you heard – this will improve the quality of the question, and make it easier for people to answer the question.

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Story of Megaddalela, rabbi tells man to marry woman of ill-repute

I once read a story in the Talmud about a woman of ill-repute named Megaddalela, whom a rabbi told a man to marry. I used it for a research project and can no longer find the original source. And I do ...
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Story of the “marching” version of the song Kel Adon

I recall once hearing that a chassidic rebbe composed a marching-style tune for the Shabbat piyut Kel Adon. This was the closest thing I could find to the tune. I found very few references to it ...
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Chassidim selling their silver ataros to bail their Rebbe from prison

Today is Yud-Tes Kislev, the anniversary of the day the Alter Rebbe of Lubavitch1 was released from prison. I once heard that his chassidim sold their silver ataros on their tallisos to pay for his ...
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What is the source of this story?

What is the source of this story found in many non-traditional machzorim? Late one Yom Kippur afternoon in Berdichev, Rabbi Levi Yitzhaq went up and argued with God that his people deserved to be ...
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Help with a quote from the Talmud regarding the good old days

I vaguely remember a quote from the Talmud, where a Rabbi was saying that in his youth the boys and girls would play together in the streets and there were no tzniut issues. Does anyone recognize ...
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Practical Kabbalah consequences

I remember hearing that there was a rabbi that used practical kabbalah with his disciples to fight SM' + LL', but I cannot remember his name. Arizal has prohibited it, right? I remember that he gave ...
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Reb Yitzhak's diamond, Rashi's birth - the source? [closed]

There's a famous story, mentioned here and in many other places – the legend of Reb Yitzhak's diamond. What's the source of this story? Tizku lmitvois!
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The source of the story of GR"A and lashes

It is worrisome to argue with the Gra about the different meanings of words, particularly after the famous (apocryphal?) story of him ordering lashes for the maskil who asserted to him that gila, rina,...
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Hallel on a non rosh chodesh day

Im looking for the source in the gemorah which says there was once a community that said hallel on a day that wasnt rosh chodesh, and that even though it wasnt the correct minhag it was seen a ...
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Aryeh Kaplan Text Identification

Follow-up/related question: I recently acquired this book which belonged to Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan. On page 48/49, I found an index card with some things typed on a typewriter.(picture below) I can’t ...
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Wife did not cover hair properly?

I heard a story a while back, someone came up to shamayim and was told that he swore falsely every day. Puzzled he asked when? They told him that every time he made a blessing in his home and his wife'...
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Source for a story about mistakenly thinking Mashiach was here

What is the story in the Gemara or Ein Ya'akov about the guy who ran into the streets when he thought the Mashiach was here, but really it was a wedding ceremony? I can't find it anywhere. The Rosh ...
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Incident where moshe witnesses someone being killed and asked hashem why bad things happen to good people

i dont remember the storyline exactly but there were three people, one lent money to another and one of them got killed and then the other one came and took the second one's money. Moshe rabbeinu ...
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Sources of the story about drinking milk to fulfill the four cups at the seder

A man could not afford the wine for the four cups of the seder, and asked the Rav whether he could use milk. The Rav offered to pay for wine, and gave him much more money than wine would require. The ...
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Source for detail in the Chanukah story

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (139:3) writes: בחנוכה, מתר בעשית מלאכה. אך הנשים נוהגות שלא לעשות מלאכה כל זמן שהנרות בבית דולקים, ואין להקל להן. והטעם שהנשים מחמירות יותר, מפני שהגזרה היתה קשה על בנות ...
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who is Rabbi Menashe Klein referring to (a “religious” psychologist who wrote a forbidden book)?

Rabbi Menashe Klein in Sefer Bais Rahel on page 144 when discussing the dangers of psychologists (marriage counselors) says: וכבר נשמע על אחד מהם שכינה עצמו רב ודתי וחרדי מאד מאד, שכתב כביכול ספר [...
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Source for anecdote with Moses Montefiore and Charity

I have heard an anecdote told of Moses Montefiore explaining that his 'worth' was only what he gave to charity. This story is quoted in many places (ex. 1, 2, 3) to underscore the value of charity. I ...
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Shulchan Aruch HaRav and the Gra

I heard a story about how when the Vilna Gaon was shown Hilchos Talmud Torah from the Alter Rebbe's Shulchan Aruch, the Gra kissed the volume and praised the author, not knowing the author was the ...
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Cannot speak Torah while working

In Shemot Rabbah 13 Parshash Bo there's a story involving Abba Yosef. He responds to an invitation of scholarship by Avnimus with "...I can't come down because I'm a salaried worker." I remember ...
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What is the source of the story of the Jewish Soldier who during the Revolutionary War inspired George Washington by lighting his Menorah? [closed]

What is the source of the story of the Jewish Soldier who during the Revolutionary War inspired George Washington by lighting his Menorah? Also who is the soldier who was in this story, and did George ...
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Help me locate a midrash I only vaguely remember

I have part of a midrash floating around in my head, and I was hoping someone would recognize it and point me towards a source. Here's what I remember: It spoke of two people that were sentenced ...
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Medrash on Dovid Hamelech riding a Re'eim

I'm looking for a certain medrash. It's about Dovid Hamelech climbing up what he thinks is a mountain, but it actually ends up being a re'eim.
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Source for a story about stealing and teaching of Torah

I once heard a reference to a story in the gemara about an amora who is saying a shiur and a certain person in the bais medrash calls the amora a ganiv (thief) because he can't follow the shiur so he ...
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Source for story about the Maskilim's play mocking what the “orchei hamilchama” would look like according to chazal

Does anyone know of a reliable source for the story about how the Maskilim made a play to mock what a milchama would look like according to the torah/chazal, in which they depicted only the Chofetz ...
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The Mekor Baruch's intructions of making gold from copper

Rav Epstein in his Mekor Baruch 3:19:6 brings a story about him and a maggid. The maggid was looking for a certain sefer which instructs one how to make gold from copper. The Mekor Baruch (who had the ...
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Where is the story from (I believe in the Talmud ) about a Rebbe who was head of a beis din in regards to a widow and his sentencing to death?

This is a question is referenced the Gemara or Mishna I think. I believe in the mishna, or gemara there's a story about either Rebbe Yehuda or Rebbe Yosi(Or another head of the Beis Din). The story ...
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Bais Yosef's magid/angel tricked him?

I heard (in a few dvar Torahs, though I can't find them now) that the Bais Yosef had recorded that his magid (the angel that taught him) had tricked him, and something like "from this we know that ...
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The cow of the Tzadik from Strelisk

When I was young, I read the following story / parable: Every evening, the Tzadik of Strelisk comes home after the evening prayer and feeds his cow. Every evening in the same hour. One evening,...
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What's this about a magical spitting bird?

In Christopher Hitchens's memoir Hitch 22, this passage caught my eye: In her preface to his collection of essays The Non-Jewish Jew Tamara Deutscher, widow of the great Isaac, relates the story of ...
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Searching for a story with the Rav's comment about the scientist

I am trying to find a story I read once concerning Rav Soleveitchik. Please forgive me if I am remembering it incorrectly. The basic story was a comparison between two Jewish scientists, one ...
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Curse on the Kennedys

I once heard that a Rabbi cursed the Kennedy family because a member of that family who was involved with US immigration turned away a boat of Jewish immigrants. I would like to know the source of ...
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Massacre of Baalei Tosafos

There is a famous story about the Baalei Tosafos using their own blood to write their pirush on the chapter Merubah in Bava Kamma before they were massacred. Is there a source for this?
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Talking in shul and churban Europe

HaRav Yitzchok Sorotzkin said the following story: The debitzener himself was present by the Second World War - r"l the holocaust: “He was standing on the last transport going to Auschwitz. All of ...
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Source for the story about the Satmar Rebbe

I remember a story about a maskil who approached the Satmar Rebbe, and who lamented the fact that Hungarian Jews don't differentiate between the samekh (ס), the sin (שׂ) and the sav (ת). The Satmar ...
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What is a Drut’syla? [closed]

This link was sent to me by a friend, about a woman who is a Drut'syla (dertseyler in Yiddish), or storyteller. The article simply says it's a Jewish tradition, but doesn't place it within Judaism. ...
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Source for a Talmudic story of three caskets

In the Merchant of Venice, suitors attempting to win Portia's hand must choose from 3 caskets (of gold, silver and lead). Those who chose wrong must leave immediately and never marry anyone. One who ...
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Where is the story about Elazar ben Durdayah and the harlot?

My rebbe mentioned to us that just as Elazar ben Durdayah was at about to have cohabitation with harlot, she passed gas. The harlot said to Elazar ben Durdayah, "Just as this current of air cannot ...
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Source for gemarah about Rav Shimon bar Yochai's grandson?

I heard a class where the teacher mentioned a gemarah that says the grandson of Rav Shimon bar Yochai was involved with prostitutes. To save him they had his uncle mentor him, they forced him to move ...
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Rabbi Akiva seeing Bar Kochba sleeping on his back?

I once saw it in some sefer that Rabbi Akiva saw Bar Kochba sleeping on his back (not on his side) and then he knew that he wasn't Mashiach. Does anyone know where this is written? I'm pretty sure its ...
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Wordplay concerning the Ayin and the Aleph in Gemara

I remember hearing about some interesting statements made about those that fail to distinguish pronunciation between the ayin and the aleph. An example was given in gemara about why such a distinction ...
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Is Julia Donaldson's “a squash and a squeeze” based on a Jewish source?

The children's book 'A Squash and a Squeeze' by Julia Donaldson is about a woman who feels that her house is not big enough. She meets a 'wise old man' (who looks uncannily like an old chassidish ...
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Source for eulogy of lost bookcases

I recall learning a gemarah (Bavli) where a certain scholar passed away and when another scholar was asked to eulogize him he responded with something akin to, "What should I say? We lost our ...
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Story of love sick tree

I once heard a shiur which quoted a gemarah (I think) about two trees. One of the trees was uprooted and taken elsewhere and the other tree started to get sick. The explanation was that the trees were ...
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source for a story: man who went to milk a lion

When I was a kid I heard the following story at least a few times in grade school from the school headmaster (probably around Rosh Hashanah time). It's based on a Jewish legend or midrash, and I'd ...
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Fruit Leather in Gemara Sukkah

It's been a while since I learned Sukkah.... Does anyone know where the Gemara talks about where the wine from נסכים goes; through an אמה (canal) to a container, where it sat and congealed until it ...
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Exact text from Rav Eliyahu Lopian's “Lev Eliyahu” citing a story about the Chofetz Chaim

I read some time ago in Rav Eliyahu Lopian's "Lev Eliyahu" an amazing idea. However, I don't have the book; I'm looking for it online but cannot find it. He brought a story about the Chofetz Chaim: ...
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Rambam held of Timtum halev?

There is a famous story of the Rambam in the name of R' Chaim Brisker: "When the Rambam visited Yemen, he met a certain gaon of the geonim of the time. And after the Rambam returned home, this gaon ...
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Story about learning b'iyun vs. b'qius

When I was in yeshiva, I heard a story that I wouldn't mind having verified. Apparantly, two individuals once argued over whether b'iyun (בעיון; "in-depth", commentary-focused) learning or b'qius (...
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Sherlock Holmes-ian deduction in the Talmud

I remember learning a story in the Talmud (I think) and am trying to find the source. I'm a little fuzzy on the details, but this is what I remember. There was a Talmudic Rabbi who was sold into ...