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An acronym of "Torah" (Five Books of Moses), "Neviim" (Prophets), and "Kesuvim" (Writings). The three books together form the "Written Torah".

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Who is "Shilo" in Bereshit? [duplicate]

In bereshit 49: 10 it is written: "לֹֽא־יָסוּר שֵׁבֶט מִֽיהוּדָה וּמְחֹקֵק מִבֵּין רַגְלָיו עַד כִּֽי־יָבֹא שִׁילֹה וְלוֹ יִקְּהַת עַמִּֽים׃" Who is Shiloh? "Shiloh, to whom the scepter ...
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Radak's commentary on Ezekiel

May I please have a translation of Radak's commentary on Ezekiel? (44:17): והיה בבאם אל שערי החצר הפנימית. אם נאמר החצר הפנימית כמשמעו יהיה פירושו שער עזרת הכהנים והמזבח וממנו לשער האולם כי הכל הוא ...
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Examples of "Mitzvah X was not practiced since the times of Y"

The book of Nehemia states that the Israelis didn't keep Succot from the times of Joshua Binun (about 1000 years, Nehemiah.8.17. וַיַּעֲשׂוּ כָל־הַקָּהָל הַשָּׁבִים מִן־הַשְּׁבִי סֻכּוֹת וַיֵּשְׁבוּ ...
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Textual Criticism of Nach

I was recently learning Megillat Esther (as I prepare some shiurim on the topic), and was surprised to find the following comment by Rabbi Moshe Yitzchak Ashkenazi (Tedeschi), in his commentary to ...
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Yehoshua 5:15 - Why is the ground considered holy?

"וַיֹּ֩אמֶר֩ שַׂר־צְבָ֨א יְהֹוָ֜ה אֶל־יְהוֹשֻׁ֗עַ שַׁל־נַֽעַלְךָ֙ מֵעַ֣ל רַגְלֶ֔ךָ כִּ֣י הַמָּק֗וֹם אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַתָּ֛ה עֹמֵ֥ד עָלָ֖יו קֹ֣דֶשׁ ה֑וּא וַיַּ֥עַשׂ יְהוֹשֻׁ֖עַ כֵּֽן:" "And the ...
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Is the Prophet Malachi the same person as Ezra Hasofer?

I saw in a few places that when they write Malachi, in parentheses they write Ezra. Does that mean that some people agree that they are one person?
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Is spending time in a city a cure for exhaustion (Koheleth 10:15)?

Koheleth 10:15 states: 'The toil of fools wearies him, for he does not know to go to the city'. Rashi, it seems to me, interprets 'city' as Torah study. Are there any authorities who claim that a ...
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Why all the Bnei Yakov (the holy tribes) went to Egypt for food

What is the reason that all the holy tribes (except for Benjamin) went to Egypt for food? Couldn't they send only several of them or to split themselves and go in different time? Or even send some of ...
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Was the servant in Isaiah 52 'marred' or 'anointed'? [closed]

Source texts Targum Yonatan (TY) of Isaiah 52:13 identifies the servant as the anointed one: הָא יַצְלַח עַבְדִי מְשִׁיחָא יְרוּם וְיִסְגֵי וְיִתְקוֹף לַחֲדָא (source) Behold, my servant the Messiah ...
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Differences between Breuer Tanachim

I stayed with Dr. Gabriel Wasserman for Shabbos over the summer and he mentioned that the different editions of R' Mordochai Breuer's זצ"ל Tana"ch have some small differences (eg. the Mosad ...
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How did King Manasseh and King David repent? [closed]

In Judaism it’s said if you sin against man you must make it right with that person, but Kings Manasseh and David didn’t, yet God accepted their Teshuva.
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Why did the Chachamim change this Passuk?

The Gemara brings in the incident of a king gathering 72 sages to translate the Torah to Greek. They all came with the idea to change some Psukim. One of them was זָכָ֥ר וּנְקֵבָ֖ה בְּרָאָ֑ם ...
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Did Bible Characters Typically Drink Water?

I've always heard that in the medieval era, people drank dilute beer all the time because the water wasn't safe. We find all over Tanach accounts of people "eating bread and drinking water." ...
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Is Historical (or narrative) Present Used in Tanakh?

In the beginning of ויצא, the first couple of verses are written in past tense but Yaakov's dream is in present tense. I assumed that a possible explanation for this is that the Torah is using the ...
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Could someone help me find a Tanakh vowelised according to the Yemenite Tradition?

I would like to study the Yemenite traditions of pronounciation in reading. However, I'm unsure where to find a copy of the Tanakh with such notation. If anyone could assist me in this it would be ...
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When did Noah enter the ark?

Did Noah enter the ark 7 days before the flood or on the day of that the flood began? וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהֹוָה֙ לְנֹ֔חַ בֹּֽא־אַתָּ֥ה וְכׇל־בֵּיתְךָ֖ אֶל־הַתֵּבָ֑ה כִּֽי־אֹתְךָ֥ רָאִ֛יתִי צַדִּ֥יק לְפָנַ֖י ...
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Immanuel / Emmanuel the angel

I recently ran across a reference to the angel named "Immanuel" or "Emmanuel" ... it reads: Emmanuel ("God with us")-the angel in the fiery furnace who appeared beside ...
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'Anshei' vs 'B'nei'

Ezra 2 contains a big list of the size of different families. However, some of the verses (eg 16, 17, 18) introduce those they count as בני, and some of the verses (eg 22, 23, 27) introduce those they ...
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Daniel 9:12 k’ri-k’tiv

Do any commentators or other sources address the rationale of דבריו becoming דברו in Daniel 9:12? I’ve so far been unable to find any explanation for this.
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Did אָכִיש actually use Hashem?

וַיִּקְרָ֨א אָכִ֜ישׁ אֶל־דָּוִ֗ד וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֵ֠לָיו חַי־יְהוָ֞ה כִּי־יָשָׁ֣ר אַתָּ֗ה (שמואל א 29:6) This has the פְּלִשְׁתִּי swearing by Hashem.
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What's this recurring progression in Hallel?

Commonly recited from Psalms is Chapter 118, recited in Hallel on Rosh Chodesh and Festivals. It begins (v. 1-4): הוֹד֣וּ לַיהוָ֣ה כִּי־ט֑וֹב כִּ֖י לְעוֹלָ֣ם חַסְדּֽוֹ׃ Praise the LORD, for He is ...
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Could Moses Have Failed?

Was having a conversation with another user in which I made the argument that Moses didn't fully believe he was talking to God because he doubts he can fulfill this mission from God even with God's ...
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Where does "Yeshurun" come from?

Am Yisrael has a number of names in Tanach. "Yaakov" (such as "Beit Yaakov") and "Yisrael" ("Bnei Yisrael") come from the names of Yaakov Avinu. "Yehudim&...
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Do any Jewish commentators or any targum or midrash see Haggai 2:7 as a reference to the messiah?

Haggai 2:7 speaks about the coming of "the desired of nations". Christians say this is a reference to the messiah. But I'm wondering if any of the sages - the commentaries or targum or ...
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Do we considered Yoav a Tzadik (righteous)?

It often seems that Yoav is referred to as righteous, however, navi scripture also lambasts him for the various killings, disregarding orders, and disloyalty to David, culminating in Solomon having ...
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Looking for a Portuguese translated Tanakh

I am looking for a Portuguese translated Tanakh? My brother in law wishes to explore Torah and is Brazilian by background. I would like to help him read in his native tongue to understand. Thank you!
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What areas of the body are ervah according to law?

While custom can further bind what areas of the body need to be covered, when it comes to dress, is there a line that separates clothing that is tzniut from clothing that is not? For example, does ...
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Why are 2 Shevatim missing a Vav

In Devarim 27:12-13 אֵ֠לֶּה יַֽעַמְד֞וּ לְבָרֵ֤ךְ אֶת־הָעָם֙ עַל־הַ֣ר גְּרִזִ֔ים בְּעׇבְרְכֶ֖ם אֶת־הַיַּרְדֵּ֑ן שִׁמְעוֹן֙ וְלֵוִ֣י וִֽיהוּדָ֔ה וְיִשָּׂשכָ֖ר וְיוֹסֵ֥ף וּבִנְיָמִֽן׃ וְאֵ֛לֶּה ...
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Are there words in the Hebrew bible where we find the letter Hei/Yod subsituted for an Alef?

For example, עמק הבכא in Psalams 84:6 is often translated as "Valley of weeping", even though we should expect the word weeping to be בכי, and not at all with an Alef. Do we have more ...
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Chronology in Karaite selicha

In a Karaite siddur from 1527-9 (link, pg. 514), in the section of selichot, there's one selicha that's similar to the rabbinical selicha "מי שענה ל...הוא יעננו". In this case, it's "...
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Explanation of number shifts in the Tanach

In many places in Tanach, the grammatical number (plural or singular) shifts. One famous example has to do with the rocks that Yaakov put under his head. When he woke, the "rock" is referred ...
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Do different branches of Judaism authorize the same Hebrew text edition of the Tanach?

In Christianity, recent Bible translations in most languages use the Hebrew text edition from the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (1983 edition) while consulting other ancient manuscripts (such as the ...
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How did Jewish scholars deal with supposed "scribal errors" in the Tanach [closed]

There are some contemporary Christians (Evangelicals, etc) say that there are contradictions in the Old Testament caused by scribal errors (Who Killed Goliath? (2 Samuel 21:19; 1 Chronicles 20:5), How ...
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Pesukim for Hilchos Shabbos

I'm looking for a list of all the pesukim relevant to learning Hilchos Shabbos. This would preferably include pesukim in Nach. The more thorough the better. It could be either in a well-known sefer ...
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Is hell a concept in judaism? [duplicate]

Hell is a culturally pervasive term referring to a metaphysical location where a person after death may eternally suffer at the judgement and wrath of non-human entities. Is there a basis to this ...
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72 verses after morning prayer

I've been looking at early printed prayer books, and it caught my attention that many of them contain 72 verses (שבעים ושתים פסוקים) after Aleinu (see this Venice edition on p. 70 or this on p. 84, ...
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Miracles in Pagan Rituals

שלום! It writes in ויקרא כה:כג: "והארץ לא תמכר לצמתת כי־לי הארץ כי־גרים ותושבים אתם עמדי׃ עמדי׃" But the land must not be sold beyond reclaim, for the land is Mine; you are but strangers ...
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Questions about the Tanach [closed]

Which YouTube channels could you recommend to learn about the Tanach? And does Judaism has different versions of the bible?. If yes, which are those? If there's only one version, what is that version? ...
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How do Jewish sects view the role of the legal law of the Halacha in today's society?

The legal laws of the books of Moses included rulings on stoning adulterers, homosexuals, disobedient children, etc. Christians view these laws as no longer binding on Christians today through the ...
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Can the word "Torah" refer to the Tanakh in general?

Can the word Torah include other books in the Tanakh? If so, are there examples of this in Jewish literature (ancient rabbinical literature, medieval, etc)
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The difference between "hu" and "zeh"

In Yeshayahu, 42:8, the text reads אֲנִ֥י יְהֹוָ֖ה ה֣וּא שְׁמִ֑י This is translated in most English version I can find as "I am God, THAT is my name." The targum doesn't translate it at ...
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Why aren't peas mentioned in the Tanach/Talmud?

Or if my premise is wrong, please correct me? Guns, Germs, & Steel talks about early domesticated crops of the Fertile Crescent. No surprise that he quickly mentions wheat, barley, olives, dates, ...
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When was book of Shmuel written?

The Gmara says : שמואל כתב ספרו והכתיב (שמואל א כח, ג) ושמואל מת דאסקיה גד החוזה ונתן הנביא (Baba Batra 15:1), that is Shmuel, Gad and Nathan wrote the book of Shmuel. However, in Shmuel 1 27:6 it ...
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Are Neviim Rishonim written by prophecy?

It seems to be obvious that all the Tanah' is prophecy, or at least "Ruach' Hakodesh". However, we see that the Gmara try to prove that Esther was written by Ruach' Hakodesh; but why there ...
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Names of God in Eicha

The name אדני is used with unusual frequency in Eicha, but not exclusively. Why does the the book change back and forth? (I mention the frequency to explain why my question about the switching is ...
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Question about Shmuel 1:11:11 and Tehillim 83:8

From what I can tell, whenever the word "Amon" - "עמון" appears in Tanach (not עמוני/ת, etc), it's always preceded by the word "bnei" - "בני", except for two ...
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Are bad and evil the same thing?

In English (at least my understanding of it), "bad" is simply the opposite of "good". If someone builds a useful bench from scrap materials, that is good; if they hit their thumb ...
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How are the trope / taamim of Sifrei Emeth Sung? [duplicate]

Some books in Tanach have a different kind of trop for the words. (see Psalms, e.g. under בַּעֲצַ֢ת and above רְשָׁ֫עִ֥ים) How is this trop read/sung? Related
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Is Yitroh's judicial structure mentioned anywhere else in the Tanakh?

Yitro advised to divide the people into groups of 10, 50, 100,1000 and appoint a corresponding judge for every group. Is the legal process of any of such judges mentioned in the Tanakh? I mean, does ...
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What is the timeline of the 24 books of Tanach?

I am aware that Daniel lived during the time of Purim (as there are opinions he was Memuchan). This led me to think: is there a rough timeline with the 24 books of Tanach and their corresponding years?...

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