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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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Why Don't The Israelites Eat Their Animals in the Wilderness?

The Israelites are in the wilderness for 40 years and in that time they have a few crisis moments that always lead me to the same question. Why don't they just eat their animals? They ask for meat, ...
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Are there online sources for learning Te’amim of Tehillim?

Are there any online sources for learning how to read the Sephardi Te’amim of Tehillim? While I can find recordings, I can’t find any list or descriptions of the exceptions and such—for example, when ...
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Do scriptures mention the presence of the Egyptians in the Holy Land after Yehoshua's conquer?

Archaeological sources (only an example) mention such presence/influence in the time of the conquer which gradually faded before David's Kingdom. Is it mentioned anywhere in the Nac"h that the ...
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Did the Men of the Great Assembly Canonize Tanach?

Many Jewish websites, (Aish, Jewish History, Ou), state that the the Men of the Great Assembly finalized the contents of Tanach in the early Second Temple Period. No source is brought to support this ...
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Unexpected Dagesh in Reish

I learned that a rule of Dageshim is that gutteral letters (אהחע''ר) reject dageshim. My question is why do we find 17 reishs (1 Samuel 1:6, 1 Samuel 10:24, 1 Samuel 17:25, 2 Kings 6:32, Jeremiah 39:...
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Re-articulate a sound repeated after a maqaf?

When the same sound is called for on both sides of a maqaf, does this call for a single, prolonged version of that sound, or a second articulation of that sound? E.g. אֶל־לִבּֽוֹ׃ in Gen 6:6. In ...
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Doubled up names of God - pronounce יהו-ה as Elokim

Many times in Tanach, God is referred to as יהו-ה or אדנ-י. Individually, each of these is read as Adonai. However, when those two different names are mentioned consecutively, the custom is to ...
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Why does the Torah continuously seperate "Geirem" from the rest of Klal Yisrael?

Throughout last week's Parshas - Parshas Acharei Mos - it states a Halacha, then it says that every Jew should keep it, and then adds every Ger (convert). For example: פרק יז:ח וַאֲלֵהֶ֣ם תֹּאמַ֔ר ...
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Sources used by Maimonides in Mishneh Torah-Avodat Kochavim 1:1

In Mishneh Torah-Avodat Kochavim 1:1 Rambam states: "During the times of Enosh, mankind made a great mistake, and the wise men of that generation gave thoughtless counsel. Enosh himself was one ...
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How should I learn Tanach?

I was learning the Maharal on Avos and he strongly denounces the commonly-practised Yeshiva system in use in the Ashkenazic world. Specifically, he complains about starting to learn gemara-rashi-...
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Are you allowed to recite a verse from Tanach by heart while reviewing Mishnayos?

According to those who hold that it is forbidden to recite a verse from Tanach by heart even for yourself, would it be permitted if he is quoting it from a Mishnah while reviewing it by heart?
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Reference book needed

Any suggestions for a reference book that is a "Who's Who" of persons named in the Tanach? Persons do appear in multiple places (such as in Shmuel and Divrei Hayamim, or in the lives of ...
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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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Why the words "אחרי מות"?

Parshas Acherei Mos begins off saying "And it happened after the death of Ahron's 2 sons..." The Torah never says when things happen - it just goes in order! So, why here does the Torah tell ...
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Ritual lapses of the Jews mentioned in the rebuke of the prophets? And why primarily focus on justice and lovingkindness and not rituals?

Do the prophets ever rebuke the Jews for not being "observant" of all the "Bain Adam Lamakom" laws or any failings in these areas other than Avodah Zarah? I think Jeremiah does ...
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Dagesh in שישלם

In Tehillim קלז, should I read the Yud in שישלם with or without a dagesh? I’ve seen it both ways. The “without” option makes sense according to an exception in the grammatical rules of Dagesh ...
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Connection between 5 books of the Torah and the 5 Megillot?

The megillot are read on different occasions in the year: Shir HaShirim on Pesach Rut on Shavuot Eicha on Tisha b'Av Kohelet on Sukkot Esther on Purim Do any mefarshim find a connection between the ...
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What really is Ketiv/Kri [duplicate]

Basic question but: What exactly is Ketiv vs Kri? How do these differentiations pop up? Which one is more authoritative and why is it more prevalent in Nach vs the Torah? Thanks
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Hashgacha question

What is the explanation that in many cases the Tanakh speaks about nations (e.g. Aram) that Hashem sends to chastise the Jewish nation? It implies that Hashem is able to influence pagan nations, but ...
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The connection between King Ahashverosh and the king of the world [closed]

According to the Midrash, the king mentioned in the Megilat Esther is G-d. So how is it that the king was looking for a wife? How did he kill his first wife? How did he raise the wicked Haman to ...
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Why did Mordecai behave towards Haman in this way?

Haman was enraged at Mordechai's behavior, according to Megilat Esther he investigated his people and directed his hatred and revenge towards Mordecai to all of Mordecai's people, that is, to the Jews....
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Why did Mordecai save Achashverosh? [duplicate]

It is known that Achashverosh was an evil king and encouraged Haman to kill the Jews in exchange for making money. Moreover,he made a feast for the Jews with the temple vessels. If so, why did ...
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What may I reference to learn Tanach chapters by topic?

What may I refer to to learn where to locate verses or sections in the Tanach by topic? Preferably one of our own sources rather than a Christian one because the interpretations of the Tanach need to ...
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The kashrut of honey in Lion's belly in the parable of Samson [duplicate]

In the book of Judges, 14:18, וַיֹּאמְרוּ לוֹ אַנְשֵׁי הָעִיר בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי, בְּטֶרֶם יָבֹא הַחַרְסָה, מַה-מָּתוֹק מִדְּבַשׁ, וּמֶה עַז מֵאֲרִי; וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם--לוּלֵא חֲרַשְׁתֶּם ...
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Help for a Gentile in quoting Tanach

My daughter has a friend, Abigail, who is about to have her Bat Mitzvah, which unfortunately she can't attend. We wanted to make a gift for her that would make her feel special on this important day ...
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Why does the Megillah say "It happened in the days of Ahasuerus" — and not,"... in the days of Mordechai and Esther?"

The Megillah (Esther 1:1) begins: ויהי בימי אחשורוש... - It happened in the days of Ahasuerus... Why doesn't it say instead, it happened in the days of Mordechai and Esther, or after the Destruction ...
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Prophecy about the destruction of the second temple?

Are there any prophecies about the destruction of the second temple?
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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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Are there Traditional Jewish sources say that the story of Adam and Chava is a metaphor?

(Original: Are there any traditional Jewish sources that state that the story of Adam Harishon is a metaphor and/or that there were other intelligent human beings already on the earth prior to Adam’s ...
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Where in the Tanakh is it derived that females are to cover their heads when praying?

Where in the Tanakh is it extrapolated that females are to cover their heads or hair when praying or reciting the name of HaShem? I form this question upon reading the following: Women and girls ...
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What is Omek Rom and omek Tachat in Chassidus

BH What is omek Rom and omek tachat in Chassidus how are both connected?
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Why is Matan Torah written multiple times in the Torah (with different details..)

It seems like the Torah records the story of Moshe going up to get the Torah in parshas yisro and in parshas mishpotim, I noticed different people mentioned regarding who went up with Moshe, also in ...
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What is the "Sheva" in Bat Sheva

What is the meaning of Sheva in the name of King David's wife Bat Sheva? Her father's name was Eliam not Sheva. Does it mean 7? And if yes 7 of what? Or is it possible it's from "Sova"- ...
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Seeking examples of epistrophe in Tanach

While epistrophe can include repetition of a word (or expression) in successive phrases or clauses I am seeking to identify the use of this literary technique in consecutive verses. Two examples to ...
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Angel with 2 missions?

Regarding the angel that Yaacov wrestled, Radak on Bereshit 32:26 says that Yaacov Avinu was hit with limping as a punishment, midda k'negged midda, for not trusting in Hashem enough: היה לו זה מאת ...
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The importance of every word in Nach

When we learn the Torah, we work off the assumption that as the Torah is directly from Hashem, every word and even letter is there for a reason, and a lot of commentary and even Halacha is based on ...
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Why was Joseph allowed to imprison Shimon?

Why was Joseph allowed to imprison Shimon? That seems to transgress theft (both the Ten Commandments and/or the Noahide laws)?
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How did Moshe risk staying with Jethro

It is known that Jethro was one of Pharaoh's advisors. Moses was wanted by Pharaoh. How did Jethro take the risk in offering his residence and daughter to Moshe? Moreover, how did Moshe risk living in ...
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Resource that has short (1-2 sentences) summaries for Perakim in Tanach?

Does anyone know something that has very short summaries for each perek in tanach (to memorize)?
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King Agag held captive for one night - Source?

Where specifically does it say that King Shaul held King Agag alive as captive for a single night before Shmuel killed him? (Looking for something that specifies it was only one night)
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What is the order of the Great Hallel (Hallel HaGadol)?

Psalm 136, the Great Hallel (Hallel HaGadol), is a series of praises of Hashem. It is ordered starting with the wonders of creation, moving onto taking us out of slavery, followed by the miracles ...
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What is the meaning of Genesis 28:14?

I love this forum because I learn too much with all you. One of the most enigmatic psukim in my view is Bereshit 28:14: וְהָיָ֤ה זַרְעֲךָ֙ כַּעֲפַ֣ר הָאָ֔רֶץ וּפָרַצְתָּ֛ יָ֥מָּה וָקֵ֖דְמָה וְצָפֹ֣נָה ...
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Origin of the term pasuk

A verse in Tanach is referred to as a pasuk - פסוק. Where does this term come from and what is the earliest recorded usage of it to refer to a verse?
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What is so unique in Judgement of Solomon

In the book of Kings 1, chapter 3, verses 16-28, as well as in the Haftara of Parashat Miketz, Solomon's Judappears. And apparently the sentence is puzzling, why would the woman who is not the baby's ...
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Is there an online source for clipped verb forms?

It is wonderful to have pealim.com to look up verb forms, but as far as I know, it does not include clipped forms. Is there any online source that allows looking up clipped forms, or at least a site ...
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Looking for a Midrash / Commentary about David Hamelekh condemning the notion of Theater (Play-pretend / Acting etc.)

By any chance, does anyone remember something along these lines? I heard it back in my Yeshiva days and it always puzzled me (what did David Hamelekh mean by it more precisely? What danger did he ...
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Are there also strong admonitions against the wealthy in the Jewish Bible? [closed]

In Christianity, there are several passages containing warnings or even threats directed at wealthy individuals, cautioning them about the state of their souls. For instance: Mark 10:24: But Jesus ...
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What happened to Torah she be al peh in the generations before Yoshiyahu HaMelech?

I get the impression from learning about Yoshiyahu HaMelech that the country as a whole almost entirely forgot about the Torah altogether in the previous generations, until he discovered the Sefer ...
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What are verses that clearly state that tribal lineage comes from the father? [duplicate]

I am trying to find verses in Tanakh that state that the tribal lineage comes from the father.
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Examples of practical hishtadlus in Torah/Nevi'im

What examples are there of practical hishtadlus in Torah and Nevi'im? Two come to my mind immediately - Yaakov Avinu splitting the camp 3 ways before meeting Esav, and Moshe Rabbeinu fleeing ...

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