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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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Layout of Shirim in Tanakh

In the Tanakh Simanim, primarily Tehillim, (Feldheim) much of Ketuvim is written in a "shir format" where there are lots of line breaks and open spaces, not unlike Hazinu, Shirat HaYam or Shirat ...
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How did Chana vow that her son should be a Nazir?

How did Chana vow that her son (Shmuel hanavi) should be a Nazir, when the (Gemara Sotah 23a) says a woman can't impose Nezirut on her son?
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Were Prophets originally called “Seers”?

In Samuel 1 9:9 it says: לְפָנִ֣ים ׀ בְּיִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל כֹּֽה־אָמַ֤ר הָאִישׁ֙ בְּלֶכְתּוֹ֙ לִדְר֣וֹשׁ אֱלֹהִ֔ים לְכ֥וּ וְנֵלְכָ֖ה עַד־הָרֹאֶ֑ה כִּ֤י לַנָּבִיא֙ הַיּ֔וֹם יִקָּרֵ֥א לְפָנִ֖ים הָרֹאֶֽה׃...
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Does Midrashim exist for Neviim and Ketuvim?

I am looking for where I can find Midrashic literature on every other book of Tanakh. I own Artscroll's series of the Midrash and of course have the Megillos. If it even exists, where can I find this ...
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Is “40 days and 40 nights” an idiom, or to be taken literally?

This phrase appears in numerous different contexts, such as Gen. 7:4, where it rained for that time, and Exod. 24:18 where Moses was on the mount for that time. In the same way, Jonah was "three days ...
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Does rain come from clouds or the waters above the firmament?

In Bereshis 7:11-12 it says: וַאֲרֻבֹּ֥ת הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם נִפְתָּֽחוּ וַֽיְהִ֥י הַגֶּ֖שֶׁם עַל־הָאָ֑רֶץ אַרְבָּעִ֣ים י֔וֹם וְאַרְבָּעִ֖ים לָֽיְלָה And the floodgates of the sky broke open. ...
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The signs at the burning bush

In the book of shemot (chapter 4:9) hashem demonstrates to Moshe 3 separate miracles as proof that he appeared to him. The third one involving water from the Nile being transformed into blood. Is ...
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Usage of final nun with kamatz

Frequently, in Tanac"h, the 3rd person female plural uses an end nun with a kamatz ןָ rather than nun-heh נָה. Is there any reasoning of preference of one usage vs. the other?
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is there some significance in their relationship between Haman and Daniel?

The Gemara says that memuchan was Haman, but in Targum Sheni it says it was Daniel. Also regarding hasach the regular Targum identifies as Daniel and says Haman killed him. My question is, is there ...
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Does it say anywhere in all of the Torah that John the Baptist will be the reincarnation of Elijah the Prophet [closed]

Does it say anywhere in all of the Torah that John the Baptist will be the reincarnation of Elijah the Prophet and that he will come before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes? "And if you ...
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List of Sha’ar page pesukim to years

As is known, many sefarim use a pasuk to correspond to the current year. Is there a list or program that makes a list? I am referring to when a part (or whole) of a pasuk is equal in gematria to the ...
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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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אדנ-י יהו-ה - Significance to these two names of God used together?

In many places in Tanach, God is referred to as אדנ-י יהו-ה. For example: David's speech in Shmuel II, 7:18-29 includes seven such references. What is the significance for God being addressed in ...
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Where can I download a free audio Tanakh in English?

I'm searching for an audio Tanakh in English that I can download for free online. Preferably it should be a non-Western version. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
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Who authored the Tanach?

According to traditional Jewish thought, who authored the twenty-four books of the Tanach?
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How did the Shofar announcements work?

In this week's Parsha - יִתְרוֹ - we have the first occurrence (AFAIK) of the Shofar blast announcing something. בִּמְשֹׁךְ הַיֹּבֵל הֵמָּה יַעֲלוּ בָהָר. When you hear the long shofar sound, you may ...
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Is there a definitive diagram showing the relationship between Jewish scriptures?

I am not Jewish, just interested in the culture and history. I was looking for a diagram which shows the relationship between various Jewish texts -- Torah, Midrash, etc. -- everything that is ...
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Harsh Critiques by Ibn Ezra [closed]

Can we attempt to compile a list of the sharp responses and lines by the Ibn Ezra throughout Tanach? These are valuable (to me, anyways) for a couple of reasons: Understanding what Ibn Ezra thought ...
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Was Yonah able to visit the Beis HaMikdash? What about other prophets of his time?

In Yonah's prayer, he indicates that he will survive being swallowed by the fish, and still make it to the Beis HaMikdash. But wait a minute ... Yonah certainly spent time in the North Kingdom, as ...
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Search Database with Ta'amei Hamikra

Does there exist an application or website that allows one to search for specific patterns with טעמי המקרא? For example, to find all occurrences of two consecutive זרקא's (as in וה' הכה כל בכור).
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Is there a list of three-word pesukim in tanakh?

In Ma'amodos, there is a list of the 14 pesukim that have three words each that are found in the 5 books of Torah. Is there a list of three-word pesukim in Tanakh? The reason I have asked this ...
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How did numbers “look” in earliest known Torah/Tanach scriptures?

When I read the Bible in my domestic language, the numerals I found there, if written in numeral form, are Hindu-Arabic numerals 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. But, I would like to know how did numbers look, ...
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Counting and naming the stars

Why does Hashem count and name the stars in Heaven? This is mentioned in the first Rashi on Shemot, see below. I would like an explanation on this... Quote from Rashi: And these are the names of the ...
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What is the most reliable meaning of Malachi 2:16?

I am an Italian son of Noah. Reading the book of the prophet Malachi, I note that verse 2:16 presents two radically different translations,both carried out in Jewish contexts. Translation reported ...
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Is there a daily / weekly reading? [closed]

Is there something like a daily or weekly reading of the Torah and/or Talmud? Where could they be found? Is there maybe a commentary about them too?
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Why didn't Yosef have the protection of Kibbud Av when he went to Dosan?

We are taught a person on a mitzvah mission will see no harm. Yaakov Avinu askes Yosef to go to Shechem to locate " the brothers". "The brothers" are not in Shechem, rather they are in Dosan. By going ...
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Why did g_d harden Pharaoh's heart?

Why did g_d harden Pharaoh's heart when he had to get the Israelites free later? did he want to show them that he is the almighty omniscient or something else?
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Why does Ezra-Nechemiah come before Divrei HaYamim?

In practically all printed editions of Tanach that I have come across, as well as the ordering given in Bava Batra 14b, Ezra( - Nechemiah) comes before Divrei HaYamim. Why is this the case? ...
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What happened to the Teva after the flood?

Is there any mention of this in any texts? Side question: if the צהר was in fact a precious stone, what happened to that after the flood?
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Was the counting of the Children of Israel David's fault or Yoav's fault?

In the book of Shmuel Book 2, chapter 24, David commands Yoav to count the children of Israel. David later realizes that he made a mistake. Shouldn't this been Yoav's mistake for not doing the task of ...
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What is the earliest source for the Tanach order in our Tanachs?

What is the earliest source for the Tanach order? The idea that the order of books in the hebrew bible is first the 5 books of moses, then the prophets, then the writings? I'm referring exclusively ...
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Explanation of Kamatz vs. Patach ה הידעה

I've noticed that possukim will switch back and forth between the vowelizing of the definite article heh, sometimes multiple times within the same possuk. Is there a rule for this or an explanation in ...
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Why other books of the Bible?

Why do we need so many books of the Bible and Bavli if only Torah was written by God (Shemot 24:12 and Shemot 32:32)?
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Where in the TaNa"kh is there a discussion about how to slaughter an animal?

Where in the TaNa"kh is there a discussion about how to slaughter an animal? When reading various parashot, one sometimes come across about the topic of slaughtering animals, but (the ones I have ...
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What is the meaning of לֵאמֹר?

What is the meaning of לֵאמֹר? In all the usage of לֵאמֹר in the Torah, it almost seems unnecessary to add the word "to say" or "saying". For example, here is the first occurrence: וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם ...
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Origin for making giyur?

A friend of mine asked me from when a Non-Jew was allowed to make giyur (conversion); and on which Biblical verses it was based upon. I guess he wanted to know more about it's origin. So that's why I'...
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What is the relation of the Savoraim, Geonim, and Masoretes?

I was taught that in the era immediately after the redaction of the Talmud, the Masoretes made what is now the final determination of which writings constituted the Tanach (for example, the book of ...
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What is the earliest referrence to Hashem as a paternal figure?

It's in the Talmud, many pizmonin and prayers like Avinu Malkenu, and lehavdil, Hashem is called "father" in the new testament very often. But I can't recall Hashem being called father in the Tanach. ...
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What does a nun sofit do to a verb? [duplicate]

In Devarim, 13:12, the text reads "יִשְׁמְע֖וּ וְיִֽרָא֑וּן וְלֹֽא־יוֹסִ֣פוּ לַעֲשׂ֗וֹת " which is translated (on Sefaria) as "will hear and be afraid, and such evil things will not be done again". ...
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Is there a discussion in the Talmud or Halacha about “בְּתוּלִים” or “בְּתוּלֵי בִתִּי” (Parashat Ki Teitzei / פרשת כי־תצא)?

Is there a discussion in the Talmud or Halacha about "בְּתוּלִים" or "בְּתוּלֵי בִתִּי" (Parashat Ki Teitzei / פרשת כי־תצא)? Questions I have in regards to this passage, namely Devarim 22:17, which ...
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Is the body likened unto a temple in the Hebrew Bible or Rabbinical Literature? [duplicate]

I know that in the Christian Bible (New Testament), there are several passages in which bodies are likened unto a temple. See the examples below: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 16 "Do you not know that you ...
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(Why) Does Mishlei 25:23 say that “the north wind begets rain”?

A relative of mine who works in the aviation and meteorology industry is grappling with the pasuk in Mishlei 25:23, which reads: "As the north wind begets rain, so a backbiting tongue [begets] an ...
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Do Jews today consider the King James translation of the Old Testament to be acceptably accurate?

It is my understanding that Jewish tradition holds considerable reverence for accurate translations of its scripture. Do Jews today consider the King James translation known as the Old Testament to ...
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Sefer Tehillim and Megillas Esther

Chazal give the following list of names for books of Tanach (Bava Basra 14b): סידרן של כתובים רות וספר תהלים ואיוב ומשלי קהלת שיר השירים וקינות דניאל ומגילת אסתר עזרא ודברי הימים The order of ...
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Advice on learning Nevi'im Acharonim

I'd like to start learning nevi'im acharonim, I.e. y'shaya onwards, properly. However, I don't have a particularly large amount of time to dedicate to this and I am wary of becoming bogged down. Does ...
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Date of composition of the book of Nehemiah

In Nehemiah chapter 12 there is a list of the high priests that served in the second temple. The last one mentioned is Yadua in verse 11. According to wikipedia Jadua was in the times of Alexander the ...
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A Tnach Guidebook to Israel?

I'm looking for a guide to Eretz Yisroel of tnach. Most books in this genre are guides to what happened in a particular sefer, I'm looking for one that is set up like a tour book, for example in this ...
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The tribe and the stick

Is there a connection of definition between the two words used for "tribe" - מטה and שבט which both mean "stick" or "rod"? If so, why is the term "rod" used to refer to a tribe? Examples: שבט - ...
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Is There an Online Concordance for Tanach from Religious Jewish Sources? [duplicate]

If you do a Search for an online CONCORDANCE for Tanach, chances are near certain you'll end up in a Christian site, which would be inappropriate, even if your search there can be successful. In fact, ...
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I am looking for a resource that finds words with a certain root in Tanakh

I am a beginner in Hebrew and so please forgive me if my question shows profound ignorance. I would like to pull up or list verses in the Tanakh based on them having a particular vocabulary word in ...