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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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Did Moshe have written copies of all of Tanach?

The gemara (berachos 5a) writes: (translation based on sefaria) וא"ר לוי בר חמא אמר ר' שמעון בן לקיש מאי דכתיב ואתנה לך את לוחות האבן והתורה והמצוה אשר כתבתי להורותם לוחות אלו עשרת הדברות תורה זה ...
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Hiriq yud ending for third person

This question pertains to Psalm 113. In verses 6,7,8,and 9 the ending hiriq yud seems to be used to indicate third person singular verbs rather than first person singular. Is this true? It is the ...
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No Dagesh for Yud, Lamed, Mem with Shva after Hei HaYdiah [closed]

In general, when a word is prefixed by Hei HaYdiah (the definite article), the following consonant receives a Dagesh Hazak (gemination). Clear exceptions are when that consonant is a guttural and ...
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When Did Moses Receive the Torah

I apologize for the fact that this threatens to be the most ignorant question ever asked on this site, but I'm not sure where else to ask it. My understanding is that God gave the entire Torah to ...
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What does it mean that God “remembers” something?

In verses such as Noach 8:1 ("And God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark, and God caused a spirit to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided"), ...
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Was there ever a prophet in Tanach that was both a prophet and a military commander

Was there ever a prophet in Tanach that was both a prophet and a military commander?
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Why is Shabbat the only day of the week that is given a name in Tanach

Why is Shabbat the only day of the week that is given a name in Tanach where as all the other days of the week aren't given a name in Tanach?
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looking for quote from tanach about good character [closed]

What is a pasuk from tanach that can be used to describe a person being intelligent and/or possessing positive character traits?
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Are there any examples in the Tanach where somebody is being cynical?

Are there any examples in the Tanach where somebody is being cynical?
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Did the wicked kings know how to learn?

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 102a) says Jeroboam I was almost as great as King David: וירבעם יצא מירושלים אמר ר' חנינא בר פפא שיצא מפיתקה של ירושלים (מלכים א יא, כט) וימצא אותו אחיה השילוני הנביא בדרך ...
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Judaism for Outsiders [duplicate]

I'm very interested in Judaism, and I would like to learn more about it. So I started to read this site and it is like a wall. Where can I find a gentle introduction to all this and the terms used. I'...
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What is the meaning of the prophecy in Ezekiel 26?

Shalom! I am debating the issue of whether or not the Tanakh contains errors with a friend, who insists that Ezekiel 26 contains a false prophecy with regards to siege of Tyre by Nebuchadnezzar. ...
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Why do we (not) read Kesubim publicly?

Why are the five megilos read in synagogue on holidays, but not the books of Mishlei, Iyov, Daniel, Ezra/Nechemia, Divrei Hayamim, or Psalms?
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What is the Hebrew pasuk for “your body is a temple”

What is the Hebrew pasuk for "your body is a temple"/your body is G-D's resting and is holy it needs to be nourished, etc.? I am not sure exactly what the phrase is in English but I know its ...
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Why no simanim for Rus, Shir HaShirim, and Eicha?

In the Koren Tanakh, besides for the church-invented chapter system, it also puts the Jewish simanim divisions at the side of the page. Why does it not do this for Rus, Shir HaShirim, and Eicha?
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Is it true that a certain book of the Tanach was rewritten because it was lost?

I remember being told that a certain book in the Tanach had to be rewritten after it was lost during the Kings period. Is it considered true? If it is, are there mekorot/academic sources for this? I ...
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Does God only speak through the Hebrew scriptures?

I'm wondering if Jews believe that God only speaks through the Hebrew scriptures? To come at it from another angle; does God also speak through translations of the scriptures? What about modern day ...
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Who was the spirit that rested on Eldad and Medad

Who was the spirit that rested on Eldad and Medad? Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they ...
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Do Jews accept The Book of the Wars of the Lord (סֵפֶר מִלְחֲמֹת יהוה) as an authentic part of Tanach

Do Jews accept The Book of the Wars of the Lord (סֵפֶר מִלְחֲמֹת יהוה) as an authentic part of Tanach? "From there they set out and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the desert and ...
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Why does Tanac“h specifically describe these males as ”beautiul"?

A "trivia" question I gave my son, yesterday, is - name three males described in Tanac"h as "beautiful" / good-looking: The 3 I thought of are: Joseph Saul (See Rada"k commentary on I Samuel 9:2) ...
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Targum's use during second temple period

I'm curious about how the Targum was used. I've been told that Hebrew Scriptures were the holy writ but also see that the Targum was also used. Was the Targums' use isolated to a certain region, a ...
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When Am I obligated to forgive someone? [closed]

When am I obligated to forgive someone? When should one forgive and give forgiveness to another according to the Tenach and other commentaries regards it?
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source in moreh nevuchim which speaks of the reason why the torah mentions the genealogy of the nations and why they were dispersed

can anyone find me the exact wording of the rambam in his sefer moreh nevuchim, where he states that... a fundamental principle of the תורה is that the universe was created ex nihilo, and אדם was ...
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Rashi on Nach in English and with Nekudos

Where can I find/buy Sifrei Nach with Rashi translated into English and (even better) the Rashi with nekudos?
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How old is the world? [duplicate]

How old is the world 1) from the creation of the first day and then 2) from the creation of Adam? If Adam and then each of his descendents lived for around 1000 years, and then Noach and his ...
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Are the conventional chapter divisions of any entire books of Tanach originally from Jewish tradition?

In general, the conventional division of the books of Tanach into chapters is not based on Jewish tradition but on Christian invention. However, there are some books of Tanach in which various ...
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Are there any verses in the Hebrew bible (or just the Torah) that show that God is indivisible?

There are some monotheistic religions that believe that there is one god, but there are (or can be) parts to him (christianity is a good example). They don't believe that god is one and complete and ...
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Explanation of kri u-khtiv vowel for first letter of tetragrammaton

In Kri u-Khtiv, the vowels provided are for those of the Kri. The Kri of YHVH is usually Adonay. The first vowel of Adonay is Hataf-Patah. Why then is the first vowel of YHVH given as Shva in those ...
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What does נמר in Tanach mean

What does נמר quoted in this Passuk mean: ירמיהו יג, כג: היהפוך כושי עורו ונמר חברבורותיו I see it translated as a leopard e.g. in mishna avot 5.20 and in "What's the point of Jeremiah 13:18–...
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What Biblical prophecies appear to have been fulfilled already?

Which explicit prophecies written in the torah and in the books of the prophets (Tanach) appear to have been fulfilled already? I am asking regarding prophecies about future times from when the book ...
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I would like to find all the psalms that include my name [closed]

Can someone please give me a list of all psalms or pesukim that include my name. my hebrew name is רִנָּה
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What are the reasons or rules for the different variations in vowels on the Tetragrammaton?

I'm aware that the vowels of the Tetragrammaton are unknown and i'm not asking what they are. I see a lot of variation in the vowels placed or not placed, on the Tetragrammaton. Sometimes a hataph ...
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What was Jacob's nisayon (and where do we find this in the midrash)?

Sanhedrin 107a(1) suggests that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were all tested (while David was not). Abraham was tested 10 times, Isaac was tested at the Akedah...But what was Jacob's test? And where do ...
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Why doesn't the Torah allow all of mankind to be Resurrected From The Dead And Live Forever?

Why doesn't the Torah allow all of mankind to be Resurrected From The Dead And Live Forever. Daniel 12:2, "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and ...
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Resurrection of the Dead in the “Torah”

In the Bavli, Berakhot 15b, R' Tavi explains Proverbs 30:15-16 in such a way that it implies a resurrection of the dead, and concludes that this is a response to those who say that there is no ...
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Did Maimonides consider Esther the most important book in the Tanakh other than the Torah?

A certain disgustingly Comic Sans-laden website makes the following claim: The medieval Jewish scholar Maimonides (1135-1204) considered Esther the most important biblical book after the Torah. I ...
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Omitted Part of Yonah?

I had heard once that there was an omitted/deleted part of Sefer Yonah after Hashem's response to Yonah about the kikayon. Is this true? Is there a source for this idea?
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Why do Jewish hebrew bibles have a different number of chapters in Joel and Malachi, who changed it and Why?

I'm aware that christian chapter divisions were created around 1205, and became adopted by Jews. A strange thing I notice, is that if I look at a Jewish website - for the number of chapters in Joel ...
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What are the roots for the Qere reading of the last word of Psalm 123?

The last word of Psalm 123 is לגאיונים, but the Masoretes read לִגְאֵי יוֹנִים. What was their intended meaning? The first word is apparently גֵּאָה, but what is the second word? The plural of יוֹנָה ...
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Can someone confirm that there are 305,487 words in the Tanach? [duplicate]

about 10 years ago, I wrote a comprehensive Gematria Calculator which calculated every possible sequential gematria in the whole Torah and Tehillim. http://www.secretorah.com Now I expanded it for ...
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Does Jewish Scripture/Tradition predict that Jews will be persecuted?

(Full disclosure: I am a Gentile and a Christian. I hope this isn't a problem and that my question will be appropriate here.) From the Seleucid period to the Middle Ages of Europe and, probably most ...
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Is the destruction of Mishkan Shilo mentioned anywhere explicitly in Tanach? [duplicate]

I recall learning through Sefer Shmuel Aleph when the Klall Yisrael took the Aron from Mishkan Shilo it was captured by the Pelishtim. However I do not recall it ever explictily writing when the ...
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When was the Passover Lamb selected?

Exodus 12:3-6 says: 3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb[a] for his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for ...
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Why is there no description of Moshiach in the written Torah?

According to our sages of blessed memory, having said the entire purpose of creation is for man to merit Moshiach (the perfection of this world). http://www.jewfaq.org/m/mashiach.htm If so, why is ...
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How could Klall Yisrael make a Bamah when the Mishkan was in Shilo (Acc. to Metzudos David)?

The incident of the Pelegesh B'Gibeah and its aftermath as described in the last few Perakim in Sefer Shoftim discusses that after Benei Yisrael annihilated all of Sheivet Binyamin except for 600 men ...
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How long was the period of Oppression

How can Genesis 15:13 says that the Israelites were enslaved for 400 years? Genesis 41:46 states that Joseph was 30 when he came to power: “Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of ...
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How to perform a Goral HaGra

How is a Goral HaGra performed? Is there a special book I use? What is the proper procedure? Do you just open it up and see what Pasuk you land on? What do you do?
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Christian Bible Holiness?

Does the Christian Bible have Kedushah? It does have the entire Tanach in it, just with an additional part. Does this make it lose its Kedushah? I'm asking about a single-volume printing.
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Foundation for the concept of Mashiach

Could anyone inform me about the scriptural/biblical foundation for the concept of mashiach? From which verse(s) came the conclusion that the 'idea of' mashiach exist? How was it determined that there ...
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How many sons of Benjamin were there?

Is there any reason why there is such variance in these lists? In Genesis (46:21) lists ten sons. And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, ...