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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 isn't Tanach regularly studied in many Yeshivot?

There is a Tosafot in Sanhedrin 24a that says that by learning Gemara one does not fulfill what the Gemara (Kidushin 30a, Avoda Zara 19a) says: one should split his learning into three --- Mikra, ...
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Translating Ramban on Dovid Hamelech's birth/ancestry

I am trying to learn this with a friend but I am having trouble translating - any help would be great! Does anyone know according to Ramban what is the miracle involved in the birth of Dovid Hamelech/...
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Why is Yiftach's sacrifice of his kin looked at so negatively, while Chana's “sacrifice” of kin so positively?

According to the commentaries (who include the Ralbag, Radak, Ibn Ezra and Abarbanel) who say Yiftach didn't literally kill his daughter but rather made more of a spiritual "sacrifice", where she ...
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What are the rabbinic (hebrew) words that could equate to “Anti-Torah”?

What are the rabbinic (hebrew) words that could equate to "Anti-Torah"? I am hoping there is only one. In English, I would say the word "Anti-Torah" equates to "lawless" or "lawlessness". When I ...
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Is there a resource that shows all uses of a Tanach verse in the Talmud?

Is there a website or book that can tell me all the places in Shas where a certain pasuk is mentioned or referenced? (Preferably website, and preferably can show places in Midrash, too.)
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Why didn’t Yehuda (or Shelah) perform Chaliza for Tamar?

In (פרשת וישב (פרק לח we have the story of Yehuda marrying off Er to Tamar and then perform a pre-מתן תורה version of יבום with Onan, who also subsequently dies. Which left Yehuda’s third son,Shelah,...
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The latest date in Tanach

As far as I can tell, the latest date mentioned in Tanach is in Nechemiah 13:6: כִּ֡י בִּשְׁנַת֩ שְׁלֹשִׁ֨ים וּשְׁתַּ֜יִם לְאַרְתַּחְשַׁ֤סְתְּא מֶֽלֶךְ־בָּבֶל֙ בָּ֣אתִי אֶל־הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ for in ...
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Why are only 4 Persian kings mentioned?

Daniel 11:2 And now, I shall tell you the truth. Behold, three more kings will arise in Persia, and the fourth one will become very wealthy. And when he becomes strong with his wealth, he will ...
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Why is the name “Tre Asar” in Aramaic?

All the books of Tanach are either named after a person, or are given a Hebrew name, except for Tre Asar, which is Aramaic. One would have expected the Hebrew title Shinem Asar, and indeed it is ...
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What is the meaning of 'Tishbi' in 'Eliyahu haTishbi'?

I've heard the theory that it's a place, but have never heard of a place with a similar name...
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Was Nebuchadnezzar's statue an image of Daniel himself?

The third chapter of Daniel brings the story of how King Nebuchadnezzar erected a statue made of gold for the people of the land to worship. (Ultimately, this is the story of how Hananiah, Mishael, ...
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Bible commentaries [duplicate]

I have begun to research biblical commentaries (for the first time ever) like Ben Asher and Rashi, and am asking what would be the other commentators worth reading? I have a big list I can choose from ...
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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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Is the king of Israel called 'God' at Psalm 45:7, as Aquila seems to read it?

Psalm 45 is a wedding song for the marriage of a king of Israel. At verse 7a the lyric says: כִּסְאֲךָ אֱלֹהִים, עוֹלָם וָעֶד The Jewish Greek translation which came to be called the Septuagint ...
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All explicit dates in Tanakh

What are all the dates mentioned in Tanakh? This question seeks all dates that are explicitly mentioned in the verses. No chronological extrapolation or exposition allowed here. The date could be ...
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Was Jeremiah alive during the rebuilding of the temple?

Was Jeremiah alive during the rebuilding of the temple? Please cite your sources.
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Should the blood of the Olah be burned or poured out?

Shalom. I’ve just noticed that Devarim 12:27 says that the blood of the Olah should be burnt on the altar. However Vayikra 1:5 says that the blood should be dashed against all sides of the altar. Has ...
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What's the maximal ordinal day of the month to be mentioned in the Torah?

Out of the 30 days of the month, what's the maximal ordinal day of the month to be mentioned in the Torah? (especially in the first five books)
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Does ehad mean “one” or “first” when used together with “rishon”?

How should ehad be translated in this phrase and why? אַחַ֛ד הַשָּׂרִ֥ים הָרִאשֹׁנִ֖ים This is the Context: וְשַׂ֣ר׀ מַלְכ֣וּת פָּרַ֗ס עֹמֵ֤ד לְנֶגְדִּי֙ עֶשְׂרִ֣ים וְאֶחָ֣ד י֔וֹם וְהִנֵּ֣ה ...
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The “New Covenant” in Jeremiah's Prophesy

I am certain there must be a great answer to this question. Please inform me, as my learning is not so great and I have only started on the study of the Scriptures. Many Christians use the text of ...
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How does one Choose Life when Death has been decreed?

I’ve been thinking about Moshe up on Mt. Nebo and a question came to mind. If Death has been decreed, how does one continue to choose Life? Surely if one wishes to be obedient to G-d then one must in ...
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What is the standard (book) on using different parts of the Tanakh to interpret its verses?

I have been reading some of the Torah commentaries in Mikraot Gedolot and I have noticed there are a lot of references to latter parts of the Tanakh to interpret earlier parts. I am interested in ...
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What are the original twenty books of the Tanach

I was asked to identify the original 20 books of the Tanach as they appear in the Masoretic Text but everything I found listed 24 books. I understand that the collective name for the original books ...
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Why does “elokeynu” frequently follow “hashem” in tanach?

On almost every page in tanach you find the pair of words "hashem elokeynu" (Hashem our God). By saying "our God" it seems to imply that there are other gods. If this implication is not correct why ...
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What puns are there in Tanach?

Related to Are there any jokes in tanach?, what puns exist in Tanach?
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Are there any jokes in Tanach?

Are there any examples of actual jokes in Tanach? Please provide sources.
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Jeremiah 29:6 - encouragement of intermarriage? [closed]

It is written to take wives and husbands, and then in the next verse to think of the welfare of the city where the Jews reside. Is it possible to see from here an encouragement of mixed marriage? I ...
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The purpose and the permission to write Na"ch?

Torah (the 5 books) is [considered] G-d dictated, holistic and include all the necessary knowledge. It is allowed to be passed in the written form. The detailed interpretations were given orally and ...
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Where can I find how many roots the author needs to compose for each book of the Tenach

For example: I am reading now the book of Joshua in Hebrew. It looks to me quite simple language. The author uses often the same terms. Poetry and wisdom-litterature is much more complex. My ...
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How was a covenant a Chok?

Divrei Hayamim 1, 16 quotes tehillim 105 (or vice versa) which reads זָכַ֣ר לְעוֹלָ֣ם בְּרִית֑וֹ דָּבָ֥ר צִ֝וָּ֗ה לְאֶ֣לֶף דּֽוֹר׃ He is ever mindful of His covenant, the promise He gave for a ...
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Samson and Hercules [closed]

I have recently heard of the notion that Samson and his story had roots in older stories and these same stories also started Hercules and that they are both based on myths. Is there any source to this ...
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Are there any recordings of the Tanakh read or chanted according to reconstructed Ancient Hebrew pronunciation?

I'm looking for audio recordings of the Tanakh, but without modern or Ashkenazi Hebrew pronunciations - rather an attempt to recreate what Ancient (and Archaic) Hebrew actually sounded like. I'm also ...
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Why do Sifrei Emes use different taamim?

I know that the Sifrei Emes (Tehillim, Mishlei, Iyov) use a different system of taamim. Why is this? What is it about these books that makes it that they cannot — or should not — use the ...
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why does Ruth 1:8 use עמדי instead of עמי?

Ruth 1:8 says: ח וַתֹּאמֶר נָעֳמִי, לִשְׁתֵּי כַלֹּתֶיהָ, לֵכְנָה שֹּׁבְנָה, אִשָּׁה לְבֵית אִמָּהּ; יעשה (יַעַשׂ) יְהוָה עִמָּכֶם חֶסֶד, כַּאֲשֶׁר עֲשִׂיתֶם עִם-הַמֵּתִים וְעִמָּדִי. 8 And ...
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HaGra about Rambam's position concerning the status of pilagshim taken by Jewish commoners

I am an Italian noahide. My question expresses a purely intellectual curiosity, concerning the Jews and not the Gentiles. As we know Rambam states in Hilchot Melachim 4: 4: “A commoner is ...
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First-Temple-Era names of the Hebrew months?

The Chumash refers to the months simply as "the first", "the second", and so on. Today we know them by their Babylonian names (Nisan, Iyar ...) Occasionally the Prophets from the First-Temple Era use ...
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Jewish concept of angels

Judaism does not believe in the free will of angels. What is the scriptural evidence for that and since when has such belief been held within the Jewish community?
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what is a good summary of each book of tanach?

What is the basic one line summary of each book in the Tanach? It would be very convenient. Thanks for your effort!
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Supernatural occurrences in Tanakh not condoned by G-d

What examples do we have in Tanakh of non-righteous individuals being able to "tap into" the supernatural realm? By "tap into", I am referring to any indication that even non-righteous individuals ...
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How do we know that Moses' wife was Hamitic?

I've been told that Moses' wife was Hamitic but how do we know based on Scripture?
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best Hebrew-English Tanakh in printed form, interlinear if possible?

I've been using the Artscroll Interlinear series to read the Torah and it's helping me make a lot of progress in finally learning Tanakh Hebrew. But outside of the five scrolls and the psalms, ...
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Does the Tanach ever use letters for numbers?

Does the Tanach ever use letters for numbers? For example it says אַרְבָּעָה מְלָכִים i.e. 4/four kings.. but it doesn't say it as ד מְלָכִים it uses the word for four (arba/arbaah), but not the ...
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How many messianic prophecies in the Tanach?

Xtians make the bold claim that their j-sus fulfilled over 300 prophecies from the Hebrew Scriptures. Most of them are either verses taken out of context, mistranslations of Hebrew, some remote ...
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Did the invention of the printing press change Judaism? [closed]

Before 1440 and the invention of the printing press, most Jewish people would not have had their own personal Tanakh. So I would assume the only place they would see one would be in a synagogue read ...
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Action of decimation of the city of Shechem admonished in Vayehi?

In Parashat Vayeshlach (34:30) Yaakov admonishes Shimon and Levi, not for their destruction of Shechem, rather for the degradation of the hitherto tenuous relationship between he and the inhabitants ...
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Why does Pirkei d'Rebbi Eliezer only connect certain berachos of Shemoneh Esrei to events in Tanach?

According to Pirkei d'Rebbi Eliezer: The first beracha of Shemoneh Esrei, "Blessed are You, Hashem, Protector of Avraham," refers to Hashem's protecting Avraham during the war with the four kings (ch....
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Why are several prophetic books collected into 'Trei Asar'?

One of the books of Tanach is Trei Asar, which is actually a collection of 12 prophetic books. I would like to understand why these books were aggregated into one instead of each book being treated ...
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Are there two or more prophets who have the same name?

Are there any examples of two different prophets who have the same name?
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How Many vav Hahipuchs in each of the 24 books of Tenach

How Many vav Hahipuchs (Conversive vav) are in each of the 24 books of Tenach compared with the number of letters / verses in that book. As far as I know they are only in Tenach rather than Mishna or ...
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Rationalist Position on Bible Ancients' Long Lives

How would a rationalist interpret the long lives of the ancient people enumerated in the Bible, from Methuselah on down? Virtually no person lives more than 120 years today, even with the assistance ...

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