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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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Canonization of Tanakh

Given that the Talmud records disputes among great chachamim about the status of certain books of Ketuvim, how can we be fully confident that these books are in fact authoritative and true?
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Text different from details of an event

In Bereshit (Genesis) - Chapter 18, pasuk 13 says, 'And the Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, 'Is it really true that I will give birth, although I am old?'' Rashi on this pasuk ...
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What does going "alive into Sheol" mean in Numbers 16?

Parshat Korach contains a curious phrase in Moses's admonition to Korach and the resulting consequences: וְאִם־בְּרִיאָה יִבְרָא יְהֹוָה וּפָצְתָה הָאֲדָמָה אֶת־פִּיהָ וּבָלְעָה אֹתָם וְאֶת־כׇּל־...
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Is it possible to figure out the Steumot and Petuchot in Nach using the old style Mikraot Gedolot text?

In the old Warsaw Edition of the Mikraot Gedolot there are various indentations that would suggest there are open and closed paragraph marks in the text but these markings do not match the more modern ...
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Is God Ever in Two Places at Once?

Are there any instances, ideally in Tanakh, where God's physical manifestation of Himself is present in two separate locations at once? Or more poignantly, are there instances of God speaking/...
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Differences in meanings between similar pronouns (עָלָיו, לוֹ); likewise (יהוּ,- יו-)

Is there someone who discusses the differences between pronoun synonyms? I'm thinking of two sets as examples, both of which occur within a few pesukim of each other in perek 5 of Shir HaShirim: 5:4 ...
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Is there a source that names in the Torah may not be the person's actual name

Some of the name given in the Torah are frequently explained by Chazal to mean something about the person. For example the Gemorah (Sanhedrin 82B) says that the real name of Cozbi bas Tzur was ...
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Ezra 2 and Nehemiah 7

How do classical sources explain the discrepancy in the numbers of the olei Bavel (those who returned to the Land of Israel from the Babylonian exile) in Ezra 2 and Nehemiah 7?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Looking for examples in Tanach where a list of people changes order

For example Noach and family - entering and exiting the teiva, the listing is different after, from which we learn that marital relations were temporarily forbidden while on the teiva. Can you share ...
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Why did Hagar go back?

This one has bugged me for a long time. Why would Hagar go back to a pressured existence especially when she was told that her son would become a wild man and a thief?
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What should one do if one sees a Tanach placed/shelved beside another religion's text?

For example, a Tanach is being sold in a bookstore and it's placed right beside a New Testament/Christian Bible and a Quran. What should one do? Should one buy the copies to preserve its sacredness?
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Is there anyplace online where I can find the te'amim for Iyov, Mishlei, and Tehillim?

Is there anyplace online where I can find a reliable recording for the te'amim for Iyov, Mishlei, and Tehillim?
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Is this idea (dictation model of Torah) by Rambam heretical/blasphemous/idolatrous?

Rabbi David Bigman in his article The Dictation Model of Torah Revelation convincingly argues that the idea of Torah being entirely dictated to Moses, and then preserved over the generations (...
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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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New Mikraot Gedolot - Chorev Publishers [closed]

I am looking for reviews on the somewhat new Mikraot Gedolot from Chorev Publishers How is the quality of the print? Is it clear and easy to read for most people? There is a lot of information packed ...
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Source for the practice of messianic interpretation of calamity

I seem to recall a Rashi somewhere in Nach which explains a Pasuk as praising B’nei Yisrael, who see every calamity that befalls them as heralding Mashiach. Can anyone source this?
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Was Migdal bavel a rocket ship? [duplicate]

I seem to remember hearing somewhile ago that the tower of bavel was a rocket. What is the source that migdal bavel was a "rocket"; or some thing that would fly up to the sky instead of the ...
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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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