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Plural and Singular in Prashat VeHaya Im Shamoa [duplicate]

In the Parshat VeHa'ya Im Shamoa (the second Parshah of the Kriyat Shema), the verse begins with the plural:והיה אם שמוע תשמעו... ולמדתם אותם את בניכם And you put these words on your hearts and minds, ...
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Conflicting meanings of "Shulchan Aruch"

On the first posuk of Mishpatim, Rashi brings from Mechilta that Torah should not be conveyed as dry information, but it should be taught with its full rationale, like a שלחן ערוך, a "table set ...
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What does "אל" mean?

I am talking about the Lashon Hakodesh appelation, אל, which is often translated as "God". What, precisely does it mean? How do we relate to a God, vs say, a King, or an Eternity, or a Lord ...
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Smoke or incense

Genesis 19:28 "and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the surrounding area; and behold, he saw the smoke (קִיטֹ֣ר) of the land ascended like the smoke (...
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Background of the Hasagat HaRa'avad on Rambam

A few questions about the Ra'avad: What does Hasagat mean in the context of the title of Hasagat HaRa'avad? I have seen the term used in reference to his works "HaRa'avad BeHasagatsv" So it ...
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What is אנדרלמוסיא

It is quite clear from context that it means a type of heavenly group punishment, like a flood or a plague* where both good and bad die, l'a. It seems mainly connected with the sin of זִּמָּה/זְנוּת i....
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Jewish way to describe depleted batteries?

Is there any halachic or hashkafic issues with saying that a battery has "died"? It is a well known Torah tradition, halachically and hashkafically, for us to avoid words like this, and ...
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Why Called "Bar Mitzva"

Why is it called Bar MITZVA wouldnt it seem more correct to be called Bar MITZVOS? One might suggest that it refers to being a "Metzuva" I dint think thats correct if so, it should be a bar ...
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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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Yaakov's thigh and the side of the altar

When Yaakov wrestled with the angel (Bereishis 32:25-26), the angel was losing the fight, and touched the hipsocket of Yaakov, making it go out of the socket. The word for hip/thigh used here is ...
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Is there a secular concept of migu [closed]

I’ve been told by lawyers that there is no concept of migu in US secular law (loosely translated as believing someone because had he wanted to lie he could have said a better lie that would not have ...
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Wise saying in the Netflix series 'Shtisel'

Some time ago, I watched the fantastic series 'Shtisel' on Netflix. I can't remember everything clearly, and unfortunately, the series is no longer available on Netflix. However, there's one scene ...
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What are the best books that teach Dikduk? [duplicate]

What are the best books to learn Dikduk? Both Lashon Hakodesh and Rabbinic/Mishnaic Hebrew.
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Does it talk about any Instances of not using sarcasm in conversation in the Talmud

Does the Talmud ever mention any caution against using sarcasm in conversation to avoid hurting another with words?
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When does one need to be careful not to incite the Satan?

The Gemara (Berachos 19a) learns out from Yeshayah 1:9-2:1, that one should not say that something bad could have happened to him, so as not to incite the Satan. The question is: doesn’t David ...
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Why are they called Chosson/kalla?

Why are newlyweds referred to as "Chosson" and "kallah" (The Torah already refers to them this way)? the definition Chosson/kalla is Son-in-law/daughter in-law. Wouldnt it seem ...
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Is there a special term for a King who is also a Rabbi?

I'm looking for whether there is a specific term or a title for a King who also happens to be a Rabbi/Chief Rabbi. In other words, both the religious authority and the political authority. Just as an ...
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Slavic People are called K'nan in jewish sources

Why is the slavic languages or people reffered to as Cannanim in Jewish sources? Who is the first to do this? See for instance Minchas Yehuda in Mechokekei Yehuda explaining Rashi on Devarim 3:9 Here. ...
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What does the number 40 represent?

The number 40 appears multiple times in the Torah and the works of the Sages, though in very different contexts: For instance: 40 days of rain during the flood, for 40 days, Moses was on Mount Sinai, ...
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Why is the word Leviim written with only one yud: 'לויים' או 'לוים'

Do Chazal explain the inyan of the Tanach writing Levi חסר Chosser the yud that seems should be there grammatically? Does the double yud signify the rectification of the Leviim?
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If Hebrew was the target language, what was the source language in any of the Psalm in which “maskil” is mentioned?

If Hebrew was the target language, what was the source language in any of the Psalms in which “maskil” is mentioned? Rashi on Psalms 88:1 wrote: משכיל: כל מקום שנאמר משכיל ע"י תורגמן נאמר שהיה ...
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Why is a black skin strange, unusual or weird?

Why is a black skin strange, unusual or weird? This question developed after reading the following: כוש: מה כושי משונה בעורו אף שאול משונה במעשיו Cush: Just as a Cushite has unusual skin, so did Saul ...
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Saying God is Great in Arabic - is a Jew allowed?

We all know the "aqbar" phrase. Is it permissible for a Jew to say this phrase? The assumption is that it is ok, because it commonly said that we are talking about the same Hashem. This ...
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What does רבנן קשישאי mean?

I'm wondering what this term "רבנן קשישאי" specifically refers to. I think it just means old Rabbis, but I'm wondering if it's a reference to a specific group.
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What are the characteristics of המשכלים in Daniel 12?

I would like to know more about the word הַ֨מַּשְׂכִּלִ֔ים which I highlight in a bold face in the texts below. Daniel 12:3 is וְהַ֨מַּשְׂכִּלִ֔ים יַזְהִ֖רוּ כְּזֹ֣הַר הָרָקִ֑יעַ וּמַצְדִּיקֵי֙ ...
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Midpoint of each Sefer

I am looking for sources that tell what word, letter and verse is at the midpoint of each Sefer, meaning 5 midpoints if considering the Torah containing 5 books or if you want, 7 as the Talmud states ...
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"Earth" in Tanach

I am embarrassed to admit, I don't actually know the proper name for the planet we live on in Lashon HaKodesh, or if there even is one. Maybe it is Ha'Aretz, which literally means "the land"....
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What's the difference in meaning between the words טעם and עילה?

In the introduction to Chovos Halevavos, R. Bachya (as translated by R. Yehuda Ibn Tibbon) writes: מצות השמע שאין השכל מחייב בהם ולא דוחה אותם כאיסור בשר בחלב ושעטנז וכלאים והדומה להם ממה שנעלמה ממנו ...
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How many times does the word "Chesed" (in singular or plural forms) appear in Tanach?

How many times does the word "Chesed" (in singular or plural forms) appear in Tanach? I've heard somewhere that the number is 248, but I cannot confirm this. If it is 248, it would be an ...
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What is the difference between איל and עתוד?

במדבר ז יז - וּלְזֶ֣בַח הַשְּׁלָמִים֮ בָּקָ֣ר שְׁנַ֒יִם֒ אֵילִ֤ם חֲמִשָּׁה֙ עַתּוּדִ֣ים חֲמִשָּׁ֔ה כְּבָשִׂ֥ים בְּנֵֽי־שָׁנָ֖ה חֲמִשָּׁ֑ה זֶ֛ה קׇרְבַּ֥ן נַחְשׁ֖וֹן בֶּן־עַמִּינָדָֽב׃ {פ} And for his ...
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Why is there variation in number regarding entering the land?

In some situations, the Torah, when issuing a commandment regarding being in Israel uses the singular and in other cases, the plural: Dev 26:1 -- וְהָיָה֙ כִּֽי־תָב֣וֹא אֶל־הָאָ֔רֶץ Bam 15:2 -- כִּ֣י ...
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What's the name of gallery tombs in Hebrew: Kok, kokim?

In this article in the jewishencyclopedia it mentions some tomb galleries: These galleries, or niches, which were called "kok" (plural, "kokim") by the Rabbis. I want to know how ...
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לְךְ - what is this grammatical form?

Occasionally in a sefardi siddur, I see לְךְ. The first shva is a shva na, and the last is a shva nach. I always thought it was a typo but I keep seeing it now so I thought I'd ask a grammatical ...
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Hebrew texts (like the Torah) with IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) transliteration of each term?

Is there a mapping of Hebrew terms in the Torah (or any other key Hebrew text like you'd find on Sefaria), to the IPA pronunciation? Ideally even there would be at least two transliterations, one to ...
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Why does the opening משנה in מסכת מגילה have a weird לשון?

The opening Mishna in Masechta Megilla reads as follows: מְגִילָּה נִקְרֵאת בְּאַחַד עָשָׂר, בִּשְׁנֵים עָשָׂר, בִּשְׁלֹשָׁה עָשָׂר, בְּאַרְבָּעָה עָשָׂר, בַּחֲמִשָּׁה עָשָׂר. לֹא פָּחוֹת, וְלֹא ...
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Why does the Mishna refer to Sunday as "after Shabbat"?

The Mishna in Megilla 1:2 uses varying terminology to refer to days of the week: מְגִילָּה נִקְרֵאת בְּאַחַד עָשָׂר, בִּשְׁנֵים עָשָׂר, כֵּיצַד. חָל לִהְיוֹת יוֹם אַרְבָּעָה עָשָׂר בַּשֵּׁנִי, ...
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Is it permitted to call Hashem, or a human (made in Hashem's image) an "it"?

I have heard it stated in shiurim, in response to the question of why do we refer to Hashem as "Him", one of the reasons is that it would be not kavodik (i.e. it would be dishonourable) to ...
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שים / תן חלקנו בתורתך

I've noticed that on Yom Tov, sefardi (edot mizrach) machzorim say תן but on Shabbat in siddurim, they say שים in the bracha of Yom Tov/Shabbat respectively (which are parallel). Am I just not widely ...
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Why don't the birds get the bracha of פְּרוּ?

In the creation of the world when Hashem is creating fish and birds, the verse in Beresheit 1:22 says,"וַיְבָ֧רֶךְ אֹתָ֛ם אֱלֹהִ֖ים לֵאמֹ֑ר פְּר֣וּ וּרְב֗וּ וּמִלְא֤וּ אֶת־הַמַּ֙יִם֙ בַּיַּמִּ֔ים ...
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How are the concepts redemption and salvation related in Judaism?

Does the term salvation (or save, yeshua) encompass redemption (geula)? Does redemption concern harm or punishment has already occurred while salvation contemplates future possible future harm? Does ...
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Asking a shaila - not looking for a psak

How does one phrase a request for a Rabbi's opinion on a halachic matter so as not to receive a psak? Are there multiple acceptable expressions?
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What does 'Hashem's Countenance' mean?

What is countenance/פָּנָ֛יו? Face? Something more specific? What is the nimshal? Always wondered. Thanks. Apparently I need more words to post the question so, happy Purim everyone!
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Why do we repeat our intent in Musaf?

In the musaf for Shabbat we make the following plea about the future (loose translation mine): שֶׁתַּעֲלֵנוּ בְשמְחָה לְאַרְצֵנוּ. וְתִטָּעֵנוּ בִּגְבוּלֵנוּ וְשָׁם נַעֲשה לְפָנֶיךָ אֶת קָרְבְּנות ...
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What is chiltis?

Something "sharp" for the purpose of reawakening taste in vessels which are "eino ben yomo" (ones that haven't been used for 24 hours), is a subject of dispute. According to the ...
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Bones and Essence

I believe the root of עֶצֶם/bone, and of עַצמוּת/essence, is the same. Is there any discussion about metaphorical connections between bones and essence?
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Is there a name for the timeframe when a wife is permissible to her husband?

Is there a name for the time when a woman can have sex with her husband? The Torah tells married couples not to have sex during the period of niddah, when she menstruates until right before the moment ...
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What does ממנ”פ mean?

I've seen the acronym ממנ”פ in multiple places but I am not sure what it means. קיצורים וראשי תיבות בעברית indicates that it means ממערכת נשימה פנימית but I am not sure if that is correct. Here are ...
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How do you interpret the expression עול בחיקו?

This is a metaphor used sometimes, such as in ואם הנהגה של רשע תהיה עול בחיקו של הצדיק למטה (R' Natan Nata Spira, 1585-1633, Megaleh Amukot al Iyov 34). I also read this expression in the R' Salman ...
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Vayimaen (וימאן) Connection

The word וימאן is mentioned 3 times in Sefer Bereishis Where Yaakov refuses to be consoled over the supposed death of Yosef (37:35) Where Yosef refuses the advancement of Eishes Potifar (39:8) Where ...
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Why is Proverbs 22:6 omitted in the Septuagint?

Why is Proverbs 22:6 omitted in the Septuagint? I don't see anything offensive about Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old, he will not depart from it.&...
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