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Did Rashi learn Kabbalah?

On Bereishis 27:27, Rashi makes the following comment: כריח שדה אשר ברכו ה'. שֶׁנָּתַן בּוֹ רֵיחַ טוֹב וְזֶהוּ שְׂדֵה תַּפּוּחִים, כָּךְ דָּרְשׁוּ רַזִ"לִ: The Artscroll Chumash Rashi set ...
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In case of Halachic doubt should one ask a Rabbi or assume anything will work? [duplicate]

Following comments on my other question "how-an-open-succah-oriented": Let's imagine one is facing a new Halachic reality he never heard of: he always built Succah on his 5th-floor balcony and then ...
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Fulfillment of Jewish national superiority in Torah blessings

Many blessing of the Patriarchs and Moses to the Israelites include various forms of national superiority to other peoples. For example Gen 27: יַעַבְדוּךָ עַמִּים וְיִשְׁתַּחֲווּ לְךָ לְאֻמִּים, ...
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Why Itzhak's blessing to Yaakov has to be at Eisav's expense?

יַעַבְדוּךָ עַמִּים וְיִשְׁתַּחֲווּ לְךָ לְאֻמִּים, הֱוֵה גְבִיר לְאַחֶיךָ וְיִשְׁתַּחֲוּוּ לְךָ בְּנֵי אִמֶּךָ ...׃ Let peoples serve you, And nations bow to you; Be master over your brothers, ...
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How an open Succah must be oriented?

THe Halachah allows a Succah to have only 2 walls and something (or 3 walls), so a big opening is, therefore possible. Assuming I erect a Succah in my backyard and any direction is possible, what ...
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Why does the Torah tell us the previous name of Bethel?

Beraishis 28 (19) He named that site Bethel; but previously the name of the city had been Luz. Why does the Torah tell us the previous name of Bethel? There must be something the Torah wants us ...
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“No before and after in Torah”?

Chronological difficulties are frequently explained in the Sources by the concept of אין מוקדם ומוחר בתורה -- Ein Mukdam U'm'uchar Ba'Torah -- There is no before and after in Torah. (1) Where is the ...
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Empirical evidence of Sages' intellectual superiority

Throughout ages, our Sages engaged in Halachic, scientific and philosophical arguments between themselves and with other nations' philosophers. We hold that the truthfulness of Talmudic discussions ...
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Why a round Succah is not Dirat Kevah (permanent dwelling)?

אחרים אומרים סוכה העשויה כשובך פסולה לפי שאין לה זויות Aḥerim (R'Meir?) say: A Succah built in a circular shape like a dovecote is unfit, because it does not have corners. [and a permanent residence ...
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How did the bible and Chachamim know the time of Chatzot?

In many places in the bible (e.g. here) as well as in the Mishna (e.g.Berakhot 1,1) it's written that some things happened on Chatzot (midnight point-חצות הלילה) or some Mitzva should be done not late ...
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What's the significance of putting a firstborn animal's hair in the window?

Bechorot 3:4 (≈Eduyot 5:6) discusses the case in which the hair of a wounded firstborn animal fell off, then a person put the hair in the window, and then slaughtered the firstborn (or in another ...
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Jewish married man having relations with Jewish divorced woman [closed]

What is the Halacha of a Jewish married man engaging in physical relations with a Jewish divorced woman.
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Has the Forbidden Fruit happened more than once? [closed]

Could men eat of the forbidden fruit again? If so what does this verse mean in context. To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You ...
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Fell into a pit and one's artificial organs were damaged — consequences?

That's something I've studied many years ago - laws of damages by a pit. IIRC in one falls into a pit (בור) the owner pays only body damages but not broken tools. What artificial limbs/organs qualify ...
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can a sibling go to a burial in a non jewish cemetery

A Jewish man married to a non-Jewish woman dies. He is buried in either a non-Jewish cemetery or in a section designated for Jews. Can siblings go to the cemetery for the burial or a visit?
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Is bee pollen kosher?

Other then having dubious reputation as nutritional supplement, is bee pollen kosher? I remember reading somewhere it may contain bee parts, but I can't find it now.
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Ashkenazic vs Sephardic Kaddish

1 - The Sephardic Kaddish has this extra line near the beginning: וְיַצְמַח פֻּרְקָנֵהּ וִיקָרֵב מְשִׁיחֵהּ -- May His salvation blossom and His Messiah be near. The Ashkenazic Kaddish omits ...
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Taking Tallis Gadol into Bathroom

Generally Talis Gadol is wrapped only for prayer, not as a simple jacket. If someone has to wash his talis gadol, but the only place he can wash and dry it in his apartment is in the bathroom, can one ...
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If “Noel” had Hebrew origins what would it mean? [closed]

It’s getting towards the holiday season, and that means Christmas carols become a part of popular culture. When I was listening to someone singing “Noel” the thought occurred to me that it matched the ...
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Was Nun, the father of Joshua a righteous person?

I recall learning a long time ago that Nun, the father of Yehoshua was a righteous person. Is there a source for this idea?
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Why should a hedonistic teenager care about Judaism? [duplicate]

I recently had a conversation with a self-centered hedonistic American teenager who was not interested in hearing proofs that the Torah is the word of God and said he could serve God any way he wanted....
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When should we call God Ha-Makom?

We have many names for God. Elokim to emphasize God's justice, HaShem to emphasize God's mercy, and many other self-explanatory names, such as Adon Olam, HaKadosh Barukh Hu, Matir Assurim, Tzur ...
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Jewish status of Daryus II the son of queen esther and king achashverosh [duplicate]

daryus second son of esther and achashverosh. I want to know if he lived like a Jew if his mother was a Jew. According to Jewish law he is a Jew.
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Is Satan seen as a “god”? [duplicate]

This question, history - Is there sufficient evidence to support the theory that ancient Israel practiced monolatry? - Mi Yodeya, and several duplicate questions, ask whether Judaism involves ...
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Is it fine to exploit the loophole in the laws of inheritance?

After my last question on mi yodeya, I learnt thanks to the answer and comments that a trick was possible in inheritance law according to the halacha to make daughters get the same inheritance parts ...
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When, why and who originated Chevruta style studying?

From reading various stories mentioned in the mishnah, it seems that students studied directly from their rav. I assume that they reviewed what they studied, and, perhaps, discussed ideas with each ...
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Why did Yitzchok use the same subterfuge for his wife that had not worked for Avraham?

When I read the Parashas Toldos, I was surprised to see that when Yitzchok went to the land of Avimeleh, he said that Rivka was his sister to protect his life in Bereshis, 26, 7. It is obvious that ...
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Yaakov and the Angel: Hand to Hand?

In the encounter between Yaakov Avinu and the "man", it says (Genesis 32:26): וַיַּ֗רְא כִּ֣י לֹ֤א יָכֹל֙ ל֔וֹ וַיִּגַּ֖ע בְּכַף־יְרֵכ֑וֹ וַתֵּ֙קַע֙ כַּף־יֶ֣רֶךְ יַעֲקֹ֔ב בְּהֵֽאָבְק֖וֹ עִמּֽוֹ׃ ...
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Succah on/in the water [closed]

Just curious, Succos is called חג המים - water festival, we pour water on another to symbolize the happiness of Nisuch Hamayim. Why not make a Succah on/in the water? Can one just put a Schach over ...
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Requirements for Succah's floor

Long passages of Masechet Succah discuss the requirements for the Schach and the walls but I don't find a discussion of what constitutes the floor. I can think of two related Nafka Minot (Halachic ...
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Must One Remove the Mezuzot from a House Rented to Gentiles?

Is there any obligation to take down your mezuzot if a house you own (and live in some of the time) is rented to Gentiles for an extended period of time (e.g. over 30 days)? I ask because I recently ...
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Old French in commentaries

Why are there references to "Old French" in some commentaries? I don't have any examples to show but if that is required I could research.
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Deep Sleep Genesis 15.12

I would like to know if the "deep sleep" of Abraham (Genesis 15.12) is literally a "sleep", or a state of "trance" as The Midrash of Philo says (15.12). What does the biblical term mean? Also, ...
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Source for Ralbag on G-d's knowledge

Does the Ralbag ever say that G-d does not know the future? I am aware that Ralbag writes that G-d only knows the generality of things but not the particular. Abraham ibn Ezra is of the same opinion. ...
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Identifying the author Toras Yekusiel

I recently came across this teaching: [in footnote Aleph.] http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=3751&st=&pgnum=11 To summarize: during the time when the Vilna Gaon made his cherem ...
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A question on “Sim Shalom”

The prayer "Sim Shalom", recited at the end of the morning Amidah, first says: שִׂים שָׁלוֹם טוֹבָה וּבְרָכָה חֵן וָחֶֽסֶד וְרַחֲמִים עָלֵֽינוּ -- Grant peace, goodness and blessing, grace, ...
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Repeating elements in the story of Eliezer

As I was reading the weekly portion Chayei Sarah, it caught my attention that Eliezer's promise is repeated many times. When Eliezer leaves to get a wife for Isaac, he promises (Bereishit 24:14): ...
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Why doesn't Yaakov ( תתן אמת ליעקב) object to his mother's plan on the grounds that it does not reflect truth?

Yaakov is the prototypical man of truth "תתן אמת ליעקב" (מיכה ז, כ) When his mother proposes a deception so that Yaakov can get Yitzchok's blessings, Yaakov's objection is strictly practical (...
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How will the next Sanhedrin function if we lost the original Semicha?

Many functions of the Sanhedrin require the group of rabbis descended from an unbroken chain of Semicha from the time of Moshe. For example I read in Eliyahu Ki Tov's Sefer Hatoda'ah that ...
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Yalkut Yosef seva semakhot online

Where can i find downloadable pdf for "ילקוט יוסף שובע שמחות" online? I found it on Tablet.otzar.org but it is not downloadable.
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Is there Biblical reference to the existence of Halachah Lemoshe Misinai?

The definition of the Law(s) of Moses Misnai in WIKI from the Talmudic Encyclopedia (see also here): A Law given to Moses at Sinai refers to a halakhic law for which there is no biblical reference ...
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Sources that G-d miraculously and deceptively conceal His deeds

In the debate on veracity and historicity of the Biblical stories and claims many assert that after an event in discussion G-d miraculously wiped all evidence or replaced it to look natural. For ...
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Sources for connection between Succah and Chuppah

I can see many things in common, they both relate to the story of the Exodus - G-d seated the Israelites in Succos and Matan Torah was sort of a Chuppah something, both have 4 bars and a feeble roof, ...
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Why is the narrative of Moses growing up in Pharaoh's house important?

I begin with the assertion that nothing is arbitrary in the Torah and the history followed the big plan as envisioned by the Creator. The narrative of Moses' origin is fascinating but its necessity ...
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Did Moses ever meet his parents after the separation?

IIRC the Biblical narrative, after being born, Moses spends 3 months at home and then moving to the royal palace. His mother continues to breastfeed him for a certain period of time but then the link ...
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Where is Maharshal's commentary on birkat hamazon printed?

I understand that Maharshal wrote a commentary on birkat hamazon - does anyone know if/where I can find it published?
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Why does the Chasan perform Bedeken?

As explained in Taamei Haminhagim #950, the minhag of bedeken comes from the Pasuk in Chayei Sarah: "And she said to the servant, ‘Who is that man walking in the field towards us?’ And the servant ...
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Is Tachanun recited in shul when a chattan and an avel are both present?

If a chattan (groom) is present in shul during the week after marriage, the entire minyan does not say Tachanun. However, if an aveil (mourner) is present in shul during his week of shiva, the ...
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Is water included in the mitzvah of fasting?

Generally speaking, when the Torah is discussing the concept of fasting, whether on individual fasts or public fasts, it mentions the prohibition of neither eating, nor drinking. But water has a ...
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Can Chuppah have a fixed roof?

There are many approaches to a Chuppah and I only refer to our Ashkenazi tradition of 4 bars/hands and a canopy. I saw that many wedding halls have a fixed cube-like construction, but the covering is ...

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