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Rav Sa'adia Gaon's Commentary [duplicate]

Does anyone know where I can find Rav Sa'adiah Gaon's commentary on the Torah in Arabic?
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Avraham asks Eliezer to go to his family, why?

What was so special about Avraham's family that he prefers that Eliezer should search there for a wife for Yitzchok (Bereshis 24:40)?
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katan for minyan

When given an Aliyah in a shul that uses a katan as the tenth "man" of the minyan, which is contrary to the opinion of the vast majority of gedolei haposkim (SA 55:4), what should one do? Simply ...
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Does Hashem speak Lashon Hara about Sara?

In this weeks Parasha, it seems to me that Hashem speaks L'H about Sarah, regarding her laughing about having a child. "G‑d said to Abraham: “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, ...
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Why would Mesushelach not have been included in the Teivah had been alive according to Rashi?

The Gemara in Sanhedrin 108a at the bottom of the page says, the generation of the flood asked Noach, if the mabul is imminent, why hadnt it occured already, ie what was holding it back? Noach ...
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Why are certain melachot permitted on Shabbat for food purposes and others not?

I'm relaying this question from my son... Tearing is a melacha. But, as far as I understand, one may tear open a food bag (like a bag of chips) on Shabbat. Yet, one may not cut between the letters ...
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Why does the gemara not consider the possibility that someone will lie about warning his wife?

The gemara in Sotah 2b discussed two different versions of a statement by Rabbi Eliezer: one from the mishna on 2a and one from a beraisa. In the mishna, Rabbi Eliezer states that in order for a woman ...
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How can something be kosher if it “may contain” milk, crustaceans, shellfish, etc.?

I noticed that this nutrition label: says that it is both Kosher and Pareve, but it also says "may contain … milk,… crustaceans, shellfish". How is that possible?
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Asking Am Haaretz and doing opposite

There is a Sm"a (I think) somewhere which talks about what to do in a situation when a chacham is not available to answer one's question - namely, to get advice from an Am Haaretz, and then do the ...
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Prayer for individual tzadikim in Sodom

According to Rashi, Avraham began his prayers by reasoning let the tzadikim save the entire cities, and if the tzadikim can't save the whole city, at least don't kill the tzadikim themselves. אולי ...
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OK to pay for minyan?

If a minyan is needed and can't easily be found, is it OK to pay Jews to attend, who would not come otherwise? And is a negotiation on the price seemly?
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Can a non-jew submit names for Mi Sheberach? [duplicate]

Can a non-jew submit names for Mi Sheberach? Either jews or non-jews? If so, in the case of non-jews what name would be given? ben/bat Naama? ben/bat Chava? On shabbat during the Torah reading?
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Why would G-d let angels speak on His behalf?

In regards to this question of mine I would like to ask: In Genesis 18:10 it seems that one of the men/angels visiting Avraham is saying that Sarah will give birth to a son, while in Genesis 18:14 it’...
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Can one Reciting bracha “Mechaye Hameitim” at a friend's wedding

I have seen in several Siddurim instructions saying that if one has not seen a close friend for at least 30 days (some instructions said 1 year) s/he should recite Mechaye Hameitim which means "...
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Why is the Bavli Talmud followed over Yerushalmi? [duplicate]

There is clear, even overriding, preference for following older sources within the Bavli. Why then does halacha rely so much on the newer Bavli, rather than the older Yerushalmi? Related: Why the ...
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Seeking a comparison of Jewish and America law [on hold]

There are at least several questions on this site about comparisons of Jewish and American law (samples below). I seek an article or book that compares Jewish and America law (where they overlap). ...
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Etymology of the Jewish surname Krysa or Krisa from Galicia/Poland [on hold]

One of the most notorious Jewish figures of the 18th century was the false Sabbataean prophet Jacob Frank. Less well-known is the Sabbatean influencer who came before him (and eventually joined him), ...
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How many subchapters in the Zohar Hakadosh?

How many subchapters are in the Zohar, including the Tikkunei Zohar and the Zohar CHadash? I am trying to make a schedule.
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How many Perakim and Beraytot in the Tosefta?

I am trying to make a schedule. How many Perakim and Beraytot in the Tosefta?
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What is the total number of Pesukim in Tanach? [duplicate]

What is the total number of Pesukim in Tanach? This question addresses the Torah, but I have yet to find an answer for Tanach (at least, in the Jewish tradition - the answer for Christians is easily ...
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Would it be offensive to the people of the Jewish faith if a Christian wore a Star of David with Cross necklace? [duplicate]

To start off, I by no means would wish to cause offense to the Jews by wearing such a devotional symbol without a meaning. Christianity is rooted within Judaism, the first "Christians" were Jews, and ...
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Genesis 18 who is the ‘he’

Avraham stands at the entrance of his tent after his Brit - Bereshit 18 - looking around he sees three men at a short distance (even getting closer). At a certain point they ask Avraham: “Where is ...
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Korban Tamid: why is “from Sinai” after the lamb and meal offering, but before the wine offering?

In the Korban Tamid (Bamidbar 28:1-8), it states, "The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at dusk; and the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meal-...
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Does the Yerushalmi mention drinking wine on Friday after bathing

Related to this question. The Otzar Yad Chaim in the picture below quotes the Bartenura who mentions a minhag to drink until tipsy before going to shul Friday night. The seffer then says the ...
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Does Talmud introduce death penalties not mentioned in the Torah?

Does the Mishna or Gemara introduce any sin as liable for the death penalty, not mentioned in the Torah?
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Can the accidental killer of a relative kill himself?

If a person kills his relative unintentionally, can he also be considered a goel hadam (blood avenger) for the victim (since the victim is his relative)? In which case, he should have permission to ...
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Punishment vs suffering

The Rambam says in Hilchos Teshuva chapter 1 עָבַר עַל כְּרֵתוֹת וּמִיתוֹת בֵּית דִּין וְעָשָׂה תְּשׁוּבָה, תְּשׁוּבָה וְיוֹם הַכִּפּוּרִים תּוֹלִין וְיִסּוּרִין הַבָּאִין עָלָיו גּוֹמְרִין לוֹ ...
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What are the limits of hospitality? [duplicate]

Hospitality is valued very highly in Judaism, witness Abraham [Gen. 18:1-5], Lot [Gen. 19:1-8], Laban [Gen. 24:28–32], Manoah [Judges 13:15-16] or the unhappy matter of the concubine of Gibeah [Judges ...
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Mashiach for real? [duplicate]

Is there really such a thing as a ‘redeemer’ to come, a messianic figure? It seems such a thing can be derived from Scripture, but from which verses did such idea derived in the first place and how ...
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If צחק refers to the 3 worst misdeeds why Itzchak was called so?

On the Posuk: "וַתֵּרֶא שָׂרָה אֶת־בֶּן־הָגָר הַמִּצְרִית אֲשֶׁר־יָלְדָה לְאַבְרָהָם מְצַחֵק׃" Rashi (Gen 21.9) explains the meaning of the root צחק: מצחק: לְשׁוֹן עֲ"זָ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר ...
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Forty and five, not five and forty

In Bereishis 18:28, when Hashem says that He will not destroy Sedom if there are 45 righteous people there, the number is spelled out "forty and five." However, most times a number between twenty and ...
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What the objective pronouns are called in Hebrew? [on hold]

What the objective pronouns are called in Hebrew? The objective pronouns in Hebrew are: לִי, לְךָ, לָךְ, לוֹ, לָהּ, לָנוּ, לָהֶם
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Does the concept of a purgatory exist in Judaism?

Assuming there is a Hell equivalent of shame and Heaven of good works is there a reason not to make it into either, but instead a third condition (such as, say, if you aren't good enough for Heaven ...
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Does a knife sharpener need to be considered kosher or kashered?

Does a knife sharpener need to be kosher? Would I need separate sharpeners for milchig and fleishig knives? Does it to be treated like any other kitchen utensil and need kashering?
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Did Bartenura really mention this minhag?

There is a quote making the social media rounds which claims the Bartenura mentions a minhag he witnessed on his way to Jerusalem where people would drink wine before going to shul on Friday night. ...
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Why does the Artscroll commentary to Vayeira mention Ishmael?

The Artscroll commentary to the first pasuk of Vayeira says that Abraham pressed Ishmael into service to teach him about hospitality. From whence this comment about Ishmael?
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What criteria allow one to lie to a spouse?

In this week's Torah parsha, Vayeira, in Breishit 18:13, Saying וַיֹּ֥אמֶר יְהוָ֖ה אֶל־אַבְרָהָ֑ם לָ֣מָּה זֶּה֩ צָחֲקָ֨ה שָׂרָ֜ה לֵאמֹ֗ר הַאַ֥ף אֻמְנָ֛ם אֵלֵ֖ד וַאֲנִ֥י זָקַֽנְתִּי׃ Then ...
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Who is eligible for the World to Come?

The Mishna says: He who maintains that the resurrection of the dead is not derived from the Torah, he who says that the Torah is not from Heaven, and an apikoros, have no share in the World to Come....
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Rambam's Mussar to Son

Where precisely does the Rambam give mussar to his son about avoiding conflict? This article from Klal Perspectives quotes Kisvei HaRambam, Mussar l’bno Rav Avraham saying Do not sully yourself ...
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Is there any prohibition on using tracing chips under the skin?

With the advance on technology, ethical discussions are being raised regarding implants under one's skin, like a parent, worried about the whereabouts of their kids, or companies thinking about the ...
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Does Shituf only apply in the context of oaths, or can it apply to a religion even outside of the context of oaths? [on hold]

Does Shituf only apply in the context of oaths, or can it apply to a religion even outside of the context of oaths? Please include the source, with English.. which I understand would be the Talmud ...
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Does the Tanach tell us 36 times to love the stranger?

If you Google "love the stranger 36 times" you get 93,100,000 returns. Indeed, I've been hearing this line for ages: "36 times in the Tanach God tells us to love the stranger." [Bava Metzia 59b] ...
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Is it inappropriate to eat or drink while reading the Torah? [duplicate]

Just a general question. This does not involve reciting tehillim or reading passages out loud. Just quiet reading. If not appropriate — sources?
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injectable supplements/meds on shabbos?

Normally prohibited as a tolda (derivative) of the av malacha (main category of work) shochet (slaughter) drawing blood is forbidden by the Torah. If someone were taking an injectable medication/...
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Halachic definition of a house for rent

House renting services like Airbnb are very popular these days and I've used their services while traveling abroad. Usually, the advertisement requires pictures of the place, but many times those are ...
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No atonement for adultery without punishment?

If I understand correctly, proper teshuva for sins between man and G-d removes punishment (Hilchot Teshuvah 2:9): Neither repentance nor the Day of Atonement atone for any save for sins ...
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Does the mitzvah of knowing Torah exist as separate from mitzvah of learning Torah?

According to views of some authorities (Shulchan Aruch HaRav and others), learning without pronouncing words or listening to Torah recordings does not qualify as the mitzvah of Talmud Torah. ...
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Does a tent require a Mezuza?

My previous question "walls for Mezuza" didn't receive many responses, so I'd break it into small ones: Our forefathers lived in big fixed tents (like nomads) and so did the Israelites in the ...
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Why didn't our forefathers build a Temple?

Following my previous question "why-did-our-forefathers-live-in-tents-in-israel-and-not-in-houses": The concept of a Temple is not new, Yaakov already called the place "בית אלהים". However, as we can ...
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Why did our forefathers live in tents in Israel and not in houses?

It appears that there's a clear trend of our forefathers, Avraham, Tzhak, and Jacob, to dwell in tents in the Holy Land, wandering from one place to another, instead of settling down, taking hold of ...

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