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Questions related to how something was in the past, and how it's developed since then.

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history seriously See this article by R. Dr. J. David Bleich which discusses their history from their inception in the second half of the 19th century. This is distinct from the issue of Ethiopian Jews, for example discussed in the article. …
answered Nov 9 '17 by mevaqesh
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What do traditional sources (particularly Rishonim and their predecessors) say about the historical accuracy of Chazal's statements?
asked Apr 7 '15 by mevaqesh
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The following are some of the arguments of R. Hayyim Eleazar Shapira (Rebbe of Munkacz and author of Shu"t Minhat Elazar) a contemporary of R. Meir Shapiro who held that the Daf Yomi was ridiculous: …
answered Dec 29 '17 by mevaqesh
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This is possibly an allusion to none other than Jesus! (accordingly this was inserted by Christians and must obviously be omitted). This is stated by the Minhat Elazar (1:75) citing his father R. Tsv …
answered Sep 16 '15 by mevaqesh
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Which forgeries have successfully fooled significant sectors of Jews before being revealed as forgeries. I.e. works falsely attributed to someone besides the real author. I can think of the Besamim R …
asked Apr 2 '15 by mevaqesh
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Yemenite Jews have a famous, longstanding affinity for Rambam. Before the time of Rambam, which rabbis were the most influential in Yemen? E.g. Rav Saadya Gaon, local rabbis, etc. Please provide ev …
asked Aug 23 '15 by mevaqesh
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End of first exile to early second temple era. Begining The Gemara Megillah 2a says that they were involved in instituting Purim and the Gemara there (17b) says that their ranks included some prophet …
answered Jan 30 '15 by mevaqesh
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What do traditional sources say regarding the date of authorship of Midrash Tehillim?
asked Jun 4 '15 by mevaqesh
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The title says it all: what do various sources say regarding the authenticity of the Meggid Mesharim; a book supposedly containing angelic revelations to R. Joseph Karo. Did R. Karo really write it? …
asked Mar 30 '15 by mevaqesh
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Biur Halacha (156:1) connects it to Torah study in particular, although not for large-scale kollel. Chazon Ish (Kovetz Igros Chazon Ish vol. 1, letter 86) also clearly connects the Rambam to Torah st …
answered Feb 11 '15 by mevaqesh
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Two thousand years beforehand, they may not have said this text. Rambam's text, for example, does not have it, nor do Seder Rav Amram Gaon (ed. Harpenes: Seder Tisha B'av), or Seder Rav Sa'adya Gaon, …
answered Aug 1 '17 by mevaqesh
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The main point in the question seems to be: The idea of a celestial and divine Messiah incarnate in Jesus the Nazarene would not be out of the Jewish tradition, for many Jews believed in the Messi …
answered Dec 17 '17 by mevaqesh
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The Talmud (Gittin 56a) relates the following about the Zealot-Pharisee relationship: The biryoni [presumed to be Zealots] were then in the city. The Rabbis said to them: Let us go out and make pe …
answered Aug 20 '15 by mevaqesh
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According to this link: According to the Minchas Elazar of Munkacs (Divrei Torah, eighth edition, 31), his grandfather, the Bnei Yissaschar, had a tradition that the greatest Baalei Tosafos (most of w …
answered Aug 2 '15 by mevaqesh
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The Gemara derives via drasha an obligation to read zachor. Accordingly they must have said it even before Purim. They specifically started saying it before Purim sometime before the time of the Mish …
answered Feb 4 '15 by mevaqesh

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