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Exegetical interpretation, often of verses in Tanach. The term also refers to books based on these interpretations, e.g., Midrash Rabba, Midrash Tanchuma, et al.

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The following I remember from a Sicha of the Lubavitcher Rebbe: Rashi at the end of Parshas VaYeira feels the need to explain why the "news" Abraham received about his family tree is written right af …
answered Jan 24 '17 by David Kenner
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Although your calculations are very interesting and thought provoking (I am sure they contain a lesson about Hashem listening to Lamech's claim etc.), the "shtus" or foolishness was not due to a wrong …
answered Oct 27 '16 by David Kenner
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It means that a righteous fellow only borrows something in the category of what is possible to give. (excluding his friend's wife in all cases) This seems to be the proper connotation. The Medrash th …
answered Apr 13 '17 by David Kenner
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The Torah equates rising before an elder with respect and connects it to fearing Hashem. VaYikra 19:32 "You shall rise before a venerable person and you shall honor the elderly, and you shall fear yo …
answered Aug 15 '18 by David Kenner
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I do not have a source, but I think I have a strong answer that would be acceptable based on the Torah the OP is examining. 1) The Torah only mentions the reward of long life by two mitzvos. a) Hon …
answered Aug 22 '18 by David Kenner
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It appears in Midrash Shocher Tov 102 (also know as Midrash Tehillim); and Yalkut Shimoni 2:688. It is based on the verse in Tehillim 22:22. …
answered Oct 28 '16 by David Kenner
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The Tolna Rebbe comments on the fact that Yaakov Avinu locked the box. What was the purpose of the lock? Surely Eisav wasn't expected to rummage through all the boxes? He explains that the lock was t …
answered Dec 18 '16 by David Kenner
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Rosh HaShannah is called the birthday of the world. (HaYom haras olam...see machzor mussaf) However, the pinnacle of creation is Adam, the first man. Therefore, Rosh HaShannah is the birthday of Adam …
answered Sep 24 '15 by David Kenner
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1) You have found the correct source. "דרך ארץ קדמה לתורה", ~~ "Derech eretz should come before Torah." is actually a paraphrase of the line of Medrash you quoted "...קדמה דרך ארץ את התורה..." ("...De …
answered Aug 14 '18 by David Kenner
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"And the girl’s father shall say [to the elders]: [The father, but not the mother.] This teaches us that a woman is not permitted to speak in the presence of her husband [when others are present]. — [ …
answered Oct 8 '17 by David Kenner