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What is the greatest age difference between a married couple in Tanach?

Based on certain midrashim and assuming they're compatible, Naamah was Noach's wife and was born, at the latest, in 129. Noach was born in 1056. That makes her at least 927 years (+/- rounding ...
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In Bamidbar 4:3 they had to be 30 yrs old; in Bamidbar 8:24 they were 25 yrs old; why?

Chullin 24a (citing Sifrei Beha'alotekha 62) notes this contradiction in starting age and reconciles it by saying that Levites entered training at 25 and began to serve at 30. This restriction ...
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Who was older, Miriam or Aaron?

Tosafot Bechorot 4a: דלא היה אהרן בכור דמרים גדולה ממנו ג' שנים כדאמר במדרש [ריש פ' שמות] כמו שהיה אהרן גדול ממשה ג' שנים Aharon was not the firstborn, because Miriam was three years older ...
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Was Avrohom really born in 1948?

For example, the posuk (5:32) says that Noach begot Sheim (Chom and Yefes) when he was 500 so I added 500 on to 1056 and got 1556. But it doesn't say what order they were born in. Rashi later on (10:...
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What age were Leah and Rachel when they got married

The Seder Olam Rabba (ed. Leiner) states (ch. 2) that they were twins and were both 22 when they got married: נמצאו רחל ולאה נשאו בנות כ"ב כ"ב, שהיו תאומות Thus, Rachel and Leah were both ...
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Hundred like seventy and seventy like five

The question here seems to be based on a problem with the translation. The text of the Rashi in question is: בן ק' כבן ע' ובן ע' כבן ה' בלא חטא There is nothing there about "strength". Rashi ...
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Which rabbinic or mishnaic source is quoted as having stated that men are to be married at nineteen and fathers at twenty-four?

Most likely, you're thinking of Yehuda ben Teima in Avot 5:21, which is of the form you describe, though with a different particular list: הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר, בֶּן חָמֵשׁ שָׁנִים לַמִּקְרָא, בֶּן ...
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Marrying a wife that is older than you?

In Ish HaAshkolos, there is a story of an 11 year old Rabbi Weissmandel. His father brought him to Rabbi Dushinsky to receive a blessing. While he was there, someone asked the young 11 year old if ...
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What age were Leah and Rachel when they got married

Seder Olam Rabbah 2 calculates that they were twins and married Yaakov at 22. I don’t follow the math, myself. It seems to just throw out there that Rachel was 36 when she died; since Yaakov married ...
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In Bamidbar 4:3 they had to be 30 yrs old; in Bamidbar 8:24 they were 25 yrs old; why?

The Ibn Ezra (8:24) reconciles these contradictory verses by proposing that the age of twenty five was appropriate only for the work of the tent (עבודת אוהל) whereas thirty was appropriate for ...
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How old was Shaul when he became king?

As mentioned, according to the pure Tanach, he was one year old. The Mefarshim don't really think this is meant to be interpreted factually, and so they have a number of ways to explain this, see ...
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If somebody is over 60 and does an aveirah for which the punishment is misah biyedei shamayim, what happens?

We see from the following Gemora, that between 60 and 80 if someone dies suddenly - [without being sick for three days - תוספות שבת כה. ד"ה וכרת], it is somewhat of a Kares. Moed Katan 28a: רב ...
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Marrying a wife that is older than you?

When the Torah describes the yibum process, the following verse appears: Deuteronomy 25:8 וְקָרְאוּ לוֹ זִקְנֵי עִירוֹ וְדִבְּרוּ אֵלָיו וְעָמַד וְאָמַר לֹא חָפַצְתִּי לְקַחְתָּהּ Then the elders of ...
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What age is the kapoteh donned in Chabad circles?

From the wedding day onward. Discussed in the book Mazal Tov by Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov on page 64 169. After the Kabbolas Ponim the chosson prepares for the chuppah in the following way. 170. The ...
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The proper age for a boy to start dating

According to the Minchas Chinuch (or perhaps it is the Sefer Hachinuch), the mitzva of פרו ורבו only applies at the age of 18, as in the mishna in Avos 5:22. The Gemara in Kidushin 30a is somewhat ...
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How old was Mordechai in the Megillah?

Second Version of Ibn Ezra on Esther 2:6 Calculates that Mordechai was at more than 90 years old when Achashveros married Esther. 11 years of Tzidkiyahu's kingship, after Yehoyachin (together with ...
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What age was Avraham's name change?

It seems clear from Bereishit 17:1-5 that he was 99 years old.
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Did Shem's physical body (or) Shem's teachings remain alive 600 years?

There are a number of sources that point to the fact that Shem did indeed live a long life and also lived to see some of the personalities that you mention above. Firstly by way of introduction, the ...
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Is there an age difference limit for marriages in halakha?

There is no age gap explicitly mentioned in halacha. However, there is a general depreciation in The Talmud for marrying two people of significantly different ages. "Who marries his daughter to ...
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Do noahides have a mitzvah to honor elders

The Gemara at least twice explicitly rules that a Noahide is not obligated in the commandment of honoring parents. One Gemara is in Kiddushin 31a, where Doma ben Nesina is praised for his exemplary ...
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How old was Moshe at the splitting of the sea?

Moshe Rabbeinu turned 80 on 7 Adar before the Exodus and the splitting of the Sea was 22 Nisan (The next month) Shmos Va'eira 7:7 וּמשֶׁה בֶּן שְׁמֹנִים שָׁנָה וְאַהֲרֹן בֶּן שָׁלשׁ וּשְׁמֹנִים ...
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The father has the obligation of chinuch until what age

I'm not sure if this is what the Rebbe intended, but the Mishnah Berurah 225 s.k. 7 you brought writes regarding the bracha the father says when his son turns 13: ‏ (ז) שפטרני מענשו וכו' - פי' ...
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מפני שיבה תקום - How standing up means honoring?

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 ...
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What happens when you turn 100?

When I studied at Lubavitcher Yeshivah (about 30 years ago), I learned a sicha (talk) of the Rebbe on Parshas Va'Yera (Gen. 17). I believe the sicha appears in one of the earlier books of the Yiddish ...
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How old was Mordechai in the Megillah?

According to the calculations of Isaac Samuel Reggio (Italy, 1784 – 1855) in his מפתח אל מגילת אסתר, based on adding up the various reigns of Persian kings throughout those years, Mordechai was a ...
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Do fathers revoke all their daughters' vows right before they turn 12.5?

From Halachipedia The practice of Talmidei Chachamim is to tell their daughters prior to Kiddushin that all Nedarim they have taken are hereby revoked.[20] In fact, Rav Moshe Shternbuch advises ...
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Did any 100 y.o. Exodus survivors enter the Promised Land?

The Gemara Bava Basra 121b states explicitely that Machir and Yair (as well as Achiya hashiloni who met Amram but he was anyway a Levi) entered Israel who saw Yaakov and were well over 60 at the time ...
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How old was Moshe at the splitting of the sea?

According to The Jewish Timeline Encyclopedia, Moshe was born in 2368 from creation and the people crossed the Sea of Reeds in 2448. That would make Moshe 80.
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When does an Eved Knani become bar mitzvah?

Yes of course. the Chiuv mitsvot (duty, legislative responsibility) follows the happening of the daat (faculty of judgment). And the daat is linked with maturity (a step in psycho-physiological ...
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Why does earthly punishment start at 13 and divine punishment at 20?

tl;dr: Either a) this applies only to negative mitzvos, which someone under twenty is more susceptible to break, so Hashem gives people under twenty a free pass, or b) this applies only to mitzvos ...
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