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Reading zeicher, zecher, or both during the regular Torah reading

The Mishna Berura (685 sk 18) only recommended this practice for Parashat Zakhor, seemingly because it may be a biblical obligation (ShA OC 685:7). Betzel HaChokhma (6:50) said this applies to any ...
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איצטנא in Targ. Y. Exodus 16

You can find this in Jastrow under צְנַע.
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When was the war with Amalek?

According to the Seder Olam Rabbah (Chapter 5) - it was during the week which started on the 23rd of Iyyar. There are other Rabbinic sources which indicate that the battle was on a Friday. Since the ...
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How can we say "it would have been enough" when Bnei Yisrael were demanding it?

(Pseudo-)Malbim in Midrash Haggadah explains that Dayenu means, 'It would have been enough for us to be obligated in thanking Hashem'. Although he doesn't address your specific question here, I think ...
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Explain usage of "kaved" re Moshe's raising his hands w/ war of Amaleq

"יקר" here actually means something else. The root Y-K-R is used by the various Targumim in many places to translate heavy. For example: Shemos 9:7 reads: וַיִּכְבַּד לֵב פַּרְעֹה Onklelos ...
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What is the difference in meaning / nuance between ריב and תלונה?

Ramban on the spot clearly explains that Riv is a full blown argument, while Teluna is just complaining.
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What does כסיה mean?

Rav Dovid Tzvi Hoffman on this Passuk suggests that the word כסיה would mean forever/ongoing: ואולי הפירוש של ״כסיה״ – לדעתם של אלה הסוברים כי תיבה אחת יש כאן – הוא: המכוסה, העטוף, כלומר הנצח, כמו ״...
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Kiddush levana- backwards passuk?

See Shulchan Aruch OC 426.2 in Rema. ואומר תפול עליהם וגו' ולמפרע כאבן ידמו כו' ג' פעמים They say Tipol Alehem right and reverse three times. This is an old custom. Abudarham says that despite it ...
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Why did Hashem kill Pharaoh's horses?

According to the Mechilta (Tractate Shirata, 2) the horses did indeed do something wrong: The Holy One, ever to be blessed, would bring the horse and his rider and make them stand trial. God would ...
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Why didn't Moshe tell B'nai Yisra'el about what to do with the mahn on the 6th day of the week?

The Rashbam on posuk 22-23 points this out and answers that he did this purposefully with the intent that the Bnei Yisroel should be surprised and shocked about this double portion, which when ...
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G-d willing to give Manna/Quail, but is angered the second time?

There are various answers to this question, links here (Shemos) and here (Bamidbar): Targum Pseudo-Yonasan suggests that it is because they did not offer the proper thanks for the quail in Sefer ...
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Why switch to the singular in Sh'mot 17:3?

The Haamek Daver (also known as the Netziv) addresses this in his commentary to that verse. I bolded the relevant part: למה זה העליתנו ממצרים להמית אותי. לא אמרו הוצאתנו ממצרים כלשון התלונה לעיל י״...
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Many Jews died in Plague of Darkness, why not Dathan and Abiram?

The following is a quotation from an essay I wrote addressing this issue: In a famous medrash, the Sages tell us that in addition to functioning as a punishment for the Egyptians, the plague of ...
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Who spoke in Sh'mot 15:26?

Chizkuni says that the one who spoke is Moshe and the first-person references are quotations that Hashem told him to transmit to the people.
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Who wrote the verse near the end of the story about Mahn in Shmot 16:35?

B"H Via Google and Da`at, I found R' Yizhaq Avrabanel addressing this question (my translation) although he doesn't seem bothered by the revealing of future events and chalks it up to Omniscience....
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Why strong wind when splitting the sea?

Ran in his drashos (end of drasha 11) explains that if the Egyptians had realised that there was a miracle going on, they wouldn't have thrown themselves into the sea. This is because the miracle was ...
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Dagesh for adornment

A shewa naʿ generally reflects a reduced vowel. The words you cite have a shewa naʿ where no originally short vowel existed. For example, we find מִקְדָּשׁ but in Shemot 15:17 we have מִקְּדָֿשׁ. We ...
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What is the difference in meaning / nuance between ריב and תלונה?

Rav Hirsch on Beshalach 15:24 וַיִּלֹּנוּ הָעָם עַל משֶׁה לֵּאמֹר מַה נִּשְׁתֶּה :tranlates this as And the people murmured against Moshe, saying: What shall we drink? ** וילונו - לון ** to ...
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Why is YHVH called "a man of war" in Shemot 15:3?

This is not a literal saying nor is it a contradiction. Hashem is not a man in the sense of a physical being, but we cannot talk about Him except in terms that a human can understand. In this case it ...
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Why is YHVH called "a man of war" in Shemot 15:3?

Ish milhama, איש מלחמה, (hyper-literally translated as: 'man of war') is simply the Biblical word for warrior. The more intuitive forms of לוחם or מלחם which would refer to a warrior without employing ...
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Does Judaism kill the infidels?

No, it can't be proven from these sources that Jews have a "join us or die" stance and are commanded to either enslave or kill the rest of the world. See here that the killing of Amalek and the seven ...
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נַ֣חְנוּ נַעֲבֹ֧ר Is the Torah using slang

נַחְנוּ is likely the older form of אֲנַחְנוּ; the prosthetic אֲ was probably added by analogy with אֲנִי. According to Blau, if the aleph were original, it would have been vocalized with a qamas by ...
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נַ֣חְנוּ נַעֲבֹ֧ר Is the Torah using slang

To answer one of your questions: The Meam Loez says (Matos, 32:32) that the absence of the alef implies that someone or something is not included in the "we". Therefore, not everyone would take part ...
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Why krias yam suf, not bkias

Rabbeinu Bachya says that the water opened up like a zipper. The further they walked the more it opened up. That is similar to kriah which is tearing. One must say that two things happened. First ...
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Adonai Nissi and the hand upon the throne and their connection to what happened.

According to R' Samson Raphael Hirsch, in his commentary on these verses, the point of this altar was to represent a counterpoint to Amalek, and the launch of an eternal defensive war against what ...
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Please elaborate on Rashi's explanation of Shemot 14:12

I don't understand your question at all! That verse, 5:21 is Benei Yisrael complaining to Moshe and telling him to stop bothering them with what he has done so far to try to free them, and that they ...
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Please elaborate on Rashi's explanation of Shemot 14:12

Well you're apparently not alone in thinking that it's not obvious that the Israelites said something of this sort in 5:21. For instance, Ibn Ezra in his commentary to 14:12 says that they must have ...
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How can we say "it would have been enough" when Bnei Yisrael were demanding it?

I heard from a student of Rav Soloveitchik that he used to explain that "it would have been enough" means that even if Hashem had not gone the next step, we would have benefited from that step. Each ...
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Does archaeology give us any idea of the geographical locations in שמות 14:2?

To my understanding, Pi Hakhirot has yet to be properly identified. Some say that "pi" refers to the Egyptian word "house", so it would mean "The House of Khirot" and ...
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What is the connection between the natural world and sinking? (טבע)

The Shem miShmuel answers your question, he says: ואדמו"ר זצללה"ה הכהן הגדול מאלכסנדר אמר כי לשון טבע הוא מלשון טובע בנהר, שאדם צריך שמירה שלא יטבע בגשמיות Translation (I do not know how ...
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