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Why is there a dagesh in second camocha, but not in first?

It's one of 10 traditional exceptions to the rules of BeGeD KePeT recorded by the master masorete Ben Asher in his Dikdukei haTa'amim. Minchat Shai records two homiletic explanations: The second מי ...
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Do the Jews know the location of the omer of manna?

It was hidden with the Aron (Ark of the Covenant) and some other things near the end of the first Temple by Yoshiyahu (King Josiah). Source: Talmud, Yoma 52b, תוספות הרא"ש על הגמרא בהוריות (יב.) , ...
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Many Jews died in Plague of Darkness, why not Dathan and Abiram?

I collected a few links that discuss this question, with several different suggestions for an answer. For example: The Rosh says that only those who did not believe in the Exodus died in the plague ...
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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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What is the source for saying Parshas Hamon is a Segullah for Parnassah?

According to R. Amnon Bazak, there is no source, and it in fact goes against tradition. Although the custom to recite "Parshat ha-Man" appears in the first siman of Shulchan Aruch, there it is a ...
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איצטנא in Targ. Y. Exodus 16

You can find this in Jastrow under צְנַע.
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Who did Yehoshua weaken with the sword?

What's the difference between Amalek and his nation? On “Amalek and his nation” Seforno says “who were collected from another people to fight”. I understand him to mean that the “nation” were his ...
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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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Did Pharaoh himself drown at Yam Suf

The Mechilta in Bishalach 2,6 makes a drasha from the words 'ad echad', seemingly the Torah lists there was none left 'until one', that is Pharaoh was left. It goes on to bring an opinion that ...
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Why did Pharaoh's officers wait for three whole days before returning to inform him? Rashi Shemos 14 (5)

It says in Shemot 8:23 "דֶּרֶךְ שְׁלשֶׁת יָמִים נֵלֵךְ בַּמִּדְבָּר". The pshat there is that they would go 3 days' distance. That would be a 6 (7?) day trip total - 3 there, 3 back, (perhaps one for ...
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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 ...
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Rashi Shemos 14:4 seems to contradict later experience in the Midbar

Rashi is saying that in this instance they followed Moshe even though it didn't make sense. That is why the verse emphasizes that they did it - they did it despite the fact that it wasn't reasonable. ...
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How to define the Malach YHVH

What is a malakh? There are a number of opinions, I will discuss one of the most famous, that of the Rambam in the Moreh. I've included the pertinent parts of the extensive discussion of the subject ...
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Understanding G-d's description as a "doctor" or "healer"

As you mentioned, "רפואה" can mean both things: healing an existing disease, or preventing a future one. Rashi himself asks your question. He brings the midrash, which reads the passuk as "I will put ...
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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 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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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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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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Reading zeicher, zecher, or both during the regular Torah reading

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein writes in the Igros Moshe Orach Chaim vol 5 siman 20 subsection 32 that it is more important to repeat it when reading it in parshas Ki Seitzei than in parshas Zachor. But, just ...
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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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Is the winding פ in this sefer torah kosher?

I know this is a bit late, but some may find this useful: Israel Yevin says that "rolled up pe" (פ' לפופה) and other "curved letters" (אותיות עקומות) appear in Masoretic notes. He says "such forms ...
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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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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 Can't Moshe's Hands Perform Miracles?

A simple answer would be that the effort to support Moshe's arms implies that his arms themselves were winning the war. If it was just an arbitrary medium through which Hashem would perform a miracle,...
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How traditional measurements of Omer fit with Shemot 16:16?

Actually, that's not that far off -- about a factor of two. Archaeologists tell us that an ancient Israelite ate about 330-440 pounds of wheat and barley per year. Since the Israelites in Sh'mot ...
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Many Jews died in Plague of Darkness, why not Dathan and Abiram?

The Maharal (Gevuros Hashem 19) writes that they were specifically left alive to be counter-weights to Moshe and Aharon. The Jewish people were granted such great leaders as Moshe and Aharon, זה לעומת ...

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