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Who are some Kings of Ancient Israel who didn't have major flaws/sins/etc.?

In total, there were 20 kings of Judah, and 19 kings of Israel. Of the 20 kings of Judah, only 8 of them are recorded as righteous, namely: Asa (I Kings 5:11) Jehoshaphat (I Kings 22:43) Jehoash/...
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The Specific Reason for the Plague of Darkness?

There are several middah knegged middah (measure for measure) reasons for darkness: Yalkut Shimoni 182 - The Egyptians sought to completely eradicate the Jews making them no longer "visible"...
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Are there Answers for Objections to Saul's Reign Length?

You are correct that Seder Olam (the earliest work of Jewish chronology, presumed to date from the second century CE) does assign only two years to Saul's reign, and a number of later bible ...
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What happened to the Mishkan?

Q1 Where is the Mishkan today? The Mishkan went from Shiloh to Nobh, then to Gibh'on and then was replaced by the Miqdash in Yerushalayim. H. Beth ha-Behirah 1:2-3: כיון שנכנסו לארץ, העמידו המשכן ...
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What ultimately happened to the Urim Vetumim?

Only priests could work the oracle. [Deut. 33:8] After King David's reign, the Urim no longer gave answers and were replaced by the prophets. The Bible says that difficult decisions will have to wait....
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What happened to the Mishkan?

Where are its components? The Rambam writes (Hilchos Beis HaBechirah, Halacha 1:2): From Givon, they came to the eternal structure [in Jerusalem]. The HarHamoriyah, a commentary written by Rabbi ...
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What is the significance of Deuteronomistic and Priestly edits to the Torah once it was canonized?

I have a lot of respect for articles written on thetorah.com . Having said that, a lot of articles on thetorah.com do not fit within "Orthodoxy" as we currently have it. Orthodoxy considers ...
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What is the significance of Deuteronomistic and Priestly edits to the Torah once it was canonized?

In Rambam's principles of faith, we find: Principle 7 I believe by complete faith that the prophesy of Moses our teacher, may peace rest upon him, was true and that he was the father of all prophets ...
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Does anybody know of a story of a smart aleck?

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein's family record that when he was 11 years old, he'd already completed several tractates of the Talmud. His uncle came to visit, and stood up when young Moshe entered the room. ...
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Does anybody know of a story of a smart aleck?

This first thing that jumps to mind is the sequence of well-known stories mentioned in שבת לא עמ' א as an extension of a previous discussion pertaining to: (משלי כו:ד,ה) אַל תַּעַן כְּסִיל ...
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Did the Levites and Priests Ever Teach the Oral Law? If not, Why not?

The simple answer is that the list in Avos refers to the great leaders of the generation, the gedolei hador. The verses you cite refer to the general class of rabbis and educators, who tended to be ...
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What does it mean that Doeg the Edomite was "detained before the Lord"?

Rashi, on this verse tells us that נעצר לפני ה'- who remained before G-d (or "detained before the L-rd" means that he tarried before the Tent of Meeting to engage in the study of Torah. A ...
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Did Judaism have a more ancient name before it became Judaism?

The notion of a multicultural society where you can choose to check a box with the belief system with which you identify is ... a newer one. (In the Soviet Union, your passport could call you a "...
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