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Story of a child who fell in honey and died?

The Beth Hillel (YD 103:2) of R. Hillel Herz brings it down from the work Torath ha-Asham of R. Gershon Shaul Lipmann Heller (aka the Tosafoth Y"T) who wrote about the incident occurring in ...
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Does every bullet have a name on it (during war)?

The Rambam states: . וְכָל הַנִּלְחָם בְּכָל לִבּוֹ בְּלֹא פַּחַד וְתִהְיֶה כַּוָּנָתוֹ לְקַדֵּשׁ אֶת הַשֵּׁם בִּלְבַד. מֻבְטָח לוֹ שֶׁלֹּא יִמְצָא נֵזֶק וְלֹא תַּגִּיעֵהוּ רָעָה. Anyone who fights ...
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Why did people in biblical times live for so long?

A little kabbalistic/deep, but refer to the Or HaChaim on Bereishis 47:29: Originally, G'd assigned great tasks to the antediluvian generations and at the same time equipped them with commensurately ...
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Why did people in biblical times live for so long?

Maimonides suggests that even in biblical days long life spans were unusual and may well have been isolated "miracles": About the length of man's life in those days [before the Flood], I ...
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Why didn't G-d make us resistant to pain or blows?

This is a great question! The simplest answer is that pain was a curse that Adam and Chava brought upon themselves and their progeny by the chet. See Bereshit 3. A practical answer is that they came ...
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Is the marriage contract valid upon the death or the divorce of the spouse?

I suggest you begin with the Talmud's Mishna Kiddushin, and (much easier to follow) the Laws of Marriage from Maimonides' Code. The halachic status of being married is terminated, permanently, from ...
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Does every bullet have a name on it (during war)?

Radak seems to explain the pasuk in Shemuel as saying that the fellow dying in war is dying due to sin and not randomly (as per the sefer haikkarim), and presumably would have died even if not in ...
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Is suicide okay if someone is (being) captured by barbarians?

This is a very old debate, that rotates around the explanation of Shaul Hamelech's suicide. As detailed in Sefer Shmuel Alef p' 31 Shaul fell on his sword to avoid capture by the Pelishtim (no ...
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Beracha of משנה הבריות for a dead animal?

see link below where he says that one would not make such a beracha on a dead or taxidermy animal. https://tablet.otzar.org/#/b/647819/p/-1/t/1/fs/J0DKUUbCosVV9KtlltURAvAFYHNK3QUV7QpLe6t9mz56/start/15/...
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Can I have flowers planted on my grave?

The prohibition of placing flowers on a grave is not a strict prohibition, and appears to be more of a matter of custom. I had never seen this outside of Israel but, having gone to too many military ...
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Why do fish die?

Some commentators suggest based on the Ran in Shabbos (108a) that even the fish were sentenced to die when the Nachash cohabited with Chava after the sin of the eitz hadaas. A spiritual impurity ...
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