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Well, Eliyahu's most-famous, grandest miracle, the battle with the priests of Ba'al on Mount Carmel, was for the benefit of the Israelites who were straying from God's path. I think that counts for something. Tradition accords many other miracles to Eliyahu, again for the benefit of Jews. Elisha performed other miracles than the ones you list. Here are ...


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Rabbi Avraham Chayim Schorr (Toras Chayim to Sanhedrin 90a) addresses this question and concludes that this refers to people who would merit immediate admission to olam haba without any prior suffering of the soul.1 R' Tzadok of Lublin (P'ri Tzadik, Vayikra, Lag Ba'Omer V'siyum HaShas, §3) provides an alternative explanation. He says that all of Israel is ...


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We find in Yonah's prayer inside the fish: וַיִּתְפַּלֵּל יוֹנָה אֶל יְהוָה אֱלֹהָיו מִמְּעֵי הַדָּגָה. וַיֹּאמֶר קָרָאתִי מִצָּרָה לִי אֶל יְהוָה וַיַּעֲנֵנִי מִבֶּטֶן שְׁאוֹל שִׁוַּעְתִּי שָׁמַעְתָּ קוֹלִי And Jonah prayed to the Lord his God, from the belly of the fish. And he said: I called out from my distress to the Lord, and He answered me; ...


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Eliyahu HaNavi is found along the chain of the mesorah from Moshe Rabenu and received the entire tradition (Introduction To Mishne Torah) and as such would be capable of answering any Halachic question. (At this point in history there were no disagreement among scholars - בראשונה לא הייתה מחלוקת בישראל אלא על הסמיכה בלבד‏ -ירושלמי, חגיגה פרק ב דף עז.) It is ...


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The Sefer Chassdim siman 1129 writes that Rebbi after he passed away wpuld come dressed in his shabbas clothes and recite kiddush rabbah for his family and be motzei them. The question that is asked how can he be motzei his family if the passuk in tehillim states bmeisim chafshi. The answer that is given is from the gemara in brachos 18a that Tzadikim are ...


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The earliest source1 seems to be from the ספר הפליאה - ספר הקנה who writes: ויש פירושים רבים שנעלמו מעיני כל חי ועתיד אליהו הנביא לפרשם וזהו מה שרמזו רז"ל בשבעה מסכתות תיקו "תשבי "יתרץ "קושיות "ובעיות. 1Before 1390, according to linked Wikipedia article


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[OP]: Is this true that Elijah and Elisha didn't perform any miracle to help Jews? Of course not. See the previous answer for a few details. [OP]: Christians claim that Elijah and Elisha helped almost nobody. This is not a Christian claim, nor is it claimed in the text cited. The New Testament quote is quite clear that the point being made is that ...


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Check out the Rif (not the halachic commentary) on the Ein Yaakov. He asks this question and brings several answers. One of the answers he gives is that Eliyahu may not have deserved to be answered at all, since he was offering a sacrifice outside of the Beit Hamikdash (even though it was permitted to him, it still was slightly connected to a sin - See ...


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Yaakov with a vav: Leviticus (26:42), Jeremiah (30:18), (33:26), (46:27), (51:19). Eliyahu without a vav: II Kings (1:3), (1:4), (1:8), (1:12), Malachi (3:23).


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The Yerushalmi (Eiruvin 5:1, 31a) states that Elijah was טירונין לנביאים. The Korban Ha-Eidah defines this as גדול שבנביאים, and cites the Aruch who explains that this means he was the authority of the prophets (ענין שררה--see also here). [The P'nei Moshe, however, seems to understand the word as related to "tyro," i.e., a beginner.] It would seem that R. ...


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As mentioned here, different spellings of names that refer to the same person are not uncommon in Tanach. Deeper, esoteric meanings are associated with the changing of spellings. As a general rule, therefore, you will not find commentators of the p'shat approach that will address these spelling changes. In this case , the most famous answer is that of the ...


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Inspired by Adam Mosheh's answer: The Gemara teaches (Beitzah 16a): Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish said: On Shabbos eve, the Holy One Blessed be He places an extra soul into a person, and on the morrow of Shabbos, they take it from him, as it says (Sh'mos 31:17), "He rested and was refreshed (shovas vayinafash)" - now that he has rested, woe, a soul is lost (...


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Bnai Yissaschar Tishrei 4:2:7 mentions regarding all those attending a Bris receiving forgiveness for their sins in the name of a Medrash, however he says he has not seen where this Medrash is. כך שמעתי שיש באיזה מדרש ולא ראיתיו Rabbeinu Bachya Lech Lecha - 4th line from the bottom says that the Blood of Milah is a Kappara. See also the following page at ...


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From Explaining the Customs of Bris Milah (relevant excerpt): WHY IS THERE A CHAIR FOR ELIYAHU? According to the Midrash, Eliyahu Hanavi attends every bris. Before Eliyahu rose to heaven and assumed the role of an angel, he was the prophet responsible for admonishing the wicked monarchs Achav and Izevel. Eliyahu was a zealot for Hashem’s honor (...


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The Gemara in Eiruvin 43 quotes the Pasuk of הנה אנכי שלח לכם as proof that Eliyahu will come at least one day before משיח בן דוד. The Gemara there also takes it for granted that although Eliyahu won't come Erev Shabbos so as not to ruin Shabbos preparations, Moshiach himself can come since all our friendly neighbors will run to help us. Although, according ...


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To add a little information to that which has already been presented, the ancient translations all interpret Tishbi as denoting his residence in a particular place. The precise name of that place, however, varies from version to version: • Targum Yonatan: אליהו דמתושב מתותבי גלעד ("Elijah from Toshav, of the residents of Gilead"). So too Rashi, Rabbi David ...


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The Kli Yakar there asks this question on the Midrash, and explains that although the bull understood from the very beginning that his going to the Ba'al would result in a sanctification of Hashem's name - it was nonetheless hesitant to go, as it was worried that by going over to the side of impurity it would become negatively affected. The bull therefore ...


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The Rambam (Melachim uMilchamot 12:2) does in fact mention this: There are some Sages who say that Elijah's coming will precede the coming of the Mashiach. All these and similar matters cannot be definitely known by man until they occur for these matters are undefined in the prophets' words and even the wise men have no established tradition ...


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As Aaron's answer makes clear, there is no mention of John the Baptist in the Tanach, nor in Jewish tradition, and especially no mention of him being a reincarnation of Elijah the Prophet. He is a figure of the Christian Bible. There is, however, an old Jewish tradition that Elijah will come to prepare the way for the Messiah. This is mentioned in Malachi 3:...


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There is a book written by Abie Rotenberg called Eliyahu Hanavi: The prophet through the prism of Tanach, Talmud and Midrash I haven't read it, but it sounds like it would have the information you are looking for. Available from Artscroll.


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This is my own speculation: In order to have a valid Sanhedrin, there need to be Chachomim who are semuchin, and have received semicha from an unbroken chain of semuchin. Since we do not have such an unbroken chain, there is speculation as to how that institution will be reinstated. One approach (found in Radvaz commentary to Rambam Hil. Sanhedrin 4:11) is ...


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The Gra, in the 5th aliyah of Parshas Pinchas which discusses the korban tamid, asks your questions as well. The Gaon explains how kishuf doesn't work until after shacharis time. Since Eliyahu should have brought the korban in the morning so he wouldn't have needed to daven for two things ("aneini, aneini" for the fire itself and so the nations wouldn't say ...


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Malbim on this wording (verse 2) explains that Elijah did not want to enter Beth-el, because one of Jeroboam's calf statues was there (Kings I 12:28-29).


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Another source earlier than the Tosafos Yom Tov is the work Tishbi by R. Eliya Habachur of the 15th-16th century who disputes the idea here.


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No. The entirety of the 5 books of Moses does not mention Elijah the prophet. Nor does it mention John the Baptist. Nor does it mention re-incarnation.


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This article gives a lot of background as to why the door is opened in the first place, and its possible connection to Eliyahu and Moshiach. It brings a bunch of explanations why the door is opened later rather than earlier, but most of them don't explain why specifically at shefoch chamasecha. Some excerpts of those that sort of do: Bais Ha-Levi (19th ...


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Eliyahu Hanavi was certainly a real person, and is mentioned in Tanach a number of times. See his Wikipedia page for more details. There appear to be a number of reasons why the door is opened at this point in the Seder, and many of them are unrelated to Eliyahu Hanavi. See the answer to my question here. Certainly there is no need to believe that the ...


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Elijah is fleeing from Jezebel's death threat. Artscroll brings a few explanations as to why he prayed for death Elijah did not feel safe from Jezebel even in the Kingdom of Judah; someone might inform on him (Ralbag), and she might send assassins to kill him. He had to desire to live that way, so he decided to go to the desert where there was no food; ...


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I've seen a couple of sefarim bring down from a commentary called "Mekor Chesed" to Sefer Chasidim that "zachur latov" is based on the pasuk in I Kings 17:18, where the woman feared that Eliyahu was coming to cause her to be remembered for the bad, that her sins would be recalled. We therefore pray that when Eliyahu comes it should be for the good and that ...


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Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl suggests that it will be Eliyahu rather than other prophets who will answer our Torah questions, since Eliyahu was a student of Moshe Rabbeinu's (Sotah 13a). For the obvious follow-up question of "Why not Moshe himself, then?", he answered that it is possible that Moshe will also answer these questions, but that Eliyahu will arrive ...


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