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Is this true that Elijah and Elisha didn't perform any miracle to help Jews?

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 ...
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How can Eliyahu say that almost no one in the market has a share in Olam Haba?

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 ...
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Source that "Teiku" References Eliyahu?

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 "...
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Can a person who died count to a minyan?

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 ...
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Is this true that Elijah and Elisha didn't perform any miracle to help Jews?

[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 ...
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Places in Tanach where Yaakov & Eliyahu are spelled different than usual

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 greatest prophet after Moses

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 ...
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Eliyahu HaNavi and bris

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 ...
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Does it say anywhere in all of the Torah that John the Baptist will be the reincarnation of Elijah the Prophet

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 ...
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What is known about Eliyahu from Tishbe?

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 ...
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Why does Eliyahu appear at a brit milah?

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 ...
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Why did Eliyahu the Prophet leave to paradise from the eastern side of the Jordan River and not from Israel?

There are several answers given: 1. The Radak (Melachim II, 2:1) explains, that since Eliyahu’s stature was close to that of Moshe Rabeinu, therefore it was appropriate and an honor for Eliyahu to ...
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Why is this person deserving of death?

Tosfos, Berachos 6b (ד"ה אחורי בית הכנסת) says that מיחזי כשתי רשויות Meaning the guy's making it look like there are two gods of equal power. Avodah Zara is a capital crime, so it seems to fit....
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Does it say anywhere in all of the Torah that John the Baptist will be the reincarnation of Elijah the Prophet

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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How will we know the moshiach when he arrives?

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'...
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Source that "Teiku" References Eliyahu?

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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Elijah at Passover Seder

From the source given above (https://www.ou.org/jewish_action/03/2013/whats-the-truth-about-eliyahu-hanavi-at-the-seder/): there is a question whether or not to drink a fifth cup of wine at the seder. ...
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“Teiku” (תיקו): why Eliyahu and not Moshe Rabbeinu to resolve unanswered Talmudic questions?

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 ...
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Why is this person deserving of death?

The Maharsha asks this question, and answers that this is the reason why the Rif changed the girsa from Elyahu to instead refer to a non Jew חלף אליהו וחזייה אידמי ליה כטייעא כו'. ברי"ף ל"ג ...
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Eliyahu was answered as soon as he prayed. How does that prove the importance of mincha over other prayers?

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 ...
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Why did Elijah the prophet pray for death?

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 ...
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Is eliyahu hanuvy real?

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 ...
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Sources about door-opening at the Seder

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 ...
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Elijah the prophet as one who appears in times of need

The origin is the last two verses of Malachi (3:23-24): הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי שֹׁלֵחַ לָכֶם אֵת אֵלִיָּה הַנָּבִיא לִפְנֵי בּוֹא יוֹם יְהוָה הַגָּדוֹל וְהַנּוֹרָא: וְהֵשִׁ֤יב לֵב־אָבוֹת֙ עַל־בָּנִ֔ים וְלֵ֥ב ...
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Explain the Use of "Zachur Latov"

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 ...
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“Teiku” (תיקו): why Eliyahu and not Moshe Rabbeinu to resolve unanswered Talmudic questions?

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 ...
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Which Book Should I be Reading to Learn Everything About Eliyahu Hanavi's Teachings?

You could start with this artscroll book: Eliyahu Hanavi: The prophet through the prism of Tanach, Talmud and Midrash by R Avraham Yom Tov Rotenberg which artscroll describes as Who was Eliyahu? ...
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Did Moshe Rabbeinu actually die?

From a sefer on Techiyat Hameitim, To Live and Live Again: There is an opinion that certain righteous individuals will be resurrected at the outset with the arrival of Mashiach.12 As a reward for ...
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תיקו How can we rely on Eliyohu to decide halachic issues? The Torah is to be decided on earth.

Commenting on a Talmudic passage (Berachot 3a) in which R. Yosi learned three laws from Elijah the Prophet, R. Zvi Hirsch Chajes essentially asks your question: ק' ע"ד רש"י (שבת ק"ח ע&...
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Eliyahu HaNovi and Moshiach

I found here, ref. 2 that it is a Pesikta Rabosi (end of Chapter 35). The statement is not without its questions as the extensive note points out. פסיקתא רבתי: "מה נאוו על ההדים רגלי מבשר. בשעה ...
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