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From the perspective of the middos tovos that one must have in order to see Eliyahu ha'navi: According to a mekubal I once knew, Eliyahu Ha'navi appears to everyone at least once in their lifetime. Some people know when this happens, others don't. Therefore it would appear that it may be possible to rephrase your question as: Is there a formula for ...


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Opening the Door and Pouring the Kos for Eliyahu - Demonstrations of Emunah says at minute 9:20 that we open the door to show that we have absolute faith that it is a ליל שימורים, a night of protection. This is a matter of ruchnius rather than explicit physical protection. This ליל שימורים prevents the mazikim (spiritual enemies) from causing harm. One ...


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No. There is magical formula to have him appear. You have Gemaras which say לא משתעי אליהו בהדיה about Amorim who were on a very high level. For example the Gemora Kesubos 61A says אבוה בר איהי ומנימין בר איהי חד ספי מכל מינא ומינא וחד ספי מחד מינא מר משתעי אליהו בהדיה ומר לא משתעי אליהו בהדיה There were two Amoriam, Avuh bar Ihi and Minyamin bar Ihi, who ...


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Yes, it is a machlokes. As the Radak writes: ונחלקו רז"ל מאיזה שבט היה מהם אמרו משבט גד היה ומהם אמרו משבט בנימין ומהם אמרו פנחס זה אליהו וכל אחד מהם סומך דבריו אל הפסוקים בדברים רחוקים ואנחנו לא ידענו האמת [My traslation] Our sages of blessed memory disagreed from which shevet [Eliyahu] was from. Some said Gad, some said Binyamin, and some said ...


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So after fishing about a bit online I came across a mehalach from Rabbi Pinchas Winston here - it seems to be based on the Arizal's Shaar HaGilgulim, Chapter 32 (translation can be found here). It is clearly, deeply kabbalstic, and I can't say I understand it totally, but it does somewhat help to unify all these disparate viewpoints. The main points are as ...


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I don't believe there is an answer specific to your question, other than to say Elijah is beloved because he is the harbinger of the Messiah, and so is frequently invoked in our tradition to perform many tasks: -During Havdalah, at the conclusion of Shabbat, we sing the song Eliahu HaNavi, asking Elijah to come and bring the Messiah with him: Eliahu hanavi.....


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The Hebrew there is derech lo, literally the way is for him. What "way" are we talking about? Rachel complains to her dad that she's in pain because of the way of women (same word, "derech"), so it certainly can be used to refer to biological functions.


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According to Aderet Eliyahu on the verse, Rashi was making a drashic interpretation of the verse and was relating Eliyahu's statement to the gemara in Sanhedrin 39a which says: "The Gemara relates: A certain magus said to Ameimar: From your midpoint and up is in the domain of Hurmiz, the god of good, who created the significant and important parts of ...


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The wonderful sefer Ramot Gilad by Rav Eliezer Weisfish (unfortunately not on Hebrewbooks.org) which is an encyclopedic work on Eliyahu Hanovi brings that Josefus in Kadmoniyos Hayehudim (book 8, 319) writes that Eliyahu came from the place Teshev in Gilad. This might be the same town as the Toshav brought by an earlier correspondent from the Targum Yonasan. ...


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