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Yehudah ibn Balaam's Commentary on Yechezkel

It's available for free on the Genizah website. All you need to do is sign up (for free), then go to the Judeo-Arabic section and look for his commentary on Yechezkel. The first thing you'll see is ...
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Did the state of Israel fulfill ancient prophecy?

There are numerous prophecies about the Messianic era and they are generally viewed together as a "single package". As such, Orthodox Judaism is hesitant to declare a single prophecy of that package ...
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Did the state of Israel fulfill ancient prophecy?

While the verse cited does predict a return of the Jews to the land of Israel it also includes details which have not yet been realized. The return of large numbers of Jews to Israel and an ...
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How many wings do Chayot have

Targum on that passuk spells out the numbers and Rashi quotes him. Each chaya has 64 wings. They each have four partzuphim, each partzuph has four faces and each face has four wings. 4 X 4 x 4=64. ...
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Isn't the concept of mamzerut in violation of Ezekiel 18:19-20?

Mamzerut is not a punishment for the deed, the punishment ends with the death of the parents, if it applies. Mamzerut is a situation, a מציאות . I think of it as a genetic disease, or a social/...
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discrepancy between parashat emor and yechezkel regarding if it is possible for a kohen to be mitame for a spouse

Remember that man for good and Chanania ben Chizkia is his name for if not for him the seffer Yechezkel would have been hidden, for his words contradict the Torah. What did he do, he brought three ...
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discrepancy between parashat emor and yechezkel regarding if it is possible for a kohen to be mitame for a spouse

According to מעדני מלכים no. 187, citing the כסף משנה to Rambam, Hilchot Avel 2:1 that only things that are "מפורש בתורה ממש," only things that are absolutely explicit in the Torah are considered to ...
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Nebuchadnezzar II failure to conquer Egypt

Babylon defeated Egypt shortly after laying waste to Jerusalem. That is, the Babylonians first routed the Egyptian army at the Battle of Carchemish, and within 35 years, defeated Egypt proper. Writing ...
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What is "Pannag"?

Rash"i and his younger contemporary, Mahar"i Kara, as well as M'tzudas Tziyun, and Rada"k identify it as afarsimon extract. This is attributed to the identification of the substance by Yosifon. Some ...
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Sources for the Rambam's hierarchy of angels

Placing the Chayot at the top of the hierarchy is brought in Tanna Devei Eliyahu Rabbah 31:2: "כיצד ישב הקב"ה וברא את עולמו חמש שיטות בדבר זה שטה ראשונה ברא הקב"ה שני אלפים רבבות ...
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What is the meaning of the prophecy in Ezekiel 26?

Abarbanel discusses this issue in his commentary on Yechezkel 26:1: השאלה השישית בכפל המאמרים שאמר הנביא על מפלת צור כי אחרי שאמר ושחתו חומות צור והרסו מגדליה וסחתי עפרה ממנה ונתתי אותה לצחיח סלע ...
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What is the meaning of the prophecy in Ezekiel 26?

The Idea in Brief The plain reading and normal reading of Scripture indicates that Nebuchadnezzar would destroy the sister cities of Tyre “on the mainland,” which would result in the dissolution of ...
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Does Ezekiel 44:22 contradict the Torah?

There are two answers, one from the main translation (as explained by Rashi) and one that I came up with based on logic. Yechezkel 44:22 And neither a widow nor a divorced woman may they take for ...
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What is "Pannag"?

Rashi ad loc. says: ראיתי בספר יוסף הכהן עץ אפרסמון הוא פנג והיו מצויין ביריחו ועל שם ריח הטוב נקראת יריחו באלסמ"א בלע"ז:‏ I saw in the book of Joseph the Kohen that the afarsimon tree is ...
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Why didn't the Israelites build Yechezkel's temple when they returned from exile?

Rav Yaakov Kamenetzky (Emmes leYa'akov Parshas Bo, page רעא of the new edition) discusses this question. He writes (and if I remember well there is a Malbim who writes so too) that Yechezkel's Beth ...
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What are the circumstances of the fulfillment of Ezekiel's vision of the temple?

I understand the Rambam below is referring to your chapter (so no it is referring to the one not yet built (it shloud be speedily rebuilt) The rambam  » Mishneh Torah» Sefer Avodah » Beit Habechirah ...
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How and why does a Jubilee year cause Rosh Hashanah to take place on the 10th day of the month?

IIRC, the explanation goes like this: There's no Biblical festival of R"H, there's one of blowing the Shofar on the first day of the 7th month. On Jubilees, the main Shofar (to free the slaves, ...
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Who is the Nasi in Ezekiel?

Both Abravanel to Yehezkel 44:3 (see also 46:18) & the Radak to 44:3 states that the Nasi is Melech HaMoshiach.
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What are the circumstances of the fulfillment of Ezekiel's vision of the temple?

See Did the Jews Disregard Ezekiel's Prophecy of the Temple and also Why Haven't the Jews Rebuilt the Temple Yet?. Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin in these two articles states that the Second Temple was not ...
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What's the earliest source for the Third Temple?

There is no 3rd Temple in a religious sense. It's a rebuilding of the second. The holiness of the second Temple is "sanctified for its time, and sanctified through to the future to come" -- ie all ...
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Prophesy in the book of Ezekiel

RaDa”Q (R’ Dawidh Qimhi), commenting on Yehezqel 47:23, writes (my translation): והיה בשבט אשר גר הגר אתו - כי לעתיד בצאת ישראל מהגלות יודעו השבטים, אף על פי שהם מעורבים עתה ולא ידעו איש את שבטו, ...
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Is Ezekiel 28 referring to the King of Tyre or Satan?

No, that seems like a pretty good translation of the original Hebrew to me. The Talmud (Bava Basra 75a) expounds these verses as referring to neither Hiram nor Satan but rather Adam. Hence, “You ...
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Tradition-Based Depictions of the Third Temple

This isn't much. Basically showing what the book is about. But is well worth the purchase. The Messianic Temple by Chaim Clorfene.
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Does Ezekiel 44:22 contradict the Torah?

I'm expanding @sabbaHillel first answer here, for good measure. קידושין עח ע"א-ב אמר ליה רב נחמן לרבא: האי קרא רישא בכהן גדול, וסיפא בכהן הדיוט? אמר ליה: אין. וכתב קרא הכי? אמר ליה: אין, ... '...
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Ezekiel's Vision of the Temple

R Yehuda Shurpin at chabad.org writes, in a nutshell, that Ezekiel's vision applied to a Temple built after full repentance and for an everlasting redemption. However, since the Jews repentance was ...
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Warning people/getting people to do teshuva

The Torah in Kedoshim 19:17 says לֹֽא־תִשְׂנָ֥א אֶת־אָחִ֖יךָ בִּלְבָבֶ֑ךָ הוֹכֵ֤חַ תּוֹכִ֨יחַ֙ אֶת־עֲמִיתֶ֔ךָ וְלֹֽא־תִשָּׂ֥א עָלָ֖יו חֵֽטְא: 17 You shall not hate your brother in your heart....
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Did Yechezkel (Ezekiel) bring the dead back to life, or did he just say a prophecy about it?

For Elijah to have resurrected the dead boy, he had to enter a room containing the corpse, which would be prohibited contact for a kohen. Ezekiel stood out looking over a valley, prophesized, and the ...
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The meaning of Ezekiel 20:25?

See Rashi there who quotes the translation of Yonasan ben Uziel: statutes that were not good I delivered them into the hands of their temptation to stumble over their iniquity, and so did Jonathan ...
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Sources for the Rambam's hierarchy of angels

Chullin 91B/92A with mefarshim. Simple reading explicitly says that Ofanim>Serafim. See Tosafos who says Chayos are superior to Serafim as well.
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Does Ezekiel 16:3-6 say that Jerusalem was a ravaged Canaanite/Amorite/Hittite city and that it and its inhabitants were adopted into Israel?

No -- the text is understood to be a reference to the Jewish people, the residents of Jerusalem, as is made clear in the Targum Yonatan: וְתֵימַר כִּדְנַן אֲמַר יְיָ אֱלֹהִים לְיָתְבֵי יְרוּשְׁלֵם ...
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