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Jewish Prophet who could bring fire from the Heaven

Moses was involved in calling down fire from Heaven during the plague of hail in Egypt. Exodus 9:23-24 : (See the entire chapter for more details of the story.) "So Moses stretched forth his staff ...
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Why specify not lighting a fire 'in your dwelling-places' on Shabbat?

It comes to exclude the temple, where fire was required for the sacrifices (Shabbos 20a) It also comes to include capital punishment, which is done in court, which is referred to as “your sitting ...
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Is there a Jewish midrash that parallels Christian tradition regarding Shavuot

Deuteronomy (33:2) states: וַיֹּאמַר, ה' מִסִּינַי בָּא וְזָרַח מִשֵּׂעִיר לָמוֹ--הוֹפִיעַ מֵהַר פָּארָן, וְאָתָה מֵרִבְבֹת קֹדֶשׁ; מִימִינוֹ, אשדת (אֵשׁ דָּת) לָמוֹ. And he said: The LORD ...
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Gas Pilot on Yom Tov

Google is your friend! The COR, Chabad, the OU, and the Star-K say you can light a burner from a pilot light on yom tov.
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Havdallah Eish on a lightbulb

I found some answers online for this -- I will excerpt: 1. The issues are essentially the same with regards to Havdala [as with Shabbat candles], and many authorities rule that one may use an ...
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Should you extinguish Chanukah candles that are still lit the next night?

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 675:1) rules that since the mitzvah is to light the menorah, if it is still lit, it must be extinguished and then relit.
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Taking fire from Yahrtzeit candle to light Yom Tov candles

The Mishnah Berurah 154:56 writes that one should not use a ner from the bais kenesses to light a tobacco pipe, but one may use a yartzeit candle to do so. The Piskei Teshuvos 514 brings this source ...
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Is there a Jewish midrash that parallels Christian tradition regarding Shavuot

The torah tells us that God spoke out of the fire in Devarim 4:36: מִן-הַשָּׁמַיִם הִשְׁמִיעֲךָ אֶת-קֹלוֹ, לְיַסְּרֶךָּ; וְעַל-הָאָרֶץ, הֶרְאֲךָ אֶת-אִשּׁוֹ הַגְּדוֹלָה, וּדְבָרָיו שָׁמַעְתָּ, ...
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Why is the Evil Inclination Called a “fire”

See Kiddushin 81a (Sefaria Translation): כי מטא לפלגא דרגא איפשח רמא קלא נורא בי עמרם אתו רבנן אמרו ליה כסיפתינן אמר להו מוטב תיכספו בי עמרם בעלמא הדין ולא תיכספו מיניה לעלמא דאתי אשבעיה דינפק מיניה ...
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On Motzei Shabbat/Tisha B'Av how is the Havdalah candle extinguished?

Mishna Berura 556:1 says that the candle used to say the Bracha of Borai Meorai Haish on Motzei Shabbos that is Tisha B'Av should be used for reading Aicha. Thus the proper manner is to not put out ...
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Does a weak flame invalidate Hanuka candles?

The Halacha is kovsa ain zukkuk luh (if the candle goes out you are not responsible). As long as you put in enough fuel to last for 1/2 hour (without becoming weak, according to Beis HaLevi) you have ...
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What does the word "אש" in Vayikra 1:7 refer to?

The Talmud (Yoma 45a) quotes a baraita as interpreting this "placing of fire" to mean starting the fire by kindling little wood chips1: רבי יוסי הצתת אליתא מנא ליה נפקא ליה מהיכא דנפקא ליה ...
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Has anyone derived meaning from candle flame?

artscroll comments on Proverbs/Mishlei (20:27) נֵ֣ר יְ֭הוָה נִשְׁמַ֣ת אָדָ֑ם חֹ֝פֵ֗שׂ כָּל־חַדְרֵי־בָֽטֶן׃ A man's soul is the lamp of Hashem which searches the chambers of one's innards and ...
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Why specify not lighting a fire 'in your dwelling-places' on Shabbat?

Maybe another pshat [ remember ע' פנים לתורה Bamidbar Rabbah 13:15-16 ] is that it means within the techum Shabbos. Of course if someone goes out of the techum whether by mistake or on purpose they ...
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Why were Chanaya, Mishael and Azarya consigned to a furnace specifically?

There are a few parallels or partial parallels in the Near East and in Tanach & Midrash: Near East Judicial Processes: In an essay on this exact subject (available for free now on JSTOR or ...
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Keeping the flame going on Shabbat

The meztius was that a non-Jew would add wood to the fire. This idea is brought by the Shulchan Aruch in 276:1 and 5. Since it was very cold in many of the places Jews lived they had non Jews keep ...
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Why were the ox and the goat intertwined before taking them out to be burnt?

According to the Art Scroll Gemora Yoma 67b3 note 41, the limbs were intertwined so that they could be put on two poles and carried by four people walking two abreast. Thus they were carried together ...
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Havdalah and fingers

There are some interesting aggadic sources to specifically look at your nails: 1) We are asking for the week to be fruitful and multiply- like nails, that continually grow (mentioned above). 2) That ...
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