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The first individual to know of the Messiah was Adam HaRishon. This is stated explicitly in Sanhedrin 38b in the name of Reish Lakish, by Yose ben Chalafta in Seder Olam Rabbah 30 and Rabbi Yehuda bar Simon in Bereshit Rabbah 24:2 which teach that Adam was shown all the righteous, each generation and its Sages and those who would teach and explain the Torah. ...


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It is not that the power is in the hair itself, however, he was granted the power as long as he kept the vow of the nezirus. Letting his hair be cut, caused him to break the vow. It was breaking the vow that caused him to lose his power. Shoftim 13:5 Because you shall conceive, and bear a son; and a razor shall not come upon his head, for a Nazirite to ...


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The simple answer is that this determination is not much different than other determination about the meaning of a text, which is made on a case-by-case basis. One has to use logical analyses of the information presented, both inherently (regarding clues in the text itself) and in a broader context, including whether or not there is a relevant and reliable (...


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I went to a library and saw it in person. This is indeed a correct reference as the footnote cites: בדיתא לובי i.e., the canal Baditha near Luba on the northern Euphrates, v. Obermeyer, p. 311.] The original German on page 311 is: Der Nahr al-Badāt ist zweifellos mit dem Moed Katan 11a verzeichneten Baditha identisch. Hier wird nämlich tradiert: Der ...


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I also seem to remember something along those lines, but I only found sources connecting the sale to Yom Kippur (and not even an actual midrash): Rambam in Moreh Nevochim (pt. 3, ch. 46): אבל החכמים ז"ל עשו טעם אחידות כפרת ציבור בשעירים, בגלל חטאת כל עדת ישראל בראשונה בשעיר עזים, כוונתם על מכירת יוסף הצדיק שבפרשתו נאמר וישחטו שעיר עזים וגו' The ...


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Ralbag explains that growing his hair physically contributed to his strength, but God also granted him additional strength on account of him being a nazirite. He proves this from the fact that when Samson cut his hair he lost his strength immediately – had the strength been solely from growing his hair it would have dissipated over time: ועם שבזה הענין ...


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Rashi on the Mishna in Sotah (40b) helps reveal the tasks of these individuals within the "synagogue" - חזן הכנסת - שמש הכנסת שטורח עיסקי הכנסת עליו להכניס ולהוציא ולהפשיט את התיבה ולהכין הכל - The Chazan of the 'synagogue' would do everything needed for the preparations of the congregation's prayer ראש הכנסת - על פיו נחתכין דברי הכנסת מי יפטיר בנביא ...


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