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Understanding the reasoning of the woman who agreed with King Solomon to "cut the baby in half"

I generally understood the story based on the Malbim: obviously, everyone involved (including "Woman B," as you call her) knew that King Solomon's suggestion would result in the death of the child. ...
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Understanding the reasoning of the woman who agreed with King Solomon to "cut the baby in half"

The Meiri asks and answers this question in Yevamos 17b: והוא הענין שנאמר בהגדה על אותן שתים נשים זונות שבאו לדין לפני שלמה שהרי כשצוה שלמה לגזור את הילד החי והשיבה האחת תנו לה את הילוד החי והמת אל ...
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Could stones cut with a high powered laser be used to build the Beit Hamikdash?

Although the verse in Exodus (20:22) doesn't specify the type of metal used to cut the mizbeach, the verse in Deuteronomy (27:5) writes specifically that iron is prohibited. This is similarly implied ...
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What is the "Ode to the woman" of Shlomo HaMelech?

It is verses 10 - 31 of chapter 31 of Proverbs (Mishlei), commonly known as Eishes Chayil, or the woman of valor. It is customarily sung by men on Friday night before Kiddush. The topic of the song ...
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Does G-d immediately grant the requests of Gentile church attenders?

Absolutely not. Hashem's name is not even associated with a shul to the same extent it was with the Beis Hamikdosh. In no way or form is Hashem's name associated with a Church that He should grant ...
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Is Solomon wiser than Moshiach?

The Rambam in hilchos teshuva chapter 9 halacha 2 actually writes that Moshiach will be smarter than Solomon and also on a level of prophecy close to Moshe. מפני שאותו המלך שיעמוד מזרע דוד בעל חכמה ...
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Paskening Shlomo out of Shamayim?

R. Yosef Chaim of Baghdad discusses this in his commentary to this Talmudic passage. His answer is that the whole thing was a mere ploy. The Sages actually knew that Shlomo was a worthy person and ...
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Do Chazal speak harshly of Sh'lomo for his high taxes?

Sanhedrin 101b appears to address this, to some degree. אמר רבי יוחנן מפני מה זכה ירבעם למלכות מפני שהוכיח את שלמה ומפני מה נענש מפני שהוכיחו ברבים שנאמר (מלכים א יא) וזה הדבר אשר הרים יד במלך שלמה ...
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Understanding the reasoning of the woman who agreed with King Solomon to "cut the baby in half"

She was calling the king's bluff. My understanding of the story goes against the universal one, but fits with the text and answers your question and a lot of others -- Woman A (the one holding the ...
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Is Shlomo HaMelech a prophet?

The Gemara in Sotah 48b writes: משמתו נביאים הראשונים מאן נביאים הראשונים אמר רב הונא זה דוד ושמואל ושלמה § The mishna taught: From the time when the early prophets died, the Urim VeTummim was ...
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What technology did King Solomon have?

R. David Halevi Segal writes that Moses (theoretically) had the technology of printing: Turei Zahav Y.D. 271:8 ואם איתא דמעשה הדפוס הוה חקיקה קשה מנא לן דהיה על ידי שמיר שהוא דבר שאינו מצוי דילמא היה ...
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Source for Italy coming from a staff in the sea

Sh'lomo married the daughter of Pharaoh just before building the Temple as we see in I Kings 3:1: וַיִּתְחַתֵּן שְׁלֹמֹה, אֶת-פַּרְעֹה מֶלֶךְ מִצְרָיִם; וַיִּקַּח אֶת-בַּת-פַּרְעֹה, וַיְבִיאֶהָ אֶל-...
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Is Shlomo HaMelech a prophet?

According to the list assembled on jewfaq.org, using the talmudic list (and the commentary on the Talmud), Solomon was a prophet as evidenced as follows: Solomon II Sam 12:24; 1 Kings 1:10 - 11:43
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Are there any rabbinic writings which attribute controlling angels and demons to King Solomon?

Yes. For example, Exodus Rabbah (30:16) וכמה רוחות ושדים כבש שלמה And Solomon captured numerous spirits and demons. There is also a lengthy passage in Gittin 68a about Solomon and demons, ...
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King Solomon and Polygamy

As Fred pointed out, marrying a princess of Nation X was a form of diplomacy with Nation X. (And when all those princesses had their own houses with their own modes of worship, well, think embassies.) ...
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In what way was King Shlomo greater than Moshe?

Speaking of Shlomo the verse says: I Kings 5:11 וַיֶּחְכַּם מִכָּל הָאָדָם מֵאֵיתָן הָאֶזְרָחִי וְהֵימָן וְכַלְכֹּל וְדַרְדַּע בְּנֵי מָחוֹל וַיְהִי שְׁמוֹ בְכָל הַגּוֹיִם סָבִיב For he was ...
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How exactly did Solomon determine the child's mother?

The commentaries have different angles on it. Radak says that the words of the first mother (the one who accused of a switch) just rang true when he heard them. (Notice that the verse says "the ...
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How did Shlomo Hamelech figure out which way to build the Beit Hamikdash?

Yalkut Shimoni, Nach 1081, says: מגלת בית המקדש מסרה הקב"ה בעמידה.... משה מסרה ליהושע בעמידה... עמד יהושע ומסרה לזקנים בעמידה... עמדו זקנים ומסרוה לנביאים בעמידה, עמדו נביאים ומסרוה לדוד בעמידה... ...
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How did Shlomo Hamelech figure out which way to build the Beit Hamikdash?

Divrei HaYamim I 28:11-19: וַיִּתֵּן דָּוִיד לִשְׁלֹמֹה בְנוֹ אֶת־תַּבְנִית הָאוּלָם וְאֶת־בָּתָּיו וְגַנְזַכָּיו וַעֲלִיֹּתָיו וַחֲדָרָיו הַפְּנִימִים וּבֵית הַכַּפֹּרֶת׃ וְתַבְנִית כֹּל אֲשֶׁר ...
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Do the Rabbanim know more than King Solomon about the reality of post-death?

The punctuation of words makes sense. To understand the answer, one need to know the rules of definite article in hebrew. In hebrew it is a letter "hey" adjointed at the begining of a word. In hebrew,...
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Death of King Solomon

King Solomon was crowned at the age of 12 and reigned for 40 years. He died of natural causes at the age of 52. Rashi states that he married the daughter of Pharaoh in the fourth year of his reign. ...
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How would the 'split the baby in half' situation be resolved according to halacha?

In response to a question seeking Radbaz’s opinion as to what was so genius about King Solomon’s judgement (Resp. §1059), Radbaz considers from a halachic standpoint that one could advocate the ...
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How would the 'split the baby in half' situation be resolved according to halacha?

According to two midrashim quoted in the Hebrew Wikipedia, the rabbis criticised Shlomo for judging this case without witnesses. (One opinion there assumes he actually intended to go through with ...
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When did Adoniahu die?

From pshat, it happened shortly after Shlomo was crowned. According to Yalkut Me'am Lo'ez on Melachim, this was in the Hebrew year 2924. Similarly, the Yalkut says that Adoniyahu came to Bat-Sheva ...
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How was King Solomon's orders to kill adversaries sanctioned?

The king has a right to kill anyone who rebels against him in any way or even slights him. As Maimonides writes this is learned from a verse in Joshua The king has the right to execute anyone who ...
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Example of Solomon's 3000 parables or 1005 interpretations

It's a good question which will lead you to some very interesting territory. This concept is not to be taken in a straightforward way. It is, after all, appearing in Midrash. Like most things in ...
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Example of Solomon's 3000 parables or 1005 interpretations

Malbim's reading of Song of Songs breaks it into five chapters, plus a coda about an orchard that was worth thousands. Thus: "his song was five, and a thousand."
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King Solomon and Polygamy

It writes in Batei Midrashos 2:451 that Shlomo took 1000 wives so that he would have a thousand sons a year, thereby making twenty thousand in twenty years. In so doing, no one would be able to ...
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Why were the pillars of Solomon's Temple named Boaz and Jachin?

As a starting point, the Radak notes that Yachin means a sense of preparation i.e. the same way one prepares to enter a house (i.e. presumably to look presentable / to mentally prepare themselves etc.)...
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Did King Solomon create the first train?

The Ben Yehoyada (on "shiddim v'shiddos, Koheles) says that Shlomo built himself trains that went so fast as to seem demonic (hence "shiddim").
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