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Tosafos (Gittin 68a, ד"ה וכתיב) addresses this very point, and refers to that episode in Bava Basra: אף על פי שזה הפסוק לא נכתב עדיין היו יודעין כמו ארור עושה מלאכת ה' רמיה בפ' לא יחפור (ב"ב דף כא:) גבי יואב Even though the posuk hadn't yet been written, they knew [the concept] already, as with [the verse in Yirmiyah in the episode with] Yoav. As ...


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Indeed, some rabbinic travelers identified the tower: R. Benjamin of Tudela ומשם ארבעה מילין למגדל שבנו דור הפלגה והוא בנוי מלבנים הנקראים אגור ואורך יסודו כשני מילין וברחבו כארבעי' אמה וארכו כמו מאתים אמה ובין עשרה עשרה אמות דרכים ובהם שם עולים בעיגול מסבבין עד למעלה ורואין ממנו מהלך עשרים מילין כי הארץ מישור ובתוכו נפלה אש מן השמים ובקעה אותו עד התהום [...


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How do you see a hint at intermarriage? Yirmiyahu is encouraging the Jewish people to keep building Klal Yisrael through marriage, even though they are in exile. Don't despair, since eventually they'll come back to israel. (This would seem to be in contrast to what Amram [Moshe's father] initially held, when he decided that it was better to divorce his wife ...


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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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The Talmud in Avoda Zara 8a tells this interesting story ת"ר: לפי שראה אדם הראשון יום שמתמעט והולך, אמר: אוי לי, שמא בשביל שסרחתי עולם חשוך בעדי וחוזר לתוהו ובוהו, וזו היא מיתה שנקנסה עלי מן השמים, עמד וישב ח' ימים בתענית [ובתפלה]. כיון שראה תקופת טבת וראה יום שמאריך והולך, אמר: מנהגו של עולם הוא, הלך ועשה שמונה ימים טובים. לשנה האחרת עשאן לאלו ולאלו ...


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You are thinking of the tannaitic Midrash Mekhilta, which says, in the first account, that during the parting of Sea of Reeds, all of the waters in heaven and earth – including waters in pots, pitchers, and drinking cups – split, and that this miracle remained in place until the Israelites were able to escape on dry land. In the second version, there are, ...


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The Maharal MiPrague (Netzach Yisrael 46) understands the text allegorically (as is generally the case with medrash). The Maharal explains that the rabbinic commandment of eruv tavshilin represents that we merit the ability to acquire merit for our positive choices in good times (corresponding to preparing for Shabbath on a preceding yom tov - which ...


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It would seem from the Chidushei Agadata of the Maharsha on this section that Avraham Avinu only kept those Rabbinical Mitzvot that have some Asmachta - some hint or basis - in the Torah. Since Chanuka was instituted solely on a historical victory, it is not hinted to in the Torah and thus has no meaning before the victory took place. Which would mean that ...


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