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How many angels are enough?

Rashi, in his commentary to Bereishis 19:1 tells us: שני TWO — One to destroy Sodom, the other to rescue Lot — it was he who had come to heal Abraham — whilst the third, who had come to make the ...
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Malachim climbing ladders

As far as the first question: Why do malachim need a ladder? Can't they fly or have some other form of supernatural transportation? I heard from Rabbi Shlomo Farhi quoting Rabbi Moshe Weinberger the ...
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Why did Hagar go back?

Because God told her to go back: And the angel of the Lord said to her, “Go back to your mistress, and submit to her harsh treatment." [Gen. 16:9-11]
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Can malochim be human?

"Angels" per se are not humans, but the Ramban in fact says exactly your point -- G-d can put the right person in the right place at the right time. Ramban, Genesis 37:15 You can read the ...
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How many angels are enough?

There is a concept that each angel can only be assigned one task. See Gur Aryeh on Bereshit 18:2. Shmuel answered the significance, and the answer to your second question about why one isn't ...
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Are (some types of) malochim like software?

I think Rambam's conception of angels as Aristotelian Intelligences or forces, more or less fits with what you are describing. He discusses this at length in Moreh Nevuchim Part 2, Chapters 1 - 7. ...
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Do angels still manifest themselves as humans and appear to us unknowingly?

I'm not familiar with sources that mention recent instances of this, but I do remember one post-Biblical instance in Shas of angels manifesting themselves as humans in Bavel in the days of the Amoraim....
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Can malochim be human?

A malach in general can mean anything that acts on behalf of השם by carrying out His command or will. A standard מלאך השם without other qualifying context is typically viewed to be some supernatural/...
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Why did Hagar go back?

Although I am searching for the Midrash, I found a note years ago that the Midrash says Hashem was telling Hagar what would happen to Yishmael if she did not return to Sarah. Therefore, Hagar returned ...
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Were the malochim who visited Avraham human?

The Ralbag says they were prophets sent by Hashem. Ibn Ezra brings a similar interpretation. The Abarbanel has a lengthy analysis of the competing interpretations, raising a number of difficulties ...
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Sons of God or Heavenly Council

Refer to Rashi on Job 1:2. The posuk (Koren translation) says: Now there was a day when the sons of G-d came to present themselves before the L-rd Rashi says that this means: and the angels of G-d ...
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Why didn't G-d make us resistant to pain or blows?

This is a great question! The simplest answer is that pain was a curse that Adam and Chava brought upon themselves and their progeny by the chet. See Bereshit 3. A practical answer is that they came ...
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Do angels still manifest themselves as humans and appear to us unknowingly?

Angels exist, but angels refer to natural forces, “He makes His angels winds; His ministers flaming fire” (Psalms 104:4). Rambam says that when angels are mentioned in Torah, the story must describe a ...
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Why did Abraham run to greet the visitors in Genesis 18?

As Sforno writes, he began running from the entrance of his tent. When a person is observed to perform any task with speed, with keenness, this reflects that he considers what he is about to do as ...
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Why did Abraham run to greet the visitors in Genesis 18?

From the commentary of the Malbim: וכאשר ראה אותם עוברים בצד האהל כרוצים לעבור לדרכם ,רץ לקראתם לעכבם שיסורו אל ביתו When he (Avrohom) saw that they were passing by the tent as if they wished to ...
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Sources for free will of angels

"בקשו מלאכי השרת לומר שירה, אמר הקב"ה מעשי ידי טובעים בים ואתם אומרים לפני שירה" Yalkut_Shimoni 1085.10 "Upon seeing the Egyptians drowning in the sea, angels [sought to] recite ...
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What was Moshe Rabbeinu's argument against the angels?

One should give a poor the food poor person wants, not the food the host has or wants to give (Ketubot 67b. Avraham, master of (guest) hosts, obviously followed this rule (Avraham knew how to read ...
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