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Why doesn't the king of Belah get a name?

The Ramban says the reason why his name is not mentioned is due to the fact that the city was small with few people living there, he was not famous. The Shaarei Aharon (from whom I am quoting all ...
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How does Judaism reconcile the prohibition against Moabites/Ammonites joining the congreration and their royal lineage?

The Torah uses the male form for the words, and the Sages extrapolated from here that male Amonites and Moavites are banned from the congregation, but females are not. It says on Chabad's Ask the ...
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Source for how Agag had a child after being captured

Amalekites and magic: The Amalekites' ability to change into animals is brought by Rashi on Shmuel 1:15:3 and the Rid on the same verse, and mentioned as a midrash in the Kitzur Ba'al Haturim's ...
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Secret Ops, The President, and The Blessing On a King

The Radbaz's language (responsum #296) is that he can kill "keMishpat", lawfully. A mob boss, for instance, has the ability to kill, but not lawfully. So I presume if the use of power was totally ...
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Why did Mordechai not let Bigson & Seresh assasinate the king?

Rabbi Yonason Eibushutz answered humorously that disposing of two evil doers ( Bigsan and Teresh) is better than one ( Ahashverosh) The midrash (footnote 73) and Sefarim Chitzonum writes that Bigsan ...
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Why does David refuse to kill Shimi b. Gera, but then later tell Shlomo to kill him?

Both Targums on Esther 2:5 identify The Shimei in Mordecai's lineage with Shimei Ben Gera. They state that David saw through a prophetic experience that Mordecai (and Esther according to the first ...
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Do Rome and Persia's kingdoms still exist?

Many meforshim understand that when the Gemara refers to Rome it is referring to the Christian nations. See here for example in the Ramban in Sefer HaGeulah - start from last word on the sixth line. ...
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How was Dovid a descendant of Miriam?

Ruth 4: 18 - 22 Peretz, Chetzron, Ram, Aminadav, Nachshon, Salmon, Boaz, Oved, Yishai, Dovid. Nachshon was the nasi of Yehudah at the time of the Exodus. Sotah 11b says that Dovid descended from ...
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Who can become king of the Jews?

See Rambam Hilchot Melachim Chapter 1. Any Jew can be appointed king as long as he is not a convert nor descended exclusively from converts (Law 4), a woman (Law 5) nor currently or previously ...
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Which kings must Moshiach descend from?

The curse of Yechonya (or Yehoyachin) was revoked and his wife had two sons while he was in prison. This is rebuilding of the Davidic line through Zerubavel. Note that this means that since ...
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Bride and Groom: King and Queen?

I believe the earliest source is Pirkei Derabbi Eliezer Chapter 16. החתן דומה למלך מה המלך הכל מקלסין אותו שבעת ימי המשתה כך חתן הכל מקלסין אותו שבעת ימי המשתה מה המלך לובש בגדי כבוד כך החתן לובש ...
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Why was Bnei Israel rebuked for requesting a King if this was a commandment given to them?

In Shmuel 1 chapter 8 vs 6 Rashi explains that the problem with the request wasthe fact that they said 'to rule over us like all the nations'. The Radak there explains that it was apparent they made ...
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Why was Bnei Israel rebuked for requesting a King if this was a commandment given to them?

I think the answer to this question lies in how Shmuel chose to rebuke the nation. In chapter 12, Shmuel recaps the mistake that the Jewish people have made in requesting a king. In verse 17, he ...
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What tribe was Jehu from?

From Menashe. See Pesikta Rabbati 3 ובמלכים ירבעם בן נבט משל אפרים ואחרי כן יהוא בן (מנשה) [נמשי] משבט מנשה
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What happens if a Jewish king marries a 19th wife?

Rambam, Hilchos Melachim 3:2: ואם הוסיף אחת ובעלה לוקה If he adds an extra wife and has relations with her, he gets lashed. So that answers question #3. As for the others: On the face of it, ...
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Are a convert's children considered to be of Jewish lineage?

Rambam in Hilchot Melachim 1:4 writes: A convert may not be appointed king, even after many generations, until one has a Jewish mother. Kesef Mishneh (ad loc.) writes that the same is true if he has ...
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Why did the tribe of Yehuda merit to have the king descending from it?

When Yaakov is about to die and calls in his sons to bless them, he says to Yehuda (Bereishis 49:8-9): יְהוּדָ֗ה אַתָּה֙ יוֹד֣וּךָ אַחֶ֔יךָ יָדְךָ֖ בְּעֹ֣רֶף אֹיְבֶ֑יךָ יִשְׁתַּחֲוּ֥וּ לְךָ֖ בְּנֵ֥י ...
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Can one bow before a king? Can one bow to a statue of a king?

One is allowed to bow before a king, even a secular king. Halacha does not forbid bowing to a king or, by extension, an important official in the king's court. In Tanach, we find a number of ...
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Can one bow before a king? Can one bow to a statue of a king?

In North Korea the ruling class is (strangely) treated like a deity according to this Wikipedia article similar to Nevuchadzezzar and the idol he built. As such, bowing is assur (even without ...
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Why did Mordechai not let Bigson & Seresh assasinate the king?

Pirkei Avos says: "Hevei mispallel b'shloma shel malchus" - Pray for the peace of the government. Even though there is no concept of lo ta'amod for Mordechai to adhere to, the assassination of the ...
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Hakhel: Source for leader of generation replacing king

Minchas Chinuch suggests it: והנה מבואר בש"ס דהמלך הי' קורא וא"י אם הל"מ כ"ה דדוקא מלך ואם אין מלך בישראל אין מצוה כלל א"כ עד שאול המלך עליו השלום לא נתקיימה מצוה זו ואפשר דל&...
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Why is Yehoshafat called the King of Yisrael in Divrei Hayamim?

R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai raises this question in his commentary to that verse and notes that he hasn't seen anyone discuss it: לא ראיתי מי שדיבר למה נקרא מלך ישראל מאחר שהוא ממלכי יהודה ועיין ...
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Why couldn't the Jewish people return to live in Egypt? Till when was this valid? At some point later in history Jewish people did live there

The prohibition of living in Egypt has never changed. The question is to who did it apply to in the first place? There are various opinions among the Rishonim Among them are that it only applies to (...
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Was Bar Kochba a King?

In short, NO. On his coins and lead reference weights, he is identified as "Shimon, Nasi Yisrael" - Simon, Prince of Israel. Here and here are some pages with coin pictures. Some have just "Shimon" ...
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Was Bar Kochba a King?

The Lubavitcher Rebbe writes in Likkutei Sichos 8 page 361 (at the bottom) that since there was no Navi, and the Rambam (Hilchos Malachim 1:3) requires a Navi (and a Sanhedrin of 71) to appoint a king,...
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What "malchus" exists today in America?

In the Bavli to that Mishna (Gittin 80a), 'Ula explains that the reason there was an enactment made to write the date according to the local government was "משום שלום מלכות" "to maintain peace with ...
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Did Pharaoh himself drown at Yam Suf

The Mechilta in Bishalach 2,6 makes a drasha from the words 'ad echad', seemingly the Torah lists there was none left 'until one', that is Pharaoh was left. It goes on to bring an opinion that ...
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Why did Mordechai not let Bigson & Seresh assasinate the king?

Two Possible Answers: The Megillah states that Mordechai would stay by the gate to hear what was done to Esther. Possibly Mordechai was looking out for Esther's safety. It was common practice at the ...
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Does one make a Bracha when seeing the Pope?

The Pope is the head of state and government of the Vatican City, which is an internationally recognised nation-state. As the Vatican even controls a small military (The Swiss Guards). As an absolute ...
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