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What’s the source for this midrash?

Shabbat 30b: What did David do? Every Shabbat he would sit and learn all day long to protect himself from the Angel of Death. On that day on which the Angel of Death was supposed to put his soul to ...
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Who is Rabbi Koryah?

Coincidentally, I happened to research this just last summer. There are two sages that can be identified by this name, one a tanna and the other an amorah: The tanna Rabbi Chelbo of Koreya: This sage ...
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Medrash about Adam originally not having fingers

This idea, it is said, comes from the Midrash Avkir (מדרש אבכיר). The Paaneach Raza, Rabbi Yitzchak bar Yehudah HaLevi, quotes from it in his commentary to Bereishis 5:29. The Paaneach Raza says that ...
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Medrash about Adam originally not having fingers

Yalkut Reuveni says Noach was the first person born with fingers:
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Midrash about 10 commandments

Shemos Rabbah 43 (referenced by Rashi on 20:2): Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi said in the name of Rabbi Shimon ben Yoḥai: The Holy One blessed be He gave Moses at Sinai an opening for a response [by saying]...
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Where does it say it’s not about the job but rather it’s the merits?

Kiddushin 82a: רבי מאיר אומר: לעולם ילמד אדם את בנו אומנות נקיה וקלה, ויתפלל למי שהעושר והנכסים שלו. שאין אומנות שאין בה עניות ועשירות, שלא עניות מן האומנות, ולא עשירות מן האומנות, אלא הכל לפי זכותו. ...
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G-d traveling 18,000 worlds

In Yechezkel 48:35, the prophet says: It shall be round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The L-rd is there. The Tosafos Yom Tov (Tzuras Habayis, 80:...
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Source for Ancient Prohibition against Writing Prayers?

Looks to me like the reference has a typo. It should say Tosefta Shabbat 14:3: כותבי ברכות כשורפי תורה Those who write down blessings [i.e. prayers] are like those who burn the Torah.
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What’s the deal with צרויה?

In the commentary by the anonymous student of Rasag to Divrei Hayamim 1:2:16 he writes: ""and their sisters Tzruyah and Avigail" - And Tzruyah's husband was S'rayah, and not S'rayah ...
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attack against Persia (Iran) in the Acharis HaYomim

I saw it in Pesikta Rabbasi 36:1: אמר רבי יצחק שנה שמלך המשיח נגלה בו כל מלכי האומות העולם מתגרים זה בזה מלך פרס מתגרה במלך ערביא והולך מלך ערביא לאדום ליטול עצה מהם (והחזיר) [וחוזר] מלך פרס (והחריב) ...
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Being MeChadesh Torah saves lives

The verse in Shoftim 5:8 states: יִבְחַר֙ אֱלֹהִ֣ים חֲדָשִׁ֔ים אָ֖ז לָחֶ֣ם שְׁעָרִ֑ים מָגֵ֤ן אִם־יֵֽרָאֶה֙ וָרֹ֔מַח בְּאַרְבָּעִ֥ים אֶ֖לֶף בְּיִשְׂרָאֵֽל When they chose new gods, war came to their ...
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Meaning of this midrash

Artscroll brings in an explanation from Olelos Efrayim (§547) The "ship" is the person in his passage through this world (as above, 73a note 21 (Ch. 51). Rabbah states that during his ...
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What is HaAshmurah HaRishona in the Mishnah

Refer to the Bartenura on that Mishnah: עד סוף האשמורה הראשונה – The first third of the night (is the end of the first “watch”), as the night is divided into three watches, and from then onwards is ...
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Why was Adam created age 20?

The Gemara in Rosh Hashanah (11a) says that all what was formed during the Creation, was formed in their fullest stature (as linked in my comment). The Tosfos however, provides a fascinating piece of ...
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What’s the source for this midrash about Pharaoh?

Midrash Tanchuma Vaera 5: When they finally stood before Pharaoh, he said: “What do you desire?” Moses replied: The God of the Hebrews has sent me to you to say: Let My people go that they may serve ...
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What is Midrash Panim Acheirim and Midrash Abba Gourion?

According to M. B. Lerner, 'The Works of Aggadic Midrash and the Esther Midrashim', in: S. Safrai et al (eds.), The Literature of the Jewish People in the Period of the Second Temple and the Talmud, ...
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Why pray for Y'hoshua and not Kalev?

Maskil l'David explains that Moshe prayed for Yehoshua so people wouldn't assume he had sent Yehoshua to die so Moshe can lead them into Israel. Rav Eliezer Ben-David explains that Yehoshua was going ...
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Eretz Yisroel as G-ds palace

There are several instances. Firstly, note Rabbeinu Bachaye on Devarim 32:43 on the words "וְכִפֶּ֥ר אַדְמָת֖וֹ עַמּֽוֹ" - "And atone His people’s land" writes: וכפר אדמתו עמו. ...
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What is the connection between Hashem's battle with the dragon and creation in Tehilim Chapter 74?

With regards to the first part, namely the sea serpent and the levyoson, both are used as they are descriptions of Pharoah who saw himself as a deity. Radak tells us on pasuk 13: ושברת ראשי אויבינו ...
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Sandalphon and Azrael are the same archangels who gave the Torah to Moses?

Haven't seen or been able to confirm the info you've stated but they appear to be different. In sefer Tikunei Zohar, Sandalphon is mentioned once, on daf 23a (and Azrael is not mentioned in the sefer)....
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Men's response to women's teshuka - source and explanations

Found it, Yoma 75a: תַּנְיָא, אָמַר רַבִּי יוֹסֵי: בּוֹא וּרְאֵה שֶׁלֹּא כְּמִדַּת הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא מִדַּת בָּשָׂר וָדָם. מִדַּת בָּשָׂר וָדָם: מַקְנִיט אֶת חֲבֵירוֹ — יוֹרֵד עִמּוֹ לְחַיָּיו....
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Did Queen Vashti have a child?

The only such reference I know is Tafsir Megillat Ester ("Interpretation of the Book of Esther") by Shahin, a Persian Jewish poet of the 14th century, who talks about love between Shiruyeh, ...
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Preserving the planet - Is damage irreversible according to this midrash?

This Etz Yosef explains that Hashem is bringing a limit on what was taught before. In a previous teaching, we were informed that Hashem created Adam first, rather than Avraham, because if Avraham ...
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Preserving the planet - Is damage irreversible according to this midrash?

Interesting question. Taking a strictly legal perspective: If it were to be forbidden to contribute to climate change, it would be worth analyzing the "shiur". In other words, we need to ...
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Moshe vs Eliyah

If we can even try to compare them, the simple answer is no, Eliyahu won't be on a higher level... At best, refer to the Pesikta Rabbasi 4 אתה מוצא שתי נביאים עמדו להם לישראל משבטו של לוי משה ראשון ...
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Any case of midrash contradicting Tanakh?

The first one that comes to mind is on the verse (Genesis 37:24; quoted by Rashi there) "the pit was empty", commenting that it wasn't empty at all but had snakes and scorpions. Another is ...
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How can a name exist before anything was Created

I heard this mashal in a shiur recently, which is based on a sicha or maamar in Chabad Chassidus, that helped me get a small handle on this very lofty idea. Firstly, the question of "what is His ...
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Why was Adam created age 20?

They were the first people and would not have had parents to raise them and babies cannot raise themselves
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What’s the deal with צרויה?

She was Dovid Hamelech’s sister as the passuk in Divrei Hayomim 1:2:16 וְאַחְיֹתֵיהֶ֖ם צְרוּיָ֣ה וַאֲבִיגָ֑יִל וּבְנֵ֣י צְרוּיָ֗ה אַבְשַׁ֛י וְיוֹאָ֥ב וַעֲשָׂהאֵ֖ל שְׁלֹשָֽׁה׃ Rashi adds: ואחיותיהם ...
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Feast of achashverosh connected to failed 70 year prophecy

It's in the Bavli, M'gila 11 amud 2.
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