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Why isn’t Hagar counted as a prophetess?

There are different approaches to this. The Rambam takes the following (MN 2:42): וממה שהקדמנוהו מצורך ההזמנה לנבואה, וממה שזכרנו בשתוף שם ׳מלאך׳ תדע ש׳הגר המצרית׳ אינה נביאה, ולא ׳מנוח ואשתו׳ נביאים ...
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Do the screeds against Jerusalem in the prophets only apply to their original context or do they do double duty as prophecy about 70 CE?

When someone talks about a historical period called "the Shoah", by the way, they mean the Holocaust, 1939--1945. The period you're describing is just called "the destruction of the ...
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Are these verses about Hashem's anger a contradiction?

The Ahavat Yehonatan (on the Haftarah of Behar) explains that "forever" overhere means fifty years, as we find by a Jewish slave who goes free after the fiftieth year, even though it says ...
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The Rebbe as a prophet -- how?

Regarding prophecy, prior to the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash not all prophets were wise men. After the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed only the wise men retained their prophetic inspiration. (See ...
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'Remarrying' Hashem After Divorce

Yirmiyahu is speaking about the 10 tribes (Rashi to 3:6) being "divorced", the Rabbis later took away their holiness as Jews (Yevamot 17a). Hashem does keep the laws of the Torah (Yerushalmi ...
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Is it possible to have prophecy and visions from the sitra achra?

There are indeed impure forces that Hashem created specifically for the sake of false prophecy, when it is decreed upon a person. For example, the maaseh in Kings 1:22 where נָבוֹת*, the lying spirit, ...
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Ritual lapses of the Jews mentioned in the rebuke of the prophets? And why primarily focus on justice and lovingkindness and not rituals?

There is a great principle in Torah: המעשה הוא העיקר The action is the main thing (based on Pirkei Avot 1:17) I think you've spotted a pattern, and are trying to understand it with modern tools, ...
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Nevi'im written before they happened

This is drawn from Rav Moshe HaDarshan, Sefer Yesod, though I don't know if that part is still extant. Bemidbar Rabba seems to be from Rav Moshe HaDarshan, where we see this spelled out. The idea ...
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Do any commentators equate 2 אֲחִיָּהs?

According to Bava Batra 121b, Achiya the Prophet was alive in the time of Yaacov and lived an exceptionally long life: אֲחִיָּה הַשִּׁילוֹנִי רָאָה אֶת עַמְרָם אֵלִיָּהוּ רָאָה אֶת אֲחִיָּה Achiya ...
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Why do some translators translate "to prophesy" as to "speak in ecstasy"?

Refer to Rashi on Shmuel alef 18:10: יתנבא. ואשתטי נביא ושוטה מדברים דברי רמזים שאינם ניכרים And he raved. [Literally 'he prophesied'] but Targum renders, 'and he raved.' A prophet and a madman speak ...
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The Rebbe as a prophet -- how?

Two obvious traditions that precede the Rebbe that would resolve your question about the reappearance of prophecy among the Jewish people are: The tradition from the Rambam as recorded in his Igeret ...
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