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Why not count 50 days of the omer instead of 49?

We do count 50 days. On day 50 we say in Kiddush "This day of Shavuot" which essentially means "Today is 50 days" since by definition "Shavuot" is the 50th day of the Omer count (not unlike counting ...
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How was the Mekalel given the death penalty if the punishment wasn’t known?

The Chasam Sofer Kovetz Teshuvos 85 says that even though they did not know whether the Mekalel (blasphemer) was Chayav Misa(liable to death) or not, they still warned him that transgressing could ...
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People with defects and their role in serving

See Thursday and Friday Yesterday, we noted the question as to whether the Torah prohibition which forbids a ba’al mum – person with a physical deformity – from performing the avoda (service) ...
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Kohen Gadol and marriage

Yevamot 6:4 tells us that even if a kohen had only betrothed (eres) a widow before being appointed kohen gadol, he is subsequently permitted to consummate the marriage.
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Source of Hirsch Vayikra 23:15

There have been two published versions of English translations of R' Hirsch's commentary on the Torah: R' Isaac Levy's translation, published by Judaica Press, is out of print now, but can be found ...
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Physical defect vs. defect in Holiness

Rav Hirsch explains the concept of מום at length in Vayikra - Emor 21:17 The entire explanation is too long to put here, but I will try to give a brief summary. I have been asked to edit in the ...
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How do we know that ממחרת השבת means from the first day of Pesach and not the seventh?

Menachot 65b cites 4 Tan'aim who provide 4 explanations to reconcile these 2 verses: (1) Rabbi Eliezer (2) Rabbi Yehoshua (3) Rabbi Yishmael (4) Rabbi Yehuda ben Betera. Rabbi Yishmael says ...
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Is the name אזולי/אזולאי based on the verse of אשה זנה וחללה לא יקחו

In the preface to his translation of the Chida's diary, Benjamin Cymerman writes as follows: Ha'im Yosef David Azulai was born in Jerusalem in 5484 (1724), or thereabouts. The exact date is not ...
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Why, in Vayikra 21:10, does the verse state "...HaGadol MeEchav" instead of simply "HaGadol"?

Sifra (halakhic midrash to the book of Vayikra) seems to pick up on this unusual phrasing, and derives from it laws regarding the status of the Kohen Gadol and his relationship to the other kohanim. ...
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Which tasks ar left for a ba'al mum to perform

The gemara in Yoma 23b (ArtScroll 23b2 notes 12 and 17) in discussing the removal of the ashes, states that the restrictions on a baal mum applies only to those duties which are considered avodah. The ...
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Physical defect vs. defect in Holiness

Rabbi Adam Mintz explains, Your question this week is a troubling and difficult one. It is also a question for which most of the medieval explanations will not satisfy our 21st-century ...
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A ba'al mum profanes His sanctuary?

Rav Sampson Rafael Hirsch (on Parshas Emor; Vayikra 21:17) explains (in part) that Hashem is asking the blemished Kohen to avoid service, because the world will look at the Temple as a place for ...
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A ba'al mum profanes His sanctuary?

Okay please read the verse carefully -- if he came in to do the priestly service, he would take mikdashai, "my holy things" -- plural, and make them chol -- mundane, or non-holy. The Talmud's ...
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Meaning of "Shabbatot" when it's translated as "weeks"

R' Samson Raphael Hirsch, in his commentary1 on this verse, explains that while shavua' refers simply to a run of seven days, shabbat, in this context, refers to the Shabbat day and the surrounding ...
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Why mention the ger in Lev 19:10, 23:22?

I'm throwing this out as a possible answer (more of a thought, really) without really doing any research to see if it actually fits. The Talmud, Yevamos 47b, tells us that when one accepts a convert ...
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Does Ezekiel 44:22 contradict the Torah?

There are two answers, one from the main translation (as explained by Rashi) and one that I came up with based on logic. Yechezkel 44:22 And neither a widow nor a divorced woman may they take for ...
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What does Rabenu Tam think is really the source for a minyan comprising ten?

The third possibility is the right. אין להביא ראיה מעשרה מרגלים לדבר שבקדושה It is not a right inference to provide a proof from a group of wrongdoers for groups of Holy work. (The attributes of a ...
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Sukkot--Object or place name?

I don't believe any Peshat commentators offer this as an option (I'm sure you can find it somewhere in a Chassidish Sefer), for a number of reasons: The Nikkud of Basukkos seems to imply in "The" ...
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Why are the commandments for the holiday of Succot interrupted by commandments regarding sacrifices in general?

Although not too many earlier commentators seem to have been bothered by this issue, there are a few who have mentioned it: Seforno: it is a completely unique holiday in that it has an eighth day, ...
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Limping צלע and פסח

Rav Hirsch (Shemos 12:11) explains 'פסח is a limp, stepping haltingly over something', while writing (Tehillim 35:15) צלע means 'to limp, not actually falling but the reeling which precedes an ...
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When to start counting the Omer

It would be helpful to consider the text from Verses 11 through 16 with Rashi’s commentary, which you may do (for example) at the Chabad website. Verse 11 says: And he shall wave the Omer before the ...
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Why are laws of damages written in the middle of the story of the blasphemer?

There are a number of good answers to this question found in the mefarshim to Vayikra 24:17 (link): R"i Kara explains that since the story told that there was a fight, we explain the rules of what ...
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Why are laws of damages written in the middle of the story of the blasphemer?

Rav Yitchak Bechor shor of orleans (12th century one of baalei tosfos) says Vayikra 24,17: ואיש כי יכה כל נפש אדם. כלומר, אף עלבונם אני תובע מענותנותו של הק[ב"ה] בא להשמיענו כי הוא תובע עלבון עמו, ...
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Why is מקראי קדש not נסוג אחור?

According to its Wikipedia page, Nasog Achor is not an absolute rule, and there are great numbers of exceptions that do not follow any rules that would exclude them (see the page for examples): ...
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Why, in Vayikra 21:10, does the verse state "...HaGadol MeEchav" instead of simply "HaGadol"?

GEMARA YOMA 18a (גמרא יומא, דף י"ח, עמוד א). והכהן הגדול מאֶחיו, אשר יוצק על ראשו שמן המשחה ומילא את ידיו ללבוש את הבגדים". "שיהא גדול מאחיו בכוח, בנוי, בחוכמה ובעושר. אחרים אומרים: מנין שאם אין ...
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Does Ezekiel 44:22 contradict the Torah?

I'm expanding @sabbaHillel first answer here, for good measure. קידושין עח ע"א-ב אמר ליה רב נחמן לרבא: האי קרא רישא בכהן גדול, וסיפא בכהן הדיוט? אמר ליה: אין. וכתב קרא הכי? אמר ליה: אין, ... '...
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Why do we read Leviticus 22:26-32 on the first day of Sukkot?

Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin in his work Ha'amek Davar (Leviticus 22,26) writes the following: This section is next to the holiday section and is read on the holidays. There is no doubt that ...
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Where was the son of the Israelite supposed to go?

He like the eirev rav was a member of Klal Yisrael as a convert just like everyone else who had been at the revelation on Har Sinai. However, since his father had not been one of the tribes, he did ...
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Who sought to kick the convert out of Dan's area?

The Chatam Sofer asks your question and suggests: "והשתא נאמר דהך בעלה של שלומית מת והניח בן אחד מלבד בן המצרי והי' מוחזקים ביתידות אוהלים וטען בנו הישראלי שהכל שלו כי הוא בן המצרי והוא טען ...
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Parashat Emor - Connection Between Kohen and Sacrifice

They both are part of the service of G-d, and as such it is not befitting G-d's service for people or sacrifices with physical deformities to take part. See Rashi to Leviticus 21:18 in regards to why ...
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