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Why does Torah consider Bats as birds?

Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin, director of The Biblical Museum of Natural History in Beit Shemesh has an article on this in his Rationalist Judaism blog, here. The paragraph that probably answers your ...
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Why does Torah consider Bats as birds?

The Passuk (Vayikra 11,13) uses the phrase ואת אלה תשקצו מן העוף לא יאכלו when describing all birds bats and insects The word עוף essentially means "a being that flies" This is proven from Tehilim ...
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Which woman false prophet is the Baal Haturim referring to?

The parsha deals with a false prophet and uses exclusively male verbs. This might lead one to think the relevant laws only apply to a male prophet. Therefore the Midrash Sifrei 83:3 says: בקרבך. ...
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Where does R. Achay Gaon say it's a mitzva to eat meat?

Somebody probably meant R. Saadya Gaon - see R. Yerucham Perlow's commentary (aseh 95) who notes that the Rasag counts as a mitzvah "רחב גבוליך והתאוית תדשנה טובי ותשבע". R. Yerucham Perlow explains ...
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What Jewish sources teach about the prophet tests set forth in Deuteronomy?

No, Jewish sources do not go detail about the test (if any) administered for each of the accepted Jewish prophets, which is what you are looking for. There are discussions of which situations are ...
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Should you not rejoice with your spouse also?

Your observation - of the missing wife in the verse - is the basis for the halacha that one may not get married during Chag. See the Torah Temima and the Rabeinu Bachyeh on the verse that mention this....
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Which woman false prophet is the Baal Haturim referring to?

It seems Eliyahu Munk explains it that it is referring to the founder of cristianity's mother From https://www.sefaria.org/Tur_HaAroch,_Deuteronomy.13.2.1/en [There is a bracket by the publisher ...
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No mention of Simcha for Pesach

Yalkut Shimoni in Parshas Emor (654) addresses this: "You won't find even a single mention of simcha by Pesach. Why? Because on Pesach the grain is judged...alternatively, because on Pesach the ...
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How can there be a reward for doing the מצות?

To continue along Ray's lines (see his answer)... Does Hashem punish us to correct evil behavior, or did He build the world so that sin causes punishment as a natural consequence? One answer is ...
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What is the significance of ובערת הרע מקרבך and ובערת הרע מישראל?

To start off, there is actually a third case where the Torah says מישראל rather than מקרבך. In Devarim 19:13, in reference to a murderer, the Torah says ובערת דם הנקי מישראל. In his commentary to 22:...
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Parameters of לא תעשון כן לה' אלקיכם

According to an anonymous person on the internet: ושמעתי ממו"ר הרב נבנצאל שליט"א, שגם מסגד אסור לפוצץ, כי גם הוא נבנה לשם שמים! On the other hand, R. Yaakov Ariel discusses this at length ...
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No mention of Simcha for Pesach

The Tzror Hamor says that when am yisroel came out of Egypt on pesach, the torah had not yet been given to them, so that the torah does not mention simcha. in addition to that, they did not know at ...
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How could the pesach-offer be made by the whole nation in one single place?

The procedure is dealt with in Mishna Pesachim 5 (5, 6 & 7). 5) The Pesach sacrifice was slaughtered in three groups, as it is stated (Exodus 12:6), "The whole assembly of the congregation ...
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Who pronounced the Curses?

As explained in Rashi, Rav Hirsch, and the Art Scroll Chumash, the words of the blessings and the curses were spoken by the Kohanim and Leviim in the middle. The command on what to do and what to say ...
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Why did Reuven and Zevulun have to stand on Mount Ebal?

Rav Hirsch explains on verse 12 and 13 that the nation was to be divided in half, and there were 6 sons of Leah and 2 of Rachel (the main wives) and 4 children of Bilha and Zilpah (the maid servants). ...
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Why does Torah consider Bats as birds?

Torah considers BATS [to be] birds. That doesn't make sense. Was the Torah written in English? If the Torah refers to something that is translated as "bat" with a word that is translated as "bird", ...
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Where did the Leviim stand during the Blessings and Curses?

The Art Scroll Chumash explains that the bulk of the tribe of Levi stood on Har Grizim, while the elders of the tribe, the Kohanim, and the Ark were in the valley between. Six tribes would stand on ...
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Why is the passive לֹ֖א יֵֽאָכֵֽלוּ used in Devorim 14 (19) rather than the active form used elsewhere?

Surprisingly, no mainstream Mefarshim here make any comment whatsoever. However, there is a parallel Passuk (which uses the same term) in Shemini (Vayikra 11:13), and Rashi there suggests that this ...
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Why does Rashi quote Vayikra 23:39 as the source for leap years?

Rashi on Chumash does not make definitive statements that here, as opposed to there, is the decided halachic source for some law. Rather, his chosen role is to channel midrashim in order to show how ...
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Why doesn't Deuteronomy 13:6-10 list that the is father liable to get the death penalty for committing the act of apostasy?

Rashi says on R'ei 13:7 explains [Or your friend,] who is as your own soul: This refers to your father. Scripture enumerates those [persons] who are dear to you; how much more so [must you ...
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What is the significance of ובערת הרע מקרבך and ובערת הרע מישראל?

Fortunately someone once pointed me to a Meshech Chochma, seen here, who addresses the same observation you had in Ki Seitzei 22,22. The Meshech Chachma has an intricate approach seen below, where ...
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How can there be a reward for doing the מצות?

See Rambam, commentary on Mishnayot, Introduction to the chapter called "Chelek": אמנם הַיִּעוּדִים הטובים והנקמות הרעות הכתובות בתורה עניינם הוא מה שאספר לך, והוא זה: כי הוא אומר לך אם תעשה ...
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