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Did Yosef's children inherit any of the riches that Yosef accumulated as a Vizier of Egypt?

The Ramban (Nachmanides) explains: "he brought all money into Pharaoh’s house and did not accumulate for himself treasures of money and secret hiding places for wealth in the land of Egypt, or ...
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Why wasn't Aharon punished with Tzraas?

Some say Aharon was punished. Others say that because Aharon wasn't the instigator here, Hashem merely got angry at him, but didn't punish him. Verse 9 says: וַיִּֽחַר אַ֧ף יְהוָ֛ה בָּ֖ם וַיֵּלַֽךְ׃ ...
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Why wasn't Aharon punished with Tzraas?

Avot DeRav Natan 9:2 explains: מתוך שעמדו שניהם ודברו בצדיק, בא עליהם את הפורענות. שנאמר: (שם) "ויחר אף ה' בם וילך". מה תלמוד לומר 'וילך'? מלמד שנסתלק מאהרן ודבק במרים, מפני שלא היה אהרן ...
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Why are we repeating the Torah portion this week?

If the first day of Rosh Hashanah falls out on Monday or Tuesday (as it did this year): Nitzavim alone is read on the Shabbos before Rosh Hashanah. Vayeilech is read between Rosh Hashanah and Yom ...
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What does the act of cursing one's parents entail?

He says "may G-d strike you" or the like, using one of the 7 names that cannot be cancelled, as below. (following Mishna 7.5) (1) Mishna Sanhedrin 7:8 המקלל אביו ואמו, אינו חייב עד שיקללם ...
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Joseph's Technicolor Dream Coat - Hand me down?

Pirkei Drebbi Eliezer (end of chapter 24) writes that Yaakov buried the coat after receiving the blessing from his father, in order to prevent it from returning to the hands of Eisav. I would assume ...
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Why do Torah scrolls not have vowels or Trope?

The vowels and cantillations are part of the Oral Torah, and were thus to be memorized and transmitted from generation to generation. Only when we (relatively recently) began writing down the Oral ...
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What is the official name for the "additional readings" on special torah-reading days?

I have never heard of a name that refers specifically to the category of "maftir readings that are not from the weekly sedra," and I do not believe that such a name exists. In my experience, such a ...
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What were the approximate ages of the heads of house(niseim) in parshat bamidbar. Above or below 60 years old

Elishama ben Amihud was Yehoshua's grandfather (Divrei Hayamim 1:7:26-27), and Yehoshua was 58 years old at the time(*). So at least one nasi was over 60. (*) Yehoshua lived 110 years (Yehoshua 24:...
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One to announce to Sarah

As various commentaries point out, the guests asked where Sarah was precisely because they needed to deliver the message to her. According to this it's not that she happened to overhear them speaking ...
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Collections of insights on the weekly Parasha

You can try the Toras Avigdor website which has a weekly parsha booklet from the teachings of Rabbi Avigdor Miller zt"l as well as also having an archive of past editions. I am also a big fan of ...
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How old was Lavan?

I'm not a rabbi or even Jewish so I can't bring out any tradition on this but perhaps I can be of help in providing an estimate of sorts based on the following: Laban first appears in the account of ...
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What is the meaning of "Cursed be..."?

The word ariri in Hebrew means solitary, left alone, without posterity. The gemara in Shevuot 36a explains that arur (cursed) has an element of ostracism (being out of the community), one of a curse ...
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Why does the verb PaGA (פגע) mean both to intercede and to arrive?

There is a common source put forth for both arrival and intercession, and it is the concept of contact (=נגיעה). The word appears in parallel to a number of other terms of entreaty in Yirmiyahu 7:16. ...
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What is the earliest known reference to a Torah portion by name?

See Megillah 30a for a reference to 2 specific parshiot - Ve'ata Tetzaveh and Ki Tissa. The names of the parshiot frequently aren't exactly the same as we currently call them. But, clearly, the names ...
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Is the punishment for loshan hara death or tzaraas?

I think the answer can come from a fundamental appreciation of the genre of the Talmudic derasha. The purpose was homiletic, to exhort the masses and inspire them, rather than to be a valid kal ...
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Rabbi Matis Blum Torah Lodaas Sheets Online?

https://chat.whatsapp.com/FoEUNgaLhIqLJVdDOArLJG Rabbi Blums sefer torah lodaas is learnt 2x a week on this chat
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Why didn't Aharon sacrifice his life to avoid making the Golden Calf?

Essentially, all prohibitions are pushed aside when threatened with death, except for three notable exceptions: Idolatry, Adultery, and Murder. Here are some possible suggestions why it would be ...
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Why did Yehudah say "we will all be slaves" when Yosef's guy said that only the person who has the Goblet will be a slave?

They had offered to be slaves beforehand. 44:8. Yosef responded that would be the fitting punishment but he won't give it 44:9. Rashi and other Rishonim say from the Medrash Rabbah that the reason ...
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The end of a parasha as a message for the new parasha

Unsure if your question is asking for discussions about the weekly parsha being connected to current events or specifically the weekly parsha being connected to the following and previous parsha. ...
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The end of a parasha as a message for the new parasha

There is a connection that is similar to what you described made by The Targum Simcha at the end of parshas Vayechi. He connects the end of Sefer Bereishis, concluding on a somber note with the death ...
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Collections of insights on the weekly Parasha

Rabbi Oizer Alport sends out a new parsha sheet weekly(Parsha Potpourri). He has been doing it for years and he qoutes a plethora of sources . He also includes fascinating and unique questions and ...
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Why did Tzlofchod's daughters deserve to get a portion?

The Mishna Bova Basra 116 B says בְּנוֹת צְלָפְחָד נָטְלוּ שְׁלֹשָׁה חֲלָקִים בַּנַּחֲלָה. חֵלֶק אֲבִיהֶן שֶׁהָיָה עִם יוֹצְאֵי מִצְרַיִם, וְחֶלְקוֹ עִם אֶחָיו בְּנִכְסֵי חֵפֶר. וְשֶׁהָיָה בְכוֹר ...
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Torah reading cycle, skipped portions

The basic law (Megillah 31b) is to read the Torah sequentially, but occasionally the sequence is interrupted (such as on Yom Tov) and then resumed. All other breaking points are entirely customary. ...
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Tzlofachad's reason of death?

I always understood that "he died by his own sin" is opposed to "died because he question Moshe and Aharon (Korach and his group)"
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Tzlofachad's reason of death?

It says "he died by his own sin." The various groups were killed in the desert by plague or fire as punishment for their collective failure -- and to teach the rest of the people a lesson -- ...
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Rabbi Matis Blum Torah Lodaas Sheets Online?

Hello my name is Lazer Hoffmann While going thru old stuff from my father z"l I found a collection of almost all the Torah Ladaas weekly publications from the years 1989 - 2000. I have no need ...
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Why is Parsha Naso (and Bamidbor) all mixed up?

If I could, I'd rather phrase the question differently. To me, most of the beginning of Sefer Bamidbar is not intertwined: it is a detailed discussion of how Israel was arranged around the Mishkan. ...
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Yaacov's refusal to use Yitzhak's wealth

The medrash (cited by Rashi on Genesis 29:11 s.v. "ויבך") that says that Eliphaz stole his wealth, also says he did it at Yaakov's behest in order to justify lying to Esau that he had ...
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Where is there a discussion where one can understand Devarim 23:25 fully?

Rashi on the spot points out various restrictions to this verse. (Source : Sefaria) כי תבא בכרם רעך. בְּפוֹעֵל הַכָּתוּב מְדַבֵּר: כי תבא בכרם רעך WHEN THOU COMEST INTO THE VINEYARD OF THY FELLOW MAN, [...
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