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Rashi Bamidbar 21:20 דָּ"אַ, כָּרוּהָ נְדִיבֵי הָעָם — כָּל נָשִׂיא וְנָשִׂיא כְּשֶׁהָיוּ חוֹנִים נוֹטֵל מַקְלוֹ וּמוֹשֵׁךְ אֵצֶל דִּגְלוֹ וּמַחֲנֵהוּ, וּמֵי הַבְּאֵר נִמְשָׁכִין דֶּרֶךְ אוֹתוֹ סִימָן וּבָאִין לִפְנֵי חֲנִיַּת כָּל שֵׁבֶט וָשֵׁבֶט (תנחומא): Another explanation is: כרוה נדיבי עם THE NOBLES OF THE PEOPLE HOLLOWED IT — each prince of the ...


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Due to Miriam’s merit, God provided the Israelites a well that would pop up when they camped. Some say the well was a rock. After she died it vanished, and Moses brough it forth again. https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/3916196/jewish/Miriams-Well-Unravelling-the-Mystery.htm


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The Birkat Osher quotes various sources where Chazal say that because of 4 things Yisroel was redeemed: they didn't change their names, their language, they didn't speak loshon hora and they had no immoral relationships. (Information about the Birkat Osher here). He suggests that the idea that they did not change their clothes שלא שינו שמלותם וכו' אינו אלא ...


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The Gemarah in Bava Metziah on Daf 61a-61b learns out different laws from the words לא תגנב etc. I am unsure exactly how to bring the source. Look there.


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In the general case, yes, sometimes midrashim absolutely interpret pesukim which are in variance with the masoretic text, and which we can find in the Septuagint, or the Samaritan text, or the Dead Sea Scrolls. I've written about this extensively, and linked is one such example. So, it is not impossible that Rabbi Avin bar Kahana (a third/fourth generation ...


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You have a good eye. In the work עלבונה של תורה this is listed as one of the cases of Christians corrupting our writings. The "new Torah" is meant to provide justification for the New Testament.


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Based on your question, it sounds like you want an explanation of the story that will appeal to a more rational audience. Ralbag explains the story as follows: Moshe wanted to follow Hashem's instructions to return to Egypt. He assumed that there was a conflict between leaving right away and circumcising his newborn son, since it would be dangerous to travel ...


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Chatam Sofer: Pharao did want the Hebrews as useful servants for his construction work, and therefore he wanted strong servant women, so that he can marry of to Egyptians and let them give birth to strong servants. (The name "Shifra" is explained as expert in making a strong baby after delivery, and Pharao wanted this "strengthening" for ...


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The Midrash says that Jethro worshipped all existing idols and concluded only God was real: Jethro said: I have not neglected to worship any idol in this world, but I have found no god like the God of Israel. [Midrash Tanḥuma, Yitro 7] So Jethro wanted a grandson to do as he did: Worship all existing idols and conclude only God was real. This would give ...


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The verses say that Miriam, Moshe's sister, stood watch to see what would happen with Moshe. When the daughter of Pharaoh pulled Moshe from the water, Miriam suggested Yocheved as a nurse. So it was not so much a miracle as a result of Miriam's dedication.


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Nature their Nurture (p. 139) shares a beautiful insight about Shechem: Shechem is the place where people throughout our history have been drawn to regain their power in life. How exactly did they come away from the encounter with Shechem with more energy? It somehow focused them on their core greatness, their unique portion. The Shem MiShmuel (Vayishlach ...


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