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Crying when reading about Aaron's sons' deaths

Mishnah Berurah 621:2 quotes this idea in the name of the Zohar. (I believe the relevant piece of Zohar is to be found in Vol. III 57b.)
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Why is kisui hadam (covering of the blood) only done for a bird & wild animal, but not for a domesticated animal?

According to the "Klei Yakar" (Vayikra 17-13): The main reason for the Mitzvah of "Kisui Ha'Dam" is to make a distinction that one should not come to eat blood - "Dam Ha'Nefesh" (violating the ...
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Is the Ramban's observation of "red drops similar to blood developing on a mirror " recorded by anyone else?

Ramban is his discourse "Torat Hashem Temima" (here citing Galen too in the footnote, or Kitvei Ramban ed. Chavel, p. 167) repeated this idea in the name of Aristotle. The source for Aristotle's ...
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Haftarot for Acharei Mot and Kedoshim

The Babylonian annual Torah cycle portions Acharei and Kedoshim traditionally were associated with haftara readings from Ezekiel 22 and Ezekiel 20 respectively. Both those readings speak about sexual ...
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Why is וחי בהם taught in the context of one of its exceptions?

Adapting from here: Panim Yafos (by the Baal Hahaflaah) and Pnei Dovid (by the Chida): to teach us that (according to Tosafos) even with arayos, where there's no maaseh, יהרג ואל יעבור doesn't apply. ...
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Why is kisui hadam (covering of the blood) only done for a bird & wild animal, but not for a domesticated animal?

The Chinuch explains that the blood domestic animals is offered on the altar so cannot be covered, and God didn't trouble us to distinguish in this way between animals offered on the altar and animals ...
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When to start Shnayim Mikra for a parsha that is delayed due to Yom Tov?

From the Mishna Brurah 285 it seems that one can start Shnayim Mikra once the new parsha was read on shabbos during mincha. See Shevet HaLevi 10:78 who holds sunday and according to some from mincha ...
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Is the Ramban's observation of "red drops similar to blood developing on a mirror " recorded by anyone else?

In Pliny the Elder's Natural History, he records such something similar: "Her very look, even, will dim the brightness of mirrors, blunt the edge of steel, and take away the polish from ivory. A ...
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Mishkav/Mishkave... , Is there a difference?

The phrase means literally "the lying of a man" and is euphemistic for intimate relations as performed by a man, which is how it is generally translated in the verses (Numbers 31:17-18) you ...
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Fasting, Yom Kippur

According to the Mishna (Yoma 8:1), Yom Hakkippurim is forbidden in eating, drinking, washing, anointing, wearing shoes, and marital relations. The Gemara (76b) tries to derive how each of these ...
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Mishkav/Mishkave... , Is there a difference?

Simple answer is yes there is a very good reason, though sorry, it's somewhat graphic. "Mishkevei isha" (plural) refers to vaginal and anal; only one of those applies to males. This is in fact the ...
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Binyan identification in Ibn Ezra on Vayikra 18:3

הרגיל also has an intransitive meaning, "to be habituated." In a construction of הרגיל + infinitive I would translate it as an adverb (ירגיל ללכת = "habitually go"). There are some ...
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Who is Azazel? It's the guy that got one of the two goats on a certain day. What do we know more about that being?

The best answer about AZAZEL is found at balashon.com! On Yom Kippur we read about the service in the Temple that was performed on that holy day. Part of the service involved sending away a goat, ...
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Why the words "אחרי מות"?

Rashi ad loc. (citing Toras Kohanim) explains: מַה תַּלְמוּד לוֹמָר? הָיָה רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן עֲזַרְיָה מוֹשְׁלוֹ מָשָׁל לְחוֹלֶה שֶׁנִּכְנָס אֶצְלוֹ רוֹפֵא, אָמַר לוֹ אַל תֹּאכַל צוֹנֵן וְאַל ...
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Why does Rambam not learn the prohibition for adultery from Yitro but from Acharei Mot?

In my experience Rambam will always cite the verse that expresses the idea most clearly as the primary source. That is not to say that the yisro commandment isnt referring to adultery and doesnt count ...
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Why when referring to the Ark does the torah mention the "cover" כפורת of the ark and not the ark itself?

First I will briefly summarize the point brought by the article at etzion.org.il which in itself is based on the words of Rabbi Shlomo Fisher zt"l in his ספר בית ישי סימן מז:ב within the article ...
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Why does Rashi bring the gematria hint of בזאת?

The mizrachi explains rashi to be saying that: בזאת גימטריא שלו ארבע מאות ועשר רמז לבית ראשון. דאל"כ הל"ל כי בענן אראה על הכפרת ובפר בן בקר לחטאת שפירושו שלא יבא אל הקדש כי אם בענן הקטרת ...
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Why are there extraneous words in vaykra (Leviticus) 17:3?

It seems that According to Rabeinu Bacheye quoting Rashi, that Initially Hashem forbade Adam to eat slaughtered animals. Hashem only later on allowed slaughtered animals for either the Temple service ...
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Fasting, Yom Kippur

The gemara discusses at length in Masechet Yoma 74b the commandment of "suffering" ועניתם.The gemera asks how do we know the Torah didn't mean that one should sit in the sun all day! The gemara then ...
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Who is Azazel? It's the guy that got one of the two goats on a certain day. What do we know more about that being?

Here is the Agada "angelic\demonic" explanation: בבלי יומא סז עמוד ב תנו רבנן עזאזל... תנא דבי ר' ישמעאל עזאזל שמכפר על מעשה עוזא ועזאל Yoma 67:b Our sages thought [What is] Azazel? ... It was ...
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