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List of Aliyos with Different Stopping Points

Have noticed some Aliyos that seem to be different Mesoros where they should end. For example Bereishis Chamishi - From 4:19 - some go until 4:22, others until 4:26 (end of Perek) Terumah Sheini - ...
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Urim and Thumim

I am currently researching the topic of Urim and Thumim and have two questions, maybe someone can help me or suggest sources: There are 72 letters on the Ephod (50 for the 12 tribes plus Avraham ...
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Can a Jew use someone else’s Chumash for Shnayim mikra

According to Halacha, is it permissible for a Jew to fulfill the mitzvah of Shnayim Mikra V’echad Targum by using someone else’s Chumash (with their consent of course)? Or does one have to own the ...
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Does the Torah itself support a universe older than 5k+ years?

There is a fundamental dispute about how to render the very first word in the Torah, and by extension, the first few pesukim, with wide ranging implication.  Rashi and his grandson Rashbam interpret ...
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Which English translation to use for shnayim mikrah?

According to some poskim, a person can be yotzei his obligation of shnayim mikrah ve'echad targum by reading the pesukim twice and an English translation once. If I remember correctly, this is only ...
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What is the section labeled מענה לשון in a Chumash?

Looking at a sample page of the Chumash Simanim (for ex. here), I see the Torah text, Targum Onkelos, Rashi, and, at the foot of the page, a section labeled מענה לשון. What is this last section, and ...
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Yosef and three times scaring his brothers

In the interaction between the Viceroy (really Yosef) and his brothers in Parshas Mikeitz, the Torah describes three different ways he frightened them. First, he claimed they were spies (מרגלים). ...
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Why did Yehuda/Shelah need Yibum with Tamar? She had a Chazaka

Why did Yehuda/Shelah have to Yibum, after all Tamar already has 2 of her husbands die, and even though we pasken chazakah happens after three times we pasken you only need 2 times for a danger?
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Strange that Rachel held onto Lavan's idols and did not throw them out

Why was Rachel holding onto Lavan's idols for a few days? Since she was trying to prevent Lavan from doing Avodah Zara she should have thrown them out immediately!
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What are verses that clearly state that tribal lineage comes from the father? [duplicate]

I am trying to find verses in Tanakh that state that the tribal lineage comes from the father.
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Yitzchok being Menachem Avel Yaakov

How come Yitzchok wasn't Menachem Avel Yaakov upon Yaakov's hearing that Yosef was deceased? We know Yitzchok knew that Yosef was alive. Nevertheless, when all of Yaakov's sons and daughters came to ...
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Seeking copy of Torah in Ktav Ivri (Paleo-Hebrew)

Is there a copy of the Torah in Ktav Ivri (Paleo-Hebrew)? If so, is there a copy online? If not, where might I find it in print?
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Rashi with sources in context

Is there a sefer chumash with Rashi's commentary which brings Rashi's sources in context? For example, if Rashi were to quote a gemara, this sefer would print the relevant text of the gemara in the ...
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70 Souls of Jacob

In Bereshit 46 the Torah tells us that there were 70 descendents of Jacob who came to Egypt with him (excluding the wifes) 33 descendants through Leah 16 through Zilpa 14 throgh Rahel 7 through Bilah ...
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Is this idea (dictation model of Torah) by Rambam heretical/blasphemous/idolatrous?

Rabbi David Bigman in his article The Dictation Model of Torah Revelation convincingly argues that the idea of Torah being entirely dictated to Moses, and then preserved over the generations (...
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The relationship of Adam and Chavah and what does it mean?

In Parshat B'reishis ch. 3 p. 20 Adam names Chavah. Here Rashi points out that Adam names her earlier and the reason for bringing up the name in this location. What I'm wondering though is about the ...
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Status of books printed by the "Society for Distributing Hebrew Scriptures"

There are ostensibly a bunch of Christians who want to encourage Jews to learn Torah and keep mitzvot because they believe that will bring the Moshiach, so they have a Tanach they have printed and ...
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Who actually rested on the seventh day? Was it Memra or G-d, blessed be He?

Targum Neofiti states the following: “On the seventh day, the Memra of the LORD completed his work which he had created, and there was Sabbath.” (Genesis 2:3; Targum Neofiti) Memra is what "...
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what is the difference between שלל, ביזה, and חרם?

We know that there are no true synonyms in the Torah. What does each of these connote? (to pass the test here - i googled and did not find anything)
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Please list the Pasukim Chumash that contain 29 letters. if so please state Chapter and verse [closed]

Please list the Pasukim in the Chumash that contain 29 letters, ideally state Chapter and verse. For context, I am buying Pasukim in a Sefer Torah that contain 29 Letters.
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What's the Jewish attitude towards work and unionizing? [closed]

This is a very personal question and open ended question, and I am not sure if it is really right to give this much personal context. But I believe it is something that most people experience. I have ...
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Halachically speaking, are painted Egyptian sunk-reliefs that are carved into walls (the outline of a 2D painting) considered to be 2D or 3D (See Ex.)

According to this answer on Judaism StackExchange regarding different rules for what kind of art is allowed, it states that: There are differences between representation in relief (3 dimensions) and ...
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Moshe Rabbeinu and Bil'am - Last Words

Both Bil'am (by Balak) and Moshe (by Pharaoh) are told, Leave, never dare to come back. By Bil'am (Bamidbar 24:11) וְעַתָּ֖ה בְּרַח־לְךָ֣ אֶל־מְקוֹמֶ֑ךָ And now, flee to your place... Moshe you know ...
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Midpoint of each Sefer

I am looking for sources that tell what word, letter and verse is at the midpoint of each Sefer, meaning 5 midpoints if considering the Torah containing 5 books or if you want, 7 as the Talmud states ...
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Who carried the aron which traveled in front of the camp?

Rashi describes how the aron (which contained the broken pieces of the first luchos and which was taken out with the Jewish army in times of battle) would travel in front of the camp in the desert. ...
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What is the difference between איל and עתוד?

במדבר ז יז - וּלְזֶ֣בַח הַשְּׁלָמִים֮ בָּקָ֣ר שְׁנַ֒יִם֒ אֵילִ֤ם חֲמִשָּׁה֙ עַתּוּדִ֣ים חֲמִשָּׁ֔ה כְּבָשִׂ֥ים בְּנֵֽי־שָׁנָ֖ה חֲמִשָּׁ֑ה זֶ֛ה קׇרְבַּ֥ן נַחְשׁ֖וֹן בֶּן־עַמִּינָדָֽב׃ {פ} And for his ...
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Roshei Teivos in Kli Yekar

עד עלות חמ"ס What does חמ"ס stand for? If it's just the word 'violence', why the ''? Context: ויבא עמלק וילחם עם ישראל ברפידים. בילקוט מסיק שעמלק דומה לזבוב כו', משל למלך שהקיף כרם כו', ...
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Is Yaacov Avinu implying that Hashem only fulfils His promises to those who are worthy? (Rashi)

קָטֹנְתִּי מִכֹּל הַחֲסָדִים וּמִכָּל־הָאֱמֶת I am unworthy of all the kindness and all the truth...(Bereshit 32:11) Rashi on "truth": ומכל האמת. אֲמִתַּת דְּבָרֶיךָ, שֶׁשָּׁמַרְתָּ לִי ...
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Are Jews allowed to destroy the fruit trees and give bad water to cattle if they're fighting a war outside/unrelated to the Holy Land & Mesopotamia?

Deuteronomy 20:19-20 (NIV) states the following: When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can ...
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Please help me translate

on the passuk in shemos: Shemos 8:8 וַיֵּצֵא מֹשֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹן מֵעִם פַּרְעֹה וַיִּצְעַק מֹשֶׁה אֶל־יְהֹוָה עַל־דְּבַר הַצְפַרְדְּעִים אֲשֶׁר־שָׂם לְפַרְעֹה׃ can someone please help translate Rav ...
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Why is there variation in number regarding entering the land?

In some situations, the Torah, when issuing a commandment regarding being in Israel uses the singular and in other cases, the plural: Dev 26:1 -- וְהָיָה֙ כִּֽי־תָב֣וֹא אֶל־הָאָ֔רֶץ Bam 15:2 -- כִּ֣י ...
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Looking for pirushim on Rabeinu Bachye al Hatorah

Looking for pirushim on Rabeinu Bachye al Hatorah. Books similar to Ha'ezrach Beyisrael. Specifically on the more cryptic passages.
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Torah or Sorah?

What is the difference between Torah with a taf and Sorah with a saf? For example, in Tehillim 119, the word תורתיך or תורת is written about 20 times, half of the times it is written with a taf, and ...
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Exceptions to pausal form [duplicate]

The pasuq reads, (Vayiqra 3:14) ג,יד וְהִקְרִ֤יב מִמֶּ֨נּוּ֙ קָרְבָּנ֔וֹ אִשֶּׁ֖ה לַֽיהוָ֑ה אֶת־הַחֵ֨לֶב֙ הַֽמְכַסֶּ֣ה אֶת־הַקֶּ֔רֶב וְאֵת֙ כָּל־הַחֵ֔לֶב אֲשֶׁ֖ר עַל־הַקֶּֽרֶב׃ Why does the segol of ...
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Detailed mapping of how many pessukim there are in each perek of Torah (Chummish with 5845 pessukim)

BS"D I looking for a detailed mapping of how many pessukim there are in each perek of Torah (Chummish with 5845 pessukim) as opposed to 5888 pessukim mapped here https://catholic-resources.org/...
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List of Seforim that Collect Midrashim on the Parsha

I'm looking for a list of seforim that collect midrashim on the Parsha. In particular, I am looking for a sefer or seforim that can help me see what happens between the lines of the pesukim according ...
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Vayimaen (וימאן) Connection

The word וימאן is mentioned 3 times in Sefer Bereishis Where Yaakov refuses to be consoled over the supposed death of Yosef (37:35) Where Yosef refuses the advancement of Eishes Potifar (39:8) Where ...
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Why did Hashem wait 2000+ years to give the Torah?

I think the question is self explanatory: Why wait so long?
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Did Reuven profit from the sale of Yosef?

Yosef was sold for 20 silver pieces. Yerushalmi (Shekalim 2:3) and Bereishis Rabbah (84:18) both say that since the 10 brothers each received 2 silver pieces, which were worth half a shekel, their ...
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How do Jewish people understand the commandment not to make or worship idols?

The first commandment given to Moses on the mountain is clear and unambiguous. In English it reads "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall ...
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Torah commentaries in modern Hebrew

I’m not sure if such thing exists, but I wonder if there are books which contain classical (if it has modern ones, also fine, but not necessarily) Torah commentaries in Modern Hebrew? What I mean is: ...
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Coherent reading of beraishis creation

I’m trying to make sense of the creation story in beraishis but there are so many things left unclear or unsaid. What are some sources that lay it out clearly when each thing was created and what was ...
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how is the 10th commandment "לֹ֥א תַחְמֹ֖ד" understood in light of Devarim parshas Nitzavim last pasuk of shlishi?

How is the 10th commandment of the 10 commandments "לֹ֥א תַחְמֹ֖ד" (not to covet) understood in light of the verse in Devarim? The verse in Devarim is, "The hidden things belong to the ...
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Is the prophet "like moses" in Deut 18 always understood specifically not in the sense of the "prophet like Moses" in Deut 34:10?

Is the prophet "like moses" in Deut 18 always understood specifically not in the sense of the "prophet like Moses" in Deut 34:10? Deut 18:18 "נָבִיא אָקִים לָהֶם מִקֶּרֶב ...
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What sources did Moshe Rabbeinu use to write the Torah?

I was asked this question the other day by someone and didn't know how to answer him. How did Moshe Rabbeinu know the stories of Adam Harishon and Chava? What about Avraham Avinu, Yitzchak Avinu and ...
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Viduy Ma'aser if the person had done wrong

In Devarim 26:12-15 (https://www.sefaria.org/Deuteronomy.26.15?lang=he&with=all&lang2=he), Parshas Ki Tavo, the Torah prescribes what our sages called, Viduy Maaser. וְאָמַרְתָּ֡ לִפְנֵי֩ ה' ...
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Who wrote the "Malbim" on the end of Devarim?

At the end of the Malbim's commentary to Devarim 22:21, there is a note which says: {מכאן עד סדר נצבים לא מצאנו באמתחת כתבי יד הגאון המחבר ז״ל וחבל על דאבדין. אמנם אנחנו קבצנו ובארנו על פי דרכו אשר ...
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וּמָת֖וֹק הָא֑וֹר (u'Matok HaOhr): Why is the Torah compared to honey and a sweet light?

(I am aware of this question, however, my question focus specifically about why Torah is called sweet). In Koheles 11:7, Torah is described as וּמָת֖וֹק הָא֑וֹר (u'Matok HaOhr), a sweet light. ...
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God's oneness, how do we know he is a absolute one from Devarim 6:4?

The Hebrew Scriptures tells us that Gd is One. Hear, O Israel: The Etrnl is our Gd, the Etrnl is one. [Deuteronomy 6:4] But how do we know that the term ‘one’ at the end of the above verse, does not ...
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Is it possible that Moshe visited Cana'an between leaving Egypt and the burning bush?

We can say it was all prophecy, but in parshat Re'ay Moshe knows about all the bamot across the Jordan and is super concerned that bnei yisrael will sacrifice in other places than hamakome that God ...
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