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What is the most-shared name in the Torah? In Tanach?

It turns out the most common name in the Tanach is Zecharayahu: A Kohen in the time of David (Divrei Hayamim 1:15:24) A Levite in the time of David (Divrei Hayamim 1:15:18) A gate-keeper in Ohel ...
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How the irrational number Pi can be derived from the Torah?

Pi can be derived from the Torah by rolling up a Torah scroll and measuring the end's diameter and circumference. The ratio between them will be pi.
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Rashi with sources in context

There's Chumash Rashi Ha'Shalem by Mosdot Ariel (link). Also available on Otzar Hachochmah. Here's an example of one page:
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Is it true that every 50th letter of the Hebrew Pentateuch text spells the word "Torah"?

The effect was among many found by Rabbi Dov Weismandel (originally from Prague) in the 1950s in New York. It was his discoveries that motivated all the Torah Code stuff, but he made no claims about ...
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Why do the Jews not live strictly by Moses' law?

I don't want my answer to come off as insulting, or personal, but my answer has to address the reasons behind your question, as many Christians ask us many versions of this same question, all of these ...
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First use of modern names for books of Torah

Sefer B'Reshit: the Yerushalmi (Sotah 1:10) already refers to it as Sefer B'reshit. This is also found in the Zohar (Raya Mehemna Vol. II Parashat Mishpatim 119b). Sefer Sh'mot: The Midrash Lekah Tov (...
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Who was older, Miriam or Aaron?

Tosafot Bechorot 4a: דלא היה אהרן בכור דמרים גדולה ממנו ג' שנים כדאמר במדרש [ריש פ' שמות] כמו שהיה אהרן גדול ממשה ג' שנים Aharon was not the firstborn, because Miriam was three years older ...
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Chumash with Shoresh highlighted

I have a (paper) book called אמרי מדריך that seems to be what you're looking for. It highlights the shoresh, showing the other letters in outline, and it includes letters from the shoresh which were ...
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What's the Jewish attitude towards work and unionizing?

We do not glorify poverty, but we do view work as ennobling. G-d could have poof! given the people a Tabernacle in the desert, but the process of everyone working together to build one (and it was ...
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Why didn't Avraham argue with HaShem about sacrificing Yitzchak just like he argued with Him about destroying Sodom?

Ralbag has an interesting explanation of the challenge of the Binding of Isaac, which could answer this question. He explains that the challenge was specifically to see how easy it would be for ...
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Who killed Nimrod?

The Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer does indeed state that Esav killed Nimrod (ed. Higger ch. 31). This is also found in Yalkut Shimoni (Parashat Tol'dot 110) and Targum Pseudo-Jonathan (Parashat Tol'dot 25:27)...
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Seeking copy of Torah in Ktav Ivri (Paleo-Hebrew)

In (my own) basehasefer.com, there's an option to view the pesukim in כתב עברי in the Tanach Viewer and Parsha Viewer features (see Help screens here and here on how to accomplish this). Another way ...
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Do the Torah codes offer scientific proof that the Torah is supernatural?

I think there’s a bigger problem with Torah Codes than the one Al Berko mentioned; namely, even if we were guaranteed accuracy in our Sifrei Torah, we would have this problem. That problem is that ...
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Please list the Pasukim Chumash that contain 29 letters. if so please state Chapter and verse

There are 69 pesukim in the Chumash that fit the bill, so 29 is a fairly common letter total for pesukim. (The high-scorer in the Chumash is a 50 letter total at 134 pesukim) For 29, the very first ...
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Is there a place for the documentary-hypothesis in observant Judaism?

The standard definition of heresy as found in the vast majority of contemporary responsa on topics that require its definition, such as whether spmepne with a given belief is an acceptable conversion ...
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Are there unnecessary words in torah?

There are already eight answers to this question, including an accepted one, yet no one has quoted any sources where rishonim explicitly state that parts of the Torah are unnecessary. While the ...
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Is "Roh-eh Hanoled" a classical expression?

It is not his invention. The phrase appears in the Mishnah in Tractate Avot in Chapter 2 Mishnah #9 or #10 (depending on your version): אמר להם צאו וראו איזוהי דרך ישרה שידבק בה האדם רבי אליעזר ...
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Parshanut Theory/Intro Books

If you read Hebrew, check out this book. https://korenpub.com/products/parshanei-hamikra It's an amazing resource.
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Who wrote the "Malbim" on the end of Devarim?

It was authored by Rabbi Yosef Halevi Ya'avetz, and has been printed with the Malbim from the first printing. (source)
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Is it true that every 50th letter of the Hebrew Pentateuch text spells the word "Torah"?

The question as asked is not factually true. However, if you start from the first Taf, ת, and count fifty letters, then it does work out. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_code
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What is the most-shared name in the Torah? In Tanach?

I believe (although I have no source) that Chanoch is the most common name in the Torah. We have Chanoch: Son of Kayin (Bereishit 4:17) Son of Yered (Bereishit 5:18) Son of Midian (Bereishit 25:4) ...
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What does this reference to Pirkei Avos mean in this letter of the Chazon Ish?

I found another sefer which quotes the letter. I don't know if it's quoting the letter in full, but it's more detailed than what you are quoting from Rav Chaim Friedlander. Here is what it says: ומה ...
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Did Yakov ever find out the truth about the sale of Yosef?

Ramban on the verse in Bereishis 45:27 seems to suggest that Yaakov never found out: And they told him all the words of Joseph: It appears to me according to the simple meaning that throughout all ...
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English Names of the Five Chumashim

If you look in midrash and other early sources, you will actually find the following Hebrew names for the 5 books: Sefer Bereshit Sefer Hageulah Toras Kohanim Chumash Hapekudim Mishneh Torah These ...
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Siddur with stressed vowels

Most modern Ashkenazi siddurim indicate stress using a meteg, which is a small vertical line placed under the letter that begins the accented syllable. For example, the word v'tsivanu (from many ...
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"Reverend" as title for a Rabbi?

I believe the volume you're looking at is Pentateuch with Rashi's Commentary Translated into English, by Rev. Morris Rosenbaum and Dr. Abraham Silbermann. According to the Wikipedia article linked ...
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Roshei Teivos in Kli Yekar

The " mark does not always signify an abbreviation, sometimes it functions like italics, pointing out a play on words. In this case, my guess is the Kli Yakar is combining two pesukim and ...
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Is it true that every 50th letter of the Hebrew Pentateuch text spells the word "Torah"?

This is factually untrue. You only need to get 50 letters into the first book of the Torah to discover the letter Lamed, ל, in Bereishit 1:2. Likewise in the book of Shemot, the 50th letter is a Shin, ...
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Ezra HaSofer and the text of the Pentateuch

I do not have the original source, but from memory, Ezrah used the best copies of the Torah available and wrote (from them) an authoritative copy to be used by all future sofrim (scribes). He did not ...
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