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What a word in the Torah means is best determined not by the most frequently-used English translation of that word but by examining how that word is used in context in the Torah or possibly in parallel texts. If you look at the places where the noun "זֶרַע" is used in the Torah, you'll find plenty of examples of it meaning, in context, the child, ...


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The Midrash in Bereishis Rabbah 71:9 notes: וַתֵּלֶד זִלְפָּה שִׁפְחַת לֵאָה (בראשית ל, י), בְּכֻלָּם כְּתִיב וַתַּהַר, וְכָאן וַתֵּלֶד, אֶלָּא בַּחוּרָה הָיְתָה וְלֹא הָיְתָה נִכֶּרֶת בְּעִבּוּרָהּ "And when Zilpah, the maidservant of Leah bore" (Bereishis 30:10) - with all of them (i.e. the other three wives) it writes "And she conceived&...


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Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlita recently celebrated his 93 birthday K"H. He reportedly told people not to wish him a happy birthday becuase " Pharaoh is the only one in Tanach who celebrated a birthday" I also heard this in person from Rav Neventzal shlita.


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I would venture to say that the two out of three which we do pray for, rain and techias hameisim, are completely out of our ability to control. Having children, however, is something which humans are involved in. Now of course this begs the question what about other brachos in Shmona Esrei which are also accomplished through human action, at least sometimes, ...


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There's a halachah that in certain cases, A can hand something to B, who then hands it to C, etc., such that no person carries it more than four amos. When the Mishnah (Eruvin 95b) presents this halachah, it mentions וכן בנו (and so too with his child). Rashi there (based on the Gemara, ibid. 97b) explains that this means a baby who was born in the field on ...


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You skipped the first bit of the statement and have misunderstood him. He is not explaining the obligation of Hatov Vehameitiv by comparison to those who say Hagomel. Rather, he is giving two reasons for praising God at the circumcision ceremony. Note the ו in וי״מ. Here's the whole quote with some elaboration in translation for clarity: אומרים קיים את הילד ...


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Your assumption that זרע only means semen isn't correct even in terms of simple biology. A better translation would perhaps be gamete which can be either from the male or the female in terms of offspring. And this is actually how the concept is related in the Oral Torah like Niddah 31a which says in the name of Rabbi Yitzchok quoting Rabbi Immi: אמר רבי ...


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Rabbi SHimshon Rafael Hirsch explains regarding Leviticus Tazria 12:5 that the mother must prepare and become pure for both herself and her daughter. And if she gives birth to a female, she shall be unclean for two weeks, like her menstruation [period]. And for sixty six days, she shall remain in the blood of purity. Rav Hirsch explains: In the case of a ...


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HaRav Elimelech Biederman Shlita in his popular 'Torah Wellsprings' weekly parsha sheet writes in Parshas Vayeira 5781 the following: The Baal HaTanya zt'l told the Magid of Mezritz zt'l, "It's already 24 years after my chasunah, and I still don't have children." The Magid told him to perform hachnasas orchim, and he will merit children. As it ...


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