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Who is the Infamous Little Horn of Daniel 7?

Rashi, a renowned 11th Century commentator on the Bible and Talmud, wrote that this "little horn" in Daniel 7:8 that is "speaking arrogantly" refers to Titus, the one who destroyed the Holy Temple and ...
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Why didn't the prophets (and others "inspired from Above") ever learn the secrets of science or cures for disease?

There was once a book that had all the cures you are talking about, but it was buried. In the mishna of Psachim 4:9 it says that the king Chizkia buried "the book of cures": ששה דברים עשה חזקיה ...
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Did the state of Israel fulfill ancient prophecy?

There are numerous prophecies about the Messianic era and they are generally viewed together as a "single package". As such, Orthodox Judaism is hesitant to declare a single prophecy of that package ...
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Were there prophets who could “see” the past?

Note that the definition of prophecy that you quote is a prophet is an individual who receives a message from G‑d to transmit to the people. This means that if the message involves the past, the ...
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Prophecies referring to the final redemption

Don Yitzchak Abarbanel wrote a book that is the answer to this question. He organizes all of the prophecies in Tana"ch that he holds to be foretelling Mashi'ach by person, starting with Bil'am, in ...
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Did the state of Israel fulfill ancient prophecy?

While the verse cited does predict a return of the Jews to the land of Israel it also includes details which have not yet been realized. The return of large numbers of Jews to Israel and an ...
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What are the teachings regarding prophets nowadays?

There is a somewhat lengthy discussion of this in the Talmud: אמר רבי אבדימי דמן חיפה מיום שחרב בית המקדש ניטלה נבואה מן הנביאים וניתנה לחכמים אטו חכם לאו נביא הוא הכי קאמר אע"פ שניטלה מן ...
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Why do angels have wings?

You ask: My first question is where does the idea of wings come from: God obviously doesn't have wings, and humans either, why would divine beings have wings in terms of likeness to God? Rambam ...
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What "end" was Yaakov prevented from revealing, and to what extent does S'forno disagree?

Rashi says - as I've always been taught - that Yaakov intended to inform them the time of the final redemption. רש"י ואגידה לכם. בקש לגלות את הקץ ונסתלקה ממנו שכינה, והתחיל אומר דברים אחרים (ב"ר ...
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Why didn't the prophets (and others "inspired from Above") ever learn the secrets of science or cures for disease?

If Hashem wanted a ready-made world with nothing left to explore, He could have just stayed with a כסא הכבוד, or better yet, הוא ושמו. This world was created with the theme of constant improvement. ...
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Who is the Infamous Little Horn of Daniel 7?

In The Jewish Study Bible (2nd edition, 2014), Lawrence M. Wills asserts that the little horn is Antiochus Epiphanes. Ditto 'Daniel, Book of' in Jewish Encyclopedia (online) by Emil G. Hirsch and ...
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Were there prophets who could “see” the past?

It should be recognized that most prophetic oracles are not "foretelling" oracles, but rather "forthtelling," i.e. speaking an uncomfortable truth to the prescribed audience, usually to a powerful ...
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What is the Jewish understanding of who the "son" is in Psalm 2

Judaism often relates to descriptions such as son and father as metaphorical, regarding the relationship between God and the Jewish people. The daat mikra Tanach explains the psalm to be divided into ...
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the Sixth Commandment versus the prophecy of relocation of all Jews to Israel

The question is based on the wrong premise. The actual commandment is "Do not Murder" not "Do not Kill". Your question implies that one may not even kill in sef-defense which is untrue. That is, you ...
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What are the circumstances of the fulfillment of Ezekiel's vision of the temple?

I understand the Rambam below is referring to your chapter (so no it is referring to the one not yet built (it shloud be speedily rebuilt) The rambam  » Mishneh Torah» Sefer Avodah » Beit Habechirah ...
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Interpreting the Zohar's Prediction of the year 1840

R. Yitzchak Yosef cites R. Shimshon of Ostropoli as writing that the prediction refers to the (re)discovery of techeilet and fixing various things. ילקוט יוסף ציצית ותפילין הערות סימן ט וראיתי ...
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Are there discussions of the difference in what Lavan says and what Hashem actually did?

Regarding your first point: In addition to the general understanding that Hashem appearing to someone is generally in a dream (as sourced by @Mevaqesh above), a number of Mefarshim to 31:29 (including ...
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What are the circumstances of the fulfillment of Ezekiel's vision of the temple?

See Did the Jews Disregard Ezekiel's Prophecy of the Temple and also Why Haven't the Jews Rebuilt the Temple Yet?. Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin in these two articles states that the Second Temple was not ...
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Why "Moshe Moshe"?

In Shemos Rabbah 2:6 it lists several reasons: Unlike the other neviim (prophets) that had their names repeated such as Avraham (Bereishis 22:11), Yaakov (Bereishis 46:2) and Shmuel (Shmuel 1 3:10) ...
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Why didn't the prophets (and others "inspired from Above") ever learn the secrets of science or cures for disease?

Man's blessing in Gen 1:28 reads: וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם, אֱלֹהִים, וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם אֱלֹהִים פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ וּמִלְאוּ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ, וְכִבְשֻׁהָ; וּרְדוּ בִּדְגַת הַיָּם, וּבְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם, וּבְכָל-חַיָּה,...
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Why didn't the prophets (and others "inspired from Above") ever learn the secrets of science or cures for disease?

Putting aside the aspects of e.g. the creation story (as interpreted by the medieval Rishonim) that have been confirmed by modern science (e.g. creatio ex nihilo, evolution [see e.g the Drashot Haran],...
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Can bad prophecies be erased?

Deuteronomy 18, 21-22: כִי תֹאמַר בִּלְבָבֶךָ אֵיכָה נֵדַע אֶת הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר לֹא דִבְּרוֹ יְהֹוָה: אֲשֶׁר יְדַבֵּר הַנָּבִיא בְּשֵׁם יְהֹוָה וְלֹא יִהְיֶה הַדָּבָר וְלֹא יָבֹא הוּא הַדָּבָר ...
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Has the biblical prophecy about God bringing us back to Egypt in ships been fulfilled?

There are a few possible solutions to this question. Sabbahillel commented: I have been told that the price of slaves dropped dramatically after the destruction of the second temple and Bar ...
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Were there prophets who could “see” the past?

He saw an Egyptian man ,Exodus 2:12. Moshe saw through divine inspiration what the Egyptian has done to the Jewess in the house I.e. that the Egyptian has committed adultery also that the Egyptian was ...
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In Judaism, must נְבִיאִים Neviim feel happiness in order לְהִנָּבֵא to prophesy?

Rabbi Reissman in a recent shiur was trying to answer an old question of his. Baruch Ben Naria (in the Mechilta end of hakdama to parshas Bo) requested prophecy. Hashem denied it to him with the ...
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Who is the Infamous Little Horn of Daniel 7?

Bereshit Rabba 76:6 identifies this as "Ben Naytzer." הַצִּילֵנִי נָא מִיַּד אָחִי מִיַּד עֵשָׂו (בראשית לב, יב), הַצֵּל אֶת בָּנַי לֶעָתִיד לָבוֹא מִיַּד בְּנֵי בָנָיו שֶׁבָּאוּ עֲלֵיהֶן מִכֹּחוֹ ...
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What Biblical prophecies appear to have been fulfilled already?

There are three noteworthy prophecies of Ezekiel regarding Tyre that were fulfilled much after the book of Ezekiel was written and completed. The first one is regarding the demise of Tyre, ...
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Daniel 8:14 not fulfilled?

(1) Daniel 8:14 was not written by Micah. (2) The writer of the question highlights a great problem, the computation of the time mentioned in this verse. Jewish commentators offer varying dates. R' ...
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Did the state of Israel fulfill ancient prophecy?

Rambam Melachim 12 There are some Sages who say that Elijah's coming will precede the coming of the Mashiach. All these and similar matters cannot be definitely known by man until they occur ...
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