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What is "okinta"?

אוקימתא (from להקים - to put up) is putting a statement in a specific more elaborate way. In short, when there are two (or more) contradicting sources that bring seemingly opposite opinions, Ukimta ...
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Source for Chasam Sofer quote about Zohar

Apparently it is quoted by one of the Chasam Sofer's students, Rabbi Eliezer Lipman Naizatts, in his sefer Mei Menuchot, page 43a, as having been said by the Chasam Sofer in front of many of his ...
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Does anything in the Tanakh resemble the quote "Each shall seek his own kind"?

In Bava Kama 92b, Rava asks Rabba bar Mari for the source of a popular saying along the same lines. Rabba bar Mari answers with five different sources for it. The third verse, which is attributed to &...
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If don't aspire to be a general cannot be a simple soldier

This saying is quoted in the name of the Chafetz Chaim on multiple websites: Here's a video in which Rabbi Ovadyah Yosef zt"l says it in his name (from 19:14). And the story is likewise told in ...
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Which rabbinic or mishnaic source is quoted as having stated that men are to be married at nineteen and fathers at twenty-four?

Most likely, you're thinking of Yehuda ben Teima in Avot 5:21, which is of the form you describe, though with a different particular list: הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר, בֶּן חָמֵשׁ שָׁנִים לַמִּקְרָא, בֶּן ...
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Source for "the land of Israel makes its inhabitants wise"

From Masechet Bava Batra, 158b בחזקת מי ר' אילא אמר בחזקת יורשי האם ר' זירא אמר בחזקת יורשי הבן כי סליק רבי זירא קם בשיטתיה דרבי אילא קם רבה בשיטתיה דרבי זירא אמר רבי זירא שמע מינה אוירא דארץ ישראל ...
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Do you have the source for the quote about not trusting liars

Sanhedrin 89b: כך עונשו של בדאי שאפילו אמר אמת אין שומעין לו [T]his is the punishment of the liar, that even if he speaks the truth, others do not listen to him.
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Who said this quote?

It's attributed to the Alter Rebbe in Hayom Yom, 25 Adar II: The chassid, R. Mordechai Horodoker, related: The first aphorism we heard from the Alter Rebbe when we arrived in Lyozna was: What is ...
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Idiomatic Serenity Pledge?

This prayer is Jewish. In the 11th-century, Solomon ibn Gabirol, the author of Adon Olam, wrote [Mibchar ha-Peninim (Choice of Pearls), Chapter 17 (Consciousness), verse 2] At the head of all ...
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How should I understand Rabbeinu Bachya on Numbers 25:13?

There are certain cases in which it is appropriate to kill someone, and certain cased in which killing is inappropriate. Typically appropriate killing would be legal executions. For discussion of when ...
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Maharam Discussing the Rosh

The Mechon Yerushalayim edition of Maharam's responsa includes an index of people mentioned. For R. Asher ben Yechiel, it includes the following:
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Source for Rabbi Meir Shapira's statement about Daf Yomi

At the K'nesia Gedolah in 1980, the "Lev Simcha" - the Rebbe of Gur - quoted this statement in the name of Rav Shapira from the first Siyum HaShas. [The Rebbe started Daf HaYomi of Yerushalmi at that ...
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Who made this claim about the author of Sefer Habahir?

Edit: Found it. It was written by Rabbi Meir ben Shimon of Narbonne in a letter he wrote against the Kabbalah (published by Adolf Neubauer in JQR 4:3, pg. 358): "...וכבר הגיע אותו ספר לידינו ...
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Trying to track down the textual source of a Jewish quote about a Rabbi Neskizh

Here. ואמר שסיפר לו אחיו הקאוולר זצוקלה"ה איך שאביהם הנעסכיזו זצוקלה"ה אמר לו " בני הלא מי שאינו מרגיש חבלי לידה ממש כמו שיש להיולדת שהיא בתוך חמשים מייל סביבותיו כדי להתפלל עבורה לעשות ...
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Baal Shem Tov on the words b'simcha and machshava

I don't know if you are looking for a quote specifically from the Baal Shem Tov, but there are numerous sources that bring this idea - and it is quite a widely discussed Chassidish concept. The ...
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Source of teaching

As mentioned in the comments, Rashi famously notes it in Parshas Noach 6:9: שֶׁעִקַּר תּוֹלְדוֹתֵיהֶם שֶׁל צַדִּיקִים מַעֲשִׂים טוֹבִים That the offspring of righteous people are their good deeds ...
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What is "okinta"?

An okimta (not okinta) is used generally to advocacy a sentence, generally a Mishna or a Berayita, which seems false or superfluous. From the Darke Hatalmud from Rabbi Yitschak Kampenton paragraph 4 ...
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Did Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson say that the souls of non-Jews are from the Satan?

Werner Cohn 26 years ago reviewed this book by Israel Shahak and showed how Israel Shahak completely fabricated stuff about what Jews said and did. Read this article showing how Shahak just makes up ...
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Did Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson say that the souls of non-Jews are from the Satan?

The Rebbe never said that. In fact, he says the exact opposite in Sichos Kodesh Shabbos Pinchos year 5741 section 6 based on R. Hillel Paritcher in the name of the Baal HaTanya & the Mitteler ...
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Source for a quotation from a Rabbi (or Jewish story)

When doing a google search I came across two Christian books one here and the other here which attribute it to the Chasidic master Rav Baruch of Medzebozh/Medzhybizh who was the grandson of the ...
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Did Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson say that the souls of non-Jews are from the Satan?

Hello Adin and welcome to Mi Yodeya. Without more specific details in terms of the quotation from the Rebbe in Likkutei Sichot, it is difficult to pinpoint what the exact discussion was about. But it ...
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Where do we learn that students are like offspring?

Yes, this appears in the Talmud in Sanhedrin 19b: אמר רבי שמואל בר נחמני א"ר יונתן כל המלמד בן חבירו תורה מעלה עליו הכתוב כאילו ילדו שנאמר ואלה תולדות אהרן ומשה וכתיב ואלה שמות בני אהרן לומר לך ...
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Idiomatic Serenity Pledge?

The wording was written by/for Alcoholics Anonymous, and it is used by all the "Twelve-Step Programs" patterned after it. AA was created by members of the Oxford Group, an Evangelical Christian ...
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Is this really in the Talmud?

This is in addition to the other fine answers provided by rosends and also Shalom, who showed us that these quotes cannot found anywhere in the Talmud, and when something "similar" can be found, the ...
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Seeking the source for a Baal Shem Tov quote

I am not sure 100%, but this quote is from a student of the Baal Shem Tov, the Maor Enayim Parshat Ytro, Rabbi Nachum from Tsharnobyl אך האמת שהאדם הוא אינו יכול לעמוד תמיד על מדריגה אחת כי החיות ...
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'Just because I think doesn't mean I know how to think'- Rambam quote?

I asked Rabbi Dweck via Instagram and he said it was actually his own quote summing up the opening of Moreh Nevuchim
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What's a good quote from Chazal to use as a constant reminder?

Here is a quote I like: "Who is rich? He who is happy with his lot." Ben Zoma — Pirkei Avos 4:1.
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What's a good quote from Chazal to use as a constant reminder?

Pirkei Avot 1:14: הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר, אִם אֵין אֲנִי לִי, מִי לִי. וּכְשֶׁאֲנִי לְעַצְמִי, מָה אֲנִי.) וְאִם לֹא עַכְשָׁיו, אֵימָתָי): (He used to say: If I am not for myself, who is for me? But if I ...
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What's a good quote from Chazal to use as a constant reminder?

למד לשונך לומר איני יודע Teach your tongue to say: “I do not know”. (Talmud, Berakhot 4a) (Framed on the wall in my study.)
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A word in print, is for generations after generations. - source of the Rebbe Rayatz

The source can be find on Hebrewbooks here (3rd paragraph) So I received from our master our teacher, the holy Rabbi, the Tzemach Tzedek, his righteous and holy memory should be as a blessing for ...
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