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Did Rambam have Rashi's works?

Did Rashi's works even reach the lands in which the Rambam lived? To summarize Prof. Shamma Friedman's piece, scholars in the early 20th century assumed from Rambam's silence, that he did not have ...
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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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Did Rashi learn Kabbalah?

In his commentary on the Gemara, Rashi refers to Sefer Yetzirah several times. One example, on Menachos 29b: אחת בה"י ואחת ביו"ד - חלק את שמו והטיף מכל אות ג' טיפין ומאותן טיפין נעשו מים ואש ואויר ...
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I'd love to but Hashem doesn't let

The Rambam in Shemoneh Perakim, ch. 6, discusses the preferable attitude towards avoiding aveiros, and references this midrash. After citing sentiments of the Nevi'im, such as (Mishlei 21:10) "נֶפֶשׁ ...
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Who wrote/compiled Rashi on the Rif

The consensus of the majority of traditional and modern authorities is that the "Rashi on the Rif" is not written by Rashi, but rather by a different scholar around the 13th and 14th centuries. The ...
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Why did Esav nickname his wife Yehudis?

The Gemarah (Megillah 13a) states that the term Yehudi refers to one who rejects idolatry: רבי יוחנן אמר לעולם מבנימן קאתי ואמאי קרי ליה יהודי על שום שכפר בע"ז שכל הכופר בע"ז נקרא יהודי כדכתיב (...
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What is the א"ת ב"ש ג"ר calendar mnemonic?

The Shulchan Aruch 428:3 explains the mnemonic: סימן לקביעת המועדים א"ת ב"ש ג"ר ד"ק ה"ץ ו"ף פירוש ביום א' של פסח יהיה לעולם ת"ב וסימן על מצות ומרורים יאכלוהו ביום ...
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What was the serpent’s plan?

The מהר"ל (גור אריה ג-טו) asks your question and he suggests that the snake thought that Chava, as a good wife, would offer the fruit to her husband first. The serpent expected him to die ...
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Did anyone other than Rashi think the Ark could "bear itself" (Joshua 4:18)?

Rashi's source is a Gemara in Sotah (35a): נמצא ארון ונושאיו וכהנים מצד אחד וישראל מצד אחד נשא ארון את נושאיו ועבר שנאמר (יהושע ד, יא) ויהי כאשר תם כל העם לעבור ויעבור ארון ה' והכהנים לפני העם ...
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What's the link between prostitution and one who "one who sells Mezonot"

This is not a euphemism for prostitution. Your link is to a text which abridges Rashi's commentary. The full text of Rashi is available (in Hebrew) here, and (in English) here. אשה זונה • ת ״י ...
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Hundred like seventy and seventy like five

The question here seems to be based on a problem with the translation. The text of the Rashi in question is: בן ק' כבן ע' ובן ע' כבן ה' בלא חטא There is nothing there about "strength". Rashi ...
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"Amar Rabbi Yitzchak" - Who is Rabbi Yitzchak?

Lots of acharonim theorized about this, but it turns out that this is essentially a Midrash Tanchuma (Buber edition Parshat Bereishit #11): אמר ר' יצחק לא היה צריך לכתוב את התורה אלא מהחדש הזה לכם ...
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Why cannot a convert make certain statements? I feel they are being pushed away at the same time respect is being given to them

You're absolutely right to compare this statement to saying "our fathers" in tefillah. The mishnah in Bikkurim 1:4 makes the same comparison and rules that a convert can't say either one. We don't ...
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How can we say something is a machlokes Rashi vs Tosfos, if Rashi can't respond or defend himself?

The general assumption made while learning rishonim (and even more applicable to ammoraim and tannaim) is that they meant what they said, they are consistent with their own shitos/halachic positions ...
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Why did the angel overturning Sodom visit Abraham?

The final decree on S'dom was not made until they visited Avraham and Sarah. Their behavior sealed the doom of S'dom. Had Avraham not received them as he did, there would have been an argument not to ...
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Why do Tosafot sometimes say the same thing Rashi said?

This is one of the considerations that led R. Tzvi Hirsch Chajes to question the attribution of Rashi on Maseches Taanis. He writes in the beginning of the Masechta: וברוב פעמים פירושים של בעלי ...
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Rashi quoting Yerushalmi on Kodshim

Artscroll [Teumrah 6b footnote 12 the last paragraph] quotes a Doros HaRishonim who conjectures, that .. "in the case of Temurah, there existed two types of manuscripts, those that originated ...
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What is the difference when Rashi says בגמרא מפרש and מפרש בגמרא?

I heard in the name of the late Mirrer Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel zt"l, the following about the difference: The expression מפרש בגמרא is used to refer to an explanation for a local ...
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Why did the angel overturning Sodom visit Abraham?

This is an answer that I heard from one of my Rabbeim. It is from the Sefer Chidushei HaRim, on Bereishis 18:9. While he gives the basic pshat mentioned below, he does not quote every source that I ...
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Num. 11:5 What is Rashi's identification of הָאֲבַטִּחִים (commonly translated "the melons")?

Rashi's original is באדיק"ש This is read "Battikh," بطيخ (ba-Ta-ya-kha) (possibly cognate with abatiach, modern Hebrew for watermelon?), And now In Arabic, battikh usually is watermelon ...
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How did Rashi come to the conclusion that the heavens were created from fire and water?

Chagigah 12a: מַאי שָׁמַיִם אָמַר רַבִּי יוֹסֵי בַּר חֲנִינָא שֶׁשָּׁם מַיִם בְּמַתְנִיתָא תָּנָא אֵשׁ וּמַיִם מְלַמֵּד שֶׁהֱבִיאָן הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא וּטְרָפָן זֶה בָּזֶה וְעָשָׂה מֵהֶן ...
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Where is this Rashi quote from?

Maybe you're referring to one of the many times Chazal employ the concept of כח דהתירא עדיף, it's more substantial to permit something (than to forbid something). Rashi usually explains it in the ...
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Who wrote Rashi on Chronicles I & II, Nehemiah, Ruth, Song of Songs, and Ecclesiastes?

Chronicles: Eran Wiesel, within his discussion of the identity of the author of the commentary on Chronicles (הפירוש המיוחס לרש"י לספר דברי הימים, pp. 303-309), notes that though many Jewish ...
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Why does Rashi discuss ants instead of grasshoppers

The Gur Aryeh discusses this and (after dismissing the possibility of scribal error) explains (my translation) ונראה שאין כאן טעות, ורש"י מפרש 'נמלים יש בכרם' לפי שהיו קטנים מאוד בעיניהם היו ...
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Why use the fire pans to cover the copper altar and not the gold one?

The Torah is explicit about a rationale for [at least some part of] this command: וְיִֽהְי֥וּ לְא֖וֹת לִבְנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל let them serve as a symbol to the people of Israel and זִכָּר֞וֹן לִבְנֵ֣י ...
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Did Rambam have Rashi's works?

The Mishnah in Pesachim 4:10 states that Hezekiah hid the Book of Remedies. Rambam in his commentary quotes an explanation of this. ששמעתי וגם פירשו לי ששלמה חבר ספר רפואות שאם חלה אדם באיזו מחלה ...
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Why is "we" mentioned twice in the English translation of Ps. 20:8?

Here's a more colloquial translation of what they're trying to accomplish: Some rely on their chariots, and some on their horses, but as for us? We call out in the name of God! (There is no double-...
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"Sound can be heard better at night then by day"- Rashi

I can't say how much Rash"i might have been influenced by science in his statement. However, it is scientifally true that sound waves do travel further at night. Excerpt from here: Actually, sound ...
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How Could Adam Harishon Have "Stolen" from Anyone?

Beautiful question! In fact, Rav Schwab asks it in his sefer in Chumash! As Yisroel Reisman writes, "Rav Schwab (in Mayan Beis Hashoeva page # 242) explains, when we say not to bring a Korban that is ...
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