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Why did Goliat fall on his face?

Purely from a physics perspective, the mass of the stone, even when moving at speed, is not significant enough to reverse Goliath's forward momentum. There are many movies where people are shown to ...
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Why did Goliat fall on his face?

Rashi addresses this. From Sefaria: And he fell face downward. He should have fallen backwards since he had been struck on his forehead. But, in order that Dovid should not be troubled to walk [the ...
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Why did Goliat fall on his face?

The Midrash in Vayikra Rabbah 10:7 brings four reasons: שֶׁלֹּא יִצְטָעֵר אוֹתוֹ צַדִּיק שֵׁשׁ אַמּוֹת וָזָרֶת - (As has already been mentioned), so that the tzaddik Dovid would not have to bother ...
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What’s the deal with צרויה?

In the commentary by the anonymous student of Rasag to Divrei Hayamim 1:2:16 he writes: ""and their sisters Tzruyah and Avigail" - And Tzruyah's husband was S'rayah, and not S'rayah ...
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Should David have killed Saul?

It would seem that it was pre-meditated act by Dovid. Yerushalmi Sukkah 5:4 writes that Dovid had the inner turmoil of striking down a tzaddik. וַיָּבֹ֥א שָׁא֖וּל לְהָסֵ֣ךְ אֶת־רַגְלָי֑ו. וַהֲוָה ...
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Where does Kugelach come from?

It seems like maybe the game is referenced in Hilchos Treifos siman 56:3 where it describes the Arkum bone(hock bone) which connects the shankbone and shinbone. The Mechaber describes this bone ...
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Did King David and his men living among the Philistines transition Israel into the iron age?

Pasuk 19 states it clearly: the Pelishtim actively prevented Israel from working iron, as a form of subjugation: וְחָרָשׁ לֹא יִמָּצֵא בְּכֹל אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי־[אָמְרוּ] (אמר) פְלִשְׁתִּים פֶּן ...
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How did the Jews have weapons before they vanquished the Plishtim?

The group that defeated the ammonites were based in Jabesh Gilead, which is in the transjordan. Gad was always a strong tribe and may not have been under Philistine control.
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What are the peculiarities of a school or company of the prophets לַהֲקַ֚ת הַנְּבִיאִים֙ (1 Samuel 19:20)?

The Ramchal provides a nice summary of how these schools for prophecy worked in Part Three of Derech Hashem: "The teaching to those learning: Indeed, the prophecy students would study given ...
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What’s the deal with צרויה?

She was Dovid Hamelech’s sister as the passuk in Divrei Hayomim 1:2:16 וְאַחְיֹתֵיהֶ֖ם צְרוּיָ֣ה וַאֲבִיגָ֑יִל וּבְנֵ֣י צְרוּיָ֗ה אַבְשַׁ֛י וְיוֹאָ֥ב וַעֲשָׂהאֵ֖ל שְׁלֹשָֽׁה׃ Rashi adds: ואחיותיהם ...
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Why did Yoav quote the pasuk of Amalek by Edom?

The מהרש''א answers as following: It was 100% a מלחמת רשות, and this was Dovid's question: How come you were מדקדק specifically to kill all of the males? To which Yoav responded: We see even by Amalek,...
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Why didn't David ask God what to do when Avshalom rebelled

Refer to the Gemara in Brochos 7b: ״מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד בְּבָרְחוֹ מִפְּנֵי אַבְשָׁלוֹם בְּנוֹ״, ״מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד״?! ״קִינָה לְדָוִד״ מִיבְּעֵי לֵיהּאָמַר רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן בֶּן אֲבִישָׁלוֹם: מָשָׁל ...
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Why doesn't Shaul kill the witch of En-Dor?

First and foremost issue with the question "Working on the assumption that this event actually took place", if it is mentioned in the Torah it definitely happened. The assumption that she ...
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How old was Shmuel in Perek 3

Josephus (Book V, Chapter 10:4) states that Samuel was 12 when he began to prophesy (in 1 Shmuel, Chapter 3) Now when Samuel was twelve years old, he began to prophesy: and once when he was asleep, ...
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Was Yehonatan a mored b'malchut?

One is not obligated -or allowed- to obey the king if his decree is against the Torah. (This is why Saul's servants refused to kill the priests of Nov.) As David was innocent, Saul's command did not ...
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Why did God punish the King's children

אֶ֗פֶס כִּֽי־נִאֵ֤ץ נִאַ֙צְתָּ֙ אֶת־אֹיְבֵ֣י יְהֹוָ֔ה בַּדָּבָ֖ר הַזֶּ֑ה גַּ֗ם הַבֵּ֛ן הַיִּלּ֥וֹד לְךָ֖ מ֥וֹת יָמֽוּת׃ However, since you have angered (the enemies of) the LORD by this deed, even the ...
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Is Chushai to blame for the deaths in Avshalom's rebellion?

I don't know if he is to "blame"? But the Midrash Shocher Tov / Tehillim 3:3 explains that his full name - חושי הארכי - Chushai the Arkite is due to his role in helping to cement Dovid's ...
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What’s the deal with צרויה?

The Malbim [IISamuel 17-25] (https://www.sefaria.org.il/II_Samuel.17.25?lang=he&p2=Malbim_on_II_Samuel.17.25.1&lang2=he) writes about Yoav (and his two brother) כי אביו לא נודע בשם. This could ...
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Why did David hamstring the horses?

According to Rashi the reason why a king is prohibited from possessing too many horses, is in order to prevent the king from sending his men to Egypt, being that Egypt had the most horses back than; ...
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Why do some translators translate "to prophesy" as to "speak in ecstasy"?

Refer to Rashi on Shmuel alef 18:10: יתנבא. ואשתטי נביא ושוטה מדברים דברי רמזים שאינם ניכרים And he raved. [Literally 'he prophesied'] but Targum renders, 'and he raved.' A prophet and a madman speak ...
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