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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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God talking to Satan in the Book of Job,how did they know?

Rambam writes in Moreh Nevuchim ("Guide to the Perplexed), 2:45, that the Ketuvim, Writing, which includes the book of Job, that they were written under the inspiration of the holy spirit. (2) The ...
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Why does HaShem say, "I rebuke you Satan" in Zech 3:1-2.?

Read the Pesukim in context, with an assist from Rashi, and all will become clear. וַיַּרְאֵ֗נִי אֶת־יְהוֹשֻׁ֙עַ֙ הַכֹּהֵ֣ן הַגָּד֔וֹל עֹמֵ֕ד לִפְנֵ֖י מַלְאַ֣ךְ יְהוָ֑ה וְהַשָּׂטָ֛ן עֹמֵ֥ד עַל־...
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Does Satan have 12 wings?

Yes, it's true. It's found in Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer (Chapter 13): והיה סמאל שר גדול בשמים, והחיות מארבע כנפים, ושרפים משש כנפים, וסמאל משנים עשר כנפים Sammael was a great prince in heaven. The "...
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Does Satan have 12 wings?

Yes Samael (the Satan) the accuser had 12 wings Yalkut Shimoni Bereishis 3,1: אמרו מלאכי השרת לפני הקב"ה: "מה אדם ותדעהו? אדם להבל דמה"...והיה סמאל שר גדול בשמים, וחיות מארבע כנפים ושרפים משש כנפים ...
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Does anyone say the Satan is Midas HaDin

Sanhedrin 26b says: א"ר חנן למה נקרא שמה תושיה ... דבר אחר תושיה שניתנה בחשאי מפני השטן With regard to the latter verse, Rabbi Ḥanan says: Why is the Torah called tushiyya? ...Alternatively, ...
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Does contemporary orthodox Judaism teach that "Satan" exists?

Isaac, the site founder, has asked me to put my personal experience answer into an answer, so I hope that's ok :) I've read your question and many of your comments and I'll confirm that what ...
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Does contemporary orthodox Judaism teach that "Satan" exists?

Every contemporary Orthodox Jew, who prays each day, says the morning blessings. In the second Yehi Ratzon said just before the blessings for the Torah, every individual specifically asks G-d to save ...
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Satan meaning Tempter?

'The word 'satan' means 'adversary' and is derived from the verb 'satan' ('to lie in wait'). The word "Satan" is used 24 times in the Tanakh. In Job (1:6 f) and Zec (3:1 f) it has the prefixed ...
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Why the long delay for Akeidas Yitzchak?

The Be’er B’sadeh gives a few answers to this very question. He says that the Satan waited until it was the year of Sara’s death when the Midas Hadin was on Avraham and he thought he’d have a better ...
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The Satan and his limitations on Yom Kippur?

It says in Pirkei deRabbi Eliezer 46: "Sammael said before the Holy One, blessed be He: Sovereign of all the universe ! Thou hast given me power over all the nations of the world, but over Israel ...
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Does contemporary orthodox Judaism teach that "Satan" exists?

What I was taught as a child and what I teach my own children is as follows: The Satan is an angel whose job it is to tempt humans to sin and act as the "prosecutor" when we do sin. He has ...
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Does contemporary orthodox Judaism teach that "Satan" exists?

Satan is generally not taught to young children, as it’s not so important. Usually, the older children learn about Satan during in-school educational conversation, not even part of the curriculum. ...
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My father is better than your father

Rabbeinu Bachya takes the middle ground which would perhaps provide a compromise. ועוד נראה לומר זה ספר תולדות אדם כי הכונה על שת שיזכיר בפרשה. ולפי שב' הבנים שהיו לו האחד נהרג והב' נתקלל ונתקיים ...
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Understanding lack of accountability for statements made while suffering

More background on the conversation between Hashem and the Sotton is useful to understand this. Hashem had said that Iyov was a tremendous Tzadik. The Sotton responded that he really wasn't such a ...
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Understanding lack of accountability for statements made while suffering

There's a difference between saying something foolish and outright blaspheming. Also, as per Rav Dessler's doctrine of nekudath habechira (see Michtav Me’Eliyahu - Kuntrus HaBechira) the goalposts ...
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Why is Satan described as dancing?

I believe the expression of the Satan 'dancing' is more to demonstrate his joy at succeeding in his job and is not to be understood in the literal sense. With regards to the Gemara you bring in ...
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What are the parameters of 'Don't open [your] mouth to Satan'?

This is the equivalent of the English phrase Don't tempt fate> As a result it could involve any means that would allow the Satan to call for a judgement against you from the heavenly court. This could ...
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What is 'Maaseh Satan'?

The Ben Ish Chai Letter Aleph says that ודע, כי הנה כל אדם העושה קטטה ומריבה עם אשתו או בניו או משרתיו, ודאי נראה לו שהדין עמו, וראוי לריב על המכשלה שיצאה מתחת ידם בעניני הבית. אך באמת, מי שיש לו ...
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What is 'Maaseh Satan'?

Tl;dr The term is first used in the 11th century, (well before the State of Israel, or Satmar) and becomes more popular through the centuries. It is first used to refer to overtly miraculous acts ...
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