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The phrase 'Shimshon Hagibor' goes back to the 12th century in northern france in the peirush on Genesis 49 17a peirush identified with 'Rabeinu Tam' [Published by Avraham Shoshana 2017]. It appears in Sefer Chasidim 12th century as well. shortly afterwards appears in the Halachic book סמ"ג. Its Known that 'Hagibor' was attached to rabbi Shimshon of Metz, a ...


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No, there is no source that shows the story of Samson to have come from the story of Heracles or some proto story which preceded them. There are scholars of mythology who may try to find similarities between the stories of one culture and the next. However, any such similarities do not show or prove that one story came from the other one. This is because ...


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The relationships between Nezirut and wine are broadly treated in Gemara and Rishonim. We will start with Samson, Samuel and touching problem of wine in sacrifices, and later wine of Kiddush and Havdala, for the end we will discuss about wine. Samson was a special Nazir: The mishna in Nazir (1, 2) defines what is nezirut Shimshon, he can never cut hairs, ...


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According to Nazir 4b, Samson, having a special form of nezirut (Nazirite status), was allowed to become tamei (ritually impure or "unclean") even though the typical nazirite vow would preclude such a leniency: נזיר שמשון מותר ליטמא למתים שכן מצינו בשמשון שנטמא A nazir shimshon is allowed to become impure via [contact with] the dead, for we find ...


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This is indeed what Rabi Yochanan says in maseches Sota 10a.


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There is nothing in the Nazirite vow which gives one special physical strength, and a non-Jew does not become a Nazirite. https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/287358/jewish/The-Nazir-and-the-Nazirite-Vow.htm Male or female Jews can become nazirites, but non-Jews cannot. For more details, the source of this rule and the talmudic logic behind it,...


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Rambam, Hilchos Nazirus 3:13: Samson was not a nazirite in a complete sense, for he never took a nazirite vow.It was merely that the angel caused him to be separated from impurity. What were the laws applying to him? He was forbidden to drink wine and cut his hair. He was, however, permitted to incur impurity due to contact with the dead. This concept is a ...


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No.The stories in Shoftim are mostly not chronological. And Rashi points out (on his commentary there) that Micha lived in the beginning of the Shoftim era: "ויהי איש מהר אפרים" - אף על פי שנכתבו שתי פרשיות הללו בסוף הספר של מיכה ושל פלגש בגבעה בתחלת השופטים היה בימי עתניאל בן קנז שנאמר (לקמן יח לא) וישימו להם את פסל מיכה וגו' כל ימי היות בית אלהים בשילה ...


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The verses there say that וַתִּצְלַ֨ח עָלָ֜יו ר֣וּחַ היָ֗ - the spirit of G-d came over him... The whole story was clearly miraculous. It says something like this, by the way, for each of Samson's fights: the Bible never says that he was "strong". So if a man can defeat a thousand, also impossible, I don't see the problem with him using a donkey ...


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The Gemara in Sotah 9b states: The verse states: “And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah” (Judges 16:4). It is taught in a baraita that Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi says: Even if she had not been called by the name Delilah, it would have been fitting that she be called Delilah, for she weakened [dildela] ...


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It is difficult to discuss this (particularly online) with the proper reverence and understanding of Shimshon. This question requires a lot more discussion and explanation than can be given here. However, for a brief and superficial answer,it is not so simple that had he asked Beis Din they would have allowed him to do it. The verse subsequent to the verse ...


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R. Gershon Weiss a"h discusses this at length in his book Shimshon's Struggle. For one thing, he says, it's not at all certain that Delilah was a Philistine by birth; she may have been a born Jewish woman. In fact, he suggests that the wording of Rambam in Hilchos Issurei Biah 13:16 (וכן שמשון גייר ונשא, "and similarly Shimshon converted and ...


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The Encyclopedia Talmudis has a complete article on bee honey (under dvash) and why it is kosher. As part of the article it shows the difference between bee honey and milk of a nonkosher animal. The honey is carried by "baskets" outside the bee and is processed by "external" processing. That is, it is chewed by the bee, mixed with saliva and regurgitated. It ...


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(Note that Avihu is translated as "his Father", so it would not be strange for it to specifically mention his father at that point if all of his father's family accompanied him to be buried next to his father. This is stronger if we assume that his brothers are only from his father, as his mother was barren, although Abarbanel disagrees with this analysis.) ...


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It is clear from the Gemarah that you mention in Sotah as will be discussed below, that he fell in love with her. I won't discuss how a tzaddik could marry such a person because it is not for us to make ta'anos (claims) on such a holy person. However, as far as the second part of your question as to how Delilah brought about his downfall, we can explain as ...


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If you look at the Malbim on the relevant Pessukim in Shoftim Perek 14 Possuk 9 he clearly says there that because Shimshon had decided to take for himself a Pelishti woman for a wife he "stumbled" to also go wrong and eat honey from a Dovor Tomei referring to the lion and then cites the Maamor Chazal that if you are Misaveh for a Dovor Tomei in this case ...


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Simplest answer: Before Samson attempts this suicide mission he prays (Jud. 16:28) that God grant him strength one last time so that he may take revenge, [God then grants his request] whereupon, with superhuman strength, Samson successfully demolished the place; ergo, God approved (or, “in fact permitted”) the suicide mission. As to the “why?”, scripture ...


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The Gemoro Sotah 9b says תחילת קלקולו בעזה דכתיב (שופטים טז, א) וילך שמשון עזתה וירא שם אשה זונה וגו' לפיכך לקה בעזה דכתיב (שופטים טז, כא)) ויורידו אותו עזתה  The beginning of his destruction occurred in Gaza as it says in Judges 16 (1) “And Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and etc.”, therefore he was afflicted in Gaza as it says ...


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Touching a carcass of an animal although it may render a Nozir impure is permitted and would not render his nezirus invalid source is Pesachim 80b: טומאת התהום דשרץ ובמאי עסקינן אי נימא בבעלים ובמאן אי בנזיר מי מהני ביה (במדבר ו), כי ימות מת עליו אמר רחמנא - is unknown Tuma (impurity) of touching a sheretz (or a neveila) in a case of Nazir forbiddon? ...


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There is nothing inherently evil nor holy about wine. If used properly, it can be elevated to Kiddush Wine and even poured daily on the Altar (may we merit to see that ceremony again soon in our lifetime). Yet, when misused it can lead to the worst of sins being done out of drunkenness. A Nazir takes the vow in order to reinforce this fine line; as Chazal ...


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When we want to question the possibility that something might not be literal than we must understand the context. For Example if I was discussing the Story of Purim and I said that the Jews killed 75,000 people. I would not question that number as not being literal. For I know that Story and how vast the Kingdom of Achasverosh was and the decree of a mass ...


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The rest of the story tells about his parents agreeing, coming down from the hills towards the coastal regions to arrange the marriage. So, evidently, asking them was a good move on his part.


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Though I myself agree with @yechezkel that the two women are not the same, I would like to note that two sources that I found do state this: The Tosefta to the Targum of Judges1 17:2 writes: "דיהבו ליך פלישתאי חלף דשדלת ית שמשון וחוי ליך במא חיליה סגי" Translation: "That the Plishtim brought you [Micha's mother] in return for your having ...


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According to this answer Rav Hai Gaon and Shmuel Hanagid were of the opinon that when it comes to aggadah one should take from such passages whatever comes to one's mind, so all of this is my own speculation. hair's function mirrors that of clothing for many animals. Though its uses are limited and mostly vestigial in humans, it still mirrors clothing in an ...


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