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Samson and Hercules

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 ...
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Source of appellation "Shimshon HaGibor"

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 ...
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Samson and the Nazarite Vow

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 ...
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After the Philistines caught Shimshon, is it true they used to bring their wives to him for sex?

This is indeed what Rabi Yochanan says in maseches Sota 10a.
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Why were Nazarites forbidden to touch anything made of grapes, but we make a brocha over wine on Sabbath?

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 ...
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May a catholic take the nazerite vow?

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-...
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Samson and the Nazarite Vow

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 ...
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Was Delilah Micah's mother

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 ...
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Samson and the Jawbone

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 ...
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Why did Shimshon not suspect Delilah of betraying him?

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 ...
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Why was Shimshon allowed to marry a wife from Philistine?

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. ...
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Sidra question about Samson

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 ...
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Sidra question about Samson

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 ...
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Was the honey that Samson ate from the lion kosher?

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 ...
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Why is Shimshon buried "in the grave of his father" and not father and mother?

(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 ...
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Did Shimshon sleep with the harlot when he Came to Gaza

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 ...
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Samson and the Nazarite Vow

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 ...
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Was Samson permitted to commit suicide and if so why?

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 ...
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Why were Nazarites forbidden to touch anything made of grapes, but we make a brocha over wine on Sabbath?

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 ...
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Samson and the Jawbone

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,...
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Why did Shimshon ask his parents to help him marry a Philistine woman?

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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Was Delilah Micah's mother

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: "...
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