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Rabbi Yechezkel ben Yehuda Landau (known as the Noda Beyehuda) in his work Doresh Letziyon, Derush 5 (new print p.46-47) poses this question. He takes the view that Shmuel Hanavi was allowed to kill Agag because of the principle of 'Aseh docheh lo saaseh'. The mitzva to kill Amalek (particularly, as he was the last living Amalekite at the time,) superseded ...


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Radak says "Ain Somchin al hanes" Do not rely on miracles. He also compares it to Yaakov being afraid that Eisav was coming, David fleeing from Shaul and other incidents In Pesachim 8b and Yoma 11a we are told that the protection during the mission is only if the danger is not imminent. In this case, Shmuel asked for natural means to protect himself ...


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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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The people wanted a king so that they could more closely resemble the other nations (Sh'muel I, 8:5,20; Radak ad loc.). This motivation made their desire for a king contemptible (Sanhedrin 20b; Sh'muel I, 8:7-8; cf. D'varim 17:14-15), despite the fact that, according to some opinions, there is a biblical obligation to appoint a king (see the dispute in ...


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The both did something outstanding. Most wise people can extrapolate from a given set of commands how to extend the concept. This is taken from the simple reading of the pasuk. The Ein Yaakov (Shabbos 113- "תן לחכם") cites that based on "ראשית חכמה יראת ה" they both based their wisdom (חכמה) on יראת ה and not mere wisdom. That is unique ...


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Rabbi Reisman in one of his shiurim said that Shmuel could have worn gloves in order to prevent tumas mes. I found the reference when I sent the answer to MailJewish: From: Hillel (Sabba) Markowitz <hsabbam@...> Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 12:44:56 -0500 Subject: RE: Thank G-d for Tupperware From: Andy Goldfinger <Andy.Goldfinger@...> ...


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This episode took place after the destruction of Shiloh (as you mentioned in your question) but before the construction of the Temple in Jerusalem by King Solomon. During this period, there was a central, national sanctuary first in Nob and then in Gibeon (see Rambam Hilchot Beit HaBechirah 1:2). The Rabbis understood that the prohibition mentioned in ...


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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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The prophet on his own cannot add or subtract from the torah. However, Hashem can tell the prophet to do a specific action for a problem that occurs at a specific time (הוראת שעה). Thus Shmuel was giving Shaul instructions that Hashem had said to pass on and do. This was the method that Hashem had said to use in order to destroy the memory of Amalek. ...


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I believe the answer is that historically, Chanah was the first to use the term. The book of Shmuel was written later, and used the term coined by Chanah. The Maharsha wants to clarify this point, by saying Chanah was the first person to use the phrase.


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Numerous answers are suggested for this question discussed as early as the Rishonim (cf. Radak here). R. Moshe Zacuto (notes to mishnah Naz. 9:5) understands that Chana didn’t impose a Nazir vow rather she intended to groom the boy as a parush (to abstain from wine etc.) and when the boy would become of age he’d hopefully accept Nazirut by himself. ...


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Whether Shmuel was a nazir is a matter of dispute on Nazir 66a. Rabbi Nehorai says he was while Rabbi Yossi says he was not. The derivation of Shmuel's nezirut is from Shimshon. Thus: שנא' (שמואל א א, יא) ומורה לא יעלה על ראשו נאמר בשמשון (שופטים יג, ה) ומורה ונאמר בשמואל ומורה מה מורה האמורה בשמשון נזיר אף מורה האמורה בשמואל נזיר If so, perhaps the ...


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