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How did Hannah dedicate Samuel in 1 Samuel 1:11?

Good question! The Radak on the verse asks this same question but doesn't know how to explain this. The Remez wrote (better quality text brought here but mistakenly cited as Nedarim 9:5 instead of ...
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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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How could Samuel sacrifice not in the central place with the Levites?

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 ...
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Samuel knew Torah at the age of two?

It's per a mishna and a gemara: The mishna in Gittin 7:6 says: "If a husband says to his wife: This is your bill of divorce on the condition that you will serve my father, or: On the condition ...
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Why Shmuel and Rus

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 (...
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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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Blot out the memory of Amalek or kill his descendants?

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 ...
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Did Samuel write his book before he was born?

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 ...
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How did Chana vow that her son should be a Nazir?

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 ...
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Doros Rishonim on Shmuel writing tanach

Rabbi Halevi doesn't write that some Bible scholars thought that Shmuel wrote the Tanach, but that they claim that the Book of Shmuel along with most of the Tanach was made up during the time of ...
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