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Properties of honey and the Chafetz Chaim

It is in the Hakdama Rishona to his Likutei Halachos on Zevachim right in the beginning of the first paragraph מה שכתוב ״ומתוקים מדבש״, כי ידוע שיש בטבע כח המתיקות גדול... עד שאם יפול בה איזה דבר לחם ...
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More sleep vs more learning

Taz, Even HaEzer, 25:1 דהיינו שיש ת"ח מנדרין שינה מעיניהם ועוסקים בתורה הרבה ויש ת"ח שישינים הרבה כדי שיהיה להם כח החזק וזריזות לב לעסוק בתורה ובאמת יכול ללמוד בשעה א' מה שזה מצטער ועוסק ...
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Source for the four questions you're asked at the gates

Shabbat 31a: אָמַר רָבָא: בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁמַּכְנִיסִין אָדָם לְדִין, אוֹמְרִים לוֹ: נָשָׂאתָ וְנָתַתָּ בָּאֱמוּנָה? קָבַעְתָּ עִתִּים לַתּוֹרָה? עָסַקְתָּ בִּפְרִיָּה וּרְבִיָּה? צָפִיתָ לִישׁוּעָה? ...
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Minhag to say Mizmor Shir L'Yom Hashabbos twice

It's found in the work Birkat Avraham (published 1887), which contains teachings of R. Avraham David of Buchach (author of Eshel Avraham) as recorded by his student R. Moshe Dov of Kolomea. The piece ...
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Which seffer is the תשובת ב׳י in Pischei Tshuvah Yoreh De'ah 112?

It is ספר בית יעקב - a sefer of responsa published in the year 5456 in דירנפורט by רב יעקב בן שמואל אב"ד צויזמיר (now צויזמיר is known as Sandomierz, Poland). See שאלה לה starting at the bottom ...
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Medrash about Adam originally not having fingers

This idea, it is said, comes from the Midrash Avkir (מדרש אבכיר). The Paaneach Raza, Rabbi Yitzchak bar Yehudah HaLevi, quotes from it in his commentary to Bereishis 5:29. The Paaneach Raza says that ...
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Sourcing a quote from the Rambam

I searched around and found it, in a collection of chidushim from ksav yad of the Rambam (which I did not know existed!) printed in the beginning of Maaseh Rokeach. You can see it for yourself here (...
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Plagues of Egypt mocking their gods

There are modern rabbis who have suggested this, likely following in the footsteps of academic biblical scholarship which holds this idea. I assume you're asking for classical sources on the subject. ...
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Moshiach will be groomed in Arabia

The Maharal is explicitly referring to a well-known aggadah about the birth of Mashiach after the destruction of the Temple. In the Yerushalmi his birth was stated to be in Birat Malka of Beit Lechem ...
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How did Moshe carry the Luchot down Mount Sinai?

Moshe descended walking backwards down Har Sinai, facing the cloud of Hashem. The Luchot, which weighed 40 seah, were suspended in the air slightly above each of Moshe's hands. And the two (6x6x3) ...
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Source of teaching

As mentioned in the comments, Rashi famously notes it in Parshas Noach 6:9: שֶׁעִקַּר תּוֹלְדוֹתֵיהֶם שֶׁל צַדִּיקִים מַעֲשִׂים טוֹבִים That the offspring of righteous people are their good deeds ...
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Source for story about a Rabbi being happy to bury Sheimot

My father found it in a biography he was reading. The story is about the Ponovezher Rav (Rav Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman).
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Medrash about Adam originally not having fingers

Yalkut Reuveni says Noach was the first person born with fingers:
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Who are Gog and Magog?

The first thing to keep in mind when considering the identities of Gog and Magog is to remember that their explicit mention is found primarily in the Prophets (Yechezkel chapter 38 and 39 and ...
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Midrash about 10 commandments

Shemos Rabbah 43 (referenced by Rashi on 20:2): Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi said in the name of Rabbi Shimon ben Yoḥai: The Holy One blessed be He gave Moses at Sinai an opening for a response [by saying]...
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Asking children Psukim in Tanach

This occurs a number of times in the Talmud, including Chagigah 15a and Gittin 68a.
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Source for story of authority of the halacha of the majority

The source for the story is in Talmud Yerushalmi Berachos 1:1:36 where it brings a few instances of such stories that the majority rules even if he himself disagreed. The one specifically about ...
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When and how did the practice of tsitsit on a small talit originate?

The Shulchan Aruch OC 8:3 brings the custom to wear tallis Katan; טליתות קטנים שלנו שאנו נוהגים ללבוש Small fringed garments (talit katan) of ours that are customarily worn The Be’er Hagolah says ...
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Four Minim in Kaballah

As per the Arizal in the Pri Eitz Chaim at the beginning of Shaar Lulav v'Daled Minim and Shaar Hakavanos Inyan Sukkos Drush 5, the hadasim are the yud, the aravos are the first hei, the lulav is the ...
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attack against Persia (Iran) in the Acharis HaYomim

I saw it in Pesikta Rabbasi 36:1: אמר רבי יצחק שנה שמלך המשיח נגלה בו כל מלכי האומות העולם מתגרים זה בזה מלך פרס מתגרה במלך ערביא והולך מלך ערביא לאדום ליטול עצה מהם (והחזיר) [וחוזר] מלך פרס (והחריב) ...
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Being MeChadesh Torah saves lives

The verse in Shoftim 5:8 states: יִבְחַר֙ אֱלֹהִ֣ים חֲדָשִׁ֔ים אָ֖ז לָחֶ֣ם שְׁעָרִ֑ים מָגֵ֤ן אִם־יֵֽרָאֶה֙ וָרֹ֔מַח בְּאַרְבָּעִ֥ים אֶ֖לֶף בְּיִשְׂרָאֵֽל When they chose new gods, war came to their ...
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How to decide where the development of Torah stops being useful

The Rambam's Introduction to the Yad is the long answer to this question and his Introduction to the Mishna is the even longer answer. I'll try to break it down based off of my understanding (also ...
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Did Ramban ever cite kabbalah books?

Aryeh Kaplan, The Bahir, Introduction (1979): The Bahir is one of the oldest and most important of all classical Kabbalah texts. Until the publication of the Zohar, the Bahir was the most influential ...
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Source of Story with smell from Gan Eden

Bava Metzia 114b: א"ל ואמאי אמר ליה דחיקא לי מילתא דבריה ועייליה לגן עדן אמר ליה פשוט גלימך ספי שקול מהני טרפי ספא שקל Elijah said to him: Why are you not learned in them all? Rabba bar Avuh ...
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What's the source for a rabbinic statement that 'when one country expels the Jews, another lets them in'?

Rabbenu Nissim of Gerona expresses this idea. Derashoth ha-Ran (1): עד שהראשון שהתחיל זה והוא אברהם קרה לו מה שקרה עם נמרוד עד שהוצרך לעזוב ארצו וללכת אל ארץ אחרת ואין ספק שאותם צדיקים שהיו יחידים ...
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Urim and Thumim

According to the Gemara (Yoma 73), there were 72 letters on the stones of the choshen. Rabbeinu Bachya (Tetzaveh 28:15) points out the parallel between 72 letters and the 72 letter Name of G-d. הרי ...
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What is the Torah position on home schooling vs. institutionalised education?

I imagine a lot of it will come down to the judgement of the parent and the nature of the child. No one methodology is more superior, it is about חֲנֹ֣ךְ לַ֭נַּעַר עַל־פִּ֣י דַרְכּ֑וֹ - Educating the ...
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Locating a Encyclopedia Halachis Refuis

The name in Hebrew is אנציקלופדיה הלכתית רפואית, and the word 'erech' (ערך) means entry, so it's not part of the entry's name. The encyclopedia is available online here. The entry you're looking for ...
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Set Time and Place to End Every Illness?

Avodah Zara 55A; אף כך יסורין בשעה שמשגרין אותן על האדם משביעין אותן שלא תלכו אלא ביום פלוני ולא תצאו אלא ביום פלוני ובשעה פלונית ועל ידי פלוני ועל ידי סם פלוני כיון שהגיע זמנן לצאת הלך זה לבית עבודת ...
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Shlomo HaMelech's Throne

In Melachim 10:19, the throne of Shlomo HaMelech is described thoroughly. The posukim read: Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold. The throne had six ...
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