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Story ID: Woman named Chagigah

The story is in Sefer Menoras Hamoer מנורת המאור, נר ג, כלל ח, חלק ג, פרק ה See Sdei Tzofim - which directed me to the Menoras Hamoer. מעשה בחסיד אחד שהיה מתייחד במקום אחד והיה לומד בו במסכת חגיגה, ...
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Help with a quote from the Talmud regarding the good old days

You may be thinking of this similar passage in Talmud Bavli (BB 91b) with Sefaria trans.: ואמר רבי יוחנן נהירנא כד הוו מטיילין טליא וטלייתא בשוקא כבר שית עשרה וכבר שב עשרה ולא הוו חטאן And Rabbi ...
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Searching for a story with the Rav's comment about the scientist

From here: I once heard a great story about Rav Solovetchick, from R’ Motty Berger of Aish. Isidor Rabi developed a theory in the 30’s that was a harbinger of the Big Bang theory. Arno Penzias ...
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Source for story of how Lubavitcher Rebbe returned a letter with all the "I"s circled

In one of his weekly essays, Rabbi Sacks says he heard the story about the Rebbe: In 1968 I met the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, of blessed memory, for the first time. While ...
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Sources of the story about drinking milk to fulfill the four cups at the seder

In her book about the family heritage, Shulamit Soloveitchik Meiselman writes this exact story about her great-grandfather¹, Rav Yoshe Ber Soloveitchik². Also known as the Beis HaLevi. The book is ...
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Source of story about the Vilna Gaon and immigration policy

This sounds very similar to the story with R' Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, but that story is about Tzedakah, not immigration. (Which makes sense, because I don't think there was a restriction against ...
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Shulchan Aruch HaRav and the Gra

The Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote: Once, Reb Pinchas was deeply engrossed in a handwritten notebook. When Reb Henoch saw his son studying the manuscript so intently, he assumed that it must be a ...
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Source for a story about the Mir Yeshiva on the train to Shanghai?

I read this story in an essay from R. Schechter entitled ‘Ego and Humility in Torah Study’: During the Second World War, when the students of the Mirrer Yeshiva were traveling for a week and a half ...
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Story of surgery in the Gemara

I believe the story you’re looking for is in Bava Metzi’a 83b: אשקיוהו סמא דשינתא ועיילוהו לביתא דשישא וקרעו לכריסיה הוו מפקו מיניה דיקולי דיקולי דתרבא They gave him a sedative to drink, and they ...
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Origin of pigs as a species

Maybe you heard of a story reported in "Legends of Old Testament Characters, from the Talmud and other sources" by a Rev. S. Baring-Gould, chapter 14 There left the ark two sorts of animals which ...
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Practical Kabbalah consequences

From the Encyclopedia.com entry on Joseph Della Reina: JOSEPH DELLA REINA , hero of a kabbalistic legend who attempted to bring an end to Satan's power and thus lead to the redemption. The ...
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Reb Yitzhak's diamond, Rashi's birth - the source?

The source is Shalshelet Hakabala p. 111 (published 1587), who quotes it from an old manuscript. Unlike the story you linked, he says that the priest wanted to buy it from him to use for the eye of ...
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Help me locate a midrash I only vaguely remember

The bells rung for me are in the Rashi on Bamidbor 27 (13) . Verse 13 says And when you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, just as Aaron your brother was gathered. Verse 14 ...
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Source for detail in the Chanukah story

At the minimum, the Rishonim mention this in their commentaries to Shabbat (23a), regarding the statement that women were included in the Hannukah miracle. The earliest of these Rishonim, is Rashi ...
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Source for a Rashi gem story

R. Gedaliah ibn Yachya (d. 1587) writes in his Shalsheles Hakabbalah (starts second line from the bottom) that he read this בקונטריס ישן, in an ancient pamphlet. (It should be noted, though, that R. ...
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Is there a rabinical ruling where coins that circulate decides who the legitimate king is?

To back up a few steps, per the comment's request. Governments have the right to tax. Check out I Samuel 8:11--17, and backing up to Deuteronomy, it says the king can't amass "too much gold and ...
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When should we not to correct the ignorant? Search for sugya in Masechet Shabbat

It may be this: Pesachim 51a: יוֹצְאִים בְּקוֹרְדָּקֵיסוֹן בַּשַּׁבָּת, וְאֵין יוֹצְאִין בְּקוֹרְדָּקֵיסוֹן בַּשַּׁבָּת בְּבֵירֵי. וּמַעֲשֶׂה בִּיהוּדָה וְהִלֵּל בָּנָיו שֶׁל רַבָּן גַּמְלִיאֵל ...
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Trying to track down the textual source of a Jewish quote about a Rabbi Neskizh

Here. ואמר שסיפר לו אחיו הקאוולר זצוקלה"ה איך שאביהם הנעסכיזו זצוקלה"ה אמר לו " בני הלא מי שאינו מרגיש חבלי לידה ממש כמו שיש להיולדת שהיא בתוך חמשים מייל סביבותיו כדי להתפלל עבורה לעשות ...
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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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The Maharsha's Funeral Procession

I saw the story in Otzros Maharsha, who quoted it from Kochvei Or. I haven't searched further, but I assume that if this is the first source the biographers of the Maharsha found, it won't be too easy ...
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Aryeh Kaplan Text Identification

Your card with the footnoted source from Shem HaGadolim is to provide a source for the statement in chapter 81 on page 49 of Sefer HaDat v'HaChinuch cited and linked in your question. It is ...
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Aryeh Kaplan Text Identification

This text can be viewed here, in Sefer Shem HaGadolim, in a footnote about the second Raavid. It in turn is quoting from Sefer HaEmunot.
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The source of the story of GR"A and lashes

1 - The sefer הגאון החסיד מוילנא pg. רל - רלב. brings this story. 2 - According to this sefer, the reason the maskil got lashed by Beis Din, was because he degraded the words of Torah sages. He was ...
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Source for a quotation from a Rabbi (or Jewish story)

When doing a google search I came across two Christian books one here and the other here which attribute it to the Chasidic master Rav Baruch of Medzebozh/Medzhybizh who was the grandson of the ...
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Source for this Vilna Gaon?

As per @robev's point in the comments it is brought down by Rav Moshe Sternbuch in his teshuvos v'hanhagos on Tisha B'Av. The relevant excerpt mentioning the Vilna Gaon is in the first paragraph and ...
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Where can I find the story about the cow that kept shabbos?

It has been quoted as a midrash in Pesikta Rabbati 14. See the full story at chabad.org There was once a Jew who owned a cow with which he plowed his field. Then it came to pass that this Jew became ...
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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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Hallel on a non rosh chodesh day

You're probably thinking of the story of Rav's visit to Bavel, recorded on Taanit 28b, but you got the Rosh Chodesh part of it confused. While most people nowadays are used to thinking of Rosh ...
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Cannot speak Torah while working

His name was Abba Chilkiya the grandson of Choni HaMe'agel. The story is in Taanis 23a-b. אבא חלקיה בר בריה דחוני המעגל הוה וכי מצטריך עלמא למיטרא הוו משדרי רבנן לגביה ובעי רחמי ואתי מיטרא זימנא חדא ...
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Medrash on Dovid Hamelech riding a Re'eim

This is found in Midrash Tehillim (22:28): הושיעני מפי אריה ומקרני (ראמים) [רמים] עניתני. אמר ר' הונא בר אידי בשעה שהיה דוד רועה את הצאן, הלך ומצא את הראם ישן במדבר, והיה סבור בו שהוא הר ועלה עליו, ...
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