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Do we know how Rabbi Moshe Feinstein felt about Malbim's commentary on Nach?

The following expands upon the comment I made earlier now that I've searched a bit through Igros Moshe. Here is the original wording of the teshuva: אבל פשוט שהוא רק כשלמדו כפי פירוש אמת שהוא כאחד ...
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Contradiction in the torah? Please explain this. I have heard many times that a divine book can not contradict

There are some assumptions I've seen you make in the questions and comments that I'd like to directly address, rather than showing how we resolve the specific contradictions, as other answers have ...
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If we have full copies of the Torah in an unchanged form (Dead Sea Scrolls), why don’t we revert our Torah scrolls back?

Halakhah does not assume that anything older is necessarily more precise despite the principle yeridat hadorot (ירידת הדורות), and this is scientifically not reasonable either. Assume you write an ...
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If we have full copies of the Torah in an unchanged form (Dead Sea Scrolls), why don’t we revert our Torah scrolls back?

There's been extensive scholarship on this, especially by Professor Schiffman. The "Qumranites" -- the group to whom these scrolls belonged -- did not follow the mainstream "Pharisee&...
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Infertile man in TANACH: Boaz

The Avos (the forefathers) have several mamarei chazal written about them being infertile: Yevamos 64a: אָמַר רַבִּי יִצְחָק: מִפְּנֵי מָה הָיוּ אֲבוֹתֵינוּ עֲקוּרִים — מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ ...
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Why does the Megillah say "It happened in the days of Ahasuerus" — and not,"... in the days of Mordechai and Esther?"

The book concludes that it is "words of peace and truth." While there is truth when you look deep within the book, it had to be written in a way that preserved the peace. This book was ...
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The importance of every word in Nach

The Malbim writes in his introduction to Yeshaya that every word in all of tanach is significant. As opposed to most famously the Rambam as was already answered. The Pillars on which the ...
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What if David was fed?

Sanhedrin 104A: ושגגתה עולה זדון דאמר רב יהודה אמר רב אלמלי הלווהו יהונתן לדוד שתי ככרות לחם לא נהרגה נוב עיר הכהנים ולא נטרד דואג האדמי ולא נהרג שאול ושלשת בניו And the fact that an unwitting ...
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Contradiction in the torah? Please explain this. I have heard many times that a divine book can not contradict

The Meztudas Dovid, the Ralbag, the Malbim and others all quote the Seder Olam that explains that he was 22 years old. The reason why it says in Divrei Hayomim that he was 42 is because it was 42 ...
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How does one remove a curse and/or a magical spell that's been placed upon a person/land/lineage/etc? What is the process like?

1). See Nefesh Hachaim (3:12) that Rebbi Chanina was not affected by witchcraft and was not scared (even as a witch gathered dust beneath his feet to cast a spell) because he believed and knew that ...
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Tools to validate Torah codes

TorahBibleCodes is a Free, Open-Source Python Project that enables you to search for hidden Torah Bible Codes in the Hebrew Torah and Bible. We offer a simple and intuitive App (and API) that is both ...
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More contradictions in the torah

Rashi in his commentary on I Kings states that the apparent contradiction is resolved if one understands that the additional 30 were from the Chirom's 120 since Chirom’s servants were in Ophir with ...
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How did Moshe risk staying with Jethro

So firstly, to contextualise Yisro's position in Pharoah's court. Whilst he was indeed an advisor, he fled. If he were to revert to Pharoah, it probably would not have gone down too well... Refer to ...
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Seeking examples of epistrophe in Tanach

This is not an exhaustive list; just instances that I could find: As well as your first example, the beginning of that chapter (118:1-4) ends as well, with the words: כי לעולם חסדו The entirety of ...
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Seeking examples of epistrophe in Tanach

See the Google Sheet containing a complete list of epistrophes of 3+ pesukim in Tanach that I posted. The large majority of these 89 occurrences are not within sections of songs/poetry. Some of these ...
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What is the "Sheva" in Bat Sheva

Some shameless self-promotion: I wrote a blog post on this last year, which you can find here. The name Bat Sheva literally means "daughter of seven", although the root "שבע" is ...
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The importance of every word in Nach

The Ramba'm in his Hakdama to Moreh Nevuchim says: ודע כי משלי הנביאים יש בהם שני דרכים. מהם שכל מלה שבמשך ההוא יש בה עניין, ומהם מי שיהיה כל המשל מגיד לע כל העניין ההוא ויבאו במשך ההוא הנמשל דברים ...
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Where can I find Torah, Tanakh, siddur in Arabic?

For Siddur you can try the Farhi Siddur which is written in Egyptian Arabic. You can find info here: https://farhi.org/Siddur/Siddur.htm For Arabic translation of the Torah you can find some here by ...
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Is it apikorises to believe dinosaurs existed?

No. Many respected Orthodox authorities, including Tiferet Yisrael, the Malbim and the Netziv, have written about the dinosaurs.
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If we have full copies of the Torah in an unchanged form (Dead Sea Scrolls), why don’t we revert our Torah scrolls back?

I appreciate where you're coming from but unfortunately your premise is faulty for a few reasons. I don't believe we have found entire complete Torah scrolls. I believe we have found various ...
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Why did people in biblical times live for so long?

A little kabbalistic/deep, but refer to the Or HaChaim on Bereishis 47:29: Originally, G'd assigned great tasks to the antediluvian generations and at the same time equipped them with commensurately ...
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Why did Hagar go back?

Because God told her to go back: And the angel of the Lord said to her, “Go back to your mistress, and submit to her harsh treatment." [Gen. 16:9-11]
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What is so unique in Judgement of Solomon

The Meiri (Yevamos 17b) gives a fascinating explanation of the case and of Shlomo's insight: והוא הענין שנאמר בהגדה על אותן שתים נשים זונות שבאו לדין לפני שלמה שהרי כשצוה שלמה לגזור את הילד החי ...
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Incongruencies in splitting of chapters into pesukim

As a follow up to my comments to this intriguing question, I want to highlight the critical issue regarding one of these divisions. As mentioned by the OP, the divisions of chapters is NOT a Jewish ...
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Is it apikorises to believe dinosaurs existed?

There are different approaches, put mildly. One great rabbi was asked, and he replied, simply, with a shrug: I wasn't there. It seems to be increasingly becoming a battle line between different camps ...
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Does the Tanakh teach some will suffer eternal conscious torment?

The Gemara in Rosh Hashanah 17b (based on the last verse in Isaiah) says as follows: אֲבָל הַמִּינִין וְהַמָּסוֹרוֹת וְהָאֶפִּיקוֹרְסִים שֶׁכָּפְרוּ בַּתּוֹרָה, וְשֶׁכָּפְרוּ בִּתְחִיַּית הַמֵּתִים, ...
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What is the origin of the Bible code theory?

There is a generally discredited book called "Bible Codes", which posit that strings of gap n in the Torah spell out words that are prophetic. This answer is not supporting this work, nor do ...
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Slicing up a cake with a verse written on it

Possibly the oldest source we have for this custom is from the Rokeach, siman 196: "It is our forefathers' custom to sit the children to study during Shavuot...and afterwards they bring a cake ...
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Why did people in biblical times live for so long?

Maimonides suggests that even in biblical days long life spans were unusual and may well have been isolated "miracles": About the length of man's life in those days [before the Flood], I ...
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Are there also strong admonitions against the wealthy in the Jewish Bible?

There is nothing wrong with wealth in Judaism, as long as you use it wisely and give 10-20% of your income to charity. Enjoy the rest: גַּ֣ם כׇּֽל־הָאָדָ֡ם אֲשֶׁ֣ר נָֽתַן־ל֣וֹ הָאֱלֹהִים֩ עֹ֨שֶׁר ...
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