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We have explicit statements in Nach itself that G-d commanded the writing of (at least certain) prophecies, for example Yirmiyah 30:2 and 36:2, and Yechezkel 43:11. It's hardly a stretch to say that other prophets were given similar instructions that may not have been recorded. (Consider, for example, Neviim Rishonim. Would you assume that Hashem told ...


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Since all of Naomi's children had died, Ruth was free of the requirement of yibum and did not perform yibum with Boaz. Indeed, one of the reasons Naomi gave trying to convince Ruth and Orpah to leave her was that there would be no child available to perform yibum. Ruth 1:12 - 13 Return, my daughters, go, for I have become too old to marry, that I ...


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What does it mean that a book was decided to be or not a part of the Nac"h? There are several answers to this question. Some, but not all, would include Whether it defiles the hands (Yadayim 3:6) If one is required to save the book from the fire (Shabbat 115) If you can ask questions from one book to another, such as contradictions in practice (for an ...


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To answer your question first requires understanding what the English word, canonization means and its root, canon. It's actually from the Latin and is generally associated with the Catholic Church. To canonize, the verb form, has essentially three meanings all of which relate to consensus of agreement. 1) It is a process of forming a consensus to declare ...


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In Divrei haYamim II 17:9, King Yehoshafat sends out people to teach Torah in the land of Yehuda and they take physical Torah scrolls with them.


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The Syrian Sephardic tradition reads the taamim of Daniel and Ezra/Nehemia (as well as Job 1-2, Ecclesiates, and Chronicles) in the same melody as Ruth. This is sung in a precious Middle-Eastern scale known as Hoseni, which, among other special occasions, is used by the Syrians for the Torah reading during Shavuot. You can hear a recording of this melody, ...


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I recall seeing a video of an Orthodox Australian official being sworn in while holding an ArtScroll Tanach


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