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What's the etymology of the Hassidic term "b'sho'oh" for a chaperoned quasi-date?

The etymology is from the German "beschau," to inspect.
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Wise saying in the Netflix series 'Shtisel'

Rav Avigdor Miller (Tape: Happy Is He Who Ignores) explains that the idea behind this is that one should not pay attention to such thoughts of what other think of you. Why not? Because that will "...
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Saying God is Great in Arabic - is a Jew allowed?

The Pri Chadash (Yoreh Deah 19:6) discusses whether a Jew can say this after reciting the brachah on shechitah. He rules that it is prohibited to say this after the brachah because it is a hefsek ...
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Asking a shaila - not looking for a psak

It seems to me that communicating that desire in a way that's clear to both you and the rabbi should be necessary and sufficient. For example, "I'm interested in learning your opinion on this, ...
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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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Background of the Hasagat HaRa'avad on Rambam

To answer your questions A hasagah is a refutation or attack or question. So Hasagot HaRa'avad would mean the attacks of the Ra'avad on the positions of the Rambam. Other authors created Hasagot like ...
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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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What does 'Hashem's Countenance' mean?

There are several options: Appearance Rashi writes (1 Sam. 16:7) that countenance מראהו, as the posuk writes, means "appearance". The same appears in the Midrash Rabbah (Vayikra Rabbah 1:1): ...
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"Earth" in Tanach

The Ramban on Bereishis 1:14 calls it "עיגול הארץ". Meanwhile the Sefer HaChinuch takes a similar approach calling planet Earth - "כדור הארץ". The Malbim on Iyov 38:8 employs the ...
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What's the name of gallery tombs in Hebrew: Kok, kokim?

Here's the Jastrow entry: כּוּךְ m. (= כוכו, v. כַּוָּוא) cavity, cave, esp. sepulchral chamber. [Taan. 25ᵇ כ׳ המחרישה R. Gersh. (Ms. M. כון, v. Rabb. D. S. a. l. note, ed. בֶּרֶךְ) the cavity made ...
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If Hebrew was the target language, what was the source language in any of the Psalm in which “maskil” is mentioned?

The Ohr ha-Hamah (R. Zundel Kroizer) on Psalms 88:1 writes: ע"י תורגמן אמרו ואין מבואר מה ענינו של תורגמן בזה ואפשר דכל מזמור שהוא חשוב לכל העם ורצה שכולם ישמעוהו העמיד מתורגמן שישמיע את המזמור ...
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What does "אל" mean?

Rav Schwab on Prayer (Artscroll) p.415 when he writes on the opening blessing of the Amida notes on the word הא-ל the following: הא-ל - The Almighty. Hakadosh Baruch hu is not bound by middos, ...
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Conflicting meanings of "Shulchan Aruch"

R Yosef Karo, the author of the work, gave it that name for the following reason (from the intro): וְקָרָאתִי שֵׁם סֵפֶר זֶה שֻׁלְחָן עָרוּךְ, כִּי בוֹ יִמְצָא הַהוֹגֶה כָּל מִינֵי מַטְעַמִּים ...
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Why is a black skin strange, unusual or weird?

In the case of Shaul, it just means something that stands out. A Black-skinned person among light-skinned people stands out; so did Shaul stand out by his actions. Technically a Kushi is a descendant ...
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Asking a shaila - not looking for a psak

I agree with Isaac Moses' answer; clear and direct communication is your best bet. An additional suggestion: say that you're seeking an "eitzah" (עצה, lit. "advice"). In some ...
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Is it permitted to call Hashem, or a human (made in Hashem's image) an "it"?

My sense is that "it" better describes the god of the philosophers from which everything flows necessarily and which doesn't have any will, agency or power; in other words lacks personhood. ...
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Is it permitted to call Hashem, or a human (made in Hashem's image) an "it"?

Shalom Rabbi, I thought I should offer this: Franz Rosenzweig, in Part II, Book 3 of the Star of Redemption, makes an allusive, elliptical remark to the effect that the mitzvah of loving one’s fellow ...
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What does 'Hashem's Countenance' mean?

One position of the commentators on the cohanic blessing you mentioned is that it means that Hashem will accept you favorably; when it says "יָאֵ֨ר יי פָּנָ֛יו אֵלֶ֖יךָ /Hashem will make his face ...
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Why is a black skin strange, unusual or weird?

משונה only means "unusual," without any negative connotations. The Yalkut Shimoni lists a number of places where people were called "כושי" as a metaphor, and many were "...
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If Hebrew was the target language, what was the source language in any of the Psalm in which “maskil” is mentioned?

The ben yeoyada explains as follows: ומה שאמרו 'מַשְׂכִּיל', עַל יְדֵי תֻּרְגְּמָן, נראה לי בס"ד 'מַשְׂכִּיל' אותיות שם כלי דהמתורגמן הוא כלי של הדרשן שבו משקה מים של הדרשה לרבים. When it says &...
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Origin of the term pasuk

An early recorded usage is Pirkei Avot 6:3: הַלּוֹמֵד מֵחֲבֵרוֹ פֶּרֶק אֶחָד אוֹ הֲלָכָה אַחַת אוֹ פָסוּק אֶחָד אוֹ דִבּוּר אֶחָד אוֹ אֲפִלּוּ אוֹת אַחַת, צָרִיךְ לִנְהוֹג בּוֹ כָבוֹד, שֶׁכֵּן ...
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Origin of the term pasuk

There are several times it is mentioned in some of the earlier midrashim. For example... Sifri - Devarim 4:2 באר את התורה הזאת לאמר, אמר להם כבר אני סמוך למיתה מי ששמע פסוק אחד ושכחו יבוא וישננו פרשה ...
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Proof that Hashem recreates the world every day

Nefesh Hachaim 3:1: Commenting on the verse, "Behold there is a place with Me" (Shemot 33:21), the Midrash says "The place [of the world] is my dependant, but I am not dependant on the ...
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Where is there a good online source to check how often a word appears in Tanach?

The website https://alhatorah.org/ has a comprehensive and user friendly concordance as well as other tools.
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Why is the colour כחול ('blue') not mentioned in Tanach?

Because in Truth there's only four colors. In the Holy T. Zohar and Zohar it's brought White and red are Rachamei and Din It even gives concrete examples white stones are kindness, red din. Green/...
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What does 'Hashem's Countenance' mean?

The Rambam discusses this in the Guide of the Perplexed. The Rambam held that Hashem does not need to give his attention to every leaf that falls from a tree, as he created the laws of nature to do ...
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Why don't the birds get the bracha of פְּרוּ?

Interesting to note that the שיטה מקובצת כתובות דף ה עמוד א points out that the reason why the Gemara there write's that newlywed's should have relations on Thursday, is because of the ברכה של דגים ...
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Why does the opening משנה in מסכת מגילה have a weird לשון?

I suggest the 'וקורין' in "חל להיות בשבת כפרים ועיירות גדולות מקדימין וקורין ליום הכניסה" is a copyist's/editor's error. First, it doesn't fit grammatically: To be understood as saying "...
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Why is a black skin strange, unusual or weird?

As others have stated the coloring of a black person stands out to people's who don't have consistent melanin. Even though I'm of Egyptian Ancestry and don't often portray as "white," I do ...
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Why is a black skin strange, unusual or weird?

I don't quite know why you are looking to focus on the negative? This phrase is used in Moed Katan 16b and Rashi explains expressly: משונה במעשיו - צדיק גמור Unusual/Different in his actions - as he ...
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