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What are the fasts of the 4th, 5th, 7th, and 10th months?

These fasts are counting from Nisan as the first month (the Jewish religious calendar). The fast of the 4th month is 17 Tammuz. The fast of the 5th month is 9 Av. Here, the fast of the 7th month is ...
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הָהֵ֔ם and הָאֵ֑לֶּה difference

אֵלֶּה is a demonstrative pronoun, the plural of the singular demonstrative pronouns זֶה‎ and זֹאת‎ (masculine and feminine respectively). הָאֵלֶּה is the same word, but with the definite article ...
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Why does HaShem say, "I rebuke you Satan" in Zech 3:1-2.?

Read the Pesukim in context, with an assist from Rashi, and all will become clear. וַיַּרְאֵ֗נִי אֶת־יְהוֹשֻׁ֙עַ֙ הַכֹּהֵ֣ן הַגָּד֔וֹל עֹמֵ֕ד לִפְנֵ֖י מַלְאַ֣ךְ יְהוָ֑ה וְהַשָּׂטָ֛ן עֹמֵ֥ד עַל־...
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Zechariah 6:13 who is this verse talking about?

Here is verse 12: And you shall speak to him, saying, "So said the Lord of Hosts, saying: Behold a man whose name is the Shoot, who will spring up out of his place and build the Temple of the Lord. ...
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Zechariah 9:9 "riding a donkey AND a foal, the offspring of [one of] she-donkeys"

The literal translation would seem to be as you suggest. Here it is in the original Hebrew, with my translation: גִּילִ֨י מְאֹ֜ד בַּת־צִיּ֗וֹן הָרִ֙יעִי֙ בַּ֣ת יְרוּשָׁלִַ֔ם הִנֵּ֤ה מַלְכֵּךְ֙ ...
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Who are the "Men from far away" mentioned in Zechariah 6:15?

The commentary Radak offers two explanations: ורחוקים. מגויי הארצות יבואו מארץ רחוקה לבנות בהיכל ה' כלומר להתנדב לבנין הבית ואפשר שהיה זה בימי הורדוס בבנין הגדול שבנה בבית המקדש וי"מ ורחוקים על ...
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Did Zechariah predict the coming of Jesus

It has nothing to to with the hands in the sense that they pretend was due to the Romans. In fact, Rashi says that the context is speaking about false prophets (verse 2). If it were talking about ...
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Tisha B'av Fasting in Second Temple Times

An article by the Campus Rabbi of Bar Ilan University states: In his commentary to the Mishnah (Rosh Hashanah 1,3), Maimonides states that the Jews in the Second Temple period fasted on Tishah ...
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Why was God's injunction through Zechariah, on rejoicing, not followed?

There seem to be two questions here: how we get that there's a difference between when there's peace and when there's not, and why in practice we fast even in times of peace. For the first, the answer ...
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Hebrew word "return" in Zechariah

The word in both of these verses is שַׁ֚בְתִּי (with the same cantilation, even), which is pronounced SHAVti, and means "I have returned." The root is שוב - ShWB, and while a ו can drop out of roots ...
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Understanding Megillah 3a

The Turei Even to Megillah (3a) writes that either there are simply contradictory views about who killed Ahav, or Hadadrimon and Naaman are the same person. See also S'fat Emmet there. Regarding the ...
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When Moshiach comes how will people know about God?

The Rambam says about the times of Moshiach that the whole world will be filled with knowledge of Hashem as the waters cover the sea. The Rambam also says that the only true existence is Hashem. In ...
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When Moshiach comes how will people know about God?

Jeremiah 29:14 might add some insight into how the process might work:  יד. וְנִמְצֵאתִי לָכֶם נְאֻם יְהֹוָה וְשַׁבְתִּי אֶת שְׁבוּתְכֶם וְקִבַּצְתִּי אֶתְכֶם מִכָּל הַגּוֹיִם וּמִכָּל הַמְּקוֹמוֹת ...

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