morah hochman
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How are Spartans the son of Abraham?
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The Hellenistic writer Cleodemus Malchus (a contemporary with the author of I Maccabees.). He is quoted by a Hellenistic historian who is then quoted by Josephus. The son of Abraham and Keturah, ...

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Why did Yonatan arrange the secret arrow sign with David?
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Rabbi Amnon Bazak explains in his lecture that this seemingly useless act of telling David in a secret way to run away and then meeting David in person shows the special and unique relationship ...

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Who is the composer of Haneiros Halolu?
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I'm not sure this completly answers your question but it is mentioned in Talmud, Soferim 20:6. http://www.virtualjerusalem.com/holidays/chanukah/maozhan.htm

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What Happens to People Who Don't Have a Portion in Olam Haba?
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Me'iri explains that they go directly to Gehenom. According the Rambam Ramban, after death you either go to Gan Eden or Gehenom. At the time of the final judgment it is decided if you go to Olam Haba,...

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40 minutes offset for candle lighting?
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The reason why we light candles a few minutes early (18 minutes) is in order to avoid any possibility of starting Shabbat late. Think of it as a train leaving the station. If you're one minute late, ...

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How are Spartans the son of Abraham?
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This is a quote from the following, I found it hard to summarize, the entire article is very interesting. I can't vouch for the author, but he appears to be knowledgeable in both history and Judaism. ...

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Tish'a Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?
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There are 289 absolute Hapax legomena (words that appear only once) in the Tanach. An absolute Hapax legomena is a word where even the shoresh is a Hapax legomenon. GREENSPAHN'S HAPAX LEGOMENA (PDF)

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Tish'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?
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Avraham to the decent of Yaakov to Egypt 290 years Proof Texts: Yaakov was 147 years old when he died and he had lived in Egypt 17 years (Bereshit 47:28) therefore he entered Egypt at 130 years old. ...

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What does "Comp." at the end of a posuk's translation mean?
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It seems in your example that the "Comp." comes before the verse and that it means "compared to."

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Source of saying migdol / magdil in Bentching
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I always learned that yes people mistook it saying Shmuel Bet (22:51) instead of Tehillim (18:51) (the pasuk appears twice, with this small change) and started saying it on Shabbat. However I found ...

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Was Rabbi Moshe Feinstein ever formally ordained? (Given semicha?)
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He (Rav Moshe) studied with his father and also in yeshivas located in Slutsk, Shklov and Amstislav, before being appointed rabbi of Lubań where he served for sixteen years. (Wikipedia) He (Rav ...

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Arba'a Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?
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יח כָּל-הַלְוִיִּם בְּעִיר הַקֹּדֶשׁ, מָאתַיִם שְׁמֹנִים וְאַרְבָּעָה Nehemiah 11:18 says there are 284 leviem in Jerusalem at that time.

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Saying Kadish for someone else
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Accroding to Rabbi Jack Abramowitz having a child or other relative as a catalyst for the congregation to praise God is an indisputable source of merit for the deceased. He basis this on a story about ...

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How does one explain God to little kids?
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Fortunately with my oldest child this has not been an issue, she innately believes in Hashem, and I have learned a lot from her! (A day after we learned we were expecting another child she told her ...

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Tish'a Veshiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?
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Over 279 years when the Second Temple stood, some 300 High Priests served in that position. None of them lived past a year in office. Not a great 279 years for the Jews!

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If kings were supposed to be from Shevet Yehuda, why was Shaul from Binyamin anointed?
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Sotah 37a-b In the book Ben Yehoyadah, Rabbi Yosef Hayyim mi-Baghdad's work on the aggadic portions of the Talmud, the author points out that the reward granted to both Yehudah and Binyamin are ...

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Mathematics in Cheder
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Not sure these quotes exactly answer your question, however they do show some of the major times when math was taught and introduced into Jewish schools. The last one seems particularly on topic. It ...

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Proper age to take a child to Shul
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I take my kids starting at about 1 month old. They sleep at that age, but I still feel the tunes enter their subconscious. They stay with me until about 2 when they start going to groups only coming ...

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Shnayim Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?
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ה' צבאות (Lord of Hosts) appears 250 times in the Bible. ה' אלוקי צבאות (Lord, God of Hosts) appears 14 times in the Bible. אלקים צבאות (God of Hosts) appears 12 times in the Bible. Hashem's name in ...

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Shemonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?
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There are 280 verses in the book of Ezra.

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Shemona Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?
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I Chronicles 25:7 288 singers in the Temple

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Can you leave video chat on over Shabbos?
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You may want to view these other discussions: Why do music tapes and CDs warn about playing on Shabbos? Am I allowed to view a Kotel Cam on Shabbos? In terms of an answer: It seems to me that this ...

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אַשְׁרֵי--שֶׁאֵל יַעֲקֹב בְּעֶזְרוֹ: Why Kel Yaakov?
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Reb Shmuel Houminer in Eved HaMelech answers this question, explaining that Yaakov is the one patriarch who truly verbalized that everything comes from Hashem. Therefore the verse is saying that the ...

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When did David Hamelech become king?
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What about the fact that it is possible that David was king of ONLY Judah for 2 years and then remained in Hevron but was king over all of Israel for 5.5 more years before moving to Jerusalem? This ...

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Chamisha Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?
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The first translation of the Hebrew Bible was written in Greek. This began in 285 BCE

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"עם לבן גרתי"? Really? "עם לבן ברתי" maybe
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To the question of Rachel and Leah's mother mocdeg brought down this answer, which would make them only half sisters which may then be allowed. The sefer Tiferes Shlomo al HaTorah in Parshas ...

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What are the major ancient literature on Judaic mysticism and spiritual development?
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The Dead Sea Scrolls prove that the Jewish mystical tradition of divine union went back to the first, perhaps even the third century B.C.E. Jewish mysticism has its origins in Greek mysticism, a ...

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Hakaras hatov vs. hoda'a
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Rabbi Frand addresses the definition of each of these words in a different Dvar Torah. On Parshat Shoftim he addresses the meaning of the words HaKaras HaTov which is generally translated as ...

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Shemona Veshiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?
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In the Talmud, Sanhedrin 17b-18a, it speaks about how large a city needs to be to have a Sanhedrin. The opinion of the Rabbis is that the population of the city must be 278. There is some confusion ...

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Is it permissible to name one's child with a name from the opposite gender?
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It is preferable to name a baby boy after a man and a baby girl after a woman and to use the original name be it Hebrew, Yiddish or Ladino. If you are naming your son after a woman, the Jewish ...

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