Heshy
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Old French in commentaries
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It's the same reason this site is in English: that's the language the writers and target audience spoke.

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What did the Nazir's death add to the story?
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The mishnah might have been making a connection to Chanoch, who lived 365 years and then died. As Rashi comments, he was a tzaddik but weak, and Hashem wanted to make sure he died before he became a ...

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Mishloach Manos or Shalach Manos?
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As Al Berko said, the version in the Megillah is mishloach, in binyan kal. In Mishnaic Hebrew, the word for sending things (and even sending מנות!) is written in binyan pi'el. As far as I can tell it ...

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How can Biur Sheviit precede Biur Maaser?
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Maybe the issue is that not that you're adding sheviit restrictions to maaser, but that you're adding maaser restrictions to sheviit produce. The Rambam is ambiguous. He just says חיב לבער, which ...

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The number 8 does not appear in the numbering of the tribes in Bamidbar except for the census of Kehos and the total of Leviim. Why not?
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Remez is much more interesting when you can find a feature that has a low probability of happening by chance. Before asking for the significance, you should look at the probability that this would ...

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Origin of Chumashim ("unholy" Torahs)
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The earliest source I'm aware of is Mishpatim 24:7. וַיִּקַּח֙ סֵ֣פֶר הַבְּרִ֔ית וַיִּקְרָ֖א בְּאָזְנֵ֣י הָעָ֑ם וַיֹּ֣אמְר֔וּ כֹּ֛ל אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּ֥ר יְהוָ֖ה נַעֲשֶׂ֥ה וְנִשְׁמָֽע׃ And he took the Book ...

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Polygamous rabbis?
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Yevamos 1:4 brings a disagreement between Beis Shammai and Beis Hillel about a case that can only happen when a man is married to two wives (and one of those wives is related to his brother, and he ...

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Why "תֶּבֶן" at the end of a verse?
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I've interpreted this in a drash sense. It seems from Pharaoh's and the overseers' commands that they couldn't collect twice as much straw one day and then make twice as many bricks the next day, or ...

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PTIJ: Where will all the Israeli chicken coops go?
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The pasuk is a reference to this story (source): If we are honest with ourselves, we may find that we are similar to the wife of the farmer in the following parable. This farmer was a simple but G'...

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Was Dan born out of wedlock?
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I've never heard this before, and my explanation isn't terribly convincing even to myself, but here's my attempt for what it's worth. As hazoriz quotes, Rachel gave Bilhah to Yaakov as his wife. But ...

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Esav took his wives from among the girls of Cana'an? (Breishit 36:2)
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In addition to mevaqesh's answer, he married the Canaanite wives (or at least some of them, without the midrashic name flips) when he was 40. He didn't marry Machalat until 46 (midrash about Yaakov ...

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How many giraffes were on the ark
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The Malbim says that in the original command, Hashem told Noach to take two of each species of animal. In the later command, where 7 is first mentioned, he referred to the animals that Noach and his ...

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Is there a transliterated version of what you need to say at the end of the complete Mishna?
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If you need to use a transliteration to say it in Hebrew, I would recommend just saying it in English instead. You can find the English translation at the back of the Artscroll Mishna Uktzin, or (if ...

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Joseph's Technicolor Dream Coat - Hand me down?
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From the brothers' point of view, the coat was owned by two consecutive black sheep of their family, Eisav and Yosef. They may have viewed destroying it as a good thing, like Chizkiyahu hiding the ...

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B'rashith (Genesis) 27.28 - the Hebrew rule of grammar, is it a vav sheva or a vav patach?
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There is (kind of) one exception to that rule, but ויתן is not it. It's in Haazinu 32:5: הַ לְיְהוָה תִּגְמְלוּ-זֹאת (I say "kind of" because ה לה' is read as one word.)

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Are there examples of Tanaim, Amoraim,Rishonim, Achronim using secular sources for Limud Torah?
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The Chumash describes how the Jews used secular poetry to determine which lands previously owned by Moav they were allowed to conquer. (I'm assuming that when you said Tanaim, Amoraim, Rishonim, ...

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