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Chasam Sofer on Sefiras HaOmer
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Maybe you're thinking of Drashos Chasam Sofer II p. 280a (Sefiras HaOmer, halfway down the right column): וזהו שאמר בפרשה זו (ויקרא כ"ה ח') "וספרת לך שבע שבתות שנים שבע שנים שבע פעמים והיו ...

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Could animals in Eden eat the forbidden fruit of knowledge and what would happen to them?
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Genesis 3:6 וַתִּקַּ֥ח מִפִּרְי֖וֹ וַתֹּאכַ֑ל וַתִּתֵּ֧ן גַּם־לְאִישָׁ֛הּ עִמָּ֖הּ וַיֹּאכַֽל׃ ...she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave some to her husband, and he ate. Rashi there, quoting ...

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Shabbat Erev Pesach - Piyyutim for Shabbat HaGadol
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According to Rabbi Yehuda Spitz of Ohr Somayach, there is a four way dispute how to go about things in a year like 5781, where Erev Pesach is on Shabbos. Some say the traditional Yotzros as normal (...

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What is the connection between Pharaoh's butler's cups and Arba Kosos?
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The Da'as Zekeinim you cite got this idea from Yerushalmi Pesachim 10:1. The Aruch HaShulchan, in his commentary on the Haggadah Leil Shimurim, addresses this question, of what do the cups in the ...

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Is the Shulchan Aruch not consistent with the idea taught today that you can have Secular Jews / Halachically Jewish non-believing Jews?
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He's not saying they're permitted to eat pork or drive on Shabbos, like non-Jews. He's saying that Chazal penalized such a Jew to treat their shechitah (ritual slaughter) as invalid as if a non-Jew ...

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When is shabbos observed in the heavenly spheres? Israel time?
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In the Mishneh LaMelech's book Parshas Derachim § 23 s.v. עוד נקדים, he quotes his father's teacher Rav Zerachia Guto, who says that in Heaven, Shabbos starts when Jerusalem starts keeping Shabbos.

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Sefer Hamitzvot vs. Sefer HaChinuch
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The Sefer HaChinuch writes at the beginning of his work that he based his list off of the Rambam's. Meaning, any mitzvah that the Rambam lists, the Chinuch makes a point of doing so as well. That does ...

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Bow during Hagba?
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The Beis Yosef Simman 135 writes regarding the halacha of hagbah (Sefardim do it at the beginning of the Torah service, and Chazal call hagbah "gelilah") וכתוב עוד במ"ס פרק הנזכר (פי&...

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Watching a virtual church service
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I heard in a shiur (8:10) from Rav Aryeh Lebowitz in the name of his Rebbeim that Rav Soloveitchik was furious that frum Jews watched the funeral of President Kennedy, which was a Christian service in ...

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Why would Esther point at Achashveirosh?
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This question is addressed by the Rema MiPano in his Asara Ma'amaros Eim Kol Chai 1:7 (cited by the Chasam Sofer Al HaTorah to Genesis 32:5 s.v. כה), and subsequently by the Vilna Gaon in his ...

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Why is Daniel called Memuchan?
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This opinion also appears in Targum Sheni to Megillah. The Targum itself explains the reason. I'll copy for you the Hebrew Translation from Pas'shegen HaKesav: ויאמר ממוכן הוא דניאל ולמה נקרא שמו ...

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Why does the Torah use the non-Hebrew word 'Totafot'
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Be’er Mayim Chaim, by Rav Chaim ben Betzalel, the brother of the Maharal, to Deuteronomy 6:8 explains that Chazal had a tradition that these two words actually originate from before the story of the ...

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If your wife requests intimacy in a niddah state, may you refuse?
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Pesachim 72b discusses a woman who desires intimacy from her husband, and it is approaching the expected time of her period. והאמר רבא חייב אדם לשמח אשתו בדבר מצוה סמוך לווסתה The Gemara asks further:...

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Chatam Sofer on Tenth of Tevet falling on the Shabbat
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I just wrote about this topic for a devar Torah, which can be read here. In my Mafteach for Derashos Chasam Sofer they show that the Chasam Sofer addresses this Abudraham almost a dozen times in that ...

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Significance of Yosef's Goblet
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The following is based on the Be'er Yosef to Genesis 44:5. It is part of a devar Torah I wrote up here. Perhaps Yosef was very purposeful in choosing to scare his brothers with an accusation of ...

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Are father daughter relationships forbidden under 7 laws of Noach?
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There's a dispute in Sanhedrin exactly which relationships are forbidden to Benei Noach. Sanhedrin 58b brings the following statement of Rav Hunah: אמר רב הונא כותי מותר בבתו Rav Huna says: A gentile ...

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Under what mechanism is the Sotah's Megillah allowed to be erased?
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The Beis Efraim (Yoreh Deah § 61 s.v. ולענ"ד) by Rav Efraim Zalman Margaliyos (18th century) brings the Tashbetz (1:2), who says that we can't learn from erasing the Sotah's megillah to other ...

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Different miracle-publicization strategies on Chanuka and Purim
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The following is based on my limited understanding of a machshavah shiur from Rav Moshe Shapira zt”l for parshas Mikeitz 5768. It's part of a devar Torah I wrote up in 5779. Hashem told Moshe: “…I ...

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Tefillin Chol HaMoed Hefsek
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The Mishnah Berurah there explicitly addresses your question. In s.k. 28 he writes: ואפילו לאותן המניחין תפילין בחוה"מ בלי ברכה או המניחין תפלין דר"ת אחר שחלץ תפלין דרש"י או שחלץ תפלין ...

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Did King David's parents abandon him? (Psalm 27)
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I Samuel 16:11 and Psalms 118:22 imply that David was a rejected child in his family. וַיֹּ֨אמֶר שְׁמוּאֵ֣ל אֶל־יִשַׁי֮ הֲתַ֣מּוּ הַנְּעָרִים֒ וַיֹּ֗אמֶר ע֚וֹד שָׁאַ֣ר הַקָּטָ֔ן וְהִנֵּ֥ה רֹעֶ֖ה ...

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Was there ever a Talmudic tractate on Avot?
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According to the Mevo to Oz VeHadar's Maseches Avos Otzar Midrashei Chazal, p. 5, since Avos wasn't written on any specific mitzvah, Chazal never had their usual debates or discussions which are found ...

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מנ"ע - Talking to a person but intent towards Hashem
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After posting this question, I found that in Toras Moshe HaShalem ad. loc. they explain that he's referring to Rav Menachem Azariah MiPano. He says this idea in his Asarah Ma'amaros Eim Kol Chai 1:7. ...

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Why does Artscroll indicate that the מ of למנצח should have a שוע נע?
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Rav Aharon Lopiansky, in his amazing siddur called Aliyos Eliyahu, has a section on the bottom called Mesores HaTefillah. There he explains the sources for the parts of the siddur, and variant ...

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How did Abraham give Maaser of Sodom's property?
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There are many commentaries1 who understand the story differently. It's not that the King of Sedom was offering Avraham gifts, and the latter refused. In reality, these spoils from the war were ...

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Does this prove that the children of converts are not Israelites?
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The Tiferes Yisroel Yachin 35 there answers your question. Long story short, in some ways the Nesinim are worse than regular converts. As such, the descendants of converts are full fledged Jews, like ...

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Do Non-Jews have the rule of Safek D'Oraisa L'Chumra concerning the 7 mitzvos of B'nei Noach?
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I saw this discussed in Ateres Shmuel (by Rav Mordechai Rosenbaum) to Kesubos 15b ד"ה אם רוב עכו"ם . The gemarra there says an abandoned child that is found in a city of mostly non Jews is ...

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Dovid got lifespan from Adam and/or the Avos
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Rav Daniel Glatstein last night gave a shiur on Hoshana Rabbah (Ushpizin of Dovid HaMelech), and addressed this question. You can watch it here; it starts at 19:45. He brought three explanations: Ohr ...

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What's the connection between Aravos and Heaven?
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The gemarra in Chagigah 12b says that there are seven rekiyos, loosely translated as seven Heavens. ר"ל אמר שבעה ואלו הן וילון רקיע שחקים זבול מעון מכון ערבות Reish Lakish said: There are seven ...

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Internet Bavli resource
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Besides Dov's impressive list, I highly recommend Daf HaChaim. It's a shiur on every daf, with useful diagrams and very clear explanations. Regarding your concern about not knowing where on the page ...

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What does this reference to Pirkei Avos mean in this letter of the Chazon Ish?
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I found another sefer which quotes the letter. I don't know if it's quoting the letter in full, but it's more detailed than what you are quoting from Rav Chaim Friedlander. Here is what it says: ומה ...

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