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The Torah warns us twelve times about observing the Shabbos
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Thanks to @Meir, I found that the Rambam in Sefer HaMitzvos Shoresh § 9 brings this concept. In the Shabsi Frankel edition they list the following twelve places: Exodus 20:10 Exodus 23:12 Exodus 31:...

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Why is myrrh the allusion to Mordechai?
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One answer 1 is based on a Midrash 2, which expounds the verse: מי יתן טהור מטמא, who will bring out purity from the impure 3. The Midrash brings many examples of such a concept, such as Avraham, who ...

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Commentaries on Moreh Nevuchim
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A friend of mine compiled the following list: This edition: https://beta.hebrewbooks.org/14118 has Efodi, Shem Tov ibn Shem Tov, ibn Crescas, and Abarbanel. This: https://beta.hebrewbooks.org/31594 ...

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Why are "Remember and don't forget Amalek" two separate commandments?
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Note that there are three mitzvos according to the Rambam that have to do with Amalek. Destroy the remnant of Amalek (Positive #189) Remember what Amalek did (Positive #188) Don't forget what he did (...

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What is the exact difference between a chazakah and a rov?
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There are many types of chazakos and rovs, so it's good to define our terms before we compare them. What both of them have in common is they tend to address sefeikos, or uncertainties. Chazaka D'...

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Understanding a Chasam Sofer on the Parsha
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I'll translate what he says and perhaps that will make it clearer. It seems that Yaakov didn't believe that Yosef had actually died, as he never saw him (subsequently?) in a dream/vision. Rather, ...

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Sukkos and Chanukah Connection
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The following explanation was developed by Rabbi Zolly Claman, now of Edmonton, Canada. With a better understanding of Sukkos, perhaps we can get a better understanding of its connection to Chanukah. ...

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Difference between oz vehadar regular shas and the murchevet edition?
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I believe the following additional features are included in the Murchevet edition. I admit I may be missing a few. In no particular order: Tosafos HaRosh. Some volumes also include Tosafos Rabbeinu ...

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Minhag to pause in middle of birkas kriyas shema
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I was shown the Chasam Sofer (Gloss to Orach Chaim 59:3) brings the Tur @DoubleAA mentioned as the source for the custom, and adds that we apply it at this point in the prayers because if we were to ...

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Differences of Timing of Se'udah for Brit and Pidyon Haben
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The sefer Pidyon HaBen KeHilchaso 8:37 brings two customs. One is as you described. The custom of starting the meal first and then performing the pidyon haben is brought by the Maharil, Shu"t Mahari ...

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Why does the Artscroll commentary to Vayeira mention Ishmael?
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They're coming from Genesis 18:7: וְאֶל־הַבָּקָ֖ר רָ֣ץ אַבְרָהָ֑ם וַיִּקַּ֨ח בֶּן־בָּקָ֜ר רַ֤ךְ וָטוֹב֙ וַיִּתֵּ֣ן אֶל־הַנַּ֔עַר וַיְמַהֵ֖ר לַעֲשׂ֥וֹת אֹתֽוֹ Then Abraham ran to the herd, took ...

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Balak ending on a sad note
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Baruch Hashem, I'm not alone. This question is addressed by various sources, all brought in Ma Shehaya Hu Sheyihyeh Shir HaShirim II 5:3 fn. 8 by Rabbi Eliyahu Wolf from Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, ...

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Can a mute person do teshuva?
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The sefer LeDofkei BaTeshuva by Rabbi Uri Teegar on Rambam's Hilchos Teshuva 1:1, in Biurim s.v. על לשון כל ישראל (near § 65, it's too far to see for free on Otzar HaChochma) brings the Sefer ...

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No issue of techum during kriyas yam suf
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Some say that in fact they were surrounded in front as well, as the sea didn’t split all the way. It would gradually split in front of them as they walked. This created three walls, with the area ...

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What is the source for the mitzvah of kiruv?
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Rav Yitzchak Berkovits, based on the Chofetz Chaim's introduction to his sefer Chomas HaDas, compiled a source sheet which explains four basic ideas which obligate kiruv: Kavod Shamayim - Honor of ...

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Earliest application of "frailty/feebleness descended upon humanity” (״ירדה חולשה לעולם״)
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The source for this is Megillah 21a תנו רבנן: מימות משה ועד רבן גמליאל לא היו למדין תורה אלא מעומד, משמת רבן גמליאל ירד חולי לעולם והיו למדין תורה מיושב. והיינו דתנן: משמת רבן גמליאל בטל כבוד תורה ...

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When were "acrobatics" introduced at weddings?
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I don't know if it's the earliest but Kesubos 17a provides three examples of shtik. אמרו עליו על רבי יהודה בר אילעאי שהיה נוטל בד של הדס ומרקד לפני הכלה ואומר כלה נאה וחסודה רב שמואל בר רב יצחק מרקד ...

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Why were Er and Onan punished if they were under 20?
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This question was asked by many authorities. For example, the Chacham Tzvi § 49. He says that there are those that suggest it was because of their intellectual maturity. Even though they were minors, ...

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What is the punishment before Vayehi Bineso'ah Ha'aron?
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Ramban to Numbers 10:35 : וקרא החטא "פורענות" אע"פ שלא אירע להם ממנו פורענות ושמא אלמלא חטאם זה היה מכניסם לארץ מיד Chazal call the sin "punishment" even though no punishment occured, maybe ...

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Where do the words יְרִידַת הַדּוֹרוֹת come from?
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Someone I know with access to the Bar Ilan database told me the earliest source that uses that phrase is Rav Yaakov Emden (18th century). מור וקציעה סימן פח דף מ"ה ע"א. והרמב"ם בסוף הל' ק"ש ...

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Sotah waters for a raped woman
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I subsequently discovered that the answer to my question is basically addressed in the Gemarra in Sotah 26a (and 32b, see below): במתנוונה דרך אברים מהו דתימא הא זנויי זנאי והא דלא בדקוה מיא כי ...

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Why was Shmitta specifically chosen to teach that the intricacies of all mitzvot were given at Har Sinai?
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Based on Be'er Yosef to Leviticus 25:1-3 There’s a Midrash which analyzes 1 a verse in Psalms 2. The verse describes גיבורי כוח, the mighty ones of strength, who follow Hashem’s word. Who ...

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Can kiddush be made in the shul?
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The Beur Halacha says that beshaas hadechak, in pressing circumstances, when you make kiddush you can have in mind to eat in another room in the same building. He concludes that if you can see the ...

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Aveira Lishma: Is it permissible to make a decision that contradicts Halacha because it is for the greater good?
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This topic is dealt with extensively by Rav Asher Weiss on his website. The following is a summary. To begin with, two major authorities have already said that today there is no practical application ...

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Missing line in Tractate Megillah
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The following appears in Megillah 15b (translation from Sefaria) אמרה מדת הדין לפני הקב"ה רבונו של עולם מה נשתנו אלו מאלו אמר לה הקדוש ברוך הוא ישראל עסקו בתורה אומות העולם לא עסקו בתורה The ...

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Limitations on two brothers or father and son one after the other, other than torah service?
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The sefer Nisuin KeHilchesa pg. 299 quotes in the name of Rav Elyashiv that two brothers, or a father and son, may recite sheva brachos in sequence, and one need not worry for ayin hara. So at the ...

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Who can be the Mesader Kiddushin?
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The accepted answer certainly presents one side of the argument. I thought I would present the opposing side. The Taz (EH 49:1) writes his opinion about the mesader kiddushin not requiring great ...

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Origin of exemption on covering hair for unmarried women
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I believe your understanding of שער באשה ערווה is incorrect. That gemarra is discussing a man's obligation to avoid reciting words of Torah when uncovered hair is in his sight. It creates no ...

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Why was Sarah surprised?
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Rav Yosef Yehudah, the son of the Sorotzkin Rebbe, gives I think a nice explanation to this question in his sefer Magged Yosef. Long story short, she wasn't surprised. She was faking it, as will be ...

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The claim that Yishmael repented when he was dying
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First of all, I subsequently looked at ArtScroll's Bereishis. I could find no reference to the fact that Yishmael repented. They simply brought the commentaries on Rashi which I quoted in the ...

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