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What are we "celebrating" on Shmini Etzeres?
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The Chasam Sofer (Derashos HaShalem Shemini Atzeres VeSimchas Torah § 10, first printed in Chiddushei Chasam Sofer Sugyos (5653) § 2) says we're celebrating the completion of all the mitzvos of the ...

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Sukkah: Why not tough it out?
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This question is asked by the Be'er Yosef to Leviticus 23:42-43. Here's a summary of what he writes, with some extra sources. We find two seemingly contradictory aspects to the mitzvah of sukkah. On ...

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David's Idol: why did he have one?
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The question is what does the word Terafim / תרפים mean and connote. The Targum translates it as צלמניא or forms. Rashi there writes: את התרפים. עשויים בדמות גוף אדם A manlike figure. Made ...

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Saying the Wrong Bracha at First
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The Shulchan Aruch (OC 209:1) rules: לקח כוס של שכר או של מים ופתח ואמר ברוך אתה ה' אלהינו מלך העולם על דעת לומ' שהכל וטעה ואמר בפה"ג אין מחזירין אותו מפני שבשעה שהזכי' שם ומלכות שהם עיקר הברכה לא ...

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Does anyone say the Satan is Midas HaDin
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Sanhedrin 26b says: א"ר חנן למה נקרא שמה תושיה ... דבר אחר תושיה שניתנה בחשאי מפני השטן With regard to the latter verse, Rabbi Ḥanan says: Why is the Torah called tushiyya? ...Alternatively, ...

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Negiah before Nisuin
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Even if there's no prohibition touching a penuya tehorah1 (single girl), these two cases have some sources which could indicate an issur. Arusa That very passage in masseches kalla states without ...

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Rishon who holds killing in an upward motion is more negligent
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Although @רבות מחשבות pointed out the premise of my question seems mistaken, the question still stands: does any Rishon hold killing upward is more negligent than downward. @user15464 pointed out that ...

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Can a man who has undergone sex change give his wife a Get?
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I heard that the London Beis Din sometime in the 20th century had such a case and asked Rabbi Ruderman if this person could give a get. Rabbi Ruderman didn't discuss if the gender change would have ...

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Swear by His Name, what the real meaning of this command?
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The Rambam, Sefer HaMitzvos Aseh #7 understands it as a command to swear in Hashem's name when it is necessary to swear in someone/something's name. This is to preclude other deities. This is like ...

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Why is "Yehoshua" spelled with a full Vav in Devarim 3:21?
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Midrash Chaseiros VeYeseiros says it's written maleh in three places. Here it's because he acquired six crowns (the value of the letter vav): beauty, strength, wealth, wisdom, leadership and prophecy (...

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Is there a minhag for a chassan and kallah to hold hands after the chupah?
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In Made in Heaven pg. 206, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan writes that in many circles it is the custom for the groom to take the bride's hand and lead her to the yichud room. In footnote 1 he brings the sources ...

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If the Targum on the Torah written by Onkelus was given at Har Sinai, How can Rashi say that he made a mistake?
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This is a complicated subject, one that has seen much discussion. First, on the matter of the premise of the question. Is Onkelos from Sinai? I don't know about you, but I don't see any indication ...

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How can we not say an after bracha on Kiddush wine during the seder
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I've heard two. Rav Yitzchak Berkowitz brings that Rav Shlomo Zalman Aueurbach would drink liquids throughout the Haggadah (not being concerned with the opinion of the Ramban that forbids drinking ...

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Would there be anything wrong with opening the door earlier at the seder?
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This article (footnote 40) assumes that there used to be a minhag to open earlier. [A recently published] manuscript from Rabbi Yuzpeh Shamash (1604-1678) of Worms...writes that it was the custom ...

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Sources about door-opening at the Seder
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This article gives a lot of background as to why the door is opened in the first place, and its possible connection to Eliyahu and Moshiach. It brings a bunch of explanations why the door is opened ...

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The father has the obligation of chinuch until what age
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I'm not sure if this is what the Rebbe intended, but the Mishnah Berurah 225 s.k. 7 you brought writes regarding the bracha the father says when his son turns 13: ‏ (ז) שפטרני מענשו וכו' - פי' ...

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Why did Esther's handmaidens fast?
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The Maharal to that verse assumes like your two assumptions: (a) her handmaidens weren't Jewish, as that would have raised suspicion that she was Jewish and (b) no seeming purpose that they should ...

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Difference between sins of Saul and sins of David?
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Rav Chaim Shmuelevitz has a sicha on this (Sichos Mussar § 53) which I translated and summarized. You can read it there. In short, the explanation is that the sins of King David were the ...

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Why does earthly punishment start at 13 and divine punishment at 20?
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tl;dr: Either a) this applies only to negative mitzvos, which someone under twenty is more susceptible to break, so Hashem gives people under twenty a free pass, or b) this applies only to mitzvos ...

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Why is there an Aramaic line after "Hashem yimloch l'olam va'ed" in Az Yashir?
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I don't know if this will satisfy you but your siddur is following what the Arizal says to do, brought by the Mishnah Berurah. Rema 51:7 וְכוֹפְלִין פָּסוּק כָּל הַנְּשָׁמָה תְּהַלֵּל יָהּ לְפִי ...

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Was Dan born out of wedlock?
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You're possibly referring to the Maharsha to Shabbos 55b. To explain how Reuven didn't sin with Bilhah, he explains based on the gemarra in Yevamos that Avaraham's children couldn't marry a shifchah. ...

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לא (lamed-aleph) vs אל (aleph-lamed)
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The Meshech Chochmah has a novel approach to these two words. He writes that אל has more of a tone of a request (although still obligatory). That's why נא, please, only ever accompanies אל (such as ...

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Targum Pseudo-Jonathan in Rabbinic Literature
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The preface to the Oz Vehadar Mikraos Gedolos brings a few more sources besides the ones @Rish brings. I also found a couple on my own. Rav Binyomin Musfia in his work מוסף הערוך, in ערך אשן ב, and ...

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What puns are there in Tanach?
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Most of these are from Chumash. My favorite is in Shmuel Aleph 15:14. Shaul was commanded to wipe out Amalek, including all of their animals. Shmuel came to see how Shaul had done. Shaul greeted ...

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Why do Jews believe the entire Torah, as opposed to parts or most, was given by God to Moses?
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Ramban in his introduction to Sefer Bereishis writes that it is true and clear that the entirety of the Torah, from the first verse to the last, was said by Hashem to Moshe to write. אבל זה אמת ...

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History of Shabbat: how (or) did they count to align with 7th day of creation?
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Torah Sheleima Volume 8 #93 and Miluim 13 brings two opinions from Midrashim how Moshe knew when Shabbos was. Midrash Yalkut Kurdistan (from manuscripts) to Exodus 2:11 says Moshe, while he was still ...

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How do we know that the civil Saturday is the correct Shabbat?
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Torah Sheleima Volume 8 #93 and Miluim 13 brings two opinions from Midrashim how Moshe knew when Shabbos was. From when the Jews were commanded to keep Shabbos onward, as others pointed out, Shabbos ...

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Binyomin didn't bow to Eisav
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Thanks to @sabbahillel's hint from aish.com that the source is from the Baalei Tosafos, I was able to find an earlier source. The author there copied from the DBS Torah database for Devarim 33:8 (it ...

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Yaakov Marrying Two Sisters
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Some answers that weren't mentioned by others or didn't cite their original sources. These sources came from Minchas Asher Bereishis Simman 42 by Rav Asher Weiss: Ramban to Bereishis 26:5 says the ...

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Is it permissible or advisable to ask G-d for anything?
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According to Rambam Mitzvas Aseh 5, it is a mitzvah to pray to Hashem for one's needs. הוא שצונו לעבדו, וכבר נכפל זה הצווי פעמים באמרו ועבדתם את ה' אלהיכם, ואמר ואותו תעבודו. ואע"פ שזה הצווי הוא גם ...

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