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Story of love sick tree
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Sounds like you are referring to this מדרש רבה במדבר פרשה ג פסקה א "ר תנחומא מעשה בתמרה אחת שהיתה עומדת בחמתן ולא היתה עושה פירות והיו מרכיבין אותה ולא עשתה פירות אמר להם דקלי תמרה היא רואה ...

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PTIJ: What is the inyan of the Konami code in Uncle Moishy's song?
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Clearly the inyan of this remez is to remind us that in order to prevent sin which would cause our "Doom" we must recall that "God's mode" is everywhere. Keeping that in mind will be the equivalent of ...

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May a man eat meat if attending the siyum of a woman?
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Rabbi Shlomo Wahrman z"l in 1981 in his sefer She'erit Yosef vol. 2:4 answers in the affirmative, that a man may eat meat and drink wine at such a siyum.

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Why is the daughter of a married woman permissible?
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This exact question is asked in the first perek of Derech Eretz Rabba. As recounted in another answer essentially the response is that this Kal V'Chomer would be oker (uproot) something from the torah,...

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Will Moshiach know that he is Moshiach?
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The Chatam Sofer in his responsa section 6:98 (collected answers) states explicitly that Moshiach will not know that he is Moshiach until the time for the redemption is at hand. והנה בהא דביאת בן ...

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Why is the term meilah used by a sotah?
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The gemarah in Meilah 18a-b states כי תמעל מעל אין מעל אלא שנוי וכן הוא אומר (במדבר ה, יב) איש איש כי תשטה אשתו ומעלה בו מעל ואומר (דברי הימים א ה, כה) וימעלו באלהי אבותיהם ויזנו אחרי הבעלים ...

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Why is the term meilah used by a sotah?
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Netziv in HaEmek Davar explains the terms connotes a complete exit from the husbands domain as the husband is now forbidden to have marital relations with her. As noted in another answer Ish can ...

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Creating things with the Sefer Yetzira?
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It is documented in the R' Aryeh Kaplan translation of the sefer yetzeira regarding forming a humanoid from earth/clay (Golem) and engraving the name of God on his forehead then there are specific ...

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Why does Ezra-Nechemiah come before Divrei HaYamim?
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The answer I recall hearing from a lecture by Rabbi Hayyim Angel is essentially that Sefer Ezra ends on a downer. Nechemiah comes back to see all of the work that he and Ezra performed; removing ...

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Are there two or more prophets who have the same name?
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Hoshea ben Nun (later changed to Yehoshua) and Hoshea ben Beeri were both prophets who had the same name

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Are there examples in Tanach of 3 or more parties having an ongoing conversation?
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I believe the conversation in Gen. 34:6-18 between Shechem, Chamor and the Benai Yaakov fits the criteria. I have included the text along with notes in brackets indicating each party. Then Shechem’...

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Is listening to Music on the fast of Asarah BeTevet permitted?
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In the Shulchan Aruch it does not say that music is prohibited on the 10th of Tevet, however the Mishnah Berurah (550:6) writes that a person who can (and is a ba’al nefesh) should preferably accept ...

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Seeking works by tanaim or amoraim
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Not sure if this qualifies as a book per say; Megillat Taanit which was written by Channiah ben Chezkia (Shabbat 13b)

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Why is the term meilah used by a sotah?
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Rav Hirsch in his commentary on the Chumash (ad loc and Vayikra 5:15,21) explains (I am paraphrasing) that this term was used because it relates to the robe of the Kohanim, the meil. The wife was ...

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Was Yael Jewish?
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I found the following source which says that Yael was a righteous convert ילקוט שמעוני יהושע - פרק א - רמז ט . יש נשים חסידות גיורות הגר אסנת צפרה שפרה פועה בת פרעה רחב רות ויעל אשת חבר הקיני: There ...

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What does the Canonization of Tanach mean?
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What does it mean that a book was decided to be or not a part of the Nac"h? There are several answers to this question. Some, but not all, would include Whether it defiles the hands (Yadayim 3:6) ...

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Yeshiva University RIETS Semicha Yorei and Yadin
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You will find most of the answers to your question (except #3) in their application document and various other student resources which are worth reading through in full. You may possibly find the ...

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Pharaoh or King of Egypt?
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excerpted from here The Zohar (Shemot 17a; 19b) explains that in most of the opening story of the Book of Exodus, the Bible mentions Melech Mitzrayim. This refers to the angelic minister who ...

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To whom did Reish Lakish sell himself?
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After having researched the matter it appears that gladiator is the preferred translation by scholars. In an extensive footnote (6) professor Marc Brettler traces the roots of this translation. He ...

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What is good and what does it mean that God is good?
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From what I understand God is not good in the sense that anything else is. For example when I say "that piece of chocolate cake is good" I might mean well constructed, or tasty, or visually appealing ...

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changing one's Hebrew name
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The Mishna in Gittin 4:2 indicates that it was common practice for people to change their names to nullify a bill of divorce. בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה הָיָה מְשַׁנֶּה שְׁמוֹ וּשְׁמָהּ, שֵׁם עִירוֹ וְשֵׁם ...

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Is it permitted for a male to shave his pubic hair nowadays?
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According to the Ben Ish Hai Rav Pealim section 4 Sod Yesharim question 5 one is allowed to trim pubic hair (and really any hair) as long as it is done in a way where the root of the hair remains. ...

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During covid-related social distancing minyan is it better for one person to get all aliyot or multiple people at a distance?
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Each approach is endorsed by a posek. R' Moshe Shternbuch permits giving aliyot to those who will remain more than 6 feet away from the torah and compares it to the (Ashkenazik) permissability to give ...

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Accuracy of Torah Text
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Contrary to another answer to this question an answer provided to a related question explains that there have been a large number of textual changes to the Torah over time. These changes often seem to ...

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What else could have come out of Yiftach's house?
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The implication from the gemarah [Taanit 4a*] and Rashi is that he assumed a kosher animal would come out, and that there was a possibility that a non-kosher animal could have come out as well. יפתח ...

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Og's bed made of iron
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Dr. Zvi Ron opines that iron was considered a precious metal in those times and thus Og's bed may have been a decorative treasure item. [This is now my own conjecture] Therefore the Torah may be ...

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Did Esther have the halachic status of a captive?
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The gemarah ketubot 51b states as follows (with explanation from Sefaria.org) ת"ר שבויי מלכות הרי הן כשבויין גנובי ליסטות אינן כשבויין והתניא איפכא The Sages taught: With regard to women ...

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Permissibility of images of celestial bodies
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The Taz (YD 141:13) writes that the whole discussion in the Shulchan Aruch doesn’t apply to a Tziyur, a two-dimensional drawing, and the prohibition only governs 3-D depictions (whether Bolet or Shoka’...

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How did Achashveirosh have the utensils of the Beit Hamikdash?
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Rabbi Hayyim Angel in a lecture on Megillat Esther posits that the gemarah should not be taken literally. Rather, like the gemarah (ibid) which mentions Achashveirosh wearing the clothing of the kohen ...

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Does braille go to sheimos?
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Torah works written in braille do not require burial. Rav Shlomo Aviner was posed this question and responded Q: Do Sifrei Kodesh written in Braille require being placed in a Geniza? A: No. This is ...

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