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Since Pinchas was a Cohen why was he allowed to kill Zimri and Cozbi?
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Why stop at Pinhas? The same question applies to the Hashmonaim, and any Cohen who fights in the army today. While a Cohen normally shouldn't allow himself to become Tameh met, there are exceptions - ...

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What do we know about the ram in the Akeida?
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The Mishna in Avot (chapter 5) lists the Ram as being created especially for being sacrificed by Abraham, and so it didn't belong to anyone. This opinion is also brought by Rashi on Gen. 22:13. Radak,...

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Why didn't the prophets (and others "inspired from Above") ever learn the secrets of science or cures for disease?
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There was once a book that had all the cures you are talking about, but it was buried. In the mishna of Psachim 4:9 it says that the king Chizkia buried "the book of cures": ששה דברים עשה חזקיה ...

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Kri / K'tiv - Why were they created to start?
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There are a few explanations for this. regarding the Keri oChtev in the Torah, the Gmara says (Nedarim 37):> אמר רבי יצחק: מקרא סופרים, וקריין ולא כתיבן וכתיבן ולא קריין (=היינו, 'קרי ולא כתיב' ו'כתיב ...

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Explain the anomaly in the placement of the tribe of Gad in Bamidbar chapter 1
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The Abarbanal on Numbers 2 explains this. He explains that ideally since there are 12 tribes that come from 4 mothers that there would be two groups of 3 tribes from לאה, one group from רחל and ...

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How are we kings' children and why does it matter?
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The Maharal from Prague wrote in גבורות ה' (chapter 61): כי אחר שהוציא הקב"ה את ישראל ממצרים ונתן אותם בני חורין, ולא עוד אלא אף מלכים שנאמר (שמות יט) "ואתם תהיו לי ממלכת כהנים וגוי קדוש" זה השם ...

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Did Jacob actually send angels to Esau?
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Very interesting question! However, Rashi is relying on the Midrash in Bereshit Raba (75:4): מלאכים - אלו שלוחי בשר ודם. ורבנן אמרי מלאכים ממש. Rashi, citing Rabanan, comments that the meaning is ...

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Source that Gr"a finished the "whole" Torah?
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It is brought in the introduction to the Sefer Peat HaSulchan. It says there that he learned and understood clearly all that there is to learn (until the Achronim on the Shulchan Aruch) including the ...

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Test of True Prophet
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In his introduction to his commentary on the Mishna, the Rambam writes: החלק הראשון, שיתנבא בשם האל, ויקרא ההמון להאמין בו, ויצווה על עבודתו, ויאמר שהקב"ה הוסיף במצות מצווה, או גרע מצווה מכלל המצות ...

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Aside from the Mitzvah "to be fruitful and multiply" why else should a Jewish person want to get married?
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The Gmara in Yebamot (63a) says that an unmarried man is not a man:> א"ר אלעזר כל אדם שאין לו אשה אינו אדם שנאמר(בראשית ה, ב) זכר ונקבה בראם ויקרא את שמם אדם  And that a man without a woman is unhappy,...

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Was Delilah Micah's mother
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No.The stories in Shoftim are mostly not chronological. And Rashi points out (on his commentary there) that Micha lived in the beginning of the Shoftim era: "ויהי איש מהר אפרים" - אף על פי שנכתבו ...

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Astrology in the Torah
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Like any serious question in Judaism, there is a Machloket. The Gmara clearly believes in astrology and that many thing are an affect of a mans Mazal. אמר רבא חיי בני ומזוני לא בזכותא תליא מילתא ...

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Divrei Kabbalah in Maimonides' Usage
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I believe that the opposite is true. In the Rambams litterateur דברי קבלה usually refers to the Torah Shebeal Pe (קיבלו במסורת) (although the Rambam view is that Halachot learned from נ''ך is in the ...

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The serpent of Gan Eden
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Both approaches are legitimate and have roots in Orthodox litterateur. Usually we refrain from interpreting the Torah as only a metaphor (see Rabad on Hilchot Melachim 12:1 and the Mirkavat Mishne ...

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The End of Prophecy amongst the Nations
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I'm not sure that this what you're looking for, but the Gmara in Baba Batra on daf 15 writes: בתר דשכיב משה מי שריא שכינה על עובדי כוכבים והא אמר מר ביקש משה שלא תשרה שכינה על עובדי כוכבים וניתן לו, ...

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Making very loud drumming noise during davening
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The Rambam writes in Hilchot Tfila 5:9: ולא ישמיע קולו אלא אם כן היה חולה או שאינו יכול לכוין את לבו עד שישמיע קולו הרי זה מותר ובלבד שלא יהא בציבור כדי שלא תטרף דעתן And also the Shulchan aruch (או'...

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What is Rambam's opinion on demons?
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The Rambam mostly rejected the idea of demons. This resulted in him either completely ignoring הלכות mentioned in the גמרא that were based on the existence of demons (such as the issur of keeping food ...

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Why use language of לברוא in brachot?
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ברא doesn't necessarily mean creation ex nihilo. See Iben-Ezra on Gen 1:1: "בָּרָא" — רובי המפרשים אמרו שהבריאה להוציא יש מאין, וכן "אִם בְּרִיאָה יִבְרָא ה'" (במדבר טז ל). והנה ...

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Can a Jew drink wine of a ger toshav?
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The quick answer is no. In שו"ע יו"ד סימן קכ"ד סעיף ב the Shulchan Aruch says: גר תושב, דהיינו שקבל עליו שבע מצות, וכן גר שמל ולא טבל – מגען אוסר בשתייה Ha-rav Leichtenstien claims that the שו"ע ...

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Was Haman so discourteous as to bother the king's sleep?
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I think that re-reading the Megila may actually suggest that Hamman DID wait till morning to go to the king. The king was unable to fall asleep and so they read to him the Book of Memories, but I ...

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