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Q&A Did Avraham really not know about his nephews while they were children?

After the Akeidah, Avraham returns home and then the torah tells us, in Bereishit 22:20: "Avraham was told, 'Milkah too has borne sons to your brother Nachor (etc)'". The torah does not always rec...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Why ra-VU in Numbers 20:13?

Numbers 20:13 (with my own, loose translation): הֵמָּה מֵי מְרִיבָה אֲשֶׁר רָבוּ בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת ה׳ This was the Fight Water: the Jews fought God The word "רָבוּ" ("fought") has its str...

0 answers  ·  posted 5mo ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 5mo ago by msh210‭

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Q&A How long did it take to set up the mishkan?

When Yisrael spent 40 years in the wilderness, they sometimes camped for longer periods of times and sometimes for shorter ones, sometimes even just two days (Bamidbar 9:21 -22): וְיֵ֞שׁ אֲשֶׁר־...

0 answers  ·  posted 5mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A What does the change from "a man shall not..." to "you shall not..." for one verse in Vayikra 20 signify?

In Vayikra chapter 20 the torah gives a long list of forbidden relations. Almost all of them are of the form "if a man (lies with, takes)..." or, in one case, "if a woman..." (third person). In V...

0 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 6mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A In the list of spies, why is Yosef added to the listing for Manashe but not to the one for Efrayim? [duplicate]

At the beginning of Sh'lach L'cha the torah lists the twelve scouts and their tribes. In general these names follow the pattern "from the tribe of (tribe), (somebody) ben (somebody)", with (genera...

0 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Why does the Torah mention Yosef in relation to Menashe but not Ephraim in the story of the spies?

In the beginning of Parshat Sh'lach, when listing the spies from each tribe, the Torah gives Ephraim like every other tribe (Bamidbar 13:8): למטה אפרים הושע בן-נון From the tribe of Ephraim, Ho...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Canaan's descendants and the curse

In Bereisheet 9, Canaan was cursed and this curse was taken to be a statement on not just him, but his descendants (see the Haamek Davar on pasuk 24 for an example). Why would later generations be ...

0 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by rosends‭

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Q&A On Pharaoh's not knowing יקוק

Jacob and his sons, when speaking to Egyptians, consistently refer to God as ‏(ה)אלקים, "the god", and not by his name, יקוק, that distinguishes him from other supposed gods, or other names of his....

0 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Questions on sidra [closed]

On sidra vayero Why didnt avrohom himself give the water. What is the difference if hashem himself gives it or his servan in the desert Why should we save a bad city because they have 50 righteo...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by interested‭  ·  closed 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A smichus amolek to bikkurim

At the end of Ki Setze we talk about Amolek. The next sidra, Ki Savo, starts off about Bikkurim. In chumash everything has to have a connection. So what is the connection between them?

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by interested‭  ·  edited 1y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Why must yefas toar be allowed

We have in Ki Setze the laws of 'yefas toar' meaning a non-Jewish woman captured in war whom a Jewish man now wants as his wife. The meforshim (commentators) say that the only reason this was allow...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by interested‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by interested‭

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Q&A dikduk question.

What is the difference in translation according to dikduk (grammar) between שנואה AND שניאה? Both are used in Devarim 21:15 to refer to the same person.

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by interested‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Why is parshat Balak written without breaks in the torah scroll?

This past Shabbat I was reminded (while watching the torah reader rolling the scroll) that all (or nearly all?) of parshat Balak is written as one long paragraph in the scroll -- three solid column...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Why do some books in Tanach have a different trop, and how are they sung?

Some books in Tanach have a different kind of trop for the words. (see Psalms, e.g. under בַּעֲצַ֢ת and above רְשָׁ֫עִ֥ים) Why does this book and others have a different kind of trup? How is th...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A Were Abraham's and Lot's guests the same?

Genesis 18 describes "אנשים [=men]" who came to visit Abraham. Chapter 19 starts "And the two מלאכים [=messengers, or angels] arrived at Sodom…" and proceeds to call them, too, "אנשים". Rashi and ...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by simyou‭

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Q&A What is the connection between the "tarshish" in Ezekiel's vision and the city Jonah fled toward?

I noticed that Ezekiel 1:16, in describing his vision of something like a heavenly chariot (merkavah), says the words gleaned like tarshish, translated "beryl" by Sefaria and some others: מַרְאֵ...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Yehuda‭

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Q&A Talmudic proverb based on Job 42:10 — source?

I'm trying to locate the source for a rabbinic saying quoted in a Christian commentary on the book of Job by the Hebraist Franz Delitzsch. Here's the relevant bit of the passage: The Talmud has ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by David‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A What does אלוף mean in the context of Eisav's family tree?

When the Torah lists Eisav's family tree, it calls a lot of people "aluf" (often translated champion): טו אלה אלופי בני עשו בני אליפז בכור עשו אלוף תימן אלוף אומר אלוף צפו אלוף קנז: טז אלוף קרח...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Did any ancient Jewish writers address the differences in Jeremiah's source texts?

The Septuagint's version of Jeremiah is one eighth shorter than the Masoretic Text's version. In the Dead Sea Scrolls is evidence of both versions. Did any ancient Jewish writers (such as in the M...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by curiousdannii‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Shgagah with the killing of the son of the Amalekite ger?

In Shmuel 1:31:4 it says that Shaul committed suicide rather than be captured alive by the Plishtim. Later, in Shmuel 2:1:2-15 it says that the son of an Amalekite ger who was in the ranks of Shau...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Does the narrator of Numbers assert that the Anakim come from the Nephilim?

The Nephilim are named only in two verses in the Bible, in Genesis 6:4 and Numbers 13:33. Numbers 13:33 says that the Anakim come from the Nephilim, but different translations render this in a vari...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by curiousdannii‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by user8078‭

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Q&A Why did the Ark rest on Ararat?

Why did the Ark rest on Ararat? It seems random. Why not have it rest in Eretz Yisrael, for example?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A What is the purpose of God asking Adam to name the animals?

In Bereishit 2:19 God brings all the animals to Adam to see what he will name them. This has long puzzled me, because: God created them and already knows their functions (He doesn't need Adam to ...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A After being expelled, did Adam and Chava build tents or houses for themselves or continue to live outdoors?

I've always assumed (but can't prove) that while Adam and Chava were in Gan Eden, and had they stayed, they lived out in nature -- they didn't require tents or other shelter. When they are expelle...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Why does the text in B'reishit refer to God in the plural?

Throughout Parshat B'reishit, Hashem (God) is referred to in the plural multiple times. This includes in B'reishit 1:26: ויאמר אל-קים נעשה אדם בצלמנו כדמותנו... And God said: We will make a man in...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by sabbahillel‭

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Q&A Why is the birth of Kayin written strangely?

In Bereishis 4:1, the Pasuk describes the birth of Kayin: וְהָאָדָם יָדַע אֶת־חַוָּה אִשְׁתּוֹ וַתַּהַר וַתֵּלֶד אֶת־קַיִן וַתֹּאמֶר קָנִיתִי אִישׁ אֶת־יְהוָה Now the man knew his wife Chava, and ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Hiding in a tree or hiding among the trees?

As I was reading Beresheet 3:8 today ("וַיִּתְחַבֵּא הָאָדָם וְאִשְׁתּוֹ מִפְּנֵי ה' אֱלֹוקים בְּתוֹךְ עֵץ הַגָּן"), it suddenly occurred to me that though I had never thought about the term "בתוך ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Harel13‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by sabbahillel‭

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Q&A "דִבַּרְתִּי צֶדֶק" in Ps. 40:10?

For "בִּשַּׂרְתִּי צֶדֶק בְּקָהָל רָב" (Psalms 40:10), a copy I have has instead "דִבַּרְתִּי צֶדֶק בְּקָהָל רָב". I assume this is just a transcription error, but wonder whether perhaps it is, rat...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Ancestry of the Mishmarot Kehunah

In 1 Divrei Hayamim 24:4 it says about the dividing of the Mishmarot Kehunah: "The sons of Eleazar turned out to be more numerous by male heads than the sons of Ithamar, so they divided the sons o...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Harel13‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A What's your favorite weekly Torah section, and why?

There are 54 weekly sections ("parashiyos" or "sedras") in the Torah.1 Which of these is your favorite, and why? Answers I seek: Please don't answer with a section name with no explanation as to wh...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Extra-Tanachic accounts for Nitzavim prophecy?

In Nitzavim, Devarim 29:23-27 it says: "all nations will ask, “Why did the LORD do thus to this land? Wherefore that awful wrath?” They will be told, “Because they forsook the covenant that the LO...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Why did the Davidic dynasty need to come from questionable relations?

On the one side of the family, we have the union between Tamar and Yehudah, which, while technically a fulfillment of Yibum, Yehudah thought she was a harlot. From this union came Peretz (Bereishis...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Why does the verse state that one should "destroy" Maaser Sheni and Neta Reva'i?

Devarim 26:13: וְאָמַרְתָּ֡ לִפְנֵי֩ יְהוָ֨ה אֱלֹהֶ֜יךָ בִּעַ֧רְתִּי הַקֹּ֣דֶשׁ מִן־הַבַּ֗יִת וְגַ֨ם נְתַתִּ֤יו לַלֵּוִי֙ וְלַגֵּר֙ לַיָּת֣וֹם וְלָאַלְמָנָ֔ה כְּכָל־מִצְוָתְךָ֖ אֲשֶׁ֣ר צִוִּיתָ֑נִ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Do any scholars identify Tarshish with Tartessos, before the Malbim?

Among the classic Jewish works I've seen, Tarshish is nearly unanimously identified with modern-day Tunisia (Ibn Ezra, Targum Yonasan1, Rashi1); the two early dissenters I've seen quoted are modern...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A When bringing first fruits, why do we say to the priest "your God" rather than "our God"?

When bringing first fruits we are commanded to say the following to the priest: וּבָאתָ֙ אֶל־הַכֹּהֵ֔ן אֲשֶׁ֥ר יִהְיֶ֖ה בַּיָּמִ֣ים הָהֵ֑ם וְאָמַרְתָּ֣ אֵלָ֗יו הִגַּ֤דְתִּי הַיּוֹם֙ לַיהוָ֣ה אֱלֹה...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by robev‭

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Q&A A year with eight Sh'minis is plenteous?

I've heard an idea that a year (like 5772) in which parashas Sh'mini is read eight times1 is a particularly auspicious one: the wording of the maxim is something like "sh'mona Sh'mini sh'mena" ([a ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Plants before the Sun in the Order of Creation

Why does plant life precede the Sun in the order of creation given that plants need the Sun to do photosynthesis?

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Kinnard Hockenhull‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Difference between אני and אנכי

Throughout the Tanakh, I have come across אֲנִי (ʾani) and אָנֹכִי (ʾanokhi) many times, which both mean "I". What is the difference between the two words in Tanakh?

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Argon‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Status of the descendants of Yarcha

In Ki Tetzeh it says (Devarim 23:8-9): "You shall not abhor an Egyptian, for you were a stranger in his land. Children born to them may be admitted into the congregation of the LORD in the third g...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Is one in violation of Lifnei Iveir for setting himself up to sin later?

Avodah Zarah 6a.16-6b.1: והתניא: אמר רבי נתן, ״מנין שלא יושיט אדם כוס של יין לנזיר ואבר מן החי לבני נח? ת"ל (ויקרא יט, יד) ולפני עור לא תתן מכשול.״‏ It was taught in a Braisa: R' Nassan said, "Fro...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by robev‭

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Q&A Seeking an explanation for the verse associated with the fox in Perek Shirah

According to the work Perek Shirah, Yirmiyahu 22:13 is the verse associated with the fox (shual). What is the explanation for the link between the contents of that pasuk and the fox?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by withoutatrace‭  ·  edited 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Question on Ekev: in what way are good things hard?

In the beginning of Ekev, Moshe says that Hashem tested Bnei Yisrael in the desert to see if they would remain faithful - "Remember the long way that the LORD your God has made you travel in the wi...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Harel13‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Did Moshe have free will when he struck the rock in the wilderness?

We know that God told the entire torah to Moshe (with Moshe writing it down the second time) at Har Sinai. This must include the book of D'varim, because I have learned somewhere that there is a d...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by user8078‭

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Q&A vegans in Tanach

Are there any vegans/vegetarians that we know of anywhere in Tanach? (Not someone that just took a neder)

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A Examples of derivations

At the end of Korbanos during davening there is a Baraisa that starts with רַבִּי יִשְׁמָעֵאל אוֹמֵר. It tells us of different methods of derivation that can be used throughout Tanach. Does anyone ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lo Ani‭

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Q&A What happened to the fruit brought by the spies?

Kind of a weird question. Does anyone have any idea what happened to the fruit brought by the spies from Israel to the desert? Was it eaten by specific people? Buried? Left behind?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Why does Nun have an Aramaic name?

Nun, the father of Yehoshua, is apparently named after a word for fish in Aramaic (for example, Beresheet Rabbah 97:3; Divrei Emet, Matot). His father Elishama (according to Divrei Hayamim 1:7:26-2...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Why didn't Yitzchak help his father?

In Bereishis 22, the story of the עקידת יצחק (binding of Isaac) takes place. When Avraham sets up the altar in Bereishis 22:9, the Pasuk says: וַיָּבֹ֗אוּ אֶֽל־הַמָּקוֹם֮ אֲשֶׁ֣ר אָֽמַר־ל֣וֹ הָאֱל...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A How obligatory is Eicha on Tish'ah b'Av?

On Tish'ah b'Av, it's a universal (I think) tradition to read megillat Eicha at night (and some also read during the day); see Shulchan Aruch 559:2. Generally, this is read in a communal setting, b...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by magicker72‭  ·  edited 2y ago by magicker72‭

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Q&A Where is 'Khina'?

Malbim on Beresheet 6:4 writes: "הנפלים. עתה יפרש מ"ש ויראו בני האלהים את בנות האדם, מי היו בני האלהים, הם אלה שאמרו שהם בני אלהים ונפלו משמים, והגדות כאלה היו בימים האלה וגם אחרי כן. כי נודע שבכל...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Harel13‭

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