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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 7mo ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Vaydaber vs vayomer when God instructs Moshe: what's the significance of the difference?

The torah records many places where God speaks to Moshe telling him to speak to others, generally to relay instructions. The common structure is: ... וידבר יי אל ... לאמר: ךבר But sometimes ...

0 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Rosh Hashanah vs Rosh Chodesh

The beginning of the Jewish year is referred to as Rosh Hashanah. The beginning of the Jewish month is called Rosh Chodesh. How come Rosh Hashanah has a "hey" (ה) in it, while Rosh Chodesh does n...

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

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Q&A הֶעֱלֵיתָ vs. הֶעֱלִיתָ

When reviewing parashas Ki Sisa I noticed that 32:7 has הֶעֱלֵיתָ heelesa for "you lifted" whereas 33:1 has הֶעֱלִיתָ heelisa. Why?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Why is מוציא לחם more of a problem than מתיר אסורים or מלביש ערמים?

The Gemara (Berachot 38a) cites a dispute whether the blessing on bread is המוציא or מוציא. The issue is that the blessing must reflect the past tense; while everyone agrees that מוציא is past tens...

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

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Q&A What does this abbreviation stand for?

What does this mean? (written about a rabbi of renown, often the author of a book, or the person buried, listed on a headstone) הבחור כמ“ר I have my guesses but I'd like a real answer, not my gut...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by rosends‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Isaac Moses‭

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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 Is learning Aleph Beis considered learning Torah?

In a number of sources we find learning Aleph Beis associated with learning Torah: notably Shabbos 31a, with the convert who Hillel persuaded with reversing the Aleph Beis; Shabbos 103b-104a, with ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A What are these words on the back of a קלף?

I recently saw a piece of קלף that had these words on the back: Note: I'm talking about the words towards the bottom of the parchment, not Hashem's name. Notice how the words are written facing...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭

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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 Why is cholam sometimes pronounced like segol (Chabad, Yom Kippur)?

I learned what I understand to be a S'fardi or maybe Israeli pronunciation of Hebrew. I'm aware of the differences between this and the usual Ashkenazi pronunciation. My question is about variati...

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

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Q&A How is God's name pronounced when there is a prefix?

The 4 letter name for Hashem is replaced with the word a/d-/nai (3 syllables). But my siddur doesn't put vowels under each instance, so I'm not sure how to say the word when it is preceded b a pref...

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

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Q&A What is the difference between אנכי and אני in the torah? [duplicate]

In the book of D'varim I've been noticing a lot more uses of אנכי instead of אני. Both words mean "I". I've heard that אנכי is more formal, and I know it begins the revelation at Sinai, though in...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  closed as duplicate 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 Why is "chinam" translated as "baseless"?

Everywhere that the term חנם appears, as far as I can tell, it always means "without personal benefit": a שומר חנם (Bava Metzia 7:8) watches an object without receiving anything in return; a Jewish...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Dev-iL‭

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Q&A What is special about the Aleph-Bais?

In Berachos 4b (11 paragraphs up in pop-up), The gemara gives a potential reson what makes the teffilah "Ashrei" אִילֵּימָא מִשּׁוּם דְּאָתְיָא בְּאָלֶף בֵּית, נֵימָא ״אַשְׁרֵי תְמִימֵי דָרֶךְ״ דּ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A What's the difference between רָדַף אֶת and רָדַף אַחֲרֵי?

The kal verb רדף, "chase", appears many times in Tanach. But the preposition that follows it, to mark the object of the verb, varies: Sometimes it's a direct object: it's marked either with no pre...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Translation of ״זעיר אנפין״ as "The Impatient One"

In the Seder Oneg Shabbos Bentcher the translation for ״זעיר אנפין״ is "The Impatient One". What's the basis of this translation? Sources that support the reading would be appreciated.

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Lev‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by רבות מחשבות‭

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Q&A Source for not referring to Chanuka lights as a "menora"

Following up on this question about the use of the words "menora" or "chanukiya" to refer to Chanuka lights: I find it interesting that the use of "chanukiya," popularized in 1897 through a secula...

0 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Isaac Moses‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by Isaac Moses‭

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