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Q&A When was "Melech Elyon" first truncated, and why?

During Rosh Hashana davening, there's a piyut (liturgical poem) that appears before Untaneh Tokef, that begins "מלך עליון" (Melech Elyon). The commentary by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, in the Koren ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by Mithical‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by Mithical‭

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Q&A The encampments in the midbar

Is there a list of all the stops that Bnei Yisrael made after leaving Egypt (in chronological order), and how long they stayed in each place, especially one which lists different opinions about the...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by rosends‭  ·  last activity 5mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 Zacuto's Sefer Yuchsin translation

The English translation of Sefer Yuchsin by Israel Shamir, the Holocaust denier and anti-Semite, is that a complete unabridged translation of the entire Hebrew sefer by Zacuto?

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by runters32‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by runters32‭

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Q&A Was Sigd part of historical Jewish observance?

I noticed that my (paper) calendar reports that 29 Cheshvan is "Sigd". Curious about this day (on the Jewish calendar; they style secular stuff like Election Day differently) that I'd never heard ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A What happened to the end of the Aleph-Beis in Kol Mekadesh?

One of the songs commonly sung on Friday night, which begins Kol Mekadesh Shevi'i, follows an alphabetic acrostic. After the introductory stanza, each stanza contains four phrases: the first three ...

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

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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 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 the Mishnayos were compiled, were they compiled into the perakim we have today, or were they just compiled into masechtos?

Many times throughout Shas, it seems as if the Perakim are sliced in completely arbitrary places. To name a few examples: In Maseches Shabbos, the halachos of Tzad, trapping, are discussed in 13:5-...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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