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Q&A Why is Yemei singular?

The first 2 verses of Parshat Vay'chi present me with a question, so I'm soliciting any help on this. Here they are, for convenience's sake (from Sefaria): וַיְחִ֤י יַעֲקֹב֙ בְּאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֔יִם ...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by rosends‭

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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 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by msh210‭

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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 2y 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 2y 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 2y ago by interested‭  ·  closed 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 3y ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by simyou‭

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Divrei Torah Vayera and its haftara: a connection

posted 3y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 3y ago by msh210‭

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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 3y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by msh210‭

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Divrei Torah Parshas Vayeishev: It wasn't a coincidence

posted 3y ago by robev‭  ·  edited 3y ago by msh210‭

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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 3y ago by Harel13‭

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Challenges Weekly Topic Challenge #12: Adam and Chavah

posted 3y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 3y ago by DonielF‭

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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 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y 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 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Divrei Torah Dreams, interpretations, and outlook

posted 3y ago by rosends‭  ·  edited 3y ago by msh210‭

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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 3y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 3y 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 3y ago by Dani‭  ·  last activity 3y 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 3y ago by Harel13‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by sabbahillel‭

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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 4y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 3y ago by DonielF‭

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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 5y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 3y 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 3y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 3y ago by DonielF‭

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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 10y ago by Kinnard Hockenhull‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 4y ago by Dani‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Harel13‭