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Question No. 1424
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 11 Oct 2007
The Question Why was Adam Harishon punished if G-d knew this was going to happen? —Anonymous, San diego
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Question No. 1414
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 7 Oct 2007
The Question I'm under the impression that the snake mentioned in the begining of Beraishis was the yetzer hara in a physical form. If so why was he punished? Seemingly his job is to try to get us to do Avieros and thats what he did? Thank you —Aaron, Ramat Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 1411
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 3 Oct 2007
The Question How do we explain to teenagers that Yakov kissed Rachel at the well before they were married, and in a public place? (Without using a kabbala explanation that is hard for teenagers to understand.) —Anonymous, Canada
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Question No. 1407
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 2 Oct 2007
The Question Is sexual intercourse prohibited on Sabbath? —Gener C. Pito, Philippines
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Question No. 1390
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 13 Aug 2007
The Question We learn in Parshas Vayeitze that Rochel was jealous that Leah had many children and she had none about which Rashi tells us that Rochel was certain that Leah merited this because of her maasim tovim and her tzidkes which was greater than her own. Was this really the case, or was it simply an outlook that she decided to take on in order to cope with the situation? There are always people around us who have more but it doesn't necessarily mean they are greater in tzidkus, or does it? —Anonymous, Brooklyn NY
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Question No. 1354
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 8 Jun 2007
The Question How do we explain to students of high school age the idea that Yakov kissed Rachel before they were married (i.e. why wasn't he "Shomer Negia") without going into the mystical reasons. —Anonymous, New York NY
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Question No. 1339
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 20 Mar 2007
The Question Does the original Hebrew for Job 19 verse 25 support the view that "my Redeemer" is anything more than perhaps a brother of Job that would ransom him at the end. —Anonymous, Houston, Texas
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Question No. 1334
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 17 Mar 2007
The Question Parashat Va Yakhel; Was the giving of precious metals, stones and cloth such a great gift by the people for the Tabernacle? Of what value were they in the desert? From where did we recieve the wood and Dophin skins and other material not natural to that area we travled in? —Dov Silverman, Ra'anana, Israel
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Question No. 1326
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 7 Mar 2007
The Question How is it possible to sell one's birthright, as Esav did to Yaakov? Can this be done today? What are the benefits of a birthright? —David Shachar, Matityahu
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Question No. 1322
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 27 Feb 2007
The Question Can the Rav please tell me what power each stone of the Choshen (High Priest's breastplate) has (e.g., wearing a ruby helps women pregnancy) kol tov —Daniel F., Monsey, NY
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Question No. 1305
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 15 Feb 2007
The Question Rav Leff, I've heard it said that Og was saved from the Mabul on the Zchut of telling Avraham Avinu about Lot and S'dom. How could he be saved on Zchut of something he hadn't yet done? Furthermore, why was Sichon saved from the Mabul at all? —Avy Kaplan, Chicago, IL
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Question No. 1259
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 4 Jun 2006
The Question Without Dikduk (Holy Grammar) how could we understand our Bible or Prayers? Now, I have a question on Leviticus 25:35 (Parashat B'har). Everyone, from Rabiner Hirsch (in English) to Nechamah Leibovitch translates v'hechezaaak-ta bo as future tense (imperative): you shall. But Rashi, based on the Medrash explains it past tense (imperative): you should have (already). Someone even told me that this Rashi proves that it's in present tense, otherwise he would keep silent. I only see past tense here. It would be unconceivable that all these translators wouldn't know Dikduk, chas v'chalila. What went wrong? This is what I know. 1. In Tenach va in front of a verb changes a past tense into a future tense and vv. 2. V' in front of a future tense stays future. 3. V' in front of a past tense almost always changes it to future tense but not always. 4. When it changes to future tense the stress goes to the last syllable, no matter what word follows (V'ahavtaaa eit). 5. V'hechezaaak-ta bo then is for sure past tense, no? Please explain. —Moshe-Mordechai van-Zuiden, Jerusalem, Israel
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Question No. 1256
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 30 May 2006
The Question In Samuel 1, Saul asks Jesse to send him David and it states Saul was very fond of David. In the next Chapter Saul does not recognize him. How is this possible? Also, has any modern definition for Saul's evil spirit been proposed, like depression etc. —Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1248
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 28 May 2006
The Question L'Kovud HaRav! Regarding the chet haeigel I was wondering why all of klal yisroel were punished when anyone who was involved were killed either by the sword, drinking mei sota or plague etc. Anyone left including all the women, leviyim and 99.9% of the men were all completely innocent. And even if they can be held accountable, then what about Moshe Rabeinu and Yehoshua who weren't even in the camp at the time? Also, another question: it is said that those yidden were over on giluy arayos (and shfichas domim). How could they have anything to do with arayos if the women were not involved in the chet? Also, how were they over on shefichas domim the day of the chet when chur was killed the previous day? Thank you very much for taking the time to answer questions! —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 1231
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 2 May 2006
The Question In the Rav's shiur on the subject of the first possuk of Vayikra, it was explained (I believe according to the p'shat of Rashi) that the use of the word "Adam" as supposed to "Ish" alluded to the din that it is forbidden to bring a stolen korban. However, surely we already have an established concept of mitzva haba min eveira learnt out from the lashon of "Lachem" when referring to the Arba Minim, as explained at the beginning of Masechet Succah, perek shlishi. Surely the issue is the same in each case? Please could the Rav lend his usual beautiful insight on this topic. Samuel Landau, London
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Question No. 1230
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 1 May 2006
The Question Shalom aleichem my dear Ravv- Parsha Shmenini--chapter 11,pasuk 11, see, I think the last Rashi,who quotes chullin 67a,---does this imply we can "eat bugs or "shrimp" if they never touch the bottom of the sea bed ??? Steven Mankes, No. Miami Beach, Fla.
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Question No. 1201
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 17 Feb 2006
The Question Kavod Harav. In the Rabbi's shiur on Yisro/Self esteem, the argument is used that it can't be that there is only this world because it doesn't make sense that Hashem create the whole universe (in all it's fine detail etc) all for one man's 120 years. Was the Rav suggesting that if the universe wasn't very impressive then it WOULD make sense that Hashem created it just for man's 120 years? It would be just as easy for Hashem to create an 'impressive' universe as it would it's opposite, so why do we assume that He wouldn't have gone to such 'trouble' if there wasn't an olam haba? - there was no trouble! - why couldn't one argue along the same lines as the Ramchal and say that good from Hashem would have to be the ultimate good, so He built an ultimate physical world for man's 120 years? Thank you for your time —Adam, London
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Question No. 1101
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 24 Oct 2005
The Question Why did Hashem create the world in six days? He could have done it in one day or ten, yet chose six? What is the significance of six? —Anonymous, Livingston, NJ
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Question No. 1032
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 16 Sep 2005
The Question In Genesis 3:13: is 'hsiyani' the same as 'nasha' (lifted up, beguiled) and what is the root verb? —Anonymous
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Question No. 859
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 3 Jul 2005
The Question How did the Avos learn Torah before it was given? Did they have text in Yeshivas Sheim V'Eiver or was it ruach hakodesh? —Anonymous, USA
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