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Question No. 203
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question In Samuel 1 Chapter 10 Verse 6, Samuel gives Saul the last of the three signs which prove to Saul that he is the next king. The last sign is that Saul will prophesy and become a new man. The Malbim says that Saul will change physically and spiritually. How exactly did Saul change physically? Ellie Shimanovich, Baltimore, MD
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Question No. 185
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question I begin to read SHIR HASHIRIM but I can not understand a few statements. Please help me. Please send to me the description of 2:7 to 2:10 of this. It is importent for me beacause I like SHIR HASHIRIM. Thank you anonymous
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Question No. 170
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question In Parshas Terumah, is it possible that the "yud" that was taken from the "nesiem" was put by the "menorah" in the word "ta'asah", since that was the one vessel made completly by Hashem showing that hashem doesn't need a mishkon, rather it is for us? Thank you. anonymous
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Question No. 162
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question My son's Bar Mitzvah is aproaching. His Haftorah section is Zachor, Deut. XXV. 17-19. I would be very grateful if you can lead me to an interpretation of this section. Lastly I would like to locate some background information on the Prophet Samuel. Thank you Ken Wiesen, New York
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Question No. 157
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question In the first perek of this weeks sedra passuk 7 it says that you can pierce the slave's ear so if the ear is being pierced as a punishment for violating the commandment not to steal, it should be done at the begining of the six years, right after the act of stealing. Why wait until the theif refuses his freedom? Thank you Jake, Miami Beach
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Question No. 126
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question What was the name of Lot's wife? Fran Stoll, California
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Question No. 107
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Which sources say that Rachel is buried in Kever Rachel and why? And where are other possibilities for her burial place? Who says she is buried somewhere else and what are their reasons? David, Flint
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Question No. 98
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question I read that Yakov was punished mida keneged mida for his deception of his father. He was deceived by Lavan and later by his own sons. As he deceived his father with a goat and coat, so was he later deceived by his sons with a goat and a coat.    1) If Yakov followed HaShem's plan and obeyed every word of his mother which she received thru prophecy or Ruach HaKodesh, how could he be punished for his actions?    2) What could he have done differently to still accomplish what he needed to accomplish but without being punished? 3) Why was Rivka not punished as well? Anonymous, Chalamish
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Question No. 97
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Is there a connection between the fact that the Torah presents Yitzchak as a very passive individual always being forced into different situations and his living in a place called "Gerar", meaning pulled or dragged? Anonymous, Pennsylvania
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Question No. 96
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question What exactly is the birthright and what is the meaning of Esav's selling the birthright? If it is the spiritual inheritance from Avraham, then Yitzchak was planning to give that to Yakov anyway as we see at the end of Toldot. Was there actually a chance of the Jewish people descending from Esav? What would have happened had it not been "sold"? Yakov was the only one who was spiritually capable of this inheritance. Regarding the materialistic brachot, it seems there was enough to go around for both of them. Does the birthright refer to the materialistic bracha? Anonymous, Sunrise, FL
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Question No. 89
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question We are taught the Torah doesn't waste any words but in parsha Toldos, there seems to be lot of repetition of family relationships in conversations e.g Rivka Imenu to Yaakov "Asov your brother.." Surely there was no need for her to remind him which Asov she was speaking about? Shimon Frais Ramat Beit Shemesh
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