Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Torah – Topics
- If someone hurts you, how should you correctly view this?
- Why were these Rabbis crying, yet Rabbi Akiva was joyful?
- Why does the Torah specifically talk about not afflicting a widow and an orphan, what about others?
- Why are these three particular parts of the body afflicted?
- If someone rejoices with the tribulations that befall him, what occurs?
- Which three do not see the face of gehinnom?
- What does one who joyfully tolerates the chastisements that befall him bring?
- What do chastisements of love not involve?
- Can one who died know what people are saying?
- If a married woman dies and comes back to life, is her connection to her husband over, rendering her free to remarry?
- By which husband is a twice-married woman buried?
- Do spirits speak with each other?
- Why was he able to hear the spirits speaking?
- Can a deceased person have any cognizance?
- Is there a case when one’s soul has departed, someone prays and is revived?
- What is the probability that you are a gilgul?
- What is the understanding behind why intimacy was forbidden during the flood?
- What does the Torah allude to by saying about Kayin that his face fell?
- What are practical steps to control one’s anger?
- When someone is angry, should you appease him?
- Why was Othniel’s wife called Achsah?
- How is the serpent cursed more than all of the animals?
- Did Hashem limit male and female in his creations?
- Why was Bila’am killed specifically with a sword?
- Are the presence of the ‘signs’ (or their lack) by the animals and fish the reason why they are permitted or forbidden?
- The Torah cites eight defiling reptiles, why is the snake not included?
- What does a person overcome when he heeds himself from forbidden foods?
- Why is the punishment for eating insects (so) severe?
- Why in this possuk is the pigeon written before the turtle dove?
- What hidden miracle is attributed to the hornet?
- What will the animals say to the serpent?
- A great man shows appreciation. What did Rabbi Akiva say about his wife?
- Hashem said to Moshe to take vengeance from Midian. How can Moshe tell Pinchas to do this?
- Why was the dog rewarded?
- Why did this Rabbi express appreciation for a breeze?
- What was our forefather Avraham’s formula to get someone to make a brachah?
- We already know that Adam was taken from the earth. Why does the Torah then state to work the earth from which he was taken?
- How does a woman effect atonement over her home?
- When does one become happy?
- Whose pride is repulsive?
- When does a tzadik’s death atone?
- What atones for us now?
- Did the heathens lose anything due to the destruction of the Beis Hamikdosh?
- What is the connection between the account of Miriam’s death and the section describing the red heifer?
- In what situation does getting bruised atone like a burnt-offering?
- Why is it one who is wealthy that brings a poor person’s sacrifice has fulfilled his obligation except for a leper?
- A person thinks about abandoning any hope of changing anything. He adapts the attitude that if Hashem wants him to die, so he’ll die. Is his attitude wrong?
- What is the proper attitude one should adapt should afflictions occur?
- A mitzvah needs to be done and the person says, “I’m tired.” What illustrates a proper response?
- If something bad clearly appears to have taken place, is it possible that this is really for the good?
- How can one not covet in his heart, something that is beautiful?
- If one would be aware that his actions are being recorded, would he act differently?
- Is there a rule that one should not behave differently than others?
- How should you feel when people are hungry and they come and enjoy your food?
- Men are often angry when dinner is late. How does Hillel respond?
- If a father asked his son some question, that if answered honestly would cause him to be angry with his mother, how should he react?
- What does a person’s thought, speech and action create?
- Whose lives are no lives?
- Who is shown compassion?
- For whom should one not be a judge?
- At what point was the decree of the churban (destruction of the Holy Temple) finalized?
- When Bar Kamtza was at the feast, why didn’t the Rabbis who were present protest?
- Should school children disregard their studies for the building of the Holy Temple?
- What if you’re involved with a Jew, who says simply that he does not believe in Hashem; what is a proper route to take with him?
- Why is this person rich, this one poor?
- What basic difference is there between one who has emunah (faith) and the other that does not?
- Why did Hashem specifically bring a flood?
- Why did Noach send the raven away?
- What are different reasons why affliction occur
- Can changing one’s locale effect one’s personal life?
- The moon had a criticism and was made smaller. Did the sun do anything to maintain its size?
- Can love and hate have a common denominator?
- How is this, Avraham prays and becomes old?
- How can you be in great standing with your friend?
- How can being stepped upon be viewed optimistically?
- How can one know of another’s character?
- This Rabbi was (literally) about to die, what saved him?
- Which four types of traits is difficult for one to handle?
- Is it good to say I don’t know?
- What is the effect of restraining oneself in conflict?
- In Hebrew the adjective follows the noun. What does the Torah signify when describing Yishmael?
- What type of person ‘asks’ and doesn’t want an answer?
- What compassion does Hashem give to one who has left this world childless?
- How is it that school children (G-d forbid) might be seized?
- What might be (compassionately) said to older couples, who have no children and probably not inthe future?
- A teenager says that although he believes in Hashem, honoring his parents, because they are his ‘biological father and mother’ is a joke-but what’s more is they did not support him. What can be said to him?
- Why wasn’t Avraham pleased when Hashem first told him that he will have many offspring, and then
when Hashem tells him again, he subsequently is pleased?
- How can you be granted wonderful children?
- Classmates were laughing at someone who was stuttering. He subsequently became angry. What
advice did his Rav give?
- What illustrated a man loved his son more than his father?
- When are you sons to Hashem?
- Is a mamzer obligated to honor his parents?
- Circumcision is one of the commandments. I understand that a father does this because of the
commandment. There are many people today who, because of where they are holding, if they were given a practical reason for circumcision, might be helped in many ways. One of their complaints, is, why it is given at such an early age?
- Why do seven days need to pass to perform a milah (circumcision)?
- Why is the membrum placed in the earth?
- Someone is dedicating a cornerstone to a shul and insists on his name being inscribed on it. Some
of the congregants are opposed. What is correct?
- Should Rabbis cling the whole day to the people, even after the performance of the mitzvah?
- Where is it hinted that if there is a minyan (quorum of ten), one who is (religiously) negligent may join?
- Is a man who inadvertently killed someone permitted to be the shliach tzibur (Chazan)?
- Does the threat of Iran against Yisra’el have any basis?
- Is anything mentioned about the leader of Iran and what finally happens with Yisra’el?
- What is a source as to why the Arabs persecute us?
- By what merit have Arabs occupied parts of Yisra’el?
- There is controversy whether the Gaza strip is a part of Yisra’el. Can you supply some input?
- Will there be lots of snow this winter?
- In the future will non-Jews convert?
- What was the cause of Amalek’s hostility to Yisra’el?
- Rashi says Moshe saw that no man in the future would go forth from him to convert. If he is liable to
death, what difference is this?
- What will happen with the heathens during the final redemption?
- If a ger (convert) had children as a heathen, did he fulfill the obligation to be fruitful and to multiply?
- What’s the proof that until the third generation, the spiritual contamination doesn’t cease from a Mitzri?
- Since stealing is not one of the three transgressions one must relinquish his life for, at the threat of being killed, it seems he should steal if it is necessary to save his own life. Doesn’t this seem strange?
- Let’s say Reuven is pursuing after Shimon to kill him. If Levi pursues to save Shimon, would he also e obligated to pay if he breaks some object in the process?
- Is flattery always prohibited?
- Why was it necessary for someone with a plague to be brought specifically to a Kohen?
- What are the seven stages of judgment man experiences when departing from this world?
- What occurs thirty days prior to one’s demise?
- What occurs when the time for one’s departure from this world arrives?
- At the time when one goes to ‘that world’ what does he see?
- What occurs during the first three days?
- What happens after these three days?
- What happens with the soul during the seven days?
- What happens during the thirty days?
- What happens during the twelve months?
- Is there any need to be concerned about one’s divorced wife?
- If one’s ex-wife has not remarried, is there any more of a reason why her ex-husband and she should remarry?
- If due to a transgression a man divorced his wife, is there any reason if she becomes poor that he should give her financial assistance?
- Do we always say that if one divorces his first wife, that tears are shed on the altar?
- Must a man be concerned regarding the dignity of his ex-wife?
- How great is embarrassment?
- What is positive about embarrassment?
- What is the rule regarding what and what not to speak about with a guest?
- These three Rabbis could have been punished from heaven…what did they do?
- Difficult questions were asked to a Rabbi which embarrassed him. What was the reaction?
- What was done so that the poor would not be ashamed?
- Whose embarrassment is greater, man or woman?
- If an orphan boy and an orphan girl applied for a marriage donation, who precedes?
- What connection is there between the serpent and the evil inclination?
- Does the Evil Inclination vary in size, according to differences among people?
- What does the evil inclination do-daily?
- Does the evil inclination desire only what is forbidden?
- What should be done if the evil inclination meets up with you?
- What advice is given if one sees his evil inclination overpowering him?
- What is the antidote for the evil inclination?
- Should a man spend more on his wife and children or on himself?
- What caused Ya’akov to love Yoseph more than all of the other sons?
- What was the motive behind all of Ya’akov’s children rising to comfort him?
- Why does Yoseph repeat, “I am Yoseph?”
- How does Rashi figure out that this is Shimon and Levi?
- How then would Shimon and Levi speak before Reuven?
- Yoseph’s brothers hated him. Why did he tell his dreams to them?
- Did Avraham visit Yishmael after he sent him away?
- What does teaching humility to one’s household generate?
- Why didn’t Yitzchok mourn over Yoseph?
- Why did Rabbi Yochanan sit by the immersion place?
- Why is this sinner’s family punished?
- How did Ya’akov err in distinguishing between the sons?
- The Torah tells us Ya’akov was one hundred and forty seven years old. We know that when he arrived in Mitzrayim, he was one hundred and thirty years old. Nevertheless we are also told that Ya’akov lived in Mitzrayim for seventeen years. We know this from a simply calculation, 147 minus 130 equals 17?
- Can some kind of fear be potentially more dangerous to someone, than withholding food from a sick man who was fasting?
- Which midah (attribute) deters to covet?
- Is sin and fear related?
- Which three wane one’s strength?
- Does the Torah ever refer to something that will first be called by that name in the future?
- Are there unique occurrences that Hashem will bring forth in the future?
- Will all the nations and leaders ever gather in Jerusalem?
- Where will Jerusalem stretch to in the future?
- What illustrates how judgment will vary in the future?
- Who has a share in the World to Come?
- Why was the world created with the letter Beis?
- In the next world will one be able to change his ways?
- How did the Rabbi respond to this scoffer (with a chicken)?
- Is Moscow alluded to Gog and Magog?
- In the future, what different effect will the sun have on the righteous and the wicked?
- Is it ever possible that by eating something that was doubtful one is in a better position than by abstaining?
- Why do the nations hate us?
- A Jew who has pain being in a Succah is exempt. When non-Jews were given the opportunity of Succah they also experienced pain. Is there then any difference?
- What are some of the guidelines concerning non-Jews performing the seven mitzvos?
- Is there a reward for a heathen that proclaims Hashem’s existence and denies deities?
- Do non-Jews have a share in the World to Come?
- Is the tzedakah that the nations perform a mitzvah?
- Regarding tzedakah, do Jew and non-Jew differ?
- Can there be a situation of someone that is ‘almost’ a Jew but actually is not?
- Is it permitted to deceive gentiles?
- What is the proper response when a heathen blesses?
- Why did Yithro merit that a Parshah (Section) of the Torah is written about him?
- Is there a difference between what a Jew or Heathen plan to do?
- How were these Heathens’ plans of stealing from the Jews foiled?
- Is there any problem with using a non-Jewish wet nurse?
- If someone tricked a non-Jew out of money, what must be done?
- Is there any distinction as to why a gentile performs the seven Noachide laws?
- What are the Seven Noachide laws?
- Should tzedakah be given to a heathen?
- If a heathen says something intelligent, may he be called wise?
- Why does Hashem say, “Let us make man”? Isn’t Hashem concerned of people making a mistake?
- Hashem is merciful. At times complete mercy is not apparent, why?
- Should one who is righteous then be concerned if his life was filled only with tranquility?
- What does Hashem do for Yisra’el when asked, “Who did you serve and they respond you, our Father?
- What is one of the countless illustrations of how Hashem differs from man?
- If Hashem loves the poor, why doesn’t He support them?
- Hashem is merciful. How is any mercy at all reflected when Hashem says, “He will hide his face from them,” etc?
- How was the earth created?
- How can one obtain belief in Hashem?
- Does Hashem keep Shabbos?
- What is a difference between when Hashem or a man gives a present to you?
- Reuven suggested that Yoseph be cast into a pit (that contained snakes and scorpions!) yet the verse states, “And he saved him from their hand.” Can one be killed yet is not liable?
- How did Dathan know that Moshe killed the Egyptian with Hashem’s name?
- Should someone ask, “How do I know that G-d created the world?”
- Hashem knows and foresees all, does G-d ever state His positive “feeling” for Yisra’el and His negative “feeling” for heathens, even though this will obviously bring on hatred from the heathens to the Jews?
- How can one cause people to love the name of Heaven and avoid profaning it?
- When/How will all questions be answered?
- What is the attribute of the chasidim?
- Why was it necessary that only Hashem carry out the plague of the firstborns?
- What difference is reflected between those who love Me and those who keep My commandments?
- How does Hashem vary regarding a Jew sinning and a non-Jew?
- What could have been Avraham’s ‘convincing’ response, which fills Hashem with mercy over his descendants?
- Avraham and Ya’akov’s names changed, not Yitzchok. Why?
- Does Hashem only hear when the tzadik (righteous person) makes a plea?
- Does Hashem judge Jews and non-Jews at different times ?
- Is it conceivable that one honors his Creator (doing an act of loving-kindness with water) and is punished (by drowning)?
- Which two, when given to Me, I (Hashem) know that you are Mine?
- What occurs when someone serves Hashem not on condition of receiving a benefit?
- What may happen to one who is repulsive in Hashem’s eyes?
- Why is the Torah particularly strict insofar as eating blood?
- For a blessing to be in effect, what must exist?
- Which three does Hashem love?
- Why does Hashem come to call Bila’am and not Moshe?
- Is even a minor injury ‘announced’ above?
- What does the Holy One, blessed be He, require?
- How does the manner of ‘noticing’ vary between Hashem and people?
- What are the righteous/wicked compared to in this world?
- When Hashem gave the Torah, what ‘nature,’ which is different than that of a human being, was reflected?
- Doctors say that before eating one should do some physical exertion. Is there a Torah support for this?
- Is there an obligation to learn medicine to save lives?
- If a food, etc., is mentioned in the Torah as a remedy, is it possible that today it can actually be dangerous; if so why?
- Is marijuana forbidden?
- My friend and I had a dispute. I told her on Shabbos, I had several plates of delicious smoked frankfurters in their jackets with several servings of potato chips. She said it was unhealthy. I told her besides the fact that I don’t eat this way during the week, Shabbos would protect me. Who’s right, me or my friend?
- Is there a difference whether Hashem or a doctor cures?
- What was this Rabbi’s secret to being agile in his later years?
- When/why did Rava want his illness to become known?
- What is a reward for visiting the sick?
- Does every malady have a cure?
- Should we listen to the doctor or the patient?
- (Why) Are doctors punished?
- What can cause stomach trouble, etc?
- In what five situations is one nearer to death than life?
- Should one see what he eats?
- What’s better than eye-salves?
- What is the major cause of death among the tzadikim?
- What action should one take when someone ill is in his house?
- What are examples of unacceptable agony ?
- Do all agree that Rabbah actually killed Rav Zeira?
- Is it okay to visit someone ill more than once a day?
- How can being sick be viewed as an act of loving kindness?
- What brings holiness?
- Doesn’t there appear to be a contradiction–some say the temple will be built by man, others by Hashem?
- Does the body of the tzadik have unique holiness?
- What is the connection between forbidden relationships and holiness?
- Why is it mandatory at times that one actually modifies his words, like saying about an unattractive bride that she is beautiful- don’t say anything?
- What is the reason that Amalek came?
- Concerning Ya’akov getting both the birthright and the blessings, instead of Esav, in both instances it does not appear honest. How can this be reconciled?
- Is it permitted to modify a statement?
- Is a person obligated to confine his income only according to one’s needs and to engage in Torah whenever possible?
- What is one’s financial income dependent upon and can it change?
- Is it good if a Torah scholar, who works a lot, does not have a large income?
- Is there a sign if one will be successful?
- Throughout the Talmud, the praise for the scholars is evident, then why doesn’t Hashem make them rich?
- Can someone negatively affect his income?
- Is a scoffer’s sustenance affected?
- What action should one take when his livelihood is constricted?
- Are both profits and losses decided on Rosh Hashanah?
- What must not be lacking in one’s home?
- In what situation is one’s income doubled?
- What can occur if one does not support the poor?
- If an orphan boy and an orphan girl apply for support, Who precedes?
- What will be said in the future concerning all of the pains that Yisra’el had experienced?
- When retribution happens to some country is this somehow related to Yisra’el?
- What does Hashem ask of Yisra’el?
- When can no/any other nation dominate us?
- Is it true that whoever is in Eretz Yisra’el has no sins?
- How much wisdom descended to Yisra’el?
- Is there a ‘sign’ when the luminaries are in eclipse?
- Why is Yisra’el compared to an olive?
- How did the removal of a ring bring about Yisra’el’s return?
- Which three gifts, which are only given through tribulation, did Hashem give to Yisra’el?
- How many measures of beauty did Jerusalem take?
- Which commandments were given to Yisra’el when they entered the land?
- What caused judges their ruination?
- We say that the four forms of death that the Sanhedrin meted out still occurs, i.e., if one was proven guilty and would be obligated with stoning by them, he would meet with a comparable punishment today. Don’t we (all!) certainly know of people that would have been killed then, yet today die most comfortably?
- What happens when one calls for judgment on another?
- If two people are walking on the way, one possessing enough water that if both would drink, they would die, whereas if one drinks he would arrive (safely), what should be done?
- What did Shmuel recite when the scorpion stung?
- When a witness gives a reason, can he testify again?
- How did this Rabbi know who was the real son?
- How did this servant outsmart the judge?
- Why did Hashem allow this person to be killed?
- When witnesses accused one of murder and he was killed and posthumously found innocent, the false witnesses are not killed. What is the logic?
- Being that we look at how the stubborn and rebellious son will end up–a murderer, shouldn’t his death penalty be identical, by the sword? Why is he stoned?
- If someone today had committed the type of transgression, for which the Sanhedrin would have killed this person, what measure for measure punishment is perhaps being meted out?
- What is the logic behind the following: If one submitted his son to “Molech,” the father is killed, but if he submitted all of his sons to Molech, he is exempt?!
- If there is a doubt concerning whether a father breaking into his son’s house would kill the son, we are taught that the son should not kill the father. Shouldn’t the same logic prevail regarding a son breaking into his father’s house?
- What is an example that by remaining silent, one does not signify agreement?
- What Shechem did to Dinah was atrocious, nevertheless, why was it halachically permissible for Shimon and Levi to wipe out the whole city of Shechem?
- Do the death sentences of the Sanhedrin exist today?
- Why must the leper dwell alone?
- Why was Jerusalem destroyed?
- What is the meaning of “Therefore a man should leave”?
- What is the meaning behind one flesh?
- Why was it necessary that both man and woman be formed from the same substance?
- At times a man’s wife can entice him to do wrong. How can this be seen in a positive light?
- Why did Hashem create the woman from man’s body?
- How did Adam display a lack of appreciation?
- What is the reason why a woman is permitted to remarry upon her husband’s death?
- Whose life is not a life?
- What kind of man is not married?
- In regard to the man what level should the woman he marries be on?
- The husband wants the wife to nurse the child, the wife refuses, who wins?
- How does one’s wife become beloved to him?
- For what does retribution come quickly to a man?
- How does the Torah praise a wife?
- Who is given such a good woman?
- What is a reason why during the first year of marriage, the husband should not go off to war, etc?
- What is considered a good find?
- What is the essence of one’s home?
- What brings on old age in a man?
- Which wife is wise (and which is a fool)?
- How can one learn, regarding marriage, good manners from a rooster?
- Why is it necessary for a man to respect his wife more than himself?
- What is the source that a blessing in one’s home is only because of his wife?
- Under what circumstance should a man (not) listen to his wife?
- This Rabbi’s wife mistreated him. What was his behavior?
- Marriage made in heaven?
- What affect occurs when one’s spouse passes away (G-d forbid)?
- Who did Rabbi Akiva say is rich?
- What affect does marrying have upon one’s sins?
- How precious is a good wife/how evil is a wicked one?
- When are blessings likely on a man’s home?
- In the matter of Dovid and Bat Sheva, what was her marital status?
- How did Rabban Gamliel respond to his (jealous) wife?
- Why was Noach permitted to eat meat?
- How does being occupied with the study of Torah convey permission to eat meat?
- Is there any connection between Noach’s handling of the animals and his permission to eat meat?
- What is the reason why the man should conquer the woman?
- Do men’s taste differ regarding food, etc?
- Through what merit did Yoseph become the leader in the land?
- If someone intended to do evil, is it possible that a merit might nevertheless stand for him?
- What would illustrate an unnecessary miracle?
- Is a miracle always desired?
- When was it known that a great miracle happened?
- How was Zair Bar Chanina saved?
- For whom is a miracle done?
- What is a sixtieth part of something else?
- Who has never seen rejoicing in his life?
- What was bothering Yoseph when Ya’akov placed his right hand on Ephrayim’s head?
- What is the name of Levi’s wife?
- Is a person forced to perform a mitzvah or transgression?
- Why is Esther considered a pious woman-wasn’t it a transgression for which one’s life needs to be sacrificed?
- How may one perform a mitzvah to prevent evil tidings?
- What is the source of the seudas Bar Mitzvah?
- How should an individual view himself in relationship with all of Yisra’el?
- We see that our “relatives” act abominably to us. Yet it is very difficult to understand; when the Torah tells us, “Do not hate an Edomite, because he is your brother,” how is it humanly possible not to hate him, especially, because of the fact that he is our brother?
- Considering that we were given so many commandments to fulfill, and many of them being very difficult, what happens if somebody is exhausted and there’s a commandment to do?
- In the future, will there be commandments?
- Let’s say somebody feels that he doesn’t have the strength to do all of the commandments, what should he do?
- Why is the one who is commanded and performs greater than someone who is not commanded and performs?
- Is a person always commanded to lend?
- Which Mitzvos has Yisra’el strongly adhered to?
- Are the wicked rewarded for mitzvos that they do?
- When is one commanded to say something?
- What precedes a person in the world to come, etc?
- What can a transgression abolish/not abolish?
- What does a mitzvah do for someone in the next world?
- Ya’akov is aware of Yoseph’s brothers’ sentiments toward him, yet how does he ask that Yoseph should go to them?
- Why by the mitzvah of returning the stolen object a brachah is not recited?
- Except for three transgressions, nothing stands before one whose life is endangered. Why then if somebody is exiled (because he unintentionally killed someone) is he prohibited from leaving this city of exile, to perform a mitzvah, or even if all of Yisra’el need him?
- Is it required for a person who has property and money to take care of them?
- Why was Moshe worried about B’nei Yisra’el increasing their wealth?
- What is the ramification of one not believing in the coming of Moshiach?
- What will happen at the beginning of the war of Gog and Magog?
- What will happen on the day Gog comes on Israeli soil?
- When will it be known that this is the king Gog of the prophecy?
- Which nation will Gog join forces with?
- What is Gog’s connection with Meshech and Tuval?
- Why is all this being done?
- What will happen on that day?
- What will happen with Jerusalem?
- When do they get to Jerusalem?
- Did Hashem ever say how to be spared from the war of Gog?
- Will the nations take part in the coming of Moshiach?
- What will happen to Gog and the nations that have oppressed Yisra’el?
- Why does Eliyahu come at the approximate time that Moshiach arrives?
- Will Moshiach become known in advance?
- Was there someone comparable to Moshiach?
- Does this mean Moshiach can be someone who has died?
- What is the lineage of Moshiach?
- When will the spirit of Moshiach occur?
- How will Moshiach arrive?
- Does this mean that some wonder will occur on high with the coming of Moshiach?
- What demonstrates that he is Moshiach?
- How great will his wisdom be?
- What will the King Moshiach do and say when he arrives?
- Does the arrival of Moshiach effect any laws?
- Will Moshiach need to perform wonders, novelties, etc?
- What will be happening; what will people want to know?
- What effect will the coming of Moshiach have and why?
- Does Moshiach know all the while that he will be the last redeemer?
- What will the feeling be then–as opposed to now?
- When the exiled Jews will want to return to Yisra’el, how will they bypass physical impasses?
- Will anyone go and bring the ten lost tribes?
- In the future when the nations come to the King Moshiach, what will he ask them?
- When Hashem will gather the exiles, will Hashem cure someone who died blind or lame, and if not what is the whole purpose?
- What illustrates how Moshiach will bring peace between litigants?
- How can one be spared from the pangs of Moshiach?
- Did the prophets prophesize the time of Moshiach and the World to Come?
- Do the Sages desire for the time of Moshiach to rule the world, etc., or for some other reason?
- Why was Bar Koziba killed?
- Should Moshiach accept a gift from Egypt?
- Does the building of the Holy Temple and the resurrection of the dead occur simultaneously?
- Why do we see instances like Yehudah and Tamar, Boaz and Ruth, etc., that although there was no transgression, it looks like there was?
- Why was Yonasan Ben Uziel told not to translate Scriptures?
- What is to be anticipated when kingdoms challenge each other?
- What are (some of) the changes that will occur in the generation of Moshiach’s coming?
- What is the proper reaction when the generation is overcome by many plights
- It is said that in the days of Moshiach the earth will produce fruits daily. Doesn’t this go against the view that there will be no distinction between this world and the days of Moshiach except the subjugation of the nations?
- Why does the Talmud specify in the generation in which the son of Dovid comes, the face of the generation will be like the face of the dog?
- With Kayin’s killing of his brother, the Torah tells us that Hevel also brings a sacrifice and that the atrocity takes place in the field. What are these statements informing us?
- After Kayin kills Hevel, Hashem asks Kayin, Where is Hevel your brother? Kayin’s response-I don’t know, am I my brother’s keeper? What could Kayin have possibly meant?
- What additional teaching is extracted from “East of Eden”?
- The Torah does not tell us what Kayin said to Hevel yet afterwards he killed him. What happened?
- Is there a situation where one may take his life?
- What is learned by the fact that a person is born alone?
- Esav wanted to kill Ya’akov, why did he stall?
- What illustrates why it is sinful to cause oneself pain?
- Who do not see even the face of Gehinnom?
- Why was Rachel punished with not raising Binyamin?
- Embarrassment is painful; what is a practical ramification?
- Does a person truly have a right to complain?
- What are some of the examples of the hardening of the tasks that Pharaoh decreed over the children of Yisra’el?
- When the community is in anguish, what should not be said?
- How far does respecting one’s parents go?
- Of which people is a man not jealous?
- Until which generation does a parent have compassion regarding his descendant?
- Where is a caution that parents should not cause a child to rebel?
- How do all the mitzvos of the Torah vary from making peace?
- How did Aharon HaKohen make peace between people?
- What could/should the brothers of Yoseph have done to remove their hatred?
- Why did Hashem create us the way He did?
- What are the chances if someone is suspected of something, that he is completely disconnected from the matter?
- Do all people have natural capabilities?
- If one can lift on to his shoulder (a weight of) 40 se’ahs with no one assisting him, how many se’ahs can he lift when another does assist him?
- How can someone become smart?
- Ben Azai says: All the Sages of Yisra’el are in comparison with myself, as thin as the husk of garlic, except from this bald head. To whom was Ben Azai referring?
- To whom does the Holy One, blessed be He give wisdom?
- What occurs when a wise person becomes angry?
- Based upon Hagar’s response, what axiom did the Rabbis say?
- Why was man created last?
- Is there any kind of ‘force’ in a person that leads him to do right/wrong?
- Noach was asleep. How did he know his young son carried out the act?
- What typifies a pious man that is insane?
- How is a lion and one ignorant similar?
- What personality trait is manifested when one speaks in a derogatory manner?
- What is the comparison concerning the good of silence between the wise and the fools?
- Is there a way to prevent wanting to take revenge, bearing a grudge?
- Why is humility so important?
- Why do people look different?
- What is known about one who is kind?’
- Is it forbidden to look at the face of a particular type of person?
- Is a person always objective?
- Who is really strong?
- What is the best attribute Hashem gave to Yisra’el?
- Why did this Rabbi cast money behind himself?
- What may occur to a person, if not then to his son, and if not, then to his grandson, that requires him to pray for mercy?
- The evil Turnusrufus asks why doesn’t Hashem support the poor?
- This poor person was wining and dining. What was his response for his action?
- What is one reason to quickly offer bread to a poor person?
- What brings man to poverty?
- Why is the foot of the letter gimmel stretched toward the letter daleth?
- About which people does Hashem make a declaration?
- What is one of the reasons to be cautious concerning the children of the poor?
- Do we ever find that someone prayed for someone to die?
- Do we ever see that others were harassing someone, and someone prayed that they repent and did?
- It was very nice what Bruria did, yet how can one pray that the other person repents?
- What can a person do that he will not meet with any mishap for the whole day?
- How did Rabbi Eliezer’s wife know that her brother had died?
- The gates of prayer are closed, are any gates open?
- How important is it to not make a mistake in prayer?
- Should one pray not to become sick?
- When is one’s prayer answered?
- If one is ill, should he pray for himself?
- Is one obligated to pray for his fellow man?
- When Yisra’el sins what service should be performed?
- When one prays for his fellow while he himself is in need of the same thing, who will be answered first?
- What should one do to become wise?
- What temperament should be adapted when standing up to pray?
- If someone thinks his prayers are not being answered, what should be done?
- I can understand loving one that rebukes you, but why hate the one who honors you?
- What is a positive way to give rebuke?
- What would be a practical way to give people rebuke to which they may actually want to listen?
- What was the discrepancy between Ya’akov’s love for Yoseph and his brothers’ hatred of him?
- Why does Hashem disperse the generation that witnessed the separation of races?
- Doesn’t this mean that the gathering of the righteous is good?
- Is there a verse, which alludes to the brotherly relationship between Kayin and Hevel?
- Doesn’t it seem that Kayin has fraternal feelings, the verse says, “And Kayin said to Hevel his brother”?
- Whom does a person envy?
- What is difficult to acquire?
- How can one become beloved above and desirable below?
- Should someone who gives a present inform the receiver?
- When did Esav’s hostility toward Ya’akov start?
- Should one rejoice if he victors over another?
- How should you view how you and your friend treat each other?
- We all know, “Love your neighbor like yourself.” If one does not care about himself is he free from this obligation?
- What causes respect?
- At the resurrection of the dead, if a woman had several husbands, with whom will she be?
- What is the Zohar’s position, regarding a woman who was married to two men? Which one is she with by the resurrection of the dead?
- Is there a contrasting view, i.e., by the resurrection of the dead, a twice-married woman returns to the first husband?
- What logic illustrates that when the resurrection of the dead occurs, they will be clothed?
- When do the souls return to those buried outside of Yisra’el?
- How should one answer someone who questions Hashem’s capability of the resurrection of the dead?
- By the resurrection of the dead, what happens with bodies that had the same soul (neshamah)?
- Which takes precedence, reading the m’gillah or (burying) a Meis Mitzvah?
- How does Rashi know that Avraham pitched Sarah’s tent before his own?
- Reuven marries and dies soon afterwards. He left a son who lived a long life. At the resurrection (of the dead) who stands up for the other?
- Why doesn’t the Torah inform us of the reward for each mitzvah, so that we would know?
- If I am being tested, are the chances that I am a tzadik or the reverse identical?
- Why does Hashem give someone wicked so much wealth?
- What does suffering pain have to do with reward?
- How many worlds will each tzadik receive?
- Who receives more blessings, one who gives charity to a poor person or the one that offers to him words of comfort?
- Which six things man eats in this world, and the principal remains for the world to come
- On the view that Ya’akov actually marries two sisters in their lifetime, how and why did he?
- Why did this queen bless Hashem?
- What does the soul of the righteous yearn for?
- How does Moshe Console Aharon?
- How precious is money to the righteous?
- What are the righteous/wicked compared to in this world?
- Would the righteous find it repugnant to have both worlds?
- What is an illustration of Avraham’s benevolence?
- Is there a proof that this world is not man’s purpose?
- Is there a particular reward for helping scholars?
- How did this Rabbi know what this dying man meant?
- Why did Rabbi Akiva spit, laugh and cry?
- Who said, “I am the only one remaining of Jerusalem’s men of outstanding beauty.”
- How did Rabbi Pinchas ben Yair find the right mouse?
- We know the severity of desecrating the Sabbath; we also know that when a Jew’s life is in danger, one many desecrate the Sabbath in order to rescue that person. I would like to know what would happen in the following gray area: Let’s say someone was beaten mercilessly, and all agree that he is dying. It’s the Sabbath and the situation arises where if someone will not profane the Sabbath, then he will die. What should one do in such a situation; we know that in the majority of such cases the person dies anyway?
- If someone G-d forbid profanes Shabbos publicly, what is this person considered?
- How was Shammai able to honor Shabbos all his life?
- If someone sees another committing an indecent act, can one speak about it?
- Let’s say somebody feels that people are constantly speaking badly about her and this is actually affecting her, what advice is offered?
- What are we guilty of?
- What does the Holy One, blessed be He say about one who slanders?
- What is the therapy for slander?
- How was the thief recognized?
- If someone stole, etc., and returned the object should his notorious act be made public?
- What affect does bribery have?
- Someone not actually stealing considered a thief?
- At what point does the thief decide to swear falsely?
- Someone obtained money wrongfully and purchased pesicha (opening of the ark) on Rosh Hashana with these funds. Is there any problem with this?
- If someone stole from you, may you ‘swindle’ him to obtain what’s rightfully yours?
- If one’s life is in danger and must steal to save his life, what are the parameters?
- Why is one’s view, which is not the Halachah, mentioned?
- Publicly embarrassing someone is severe. Shouldn’t the Talmud list this with the three transgressions that come before saving one’s life?
- How were Rabbis able to remember so much material?
- Is there a circumstance in which it is better to learn from more than one Rabbi?
- Do the Sages have a right to uproot anything from the Torah?
- There was a case where a Rabbi was discharged from the Beis Medrash, and I never understood this. I always thought the question that he asked was a good question: why was he thrown out?
- Which is preferable…the strength of one who permits or forbids?
- Kayin has fallen into a great state of depression. Hashem says to him, “Why are you angry and why are you crestfallen, if you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not well, sin crouches at the door, and to you shall be his desire. Yet you may rule over him.” What is Hashem’s message to Kayin?
- Whenever the Torah doubles one’s name, it reveals that he is righteous. The Torah doubles Terach’s name. Wasn’t he wicked?
- Why doesn’t Hashem accept Kayin’s offering?
- Why doesn’t Hashem accept Pharaoh’s repentance, albeit that it is not wholehearted?
- What is the purpose of wisdom?
- How could one get assistance from Heaven to repent?
- Is teshuvah (repentance) always possible?
- Is there a source that if one repents, his life is extended?
- Why was this world created with the letter ‘heh?’
- Why does Yitzchok want to bless Esav?
- Is there an assumption that the wicked repent at the entrance to gehinnom?
- Is there a situation in which a person who was stolen from, that the Sages would not be pleased, if he were to collect from the thief?
- What is a reason why a person is tested?
- How did Pharaoh test Yoseph?
- Why was the world created specifically in six days?
- What is an illustration of how Moshe is greater than Noach?
- To whom were the secrets of the Torah given over?
- The Torah does not change. It is written that in the future pig will become permissible. How is this apparent contradiction reconciled?
- What does learning Torah save a person from?
- Can you supply an illustration in the Torah, where Rashi says something, based upon his own reasoning?
- Regarding the law of a common priest to become defiled, his mother precedes the father, whereas by the High Priest, his father precedes. Why does the Torah make this distinction?
- Rashi usually teaches the plain meaning of a text. In the verse that teaches not to put an obstacle before a blind man, why does he say it means not to offer evil advice to someone?
- The whole purpose of the world is Torah, but is that what I have to have my life involved with all the time?
- I know that the Torah is not redundant, yet we see in Bereishis, 13:16 that G-d promises Avraham that He will make his seed like the dust of the earth. Why is it necessary for him to be reassured in Bereishis 15:3?
- Let’s say one needs to pay for learning Torah, and can only afford either a teacher for himself or for his son, who precedes?
- What results of someone not learning Torah?
- Let’s say somebody is already learning the Torah, what should one do if a Torah Sage goes by, or for that matter if he sees a Sefer Torah? Considering that he is already learning Torah, should he continue or is it necessary that he stand?
- Was Moshe grieved that he would die?
- What happens if somebody’s father tells him to do something and it’s not against the Torah itself, but it is against the Rabbis’ edicts, ‘should he listen to his father or not?
- What phrase incorporates all of the Torah?
- How much does the Torah care about one’s belongings
- Are there qualifications regarding to whom Torah may be taught?
- Is there a difference between someone who labors in Torah matters versus one who learns out of comfort and without toiling in it?
- Moshe is considered as if he bore the children of Aharon because he taught Torah to them. Didn’t he also teach all of Yisra’el?
- What does the Torah inform us with “And Hashem saw that the wickedness of man was great”?
- Why does Noach curse Canaan out of all of Chom’s sons?
- If one withholds from making someone else happy, has he sinned?
- Can becoming embarrassed be virtuous?
- The Levites are accredited that they were not part of the sin of the golden calf and were not counted, unlike the rest of Yisra’el. However, they were part of the spies?!
- What could a person keep in mind so that he should not come to sin?
- This is very perplexing; if children have no sin in them, why should they die?
- We know that Beis Hillel and Beis Shamai had many disputes between them, how did they act with each other?
- Is there a fallacy with thinking when Hashem gives to me what I need, then I’ll commit myself to Torah and mitzvos?
- Man is busy, what’s the proper attitude to adapt so he can learn?
- Under what circumstances should one not make himself attractive?
- If man sinned, why should the animals be killed?
- What measures are meted out to the adulterous woman?
- What is the root of why homosexuality is forbidden?
- What differentiates tzadikim (the righteous) from reshaim (the wicked) when a sin is committed?
- What immediately occurs when a nations iniquities outweighs its merits?
- Bearing in mind that Ya’akov marrying two sisters is not considered a transgression, why do we find that when asked to make a blessing he refused?
- How does tzedakah save from death, etc?
- What are man’s three loves and their variations?
- Let’s say somebody wants to donate a library in a synagogue as charity and he has a stipulation that his name be written on one of the walls, and the people of the synagogue do not like the idea one bit, what is the Torah position in such an issue? “
- What saves a person from an ‘unnatural death?’
- What is stronger than all, yet tzedakah saves from it?
- What should you do with your money (while you still have it)?
- What does it mean when one gives tzedakah (charity), that this person is (actually) taking?
- What saves one from both immorality and poverty?
- What testifies for Yisra’el that they serve Hashem?
- Can a child have two biological fathers?
- What from the sea can become impregnated by man?
- Why did our archenemy Amalek not attack us, when we were yet very few in number?
- Who is more wicked, Yishmael or Edom (Esav)?
- Why was Chavah-woman-punished that her husband will have the upper hand?
- The serpent pushed the woman until she touched the tree and she didn’t die? But she knew Hashem didn’t command her not to. How is her not dying proof?
- Why wasn’t the serpent concerned that Chavah will eat first?
- What was the necessity of Hashem saying, “What is this that you have done” to Chavah?
- It is written that this world was created with a ‘heh’ and the World to Come with a ‘yud.’ Why this distinction?
- Somehow the woman seeing and it being a lust for the eyes makes sense to her and she sins. What did she see?
- The word ‘imoh’ (with her) appears superfluous. If she gave it to him, he must have been with her?
- Why was she named Chavah after the sin?
- What is meant when Hashem tells Chavah that she will be in pain?
- Why is the woman’s curse greater than man’s?
- Men would have two wives and only one was for bearing children. The Torah tells us Adah, Lemech’s wife, gave birth, so did Tzilah. Was Tzilah supposed to have children as well?
- How frequently will women be able to give birth?
- Do women need that their lives be lengthened as men?
- Why is it easier to appease a man than a woman?
- Why does a woman have so much influence over a man?
- What do women keep more than men?
- In what respect is understanding (bina) attributed more to a woman than to a man?
- What actually occurred that illustrates a woman knows her guests more than man?
- What is desired more by a woman, a beautiful home and elegant clothing or fabulous food?
- Do women want to know everything?
- Why did Hashem ask Moshe to ask women, before men, if they want to receive the Torah?
- Is there another reason why women are spoken with first?
- Who has more compassion, man or woman?
- When is a woman considered old?
- Did a truly devout Jewess every actually wear tefillin?
- How beautiful was Chavah?
- This woman seems to have changed her statement, should the Rabbis believe her?
- Who listened and lost; who listened and was rewarded?
- Who said (to her son) I want a husband as handsome as you?
- Do we find a situation where one may learn and not work?
- When one finishes great work, etc., what is needed?
- What are some views regarding what a first and second zivug are?
- Is a spouse arranged (in Heaven) before one’s spouse passes away?
- What is sound advice for a man looking for a wife?
- As we see, a man may not want to marry, yet he has no free choice. as it is said, “Forty days before the creation of a child, a heavenly voice issues forth and proclaims, the daughter of A for B?”
- Does man go to his zivug or the reverse?
- What should a woman look for in a husband?
- What should a man look for in a wife?