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1:11 AM
Thought about a few days ago:
A: Is there any situation when the haftarah of Tetzaveh might be read during a non-leap year?

Double AAA counterexample: In 5781, Tetzavveh will be read on Shabbat 15 Adar and locations not celebrating Shushan Purim will read the ordinary Haftarah.

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2:56 AM
Q: How did the Menorah of pure gold remain standing?

NJMSeeing that pure gold cannot remain in its functional shape for everyday use being that it's too bendable, how did the Menorah in the Mishkan not fall apart after a few months? The Torah says the Menorah was chiseled out of one large chunk of pure gold (Shemos 25:31) וְעָשִׂיתָ מְנֹרַת זָהָב טָה...

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4:41 AM
According to the Amoraim in Pesachim, we stop eating chametz well before the Torah-required halachic noon because we could be imprecise at determining when noon is. Does anyone link this homiletically with the whole kachatzot/bachatzot thing?
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6:51 AM
@DoubleAA Heh. My kid saw in an ArtScroll chumash, this past Shabas, the instruction to read a different haftara if it's Zachor, and asked me whether it's usually Zachor. I replied that I didn't know precisely but it must be Zachor very often, since the haftara was far less familiar to me than most.
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9:26 AM
Q: What will the haftarah reading for Shabbat HaChodesh 5781 be?

Kinnard HockenhullWhat will the various haftarah readings for Shabbat HaChodesh 5781 be according to different minhagim? What are the respective rationales behind them? Presumably it's not possible to enumerate each minhag and its rationale, but what are the broad strokes?

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1:04 PM
Q: Why does Mordechai agree to put on the king's clothing?

taltmanFrom the Megillah, we read that Mordechai put on sack-cloth and ashes upon hearing of Haman's decree. Esther, alarmed to see her cousin in such a state, sends him fine clothes to put on, but he refuses them (apparently, because he is "in mourning" due to the decree against the Jewish people). Yet...

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10:51 PM
Q: Why didn't Aharon sacrifice his life to avoid making the Golden Calf?

larry909The commentaries say he made the golden calf cause he was scared they would kill him as they did Chur. But aren't you supposed to let yourself be killed rather then commit/create idolatry?


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