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On a less miraculous note, the ibn Ezra (Shemos 20:1)rejects a literal reading of the chazal that shamor and zachor were said simultaneously. In a lengthy piece, he promotes the idea that words embody meaning and when there is a quote of someone where words are added to the quote, or changed, this is not a contradiction. The quote is merely elaborating on ...
What you are referring to is תקנת השבים - Takanat-Hashavim - a special dispensation for those who repent. By the strict letter of the law, you have to return what you stole. If it no longer exits, then you have to pay for it. However, since it would be a more inconvenience to return certain items, Chazal declared that the thief may keep those items and pay ...
Tehilim 62:12 says: God spoke one thing, I heard two, for God has strength. Rashi says: ...our Sages interpreted it as referring to [the maxim that] “Remember” and “Keep” were stated in a single utterance. See also Rashi Shemot 20:8. In fact, Rashi (Shemot 20:1) says that all the 10 Commandments were originally said simultaneously, and ...
This exact question was posed by Rav Nachum Eliezer Rabinowitz (of the Yeshiva in Ma`aleh Adumim) in his article "Mav`eh" (Hebrew). It doesn't seem like there's a real practical difference, but he has some interesting suggestions. From Y'shivat Ma`alot, there's an article which also brings proof from the Zohar.
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