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Pshat At the simplest level, he was acting in a manner akin to the zaken mamre or "rebellious elder" (Deuteronomy 17:12). As the Gemara in Sanhedrin explains, a member of the Sanhedrin is allowed, and encouraged, to express a dissenting opinion. However, once the Sanhedrin votes and his opinion is determined to be the minority, he may still: Personally ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that there are three opinions as to what "Pen Tishkach" prohibits: Rambam doesn't count it as a Mitzva at all. Moreover, according to the Rambam, one doesn't have to learn Svara, just the final Halacha, so forgetting Bavli would be fine. Ramban says it refers to the giving of the Torah, and the Drash in Avos is an Asmachta ...


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The Baal HaTanya, in his introduction to his Shaar HaYichud V'Emunah, talk about this idea with regards to the verse in Mishlei 24:16, "For a righteous man can fall seven times and rise". There he explains that when a Tzaddik advances from one level to another, "Between one level and the next, before he can reach the higher one, he is in a state of ...


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I heard an answer to this when I was learning Yevamos, which went as follows: The rule of lo bashamayim applies to deciding matters of halacha. However, it does not apply to clarifying facts. Thus the Gemara in Shabbos 108a (with Rashi): בעא מיניה מר בריה דרבינא מרב נחמן בר יצחק מהו לכתוב תפילין על גבי עור של דג טהור א"ל אם יבא אליהו ויאמר מאי אם יבא ...


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Tosafot in Yevamot 14a (d"h R. Yehoshua) asks precisely this question. Tosafot answers we don't generally follow the ruling of R. Yehoshua that holds we don't listen to a bat kol. Tosafot goes on to explain that by the Oven of Achnoi everyone agreed not to listen to the bat kol since it was only for the honor of R. Elazar who stated "From the heavens it ...


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The Tiferess Yisrael on this Mishnah asks exactly the same question. He answers that the Gemara in Bava Metzia 25a establishes that the Mishnah is talking about young pigeons which can hop, and the Gemara in Bava Basra 23b teaches that such a pigeon does not hop more than fifty amos from its dovecote, but in the previous amud it teaches that in fields and ...


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I think that the answer is Alliteration. The words in hebrew מָצָא אַחַר הַ*גַּ*פָּה אוֹ אַחַר הַ*גָּ*דֵר *גּ*וֹזָלוֹת מְקֻשָּׁרִין, here the Gimmel is prominent אוֹ *בִשְׁ*בִילִין *שֶׁ*בַּ*שָּׂ*דוֹת, here the Bet and Shin\Sin are prominent הֲרֵי זֶה לֹא יִגַּע בָּהֶן This helps to remember by heart which is one of the main reasons behind the ...


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Your question reminds me of this map of the earth based on Herodotus c.450 BCE: In all seriousness, let's do the math. Jerusalem to the Jordan River is roughly 13 miles. Something 39 times the distance would be just over 500 miles. Jerusalem to the Mediterranean is however roughly 31 miles. That's less than 3 times the distance. (Or maybe there was a ...



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