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Daniel Listhaus explains based on Ma'bit (Beis Elokim, Sha'ar Ha'yesodos 42) that as the Gemara says, it is truly impossible to reward a mitzva in this world so that when it comes to those who are being rewarded or punished in this world, it must be that their rewards and punishments are not actually from keeping or transgressing the Torah but ...


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We are dealing with real rishaim here, not just some guy who messed up and did something wrong. The point then is that Hashem doesn't want these real rishaim in Olam Habaah. In fact he gives them their reward in this world כדי לטרדן מן העולם הבא. If by them doing mitzvos they would get Olam Habaa, they would essentially be sneaking in with an undeserved ...


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For some reason, this makes me think of Esav selling the bechorah to Ya'akov - "Hineh anocho holech lamus, v'lamah zeh li bechorah?" Since the "reward" of the bechorah is only applicable after his own death, it has no NPV (net present value) to him. That's why Esav HaRasha (the quintessence of the type) can logically and rationally sell eternity for a ...


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I once heard that the isur was to eat of the eitz hadaat before eating of the eitz hachayim. But once eating from the eitz hachayim, it would have been ok for them to eat from the eitz hadaat. Kind of saying: first learn Torah so your perspectives will be in order and then learn secular subjects. Everything you will learn, you will conform to your Torah ...


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Sdei Chemed maareches haLamed klal 145 has a long list of sfarim from Rishonim and Achronim who do not allow one to quote something in the name of a Rabbi turned heretic. He started off quoting this gemara under discussion. He mentions a Rashba who says this is a measure for measure punishment for someone who doesn't lead his life according to the words of ...


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It seems that there is no problem to cite a rabbi who has gone astray, as long as it is clear that he is no longer seen as a bona fide rabbi. The Gemara in Chagigah (15a) quotes Elisha b. Avuyah specifically after his apostasy: After his apostasy, Aher asked R. Meir [a question], saying to him: What is the meaning of the verse: God hath made even the ...



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