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Rashi on Sanhedrin 100a seems to interpret it to mean that he died: גל של עצמות. שמת, דאדם שמת נעשה גל של עצמות. A mound of bones. that he died, for a person who died becomes a mound of bones The Maharal in Chiddushei Aggadoth on Shabbath 34a interprets it to mean sudden death: ועשה אותו גל עצמות. פירוש [מיתה פתאמית] וזה נקרא גל של עצמות ...


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Rabbeinu Manoach in the beginning of the second chapter of Rambam's hilchos tefila asks why have this bracha to pray for their destruction, why not make the bracha where we pray for them to repent. He cites three places in the Talmud which would indicate this approach would be better. Brachos 10a with Rabi Meir and Beruria. Sanhedrin 105a and Avoda Zarah 4b ...


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The mishna in Avos 2 14 reads ודע מה שתשיב לאפיקורוס. In his pirush hamishnayos, רמב׳ם quotes the gemara in Sanhedrin 38b that this refers specificaly to a non jewish apikores, not a jewish one, as this will cause him to become worse.


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In the Rambam's list of those who have no share in the world to come, in which he lists those groups generally included in the umbrella of "heretic" (מין, אפיקורס, כופרים, וכולי), he has those who deny the Torah, הכופרים בתורה (Hilchos Teshuva 3:8). At the end of the description of those who deny the Torah, he writes: והאומר שהבורא החליף מצוה זו במצוה ...



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