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Berachot 8b: אני צויתי למקודשי תני רב יוסף אלו הפרסיים המקודשין ומזומנין לגיהנם: "I have commanded to my קדש ones (Yishayahu 13:3)--" Rav Yosef taught: These are the Persians, who are separated (קדש) and prepared foor Gehinnom. When taken with its usage in Torah, we find that the root, קדש means 'separated for a special cause."



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