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Yes, you are correct, the Talmude here [pesachim 9b] is making a pun. This is mentioned as one of the more famous examples, but there are others. Another example is Kiddushin 25a, Students called Rav Hemnuna 'cold fish' (for being unable to answer their questions) - המנונא Hemnuna, is similar to חמנונא Chamnuna, which is a 'warm fish.'. See also here for ...


if somoene breaks into your house they are a threat to your safety and you may kill them. unless... they cower and show physically by submitting such as lying on the ground with their hands on their head or if they run away. If the thief submits or suns away they are no longer a threat and killing them would not be self defense anymore.

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