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R. Eitam Henkin (R. Y.H. Henkin's son) wrote an essay on the curious Rashi. He claims there that the text attributed to Rashi was a later interpolation by an errant student, since it is not referred to by any of the subsequent commentaries for centuries. His argument is not the usual "must have been an errant student" type, but rather is quite convincingly ...


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To restate the crucial part of your question: Is there any truth to this exchange ever happening? In other words, you are searching for a historical basis for this event in the past? You can look up the exchange in context, in Avodah Zara 2a-b. The quote begins: R. Hanina b. Papa — some say R. Simlai — expounded [the foregoing verse] thus: In ...


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A thought: The verse says (Eichah 3:23) חדשים לבקרים רבה אמונתך which is understood to mean that Hashem renews creation each morning, along the lines of מחדש בטובו בכל יום תמיד. The Zohar teaches that הסתכל באורייתא וברא עלמא - Hashem looked into the Torah and created the world. Therefore, in order to "recreate anew" each morning, Hashem again looks ...


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First, some background information: In both the Torah She-Bi-Kethav and the Torah She-B`Al Peh, there is a concept of the Creator setting an example of proper ethical and moral conduct for mankind in general and for the Jewish Nation in particular. This concept of the imitation of God was developed further through the midrashic fervor of the Tanna'im and ...


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The Shla Hakadosh talks about this in parshas Yisro,I will bring the parable he brings which I believe answers this question. "There was a doctor who had a container which had the Sam hachaim(potion of life). His plan was to give it to his son. He saw that he had servants who might be jealous and want what's in the container.After realizing that the son ...


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This excerpt refers to a metaphysical event that occurs in heaven. The claim that "we did it all for the Jews" is made by the angel serving as the Roman's defense attorney in the heavenly court and not by any actual Roman.


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Firstly, I want to wish you Hatzlacha in your learning, learning new Masechtos are always exciting and Avodah Zarah is no different. This answer focuses more on the 'Themes' that the Masechta has, as well as some practical learning advice. Here are the major themes the Masechta has (please forgive me if the list is missing something, as this is being ...


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I emailed a couple of guys who were involved with leading a class and an in-depth chabura on Avoda Zara in the past few years. Here are their recommendations (mostly verbatim, but lightly edited and be-linked): For Avoda Zara, there is a wonderful set, recently published, called Avoda Berurah, which I found to be very comprehensive. For the sugyos on ...


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Tana Devai Eliyahu Raba 13 says that Hashem questions us when we arrive at the next world and says "Why did you not learn from your father in heaven who sits on his Kisai Hakovod and learns a third of the day"?


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the rambam says in hilchos melachim that we cannot know the correct interpretation of all these things until it happens. we can also see this from the exodus of egypt which was supposed to be 400 years but with built in leeway of interpretation and wound up being counted from the birth of Isaac because the jews were not able to handle more. i think this is ...


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The same daf in Sanhedrin 97 a few lines down basically answer the question. see what R'Shmuel Bar Nachamani says about those who calculate the arrival of mashiach ,he uses the loshon of tifach and writes people lose emunah because of it.He seems to disagree with the Rabbaniom who made calculations. A few more lines down Rav writes all the ...


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To mention something that nobody else here appears to have mentioned, I would strongly recommend starting with the Mishna, rather than simply launching into Mishna + Gemara. Familiarise yourself with the five mishnaic peraqim (and, ideally, with the nine toseftan peraqim as well). That will give you a really solid basis in the underlying legislation before ...


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Check out the Gemara put out by The Halacha Brura and Birur Halacha Institute. This Gemara is a great way to learn a Masechta Be'Iyun. I described it at length in this answer. Also, as mentioned in this answer, The Mittler Rebbe (Second Chabad Rebbe) describes several different ways to learn Halacha Be'Iyun. The most involved way (see here) involves: ...


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My Rav discussed the two apparently contradictory midrashim mentioned in Avodah Zarah. The simplest, though, not always most "satisfactory" answer is that midrashim are not always to be taken literally as a discription of events that actually occurred, but rather for the moral lessons they teach us. In this case, even though there is a midrash that ...


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If you want to learn it well and follow it through to the halacha, Ein Ya'akov won't help you much. Ein Ya'akov is useful if your primary focus is on the aggadeta. In my opinion (based in part on personal experience) your best bet would be to first complete the Gemara, Rashi, and Tosafos on each sugya, then the Rif on the entire sugya, and then the Rosh and ...



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