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One of the most well-known "offenses" is mentioned in Talmud Bavli Rosh Hashannah 25a. Summary: Rav Gamliel, who was the Nassi ("chief") at the time and Rav Yehoshua had a disput regarding the validity of accepting a certain type of witness claiming the citing of the 1st crescent moon. Such citing affected the day of the Molad (in this case, it was Molad ...


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The offense they took was not personal, but in their capacity as leaders and representatives of Torah Scholars in general. If they allowed themselves to be insulted without protest, they feared there would be loss of honor for the Torah.



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