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Rabbi Gamliel was not the best rabbi of all time. I do not know of any Rabbi who has ever been given that title, except from sub sects of Judaism who might venerate one Rabbi over another. Many Rabbis are given pinnacle accolades, declaring that without them the nation would be lost, or after them there was a great reduction of some kind. However, being ...


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if she confesses she won't be put to death by Beis Din since you need 2 witnesses for that. and if there are 2 witnesses then she won't be tested by the sota water, hence there are not 2 witnesses. therefore, she would be saving her life from the water by confessing and would not be executed by beis din.


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From Soncino's intro to Seder Moed: "It might be observed that the designation 'Mo'ed' is in the singular, as distinct from the plural forms used to designate the other Orders, e.g., Nashim, Nezikin, etc. It has been suggested that the singular is here specially used to avoid the confusion that might arise through the employment of the plural Seder Mo'adim ...


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HaMaor Volume 46 Number 3 Page 26 says that since all the Yomim Tovim are going to be nullified besides Purim when Moshiach comes therefore it is called Moed in singular form as the only Mesechta remaining will be Megila. Otzar Kol Minhagei Yishurin Siman 7 * note says that since the names of the Shisha Sidrei Mishna are based on the Pasuk והיה אמונת עתיך ...


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There are 4192 Mishnayos. Source: The back of the משניות set that's called משנה סדורה. See this online downloadable version.


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I would offer three answers, which I believe may be true simultaneously. 1 While scribes were extremely careful for pesukim in Tanach, so as not to invalidate the kosher status of the sefer, they were not so careful when quoting pesukim when they occurred within the Gemara. Add to that that sometimes earlier manuscripts will shorten words or phrases with ...


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The answer to your first question about the meaning of the expression "sowing" can be found in Rashi in the gemara Bechoros 22a (fruits of my learning in this program!): One puts the vessel containing the impure water in the mikveh until the water of the mikveh passes over the mouth of the vessel and makes contact with the water that is in the vessel. ...


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Rashi's shittah is to explicate the gemara - not to provide a stand-alone peirush on the Mishna. As such, you will find that his interpretation of any given mishna will vary depending on the context in which the gemara is quoting it. To give you an example, consider Shevi'it 4:10. There, the mishna asks and answers a question as follows: מאימתי אין ...


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I was always taught that the Mishna is the most authoritative because it was redacted while the braisos were deliberately left out of that text, and this becomes apparent when learning gemara because amoraim following braisos are challenged by quoting mishnayos but rarely the other way around. However the only print source I can think of off hand is The ...


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Mikvaos 1:1 - שש מעלות במקואות. Also, Zevachim 4:6 - לשם ששה דברים הזבח נזבח. Also, Middos 5:3 - שש לשכות היו בעזרה. Kesuvos 5:2 - נותנים לבתולה שנים עשר חודש משתבעה הבעל. Also, Menachos 6:5 - חוץ מלחם הפנים וחביתי כוהן גדול, שהן באות שתים עשרה, דברי רבי יהודה; רבי מאיר אומר, כולן באות שתים עשרה--חוץ מחלות תודה והנזירות, שהן באות עשר עשר.


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The Tosfos Yom Tov (in both places) notes this apparent contradiction in the Mishnayos. His answer is that the improvement made by olrah wood is different because then the benefit came from something prohibited, as opposed to by Maaser Sheni where the wood was something permitted. I think that this answers your question, because the issue with orlah is not ...


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The first פני יהושע in Keitzad Mevarchim discusses this question. His suggestion is that the Mishna is only listing berachos that include a lot of different species, to contrast with R' Yehuda who is brought at the end of the Mishna and says each species needs its own specific blessing. According to Tosefos in the discussion of kimcha d'chiti on berachos ...


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Many rishonim (medieval rabbis) say that the removal of an object from its area of 4 Amot (cubits) by carrying it in a public domain (רה״ר) is the equivalent (or, it is a תולדה) of removing it from its רשות, domain. This, for example, is the wording of the רמב״ן on .שבת דף עג: ומעביר ארבע אמות ברה״ר היינו טעמא דלא תני ליה משום דתולדה דמוציא הוא, דכל ...


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The word would appear to be a semi-colloquial pluralization of the word טהרה, appearing in the Torah as a nominal infinitive. Exclusively in the singular, its nikud is טָהֳרָה. (By "semi-colloquial" I mean that a word like that a word like that is already somewhat abstract and shouldn't need to be pluralized to refer to the class of activities that pertains ...


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I ve build the list of the entire mishnaiot with their prakim and number of mishnaiot We join a group of 36 people in our synagogue, so everybody choose 120 mishnaiot, and are reciting/studying 2 mishnaiot per day, so the group will finish the entire shas mishna in 60 days. (36 people X 2 mishnaiot per day X 60 days = 4320...the entire shas has 4192 ...


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The Tiferess Yisrael on this Mishnah asks exactly the same question. He answers that the Gemara in Bava Metzia 25a establishes that the Mishnah is talking about young pigeons which can hop, and the Gemara in Bava Basra 23b teaches that such a pigeon does not hop more than fifty amos from its dovecote, but in the previous amud it teaches that in fields and ...


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Look at the Haga'ot HaGRI"V 26 on the "Klalim B'Rashi", printed after the Mavo LaTalmud, at the end of Masechet Berachot. He says: ‫דרך רש״י בהרבה מקומות לפרש המשנה כס״ד דמקשן כדי להבין המשנה כס״ד טרם בואו אל המסקנא וזהו אך דרך‬ ‫רש״י לא כן שאר מפרשים תוי״ט פ״ב דפאה מ״ב‬ ‫ It is Rashi's way in many places to explain the Mishna according to the ...


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I think it's possible that the final part is about someone who was born Jewish. That reading is supported by the way the Mishna elsewhere speaks about the child of a Jewish mother being Jewish, and I don't think that disputes about this are recorded. The quote you gave is about converts... but the second half is also about which groups of people say what in ...


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If I'm reading the Mishna right, the case of ודאי על הדמאי means you take some real Tevel Maaser Rishon and declare it all Terumat Maaser for the Maaser Rishon you separate from the Demai. If the Demai needs it, then such a declaration works and the real Tevel Maaser Rishon is now real Terumat Maaser. If the Demai doesn't need it, then the real Tevel Maaser ...


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Mechon Mamre searching makes this easier. It looks like 11 hasn't been filled in yet, so here are a few options: Niddah 4:7 -- כל אחד עשר יום, בחזקת טהרה. Niddah 5:6 -- בת אחת עשרה שנה ויום אחד, נדריה נבדקין Middot 2:6 -- עזרת ישראל הייתה אורך מאה ושלושים וחמש, על רוחב אחת עשרה My personal favorite, considering the name of the song: Sanhedrin 5:5 -- ...


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What about Pesachim 4:8 ששה דברים עשו אנשי יריחו, על שלשה מחו בידם, ועל שלשה לא מחו בידם. ואלו הן שלא מחו בידם, מרכיבין דקלים כל היום, וכורכין את שמע, וקוצרין יז וגודשין לפני העמר יח, ולא מחו בידם. ואלו שמחו בידם, מתירין גמזיות של הקדש, ואוכלין מתחת הנשרים בשבת, ונותנין פאה לירק, ומחו בידם חכמים or the next Mishna 4:9 ששה דברים עשה חזקיה המלך, על שלשה ...


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The most important part of the perush of the Raav is: ה"ק - הכי קאמר That is to say that the Mishna is NOT explained according the simple pshat. The simple pshat is the Hava Amina of Abaye in Beitza 15a - this corresponds to your 2nd pshat. However the Maskana of Gemara is הכי קאמר , and corresponds [roughly] to your 1st pshat. Raav and Kehati follow the ...


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The rule the mishna gives relates to the state of an object, but specific objects will be prohibited regardless of their state. Unfinished items may not be sent, while finished items may generally be sent, and the rule for determining if an item is completed is if you can use it as-is. Spiked sandals are something which are specifically prohibited as an item ...


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The question is based on contemporary belief but in truth according to the strict letter of Halacha saving a non-Jews life on Shabbos by doing a Melacha (forbidden acts) is not permitted; I'll simply quote the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 92:1 who says "Shabbos is pushed aside for Sakonas Nefoshos (life & death situations).. therefore it is a Mitzvah to ...


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The Tosfos quoted by Double AA answers (as far as I understand it): The point of אשת איש is not to specify the specific case involved, but rather to say it was from a capital case and emphasize that this Mamzer is a Mamzer according to the requirement that the relationship be a capital one (so don't think that we are being overly strict, we think it takes a ...


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Based on Rabbi J. David Bleich's class here: If there is known to be more than one "Yosi ben Shimon" (Talmud's example) in a given community, they must resort to either an additional generation "Yosi ben Shimon ben Moshe" or another descriptor "Yosi ben Shimon HaRofe". (My own addition: In the current age, listing a family name would seem to be another good ...


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I have recently found what may be the earliest printed example of this drosh, in an unattributed passage in R' Baruch haLevi Epstein's Torah Temimah. It commences on p353, about halfway through the paragraph that begins with ודעת ר' עקיבא, and continues until the end of the paragraph on the following page. Unfortunately, R' Epstein was a notorious ...


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It seems that the dispute between the sages and Rebbi Eliezer is not surrounding whether one can be release from a vow based on nolad, but rather surrounds the specific cases listed in the Mishna, which occur infrequently (see Ran 64b). The sages would allow the release of a vow based on nolad so long as the case was one which occurs frequently, but will ...


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I think that the answer is Alliteration. The words in hebrew מָצָא אַחַר הַ*גַּ*פָּה אוֹ אַחַר הַ*גָּ*דֵר *גּ*וֹזָלוֹת מְקֻשָּׁרִין, here the Gimmel is prominent אוֹ *בִשְׁ*בִילִין *שֶׁ*בַּ*שָּׂ*דוֹת, here the Bet and Shin\Sin are prominent הֲרֵי זֶה לֹא יִגַּע בָּהֶן This helps to remember by heart which is one of the main reasons behind the ...


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More important than the Masechta itself is your understanding of the background to that Masechta. If you are unfamiliar with the underlying concepts of that Masechta, it will be hard. The Kehati Mishnayot will make any Masechta easier by presenting the necessary background information in an orderly and organized manner.



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