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That's a very interesting suggestion, and I'm surprised I've never put two and two together here. After some searching, I've found that a similar suggestion was made by Shlomo Yehuda Rapoport (Shir) in the journal Kerem Chemed (vol. 7, p. 183). He suggests that the Romans chased and killed the students of R' Akiva on the suspicion that they were involved in ...


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As Seth noted, it's "עקיבא" in the standard-edition Bavli. However, it's "עקיבה" in the standard-edition Y'rushalmi. There may, for all I know, be exceptions to each of those statements. Aruch Hashulchan writes (about gitin) that there are reasons to write it either way and that both are fine. He then quotes the Maharshal and Taz as saying that (for gitin) ...


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Taken from this blog post (emphasis mine) R. Eliezer Dunner, in his work Zichron Yosef Tzvi, offers a very novel reason for the celebration on Lag Ba-Omer. He says that we know that R. Akiva was a strong supporter of Bar Kochba. He suggests that R. Akiva students were soldiers in his army to fight the Romans and they died in this time period of Sefirah. ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe has a talk in Likutei Sichot volume 6 page 119-129 (Adapted into English by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks here) where he discusses the arguments between R' Yishmael and R' Akiva regarding what the Jews saw at Sinai and how they responded to the Commandments. The Rebbe explains that R' Yishmael and R' Akiva's disagreements stem from the ...


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We do have indications that #1 could have happened. Doros Harishonim (vol. 3, pp. 139ff) understands Josephus (Wars 7:6:6) to be saying that after the destruction of the second Beis Hamikdash, Vespasian nationalized all property belonging to victims of the war who had left no known heirs. (He also cites Eusebius (4:8 - should be 4:6:1) as saying that the ...


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The Beis Shmuel in Even Ha'ezer says that with regards to Gitin there are two opinions. He suggests one should write with an hei, but if one normally signs with a aleph that is how he should write. There are different simanim for both names shown here. One famous siman is that the author of the "Or Zarua" saw in a dream the verse of "Or Zarua Latzadik ...


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The most extensive discussion of Bar Kochba in Chazal is in Eicha Rabbasi 2:4. He is also mentioned in Sanhedrin 93b Your specific question - was he a disciple of Beit Hillel or Beit Shamai - is not dealt with in those sources, though I believe that those academies no longer existed at the time of the rebellion.


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In the standard Vilna edition of the Talmud Bavli it is spelled עקיבא with an Alef at the end. I'm not sure how much more authoritative a source you're looking for.


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Chassidic thought explains that because every person is unique in his nature and thought processes, he has a unique path in the service of G-d. Similarly, each of Rabbi Akiva’s disciples had his own approach. Because they were highly developed individuals, each had internalized his particular approach to the point that it dominated his personality. ...


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To answer the first part of your question Heschel was not considered part of mainstream orthodox Judaism, he was faculty at JTS, as such no mainstream "Gadol" would have reviewed his work in any meaningful capacity (nor given haskamot). Wikipedia lists several reviews of this work, the most orthodox leaning to my mind is Alan Brill. His review may be read ...


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The students mentioned in yevamoth could not have died in the times of Bar-Kochba. Firstly the talmud speaks of students in his (R. Akiba's) youth and students in his old age - so there had to be a respectable amount of time between the death of his first students and the studies with his latter students. Secondly, R. Akiba was arrested in tishre after ...


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The Sefer Hachinuch (Mitzva 243) writes that "Loving your fellow as Yourself is a great general rule in the Torah" because many mitzvot are dependent on it. Someone who truly loves someone else as himself would never steal from him, sleep with his wife, cheat him monetarily, encroach on his boundaries, or do anything to harm him. So, to answer the ...


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Preface: I don't think my answer actually happened, I just like the way the pieces fit together. According to the Talmud in Kesubot (63A), Ben Azzai was engaged to the daughter of R' Akiva. So, assuming the opinion in Masechet Sotah (4B) that Ben Azzai married and later separated from his wife, since "What could he do, his soul desired Torah, let the world ...


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I asked Rabbi Dovid Rosenbaum, shlita, how every one of Rabbi Akiva's 24,000 students could not have treated each other with proper respect when Rabbi Akiva had taught that the most important pasuk in the Torah was "V'Ahavta l'Reacha Kamocha . . ." ("you shall love your fellow as yourself")? He answered with another question: "The better question is when ...


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Dorash Dovid on sefirah page 185(Hebrew edition) explains that the time between pesach and shavuos is like chol hamoed it is a holy time.He then explains that the greater one is the greater their yetzer harah becomes(sukkah 52a).On shvuos they bring chametz for the shtei halechem instead of the usual matzah,to remind us of the yetzer harsh and to overcome ...


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I'd always read it about Rabbi Akiva letting his shiur out early, so his students could put their kids down for a nap.


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According to Wikipedia it is commonly spelled עקיבא although sometimes it is spelled עקיבה.


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The Klal Gadol of the entire Torah is to unify (m'yachaid) the entire creation with Hashem (Kudsha Berichu v'Shechinatei). This is the purpose of all Torah and mitzvos. It is what Olam Haba is all about. Thus, the idea of loving one's neighbor as oneself illustrates the unity of Jews for one another, which is a moshol (metaphor) for the yichud of the entire ...


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The Eitz Yosef in the new Moznayim print of Medrash Rabba in Bereishis 61 does say that they died `in one period between Pesach and Atzeres in milchamas beitar'. One can wonder if these last words were edited out of the old print or simply lost, being that it was at the bottom of the page in the old standard print. Also questionable is how to reconcile ...


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According to the information in the gemara and other places Rabbi Akiva was born in the year "0" and lived for 120 years, to the beginning of the Bar Kochba period under the first of the three people of that dynasty (father, son and grandson). He was 40 years old when he began studying (40 CE), so presumably he did not have students for a while after ...


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First, let's establish that Rabbi Akiva's chidush at the end is not that Jews aren't affected by astrology. That he knew in the beginning just like the previous case of Shmuel. R' Akiva/Shmuel were assuming that the victim could daven and be saved. The chidush at the end was that tzedaka can also save even from an abnormal death. So need R' Akiva tell ...



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