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Rabbi Hershel Shechter quotes Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin who wrote in one of his essays that Rabi Akiva's students were in fact killed in the Bar Kochba revolt. The Talmud hid this fact by mentioning their cause of death as being something ridiculously impossible. Namely, how can Rabi Akiva who popularized loving one's fellow as much as himself, have all his ...


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The use of 12,000 pairs in the Bavli (yevamos 62) http://hebrewbooks.org/shas.aspx?mesechta=14&daf=62b&format=pdf is interesting; if the counting was for purposes of the army, as posited by R Abramchik, why say 12,000 pairs (Zugim) instead of 24,000 people? It seems that pairs really does imply actual chavrusahs (paired students learning together and ...



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