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Professor Moshe Koppel has written and lectured interestingly on this subject. See http://u.cs.biu.ac.il/~koppel/rov-traditionversion.pdf .


Rabbi Aqiva Eiger (shu”t #136) says that there are two types of doubt, and each has its own mechanism for birur, for clarification. The case of qavu’ah is one where the reality was once established. So in principle, there is a specific halakhah assigned already to this case. The doubt is in what that halakhah is. In this situation, we do not invoke rules ...

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