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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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This question is asked in Sefer Hachinuch (Mitsva 306): וזהו שאנו מונין לעמר, כלומר, כך וכך ימים עברו מן המנין ואין אנו מונין כך וכך ימים יש לנו לזמן,‏ Why we opted for counting from the omer, as if to say "so many days passed from the count". But we do not count "so many days until the time"? כי כל זה מראה לנו הרצון החזק להגיע אל הזמן, ועל ...



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