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With regard to Sh'kalim, I believe the answer does indeed rely on publication practices. The practice of printing (and therefore studying) Sh'kalim with the rest of Talmud Bavli Seder Moed can be traced as far back as the times of the Geonim. [The idea is that Sh'kalim is short and therefore relatively inexpensive to print with the rest of Seder Moed to ...


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Megillah 28b (English) ההוא דהוי תני הלכתא סיפרא וסיפרי ותוספתא ושכיב אתו ואמרו ליה לרב נחמן ליספדיה מר אמר היכי נספדיה הי צנא דמלי סיפרי דחסר there was a certain man who used to repeat halachoth, Sifra and Sifre and Tosefta, and when he died they came and said to R. Nahman, Sir, will you deliver a funeral oration for him, and he said, How are ...


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The simple explanation is that this is how the printers typeset it (open up almost any book on your shelf and you will notice that the first page of the actual book not page one). However, the Lubavitcher Rebbe (Sichas Erev Shavuos 5745) notes that everything in the world is hashgacha protis, and if the printers decided to add a title page with the name of ...


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I think there are different answers depending on the exact terms of the question; there are dozens of searches you could do on this one (e.g. "what value of X has the highest occurrences of amar rav X?"). As a first attempt, here are the most-common words in the Babylonian Talmud (using mechon-mamre's text as-is); I've highlighted the ones that may be a ...


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Neither of them appear between Tamid 28a and Niddah 8a, which is also a stretch of 11 daf. If you count Maseches Middos, which, although it has no Gemara, is printed in-line with the pages of the Vilna Shas, you get a stretch of 15 daf.


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Neither of them appear between Nedarim 35 and 48; so you can go eleven pages without them. This is the longest such stretch; many other stretches of length > 3 exist.


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Rava appears on Nedarim 55 (then falsely on 56 in the word "Maarava") and not again until Nedarim 62. Abayei appears on Nedarim 56 and not again until Nedarim 63. So there's a stretch of 5 daf containing neither Abayei nor Rava. This appears to be the longest such stretch in the Babylonian Talmud. HOWEVER, Nedarim has the least text per page. A ...


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Basar Shenitalem Min Ha'ayin would be an example of this: The Gemara Bavli in Hullin 95a and 95b, rules that the thing we are worried about is an animal (according to rashi a raven, according to the rambam "a wild animal or vermin" (my rough translation)) switching the meat. The gemara holds that this doesn't apply if it was in the hands of a non-Jew -- ...


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Here is what I could dig up about him: He lived sometime in the (late) second century. This is evident from Shabbos 23b which places him at the same time as Rav Huna who passed away in 296 (wikipedia). He had two children named Rav Iddi and Rav Chiya (Gemora there). He lived in Bavel as is evident from the story with Rav Huna. Rav Huna began lecturing in ...


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R' Alfasi's laws of Niddah are actually hidden in the second chapter of tractate Shevuos. If you don't have a printed tractate handy, then see pages 767 through 778 of hebrewbooks.org's Sanhedrin-Makkos-Shevuos PDF. As a courtesy to the reader ש”ס נהרדעא also includes a second copy of R' Alfasi's laws of Niddah inside tractate Niddah. This second copy is ...


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According to the JNUL website, Printed editions of the commentaries on tractates Ta’anit, Nedarim, Nazir and Horayot have been mistakenly attributed to him, and were most probably written by the scholars of Mainz or others. Likewise the printed commentary on Moed Katan is wrongly attributed to him. Two tractates have partial Rashi commentaries: Bava ...


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If you're just looking for long talmudic text, there are others in Brakhot with little commentary: See Brakhot 56b, 58. Difficult sugyas with little Talmudic text and plentiful Tosafot/Rashi are qualitatively longer (and scarier!) than the more aggadic, pshat texts. There are a few in Niddah that make you hold your breath when you first turn the page onto ...


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The context is as follows: ג' אין רואין פני גיהנם אלו הן דקדוקי עניות וחולי מעיין והרשות ויש אומרים אף מי שיש לו אשה רעה ואידך אשה רעה מצוה לגרשה ואידך זימנין דכתובתה מרובה אי נמי אית ליה בנים מינה ולא מצי מגרש לה למאי נפקא מינה לקבולי מאהבה Three kinds of person do not see the face of Gehenna, viz., [one who suffers from] oppressive poverty, one ...


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Look at the introduction of the מאירי to each masechta, where he breaks down the topics of the masechta in general as well as perek by perek. (He also does that in a more perek-specific manner at the beginning of each perek.) While not usually online, the Hebrewbooks website has the בית הבחירה -- just search for "בית הבחירה." Here is an example of an ...


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The Soncino has an introduction to a) The Talmud, b) Each Order, c) Each Tractate. You can see most of them here: http://halakhah.com/


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According to Harav Yishak Yosef Shelit"a (En Yishak vol. 1 pg. 334) we follow the Yerushalmi over the Zohar. Sources to support: Petah Hadvir 46c, Sede Hemed Kelale HaPoskim 2:5, Yabia Omer vol. 4 pg 39a).


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The simplest explanation is the one found in the Gemara -- the section of the Talmud with a nice discussion of what materials make for good oils and wicks is found in Shabbos (vis-a-vis shabbos candles), so it segways from there into what materials to use for Chanukah lighting. Perhaps a bit deeper, shabbos candles are known as "the home's lights" (ner ...


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The answers to this question refer to a Yerushalmi (Shabbos 7:2) that extends the melachah of זורה (winnowing) to scattering something in the wind (the example given is spitting). This is cited as halachah in Rema, Orach Chaim, end of sec. 319.


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I do not have a single edition to recommend, but here are some things to look for when choosing a Shas. My credentials: I use a huge 35-year old "yellow" Greenwald edition of the Shas daily in my Daf Yomi shiur, a tiny Oz Vehadar to prepare on the bus (5 days a week) and whatever is available in the various shuls that I learn in. Pesukim - ...


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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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http://www.themercava.com/dafyomi This is a website which has the translation of each phrase in gemara as one hovers over the phrase, not sure how much of the Gemara they have done though.


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The Rashb"o in Chindushai HaHagodos (Mosad Horav Kook) to Brochos 54b states that after a long halachik discussion the Ameroim switched to Agadato to awaken the students.


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that there are three opinions as to what "Pen Tishkach" prohibits: Rambam doesn't count it as a Mitzva at all. Moreover, according to the Rambam, one doesn't have to learn Svara, just the final Halacha, so forgetting Bavli would be fine. Ramban says it refers to the giving of the Torah, and the Drash in Avos is an Asmachta ...


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Excellent question! Of course Hashem is everywhere. In some times and places, we perceive His presence more strongly. In those instances, we say that the Shechinah is present. An analogy for this concept is radio waves. They're (pretty much) everywhere, but we can only "tune into" them when we have a receiver (i.e. a radio). Sorry - I don't remember the ...


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To restate the crucial part of your question: Is there any truth to this exchange ever happening? In other words, you are searching for a historical basis for this event in the past? You can look up the exchange in context, in Avodah Zara 2a-b. The quote begins: R. Hanina b. Papa — some say R. Simlai — expounded [the foregoing verse] thus: In ...


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I think the real answer is that he meant 15b. ויהי בימי שפוט השופטים. דור ששופט את שופטיו. אמר לו טול קיסם מבין עיניך. אומר לו טול קורה מבין עיניך. אמר לו כספך היה לסיגים. אמר לו סבאך מהול במים. And it was in the days of the judges judging. The generation was judging the judges. The judge would say remove a twig from between your eyes, the person would ...


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A 5-daf stretch not containing Raba or Abayei is between Meilah 21a and Tamid 25b. There is another 5-daf stretch, from Tamid 29b through Niddah 3a, that does not contain either Abayei or Rava. Maybe it's cheating because the last few chapters have no Gemara, only Mishna. Also, if you count the 4 daf of Middos which are printed in the Vilna Shas after ...


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It is said that there are no 3 consecutive pages that do not contain a mention of Abaye or Rava. I heard that many years ago, one of the first companies to make a computer search program on Gemara "proved" this using their search functions, and offered a prize to anyone who could show otherwise. Well, someone did find 3 pages where neither of these Amoraim ...



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