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First of all, there's no one "true" explanation of a Mishnah. There could easily be more than one explanation of a given Mishnah. This is the benefit of the Gemaras that have "Likutei Rashi" or "Musaf Rashi" on the sides that quote Rashi from other Masechtos that discuss the same phrase/Mishnah brought in the current Gemara. Oftentimes Rashi will have more ...


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Although I never learned the sugya in Gittin, I actually just got through learning the sugya in Bava Metzia. When I learned that story, I understood that story quite literally: the man was such a wicked person, he slept with someone on Yom Kippur. Not only that, but he slept with a Na'arah Ha'meorasah. (Both are assur on a d'Oraisa level, the former ...


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This question is very interesting, this Gemara can be read in diverse ways. First the wall ball: See Wikipedia this link and for pictures of the ball see the topic in French language. The Gemara itself is not very easy to read, Rashi itself provide two pshatim. Rashi choosen in its first explanation, to read the Gemara as following, there was discussed in ...


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The Gemara in Kiddushin (30a I think) says that one should divide his days into thirds, learning Chumash for one third, Mishnah for another third, and Gemara for the last third. I had heard that we learn Bavli so extensively because it fulfills all three requirements.


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Sifrey is a plural. You can see in Rishonim that they quote The Mechilta DeRashbi also as "Sifrey". סתם ספרי רבי שמעון (Sanhedrin 86a) Rav wrote Sifra and Sifrey. Sifre is generally according to RaShBY opinion. see here in wikipedia. The main book (the largest) is on Vaykra, it is Called "The" book, Sifra. Sifrey, the remaining books of Rav on Bamidbar, ...


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Service is avodah (Devarim 11:13), and in my opinion everything you do can become avodah.. It all depends on the purpose: your sleeping so that you wake up you can serve your Master again. Eat and drink to have the strength to do so. You walk to perform a mitzvah some where. Avodah is not synonymous with tefillah. Tefillah is tefillah. Avodah is a lot of ...


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how do you get your "inner most being to want to serve Him out of love, respect, etc. so that your whole being is acting"? - one primary way is through prayer as Rabeinu Bahye writes in Duties of the Heart (Gate 8 ch.3) You should know, my brother, that our aim in prayer is only the longing of the soul to G-d, its submitting before Him, elevating its ...



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