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The Vilna Gaon in Shenos Eliyahu writes that the Talmud started with the mitzvah of Krias Shema because this is the first mitzva in which a person becomes obligated, as it begins at nightfall, and will therefore be the first mitzvah they encounter in adulthood. R' Tzaddok HaKohen in Tzidkas Hatzadik explains that blessings express our acceptance of Hashem's ...


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I think you are reading this wrong. ואמר אביי שי"ן של תפילין הלכה למשה מסיני וצריך שיגיע חריץ למקום התפר We have 2 distinct halachot here by אביי : שי"ן של תפילין הלכה למשה מסיני The Shin - as decribed by Rashi as being on the outside walls: שי''ן של תפילין. לבית חיצונה עושין כמין קמטים דקים בקלף ונראין בו כעין שי''ן וצריך שיגיע חריץ למקום ...


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Excerpt from Dafnotes: The Rambam, in his introduction to his commentary on the Mishnah writes that Seder Zera’im, which addresses the mitzvos of the Land (Eretz Yisrael), was placed at the beginning of the six Orders (Sedarim) because it deals with the halachos of food from the vegetable kingdom, which is the foundation for all living existence. ...


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The claim that Jesus is mentioned in the talmud, or alluded to through a code name is not new. This website goes through the sources and shows that the premise might be false. The Jewish Press here summarizes some of the ideas in a single essay. Here's part of it: As it turns out, every allegation about Talmudic anti-Christian texts is based on the ...


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Reading The Gemara is written in a mixture of Hebrew and Aramaic. Rashi and Tosafot use a mixture of Hebrew and Aramaic. To learn Gemara independently, the student must reach the level where the commentaries, starting with Rashi, start to anticipate the difficulty of understanding the words. This does not always happen, but in general the Gemara is not ...


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The term "rabbi" means that the person received semikha (not to be confused with the modern form of semikha which is different). There was no semikha in Bavel, so none of the amoraim who lived there were "rabbi" unless they came to Eretz Yisrael. An easy way to remember this is by looking at the last letter of the word. "Rav" ends with ב which is also the ...



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