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The new עוז והדר גמרא (red cover) now have an in-built תוס' הרא''ש and also a new feature 'מבואות התוס right at the back which explains the גמרא elsewhere quoted by תוס and explains it clearly and briefly.


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A Rosh Kollel told me that he was told the reason is because, in the middle of a long debate between Abaye and Rava, we find תרגמא רבא אליבא דאביי, Rava interpreted on behalf of Abaye. Namely, Rava answered a challenge to the opinion of Abaya even though he was the "nemesis" in the debate. This teaches a fundamental lesson in learning the Talmud, which is ...


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There is a letter from Rabbi Hirsch found here http://www.mesora.org/hirsch.html now printed in the ninth section of his collected writings. This letter deals with statements of Chazzal which deal with their view of sciences and seem bizarre to the modern mind. Here's two excerpts: Sages of Torah, not Masters of Science In my opinion, the first ...


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The second quote is based on the Sermon of the Mount, from the Christian gospel book of Matthew (5:17). As to the first quote, the Soncino writes that "There is no passage in any known Gospel that a son and daughter inherit alike." Modern religious (eg., Steinsaltz) and academic scholars understand the philosopher living near Imma Shalom, who is quoted in ...


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According to the Maharal, amongst others, literal readings of non-Halachik Talmudic or Midrashic statements are incorrect and indeed Chazal are not discussing natural phenomena at all. Rather, they are discussing fundamental metaphysical realities and theology at a level that requires a deeper understanding of their language and philosophy (See, e.g., ...


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Hashem gives from Himself literally, just not totally. It is obviously impossible to grasp Hashem, but He does shine His glory. When someone is able to connect to Hashem, He is bestowing Himself in whatever amount. The Rambam says that perception of Hashem is the greatest enjoyment. This is what the Gemara refers to when it describes in Taanis 31 how the ...


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the idea is to make yourself into a receptable capable of receiving/appreciating His goodness. once heard in a lecture by Rabbi Becher, where the beastie boys offered a raffle whose first prize is one week backstage with them. he said this could be either heaven or hell depending on where you are holding


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The principles of Occam's razor and תפסת מרובה לא תפסת are not equivalent. Occam's razor is a logical principle stating that when comparing equivalently predictive hypotheses, the one that requires the fewest assumptions is most likely to be correct. The principle of "תפסת" on the other hand, is not a logical principle in the same way. Instead, it is more ...



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