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a) Seven month children would indicate resistence and longevity. The Midrash Rabbah 14:2 states: בעון קמיה דרבי אבהו: מנין שהנוצר לשבעה חי? אמר להון: מדידכון, אנא ממטי לכון, זיט"א אפט"א, איט"א אוכט"א: They [some greeks] asked R. Abahu: From where do you know that a fetus formed at 7 months can live? He replied: From your own [language] I ...


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The Talmud (Pesachim 114b) tells us that if you eat half of an olive's worth of Matza and then eat another half of an olive's worth of Matza you have fulfilled the obligation (to eat an olive's worth) provided you didn't wait too long in between. (Indeed it's quite reasonable that two bites need to be somewhat near each other in order to combine.) How long ...


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How many people are really calculating the time to say qiddush levanah down to the minute anyway? The day, or time of day, should be sufficient. The chalaqim merely add a traditional flavor and historical precision to the molad moment, which is reported in our familiar international time scheme of hours and minutes. We also tend to announce it in the ...



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