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comment Where does the Maharsha mention the Bermuda Triangle?
@Matt Also, for a couple of instances where people connect this Rashash to the Bermuda Triangle, see here and here. I've gotta run for now, but I may get around to editing this in as motivation for providing an answer primarily about the Rashash. Or you can feel free to edit this answer accordingly, if you are so inclined.
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comment Where does the Maharsha mention the Bermuda Triangle?
@Matt Also, sometimes it's hard to prove something isn't true. I'm not going to write an answer like: "I just reviewed every comment by the Maharsha on B'rachos, and nope - he doesn't say this. I shall now demonstrate how the following six far-fetched possible candidates among his comments on B'rachos cannot in fact be understood as references to the Bermuda Triangle.... In sum, you are wrong. Just as I suspected." Although that would technically make for a better and more thorough answer, it doesn't actually address what seems to be the OP's intention.
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comment Where does the Maharsha mention the Bermuda Triangle?
@Matt Fair enough. I also noted that the Maharsha doesn't comment on that part of 8a or on that Rashi.
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comment Where does the Maharsha mention the Bermuda Triangle?
@Matt Sometimes I'm not sure myself. I often try to be conservative and just make comments (especially if I don't have time to write a full answer and I think someone else might flesh out my comment more fully), but sometimes I'll just post a too-long-for-comments remark as an answer if I think it could pass muster as such.
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comment Where does the Maharsha mention the Bermuda Triangle?
@Matt You're right. I started writing the answer before you posted your comment. Baruch shekivanti, though.
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comment are you obligated to give testimony if you know you are pasul l'eidus?
You should probably ask if you are allowed to give testimony if you are an invalid witness. Also, are you talking about a biblical p'sul or a rabbinic p'sul? (Also, if you think this might be a practical question, CYLOR regarding whether you are actually pasul l'eidus).
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comment What is the source for R' Meir and R'Elazar Beth Shammai membership?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/36635
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comment What is the source for R' Meir and R'Elazar Beth Shammai membership?
I don't know if your claim is correct, but we sometimes find Rabbi Meir and Rabbi Yehuda arguing over the correct interpretation of a dispute between Beis Hillel and Beis Shammai (e.g. Sukka 15a, Shabbos 37a).
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comment Who were members of Beth Shammai?
@far22 "...However, Reish Lakish maintained that the entire Temple Mount was called 'Bira', as the verse states (I Chronicles 29:19), 'And to Solomon my son, give a perfect heart to guard Your commandments... and to build the Bira that I have prepared.' According to this, one may explain as follows: Yo'ezer man of the Bira was in charge of the Temple (see also Nehemiah 2:8, 7:2; P'sachim 3:8)."
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comment Who were members of Beth Shammai?
@far22 The rabbi's name was Yo'ezer man of (the) Bira - he was a disciple of Beis Shammai. There are different interpretations regarding what is meant by "(the) Bira". To quote Rabbi Kehati's commentary on Orlah (my translation): "Some explain that 'Bira' is the name of a place near Jerusalem (M'leches Sh'lomo). And some explain 'man of the Bira' means the man who was in charge of the Bira that was on the Temple Mount, as R' Yochanan said (Yoma 2a), 'There was a place on the Temple Mount called "Bira"' (some think that this refers to a tower that was on the Temple Mount)...
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comment Is the mourning for a late relative dependent on the state of their relationship before death?
...although you should of course consult a knowledgeable rabbi regarding the specifics of your case, since certain details could affect the law.
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comment Is the mourning for a late relative dependent on the state of their relationship before death?
If he is he alive, no. You are not supposed to sit shiva for someone who is alive. Otherwise, yes.
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comment Were Shmouel and Rav members of the Beth Hillel or the Beth Shammai?
@far22 Beis Shammai started at the time of Shammai (around 200 years before the time of Rav and Shmuel). There are six exceptions. IIRC, one is about sukka, three are about tzitzis, and two are about meals. They are exceptions because the rabbis ultimately ruled in their favor on those points.
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comment How do you avoid 'al tiftah peh l'satan'?
@andrewmh20 There are many examples of this expression in the Talmud (and other writings of Chazal), for a few examples: B'rachos 7a (regarding the Jews who were saved from Bil'am's curses), Yoma 75b (regarding the Jews in the desert who ate the quail), M'gilla 12a (regarding the Jews in the time of the Purim story), and Mo'ed Kattan 9a (regarding the Jews who rightfully ate on Yom Kippur in the time of Sh'lomo). There's a similar example on B'rachos 63b about Torah scholars who study in isolation (if you're looking for examples from B'rachos).