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"Rabbi Eliezer then said to them: If the halakha is with me, the walls of the study hall will prove it. The walls of the study hall leaned inward and began to fall. Rabbi Yehoshua scolded the walls and said to them: If Torah scholars are contending with each other in matters of halakha, what is the nature of your involvement in this dispute?.." Bava_Metzia.59b

In the famous argument, R' Yehoshua didn't intervene with the Cherub tree or the stream, however, he scolded the walls. I couldn't find comments on that.

Why did he suddenly care about the walls? Why after the two miracles did he expect the walls to behave differently upon R' Eliezer's request?

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    The same reason you might ignore all the warning letters that you owe money, but you’ll wake up when they come to seize your house. – Alex Mar 9 at 17:42
  • @Alex Right, once his life was in danger, you say? – Al Berko Mar 9 at 17:45
  • Not necessarily his life, but at the very least the study hall was going to collapse. – Alex Mar 9 at 17:46
  • @Alex BTW was R' Eliezer there? Why would he endanger his and others' lives? – Al Berko Mar 9 at 17:47
  • I suppose an interesting interpretation would be that all the rabbis were in the study hall and R. Eliezer was trying to wipe them all out (no more majority). – Alex Mar 9 at 23:56

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