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I once saw it in some sefer that Rabbi Akiva saw Bar Kochba sleeping on his back (not on his side) and then he knew that he wasn't Mashiach. Does anyone know where this is written? I'm pretty sure its not in the Talmud.

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    I heard this about a later rabbi and shabtai tzvi – Baby Seal Apr 27 '15 at 6:12
  • @BabySeal remember who or where you heard this? – warz3 Apr 29 '15 at 8:49
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    I think from Rabbi Naftali Elfenbein of Yeshivat Mercaz Hatorah in Talpiot, Jerusalem. – Baby Seal Apr 29 '15 at 11:28
  • The story is told about the Taz, who sent emissaries to evaluate Shabtai Tzvi. The problem with story, is that SZ had much worse things that could be said about him, beyond not being meticulous about sleeping while lying on his back... – IsraelReader Jun 13 '18 at 0:05
  • There was a progression to Shabtai Tzvi. The lying on his back was how he realized ST was a fraud early on, before he went totally off the deep end. – N.T. Aug 20 '20 at 6:46

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