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From time to time there are parentheses in the gemara (e.g., Taanis 17b).

Who put the parentheses there, when, and for what reason(s)?

  • From memory I think that it shows that the printer is erasing the words from the printed edition and adding the words in the square brackets. I am leaving this a comment because I do not have a citation. – sabbahillel Nov 1 '15 at 18:58

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