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Non-legal passages in the Talmud and other Rabbinic writings that use descriptive allegories and stories to convey fundamental truths about reality, as well as theological and moral lessons.

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Making a siyum on Avos D'reb Nosson [duplicate]

Does one make a siyum on finishing Avos D'reb Nosson?
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How to understand Chullin 127a: “All found on land is found also in the sea?” [duplicate]

(saw a similar question suggested) How are we to understand the gemara from Chullin 127a which states: "כל שיש ביבשה יש בים" all that exists on land there is an equivalent animal in the sea ...
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Rabbi Dovid Oppenheim's introduction to the Ein Yaakov- Where is it?

In the commentary Eitz Yosef to Gemara Berachos daf 3a, on the words "ve'ha kamashma lan..." he references an introduction to the Ein Yaakov by Rabbi Dovid Oppenheim. I looked around and could not ...
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Did the descendants of Esav literally taste soil?

The pasuk in Bereshit says (36:20) אֵ֤לֶּה בְנֵֽי־שֵׂעִיר֙ הַחֹרִ֔י יֹשְׁבֵ֖י הָאָ֑רֶץ לוֹטָ֥ן וְשׁוֹבָ֖ל וְצִבְע֥וֹן וַעֲנָֽה׃ Chazal explain that they are called the dwellers of the earth because ...
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Examples of the sages in the Talmud going above and beyond in kindness

What are some examples in the Talmud where it tells a story of one of the sages from the time of the Mishna or Gemara showing exceptional kindness that could be a good example to other people? For ...
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The Messiah's hair will be greenish?

I think I saw somewhere in the Gemara (almost certain it was in a commentary, not the text itself) that the Messiah's hair will be ירקרקת (green/greenish/blonde)? Unfortunately, I cannot seem to ...
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Source for a story about mistakenly thinking Mashiach was here

What is the story in the Gemara or Ein Ya'akov about the guy who ran into the streets when he thought the Mashiach was here, but really it was a wedding ceremony? I can't find it anywhere. The Rosh ...
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What were the peiros Genosar?

In Brachos 44a there is a brief discussion of an apparently extraordinary type of fruit they call the peiros Genosar. The sages seemed to love it even though there were consequences after eating too ...
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Pirkei drabbi Eliezer questions [closed]

Pirkay D'rabbi Eliyeser 14.5 Hashem gave the woman nine curses and death: The afflictions of child birth The afflictions of blood of virginity The affliction of pregnancy The affliction of bringing ...
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In Chulin 95b, it states that “Rav never partook of a seudas reshus”, is that referring to why he didn't eat the meat, or anything at all?

In Chullin 95b when describing why Rav didn't partake of some meat it says: אלא סעודת הרשות הואי ורב לא מתהני מסעודת הרשות (rather it was an optional meal and Rav did not partake of optional meals)....
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Was Rabbi Akiva exempt from his conjugal duties?

The Gemara (in Kesubos 63a) says, “When Rabbi Akiva returned, he brought twelve thousand students with him. As he approached his home, he heard a certain old man saying to [his wife], ‘Until when will ...
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Did the entire generation of the wilderness lose their Olam Haba

What does the Gemara mean when it says (Sanhedrin 108), The generation of the wilderness have no share in the future world and will not stand at the [last] judgement, as it is written in this ...
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Where is there a reference to Moshe in the Torah? Please explain Chullin 139b [duplicate]

We read in Chullin 139b: משה מן התורה מנין בשגם הוא בשר Where is there a reference to Moshe in the Torah? "Since he is but flesh" (Bereishit 6:3) The gemara finds a hint to Moshe in this passuk as ...
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Why didn't Titus consort with someone worse than a harlot?

In the Talmud (Gittin 56b) it states that upon entering the holy of holies Titus had relations with a harlot, to defile that place. Is there a reason he chose to consort with a harlot in that spot as ...
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Looking for a source which was mentioned in a shiur

Kind of a longshot but has anyone heard of a Gemorah or any text which mentions the following: ... he wondered why there were old Jews in Bavel, the verse says in order you shall lengthen your days ...
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Why did Metatron receive 60 lashes?

In the story of the 4 who entered Pardes (Chagigah starting on 14b) it says that Elisha ben Abuyah saw Metatron the angel sitting and therefore became a heretic. In order to show Elisha that Metatron ...
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Why did the R' Akiva marry the wife of Tyrannus Rufus?

The gemara in Avodah zara 20a brings a Baraisa that says, ואף רבי עקיבא ראה אשת טורנוסרופוס הרשע רק שחק ובכה רק שהיתה באה מטיפה סרוחה שחק דעתידה דמגיירא ונסיב לה בכה דהאי שופרא בלי עפרא We ...
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Why did chiya bar ashi seperate from his wife?

In the gmara kidushin 81b according to the translation http://www.dafyomi.co.il/kidushin/points/kd-ps-081.htm the following story happened (h)Whenever R. Chiya bar Ashi would fall on his face in ...
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When exactly did Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus die?

In Moed Qatan 27a, a difference of opinion is brought between Rabbi Eliezer and Rabbi Yehoshua as regards the point at which mourners need to overturn their beds. The case is brought of Rabban Gamliel ...
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Where is Moshe in the Torah?

The Gemara in Chullin (137b) asks where several characters of the Megillah are found in the Torah: Esther (Devarim 31:18), Mordechai (Shemos 30:23), and Haman (Bereishis 3:11). Then it throws a ...
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Are there examples of backward time travel in the talmud and/or midrash?

The gemarah discusses a story where Moshe is taken to see the lecture hall of Rebbi Akiva and the midrash discusses God showing Adam ensuing generations and their scholars. I would like to know if ...
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Why does Nero convert to Judaism in folio 56a in tractate Gittin in the Babylon Talmud?

In the Gittin tractate, folio 56a (focusing on the destruction of Jerusalem), it briefly mentions Nero: "He [the Emperor] sent against them Nero the Caesar. As he was coming he shot an arrow ...
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why are bad thoughts worse than actual sin?

The Talmud states "sinful thoughts are worse than the sin itself" (Yoma 29a) in what senses is this true? it seems for example that actual adultery is worse than thinking about it. for it irreparably ...
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Significance of 13 Attributes of Mercy in Prayer

According to the Gemara Rosh Hashana (17b) the recitation of the 13 attributes of God leads to forgiveness: א"ר יוחנן אלמלא מקרא כתוב אי אפשר לאומרו מלמד שנתעטף הקב"ה כשליח צבור והראה לו למשה סדר ...
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Why does the Talmud record the Rabbis' thoughts and theories about the science of natural phenomenon?

There are various areas in the Gemara where there is discussion about natural events, often appearing like a tangential discussion. Some examples are in Bechoros 7-8 or Pesachim 94. I understand that ...