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Shimon ben Kosiba, commonly known as Bar Kochva, led a failed revolt against the Romans in circa 132–136 CE.

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Is there any evidence that Rabbi Akiva's students fought alongside Bar Kochba?

Various sources say that "12,000 pairs" of Rabbi Akiva's students died between Pesach and Shavuos because they did not treat each other with respect. See Genesis Rabba 61:3, Ecclesiastes Rabba 11, ...
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Was Bar Kochba a King?

The Rambam (Hilchot Melachim 11:8) says the following: ואם יעמוד מלך מבית דויד הוגה בתורה ועוסק במצוות כדויד אביו, כפי תורה שבכתב ושבעל פה, ויכוף כל ישראל לילך בה ולחזק בדקה, ויילחם מלחמות ה'--הרי ...
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Rabbi Akiva seeing Bar Kochba sleeping on his back?

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 ...
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What do we know about Bar Kochba?

Among the failed potential Messiah's was Bar Kochba who was backed by Rabbi Akiva. What do we know about him? Was he a disciple of Beit Hillel or Beit Shamai or someone else for example?
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Historical sources on Bar Kochba? [closed]

Does anyone know any books or articles I can read to learn more about Bar Kohkba?
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May one declare someone to be the messiah?

I recall a gemarah (possibly Yerushalmi Taanit?) wherein Rebbi Akiva is quoted as proclaiming that Shimon bar Kosiba was the king Moshiach. I further understand that this statement could be one of ...
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Did the Talmidim of Rebbi Akiva die by joining the rebellion with Bar Kochva? [duplicate]

I have heard from an Israeli friend of mine that some maintain that the Talmidim of Rebbi Akiva zs'l didn't all die in a plague, but rather they were killed by Roman soldiers because they had ...
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When Rebbe Akiva anointed Shimon Bar Kochba as Messiah, what would that ceremony have looked like?

I am studying the early post-second temple period, and I am curious as to what sort of ceremony Rebbe Akiva would have performed when he decided to anoint Shimon Bar Kochba (at that time, to the best ...
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Should Moshiach be Gdol Hador according to Rambam and R' Akiva?

Rambam Melachim 11 states that Moshiach should be one who studies Torah: "וְאִם יַעֲמֹד מֶלֶךְ מִבֵּית דָּוִד הוֹגֶה בַּתּוֹרָה וְעוֹסֵק בְּמִצְוֹת כְּדָוִד אָבִיו." "Now, if a king should ...
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