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Egalitarian references in Chazal

I'm trying to find references in Chazal to the principle that people are judged/rewarded based on the choices they make, regardless of their specific role in society. For example, I believe I have ...
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How similar were Rabbinic mandated lashes to Torah mandated lashes?

There are many laws regarding the administering of lashes for a person who transgressed a Torah law that carried such a penalty. To name a few: 39 lashes are the maximum number of lashes given (...
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Did Rav Papa issue a halachic ruling in order to benefit financially?

In the Gemara Shab. 140b Rav Papa is recorded saying that one who drinks wine while able to drink beer violates “ba’al tashchit”. Maharsh”a comments that Rav Papa’s disapproval of consuming wine ...
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The Jewish View on a Person's Physical Appearance? [duplicate]

In my experience Judaism doesn’t place any importance at all in a persons appearance, wether they are attractive or not. Does anywhere in TaNaCh or Chazal even discuss this topic? (That appearance isn’...
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Disconnection from Hashem? [duplicate]

What does Chazal say about one’s constant disconnect from Hashem, even though they keep the mitzvot? What tips do they give about how to regain a connection to hashem in times when you feel ...
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Why is “marriage effective contingent upon the approval of the Sages”?

In Gittin 33a, Kesuvos 3a we learn that Rabbanan have the power to uproot a kiddushin because: כל דמקדש אדעתא דרבנן מקדש ואפקעינהו רבנן לקידושין מיניה When a man betroths a woman, he does so ...
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Sefer on Chazal, Geonim and Later Acharonim

I currently own the Artscroll books The Rishonim and The Early Acharonim by Rabbi Goldwurm. They have a few features on Rabbonim of the ages that I really appreciate: Anecdotal information about each ...
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Help with a quote from the Talmud regarding the good old days

I vaguely remember a quote from the Talmud, where a Rabbi was saying that in his youth the boys and girls would play together in the streets and there were no tzniut issues. Does anyone recognize ...
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Who says the wicked are full of remorse? Help tracking down a supposed statement of Chazal

One section of the Tanya is called Likutei Amarim. Chapter 11 of this section contains the statement “Concerning such a person, the Rabbis of blessed memory have said, “The wicked are full of remorse.”...
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Middah keneged middah vs Moddedin

I've seen two expressions used by Chazal: Hashem judges a person מידה כנגד מידה, measure for measure, for example Nedarim 32a במידה שאדם מודד בה מודדין לו, by the measure a person uses They use to ...
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Is it mentioned anywhere in all of the Mishna or the Talmud that Rabban Gamliel converted to Christianity

Is it mentioned anywhere in all of the Mishna or the Talmud that Rabban Gamliel converted to Christianity? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamaliel
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Is there any evidence that Chazal knew what caused eclipses?

Many ancient cultures believed that eclipses are caused by things other than syzygy. The Egyptians had Apophis. The Hindus had Rahu. (The interested reader can see more here.) In light (ha) of the ...
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Are there any rabbinic writings which attribute controlling angels and demons to King Solomon?

I saw an article claiming rabbinic literature spoke of Solomon controlling angels and demons. I'm not sure of the truth to the claim and was wanting to know if there are any rabbinic sources which ...
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Is the destruction of Mishkan Shilo mentioned anywhere explicitly in Tanach? [duplicate]

I recall learning through Sefer Shmuel Aleph when the Klall Yisrael took the Aron from Mishkan Shilo it was captured by the Pelishtim. However I do not recall it ever explictily writing when the ...
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How did Chazal attain its continued acceptance?

My question is: How did Chazal attain its authority? More specifically, how did the Pharisees who evolved into Chazal beat out the Sadducees who would later become practically extinct (some say that ...
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Can Chazal be wrong? [duplicate]

I understand that a later ruling can't contradict an earlier one, but does that mean that Chazal are infallible, the way Catholics believe the Pope is infallible? And if so, where's the line? Who was ...
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Why do we refer to Chazal as a monolithic group?

In discussions of Torah, halacha, etc., people often say, "According to Chazal..." as though all the thousands of rabbis of an 800-year period spoke with one voice. But you almost never hear people ...
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Chazal empty barrels make the most noise

As far as i know there is a mamer chazal for empty barrels make the most noise. can any one help me find it
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Who was Methuselah?

Who was Methuselah? The Torah tells us not much about him. What does the Talmud and the Rabbis say about Methuselah?
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Zechariah 6:13 who is this verse talking about?

Zechariah 6:13 "Yes, it is He who will build the temple of the LORD, and He who will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace ...
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What is the firmament?

In Genesis 1:6-8 the firmament and its creation are mentioned for the first time: And God said: 'Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.' ...
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Are we allowed to assume that a Rabbi may have not thought of something?

Sometimes in reading a difficult Rishon or Acharon, you come across a statement which seems limited and difficult to understand. Sometimes it's what seems to be an answer to a question which skims ...
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How is it that the Talmud can make historical mistakes?

A Rav told me that when it comes to science and nature, the Talmud can say incorrect things (i.e. about animals, cosmology) because they were going by the Greeks and Romans. (Where he gets permission ...
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Turning to the right vs. practice

Mishna Berura 676:10 quotes our sages: "Whenever you make a turning, it should only be towards the right". However, it appears to me that we usually turn to the left (counter-clockwise) when shaking ...
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Chazal and Rain Clouds

I was read in Torah Tavlin the following: "Chazal tell us that the darkest clouds contain the most rain." Does anyone know where the source for this Chazal is located?
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“'Uf” is Torah?

Mishlei (Proverbs) 23:5 states: הֲתָעִיף עֵינֶיךָ בּוֹ וְאֵינֶנּוּ כִּי עָשֹה יַעֲשֶׂה לּוֹ כְנָפַיִם כְּנֶשֶׁר וָעיּף יָעוּף הַשָּׁמָיִם Should you blink your eyes at it, it is not here; for ...
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Source in Hazal for holding sisith during qiryath shema`?

Is there a source in Hazal specifically for grasping the (front) two ssissith during the recitation of the shema`? If not, where does it stem from and what is the purpose? Thanks. Kol tuv.
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Teaching children to daven

Where does it say in Chazal that one doesn't have to teach their children how to daven until they are old enough to understand what they are saying? My basis that this is found in Chazal is because ...
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Quote from Chazal

I read in Real Power on page 47, the following: “If you are not going upward then you are automatically falling downward.” —Chazal Does anyone know if this is a Gemara or Medrash etc.?
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Sifrei on Book of Devarim

Where can I find the Sifre on the book of Devarim online in text form (as opposed to Pdf)? The commentary of the Netziv would also be appreciated.
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Historicity of Chazal

What do traditional sources (particularly Rishonim and their predecessors) say about the historical accuracy of Chazal's statements?
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Tehiat Hametim - when is this first alluded? [duplicate]

Where in Torah is the first allusion regarding tehiat hametim (revival of the dead)? Please provide sources from Chazal to explain the allusion.
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Which other lands (besides Eretz Israel) have Kedushas Ha'aretz?

I recently read this in a quasi-responsum online: "Kilayim is specific to EY and areas that Hazal determined to have Q'dushas Ha'aretz. Outside of this zone, Kilayim is not applicable." (Source: ...
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Why are observant Jews so reluctant to admit that Chazal could ever make mistakes? [closed]

I have great respect for many of our sages of blessed memory, but there seems to be a tendency among Jews to refuse to admit the possibility that they could have ever made mistakes. I have been ...
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Did any classic rabbinic sources discuss static electricity?

Not much more to add here, I've just always wondered if static electricity was discussed in any Chazzal or Rishonim. Someone from those times must've gotten a good zap and I'm wondering what they had ...
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Is there a punishment for disgracing our prophets/sages?

In light of the recent Charlie Hebdo incident with depictions of Mohammed (and others like), are there any punishments for derogatory depictions of our Jewish prophets and sages (be it in our times or ...
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Chazal and Medrash Tanchumah

I was reading A Time to Laugh; A Time to Listen by Rabbi Yehoshua Kurland. On page 116 he brings down a Chazal (Medrash Tanchumah, Toldos 18) which says, "You make a small opening like one made by the ...
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Source for enjoying God's creations

Can anyone quote/point me to some sources in Chazal that say we should enjoy God's nature and creations? Something to suggest that they are not distractions from serving God, but a proof that they are ...