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One of the hermeneutic principles of rabbinic interpretation, whereby a law in one case is applied to a stricter case via argumentum a fortiori.

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Puzzling Kal Vachomer in Pirkei Avot

In chapter 6:3 of Pirkei Avot there is an interesting kal vachomer in which we learn that we are supposed to treat someone with honour even if we just learn one small thing from them from David ...
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What's the explanation of the proof for how we know all synagogues will become uprooted from the ground to go to Eretz Yisroel?

B"H Megillah 29a with commentators says that in the future time, all synagogues will become uprooted from their places throughout the world and collectively fly in the air to travel to the land ...
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Source for אין מזהירין מן הדין

The Gemara has a rule, אין מזהירין ואין עונשין מן הדין - we do not warn (source a negative commandment) or punish (source for the punishment of a negative commandment) from the logic of a קל וחומר. ...
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How is the kal vachomer in Avos 6:3 valid?

וַהֲלֹא דְבָרִים קַל וָחֽוֹמֶר, וּמַה דָּוִד מֶֽלֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל שֶׁלֹּא לָמַד מֵאֲחִיתֹֽפֶל אֶלָּא שְׁנֵי דְבָרִים בִּלְבָד, קְרָאוֹ רַבּוֹ אַלּוּפוֹ וּמְיֻדָּעוֹ, הַלּוֹמֵד מֵחֲבֵרוֹ פֶּֽרֶק אֶחָד, ...
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Berachot 35a - If a before-beracha is more compelling than an after-beracha how do we know that an after-beracha is required?

The Talmud in the beginning of the sixth chapter of Masechet Berachot seeks to find the source that blessings are required for food. At one point in this adventure, the Talmud concludes that there is ...
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