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The Maharsha's Funeral Procession

I heard a tale about a wonder that happened during the Maharsha's funeral procession which involved a church falling down and the Maharsha sitting up in his bier. What is the original source of this ...
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Why would Moshe's new nation have been considered a one legged chair?

Bavli Berachos (32a) contains the following aggadic assertion {שמות ל"ב:י'} וְאֶעֱשֶׂה אוֹתְךָ לְגוֹי גָּדוֹל וְגוֹ', אֲמַר רִבִּי אֶלְעָזָר: אָמַר מֹשֶׁה לִפְנֵי הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, ...
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Samson was Lustful and Thus Lost his Sight - the Gemara Does not Immediately Question This Premise, but Does so Eventually ... Why?

Samson had carnal relations with three women. The first one – Eshes Timnah – he married. Then there was an encounter with the unidentified harlot, and Delilah. The Mishna in Sota (9b) states: מַתְנִי׳...
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Maharsha on Shas - Standalone Edition

Can anyone recommend standalone editions of the Maharsha's commentary on Shas? I am looking for ones with clear print, in all-Hebrew.
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When can you disrespect "ugly" people?

In the Talmud, Rabbi Elazar meets an "ugly" man and insults him: "Worthless person, how ugly you are! Are all the people of your city as ugly as you?" He quickly apologizes and ...
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Did Samuel write his book before he was born?

The Talmud (Berachot 31b) records the following statement: ותדר נדר ותאמר ה' צבאות אמר רבי אלעזר מיום שברא הקב"ה את עולמו לא היה אדם שקראו להקב"ה צבאות עד שבאתה חנה וקראתו צבאות אמרה חנה ...
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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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Why do the best of doctors go to Gehinnom according to the Maharsha?

Says the final Mishnah in Kiddushin 82a: טוב שברופאים לגיהנם The best of doctors go to Gehinnom If your name is followed by MD, you may leave now. The Maharsha is puzzled by why this should ...
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Is there any tradition in Rabbinical sources regarding the conquering of Jerusalem by Pompey?

In Josephus and other sources, around 120 years before the destruction of the Second Temple, Pompey, a Roman leader, conquered Jerusalem and exiled Aristobulus the 2nd, the son of King Yannai and ...
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Where does the Maharsha mention the Bermuda Triangle?

Someone once told me that the Maharsha talks about Bermuda Triangle in meseches berachos. Does anyone know where the Maharsha speaks about it?
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"Masekhtot Banayikh": The Origins of an Expression

I recently found out that four of the masekhtot in the Bavli conclude with the same drosh by R' Elazar, and that those four masekhtot are known by a special name as a result. The drosh concerns the ...
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The case of the missing Maharsha (Sota 49, BK 82, M'nachos 64)

There was fighting among the Chashmonaim, and one group besieged the other in Jerusalem, passing animals over the wall for the korban tamid, but eventually passing a pig. This story is recounted (in ...
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Meaning of ודו"ק

It is fairly common to find the abbreviation ודו"ק at the end of a complex explanation of a Torah thought (Maharsha, for example, famously does this very often). Roughly, it means: "I didn't explain ...
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