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Tractate concerning false witnesses, cities of refuge and implementing the courts punishment of lashes

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How did accidental killers sustain themselves while living in the cities of refuge?

An accidental killer flees to one of the cities of refuge for an indeterminate time (until the death of the kohein gadol, or even longer if the timing is unfortunate). The cities of refuge are cities ...
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How does frequency of a Sanhedrin killing make sense in light of the concept of “Kippah”?

The mishnah on Makkos 7a states: סנהדרין ההורגת אחד בשבוע נקראת חובלנית רבי אליעזר בן עזריה אומר אחד לשבעים שנה רבי טרפון ורבי עקיבא אומרים אילו היינו בסנהדרין לא נהרג אדם מעולם רשב"ג אומר אף הן ...
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Doctor's mistake and homicide

The mishnah in Makkos (beginning of 2nd chapter) teaches that if the person inadvertently killed someone through performing a mitzvah, the murder is exempt from the punishment of exile, which I ...
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Why does Rashi translate בירה differently in different places?

In some places, Rashi translates בירה as a "מגדל [גדול]‏", a "[large] tower" (Bava Kamma 61b, Taanis 16a). In other places he translates it as a "בית גדול", a "large house" (Bava Kamma 22a, Gittin ...
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Murder by Machine

Say that Reuven is at the batting cages. After the machine turns off, Shimon flips it back on without Reuven knowing. A ball whacks Reuven in the head. Is Shimon liable for the resulting death? What ...
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Does a person who wets or soils himself during lashes still receive the kapparah?

The punishment of lashes serves as a kapparah (atonement) for a person's aveirah. 1) The Sefer HaChinuch (Mitzvah # 594) writes that the reason for the mitzvah of lashes was to penalize the sinner in ...
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Help finding a Noam Elimelech

I recently finished Meseches Makkos and went through the Agadetahs (Summed up very quickly) of when Raban Gamliel, Rabbi Elazar Ben Azaria, Rabbi Yehoshua and Rabbi Akiva were together and Rabbi Akiva ...
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Must we find out for ourselves?

The Talmud Makkot 16a records the following exchange: א"ר יוחנן אין לנו אלא זאת ועוד אחרת א"ל ר' אלעזר היכא א"ל לכי תשכח נפק דק ואשכח R' Yoḥanan said: [There are two mitzvot on this matter:]...