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Tractate of Mishna and Talmud dealing with laws of the paschal lamb in the Temple, seder night and the prohibition of chamitz

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Why did Zevulun complain?

The Gemara (Megillah 6a) tells us that Zevulun complained about having water in his portion instead of land, and Hashem consoled him with the Chilazon. Question: In Pesachim 4a there is a story about ...
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Understanding an apparent dichotomy in Rabbi Akiva's pre-Yeshiva days

The Gemara in Shabbos 127b relates a story about the importance of being dan l'chaf zechus, judging people favourably / giving others the benefit of the doubt. The story goes that a man left from the ...
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Passover obligations

https://www.sefaria.org/Pesachim.43b.2 Brings down women are obligated in matzah eating by Torah law due to the fact they are prohibited in chametz eating, are minors under bar/bat mitzvah age by ...
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Why is the last chapter in masechet pesachim called ערבי פסחים in the plural, which does not match the girsa of the mishnah?

The mishnah begins ערב פסחים in the singular, yet the chapter is called ערבי פסחים in the plural. Chapter titles in the gemara almost always match the first words verbatim, very rarely skipping a word ...
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Reviewing studies 40 times or 101 times?

The Gemara in Pesachim 72a says, "One, who reviews a subject 40 times, is guaranteed it will be rooted in his memory as if it were placed in his pocket." However, the Mishnah Berurah 114:41 says, "...
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Why do Beis Shammai and Beis Hillel argue twice regarding kiddush?

In Berachos 51b (8:1), Beis Shammai and Beis Hillel argue about when making kiddush on an ordinary seudah whether one should make the brachah on the day first, or the brachah on the wine. Beis Shammai ...
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Applying Pesachim 49a's prohibition of marrying the daughter of an "am ha'aretz"

Inspired by a previous question that I asked, I viewed Talmud Bavli Pesachim 49a which says that a person should sell everything he owns in order to marry the daughter of a Talmid Chacham and by no ...
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The Chanuka Miracle of the Oil and Tumah Hutra Btzibur

In the events of Chanukah, why did they need the miracle of finding the Shemen tahor pure olive oil? After all,the Gemara says Tumah Hutrah beTzibur (pesachim 77a), meaning if all the oil is Tumay ...
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אֲרַמִּי אוֹבֵד אָבִי not read entirely in the Hagadat Pesach [duplicate]

The Mishna 4 of the 10th Perek of Pesachim ends with "And he expounds from the passage (Sefaria): מַתְחִיל בִּגְנוּת וּמְסַיֵּם בְּשֶׁבַח, וְדוֹרֵשׁ מֵאֲרַמִּי אוֹבֵד אָבִי, עַד שֶׁיִּגְמֹר כֹּל ...
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Burning chametz before the sixth hour

The Mishna in Pesachim 1:5 says (Open Mishna translation): וְעוֹד אָמַר רַבִּי יְהוּדָה, שְׁתֵּי חַלּוֹת שֶׁל תּוֹדָה פְסוּלוֹת מֻנָּחוֹת עַל גַּג הָאִצְטַבָּא. כָּל זְמַן שֶׁמֻּנָּחוֹת, כָּל הָעָם ...
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Why is the section of ארמי אובד אבי chosen as the main part of Maggid in the Seder?

Bab. Talmud Pesachim 116a says that during the Seder, one begins with shame / humility and ends with praise. Meaning, that during the Magid section of the Seder, we begin with the "mood" of ...
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Strange conjunction in Pesachim at the search for chametz

On Pesachim 4a there is a discussion about the ideal time to search the house for leaven. Bringing the example of Abraham, it first suggests to search early in the morning, but R' Nachman bar Yitzchak ...
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Why no issur hana'a on leather from non-kosher animals?

In the second perek of Maseches Pesachim, there's a sugya dealing with a machlokes between Rabbi Abahu and Chizkiya regarding whether there is an issur hana'a in addition to issur achila regarding all ...
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Which enemies was Rav Huna running away from?

Yerushalmi, Pesachim 1.1: דאמר רב הונא כד הוינן ערקין באילין בוטיתא דסדרא רבה היו מדליקין עלינו נרות בשעה שהיו כיהים היינו יודעין שהוא יום ובשעה שהיו מבהיקין היינו יודעין שהוא לילה The Talmud ...
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Did Rabbi Yehudah ben Bateira not come for the Regel?

The gemara in Pesachim 3b brings a story in which Rabbi Yehudah ben Bateira discovers that an Aramean non-Jew is eating from the Korban Pesach in Yerushalayim. He tricks him into outing him to the ...
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Can one use terumah to light a stove?

In Pesachim 23a, the gemara (in the name of Rav Papa) derives from Numbers 18:27 that the prohibition of terumah to non-priests only applies to eating and drinking, but not to other forms of enjoyment....
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Who are the Kutim, and what happened to them?

In the Yerushalmi Pesachim on daf Bet amud Bet, it talks about the "Kutim" and how whenever they keep a mitzvah, they are more exacting/cautious about it than the Jews. Who are these Kutim, why does ...
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Why didn't Mordechai bow?

Tosfos in AZ 3a (DH Shelo Histachavu L'Tzelem) brings several proofs that Nevuchadnetzar's statue could not have been Avodah Zarah, and bowing to it would have been considered merely showing honor: ...
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Sources in Gemara that a person should not marry a convert?

The Gemara says in Pesachim 112b that a person should not marry a convert. The Gemara is clearly implying a marriage between a female convert and a Jew who is not necessarily a Kohen. Are there any ...
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Why was the Book of Genealogies hidden away?

Related. I read today an essay by Professor Shmuel Krauss z"l about "Sefer Yochasin" (the Book of Genealogies). He theorized that traditions such as the name of David's mother, the ...
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Pesachim 97a cruel death by starvation for rejected chatas animals

Pesachim 97a calls for a very cruel death by starvation in a cage of certain chatas animals who don't qualify for sacrifice. Other unsuitable animals are left to graze and be sold. Is there any ...
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Understanding a Gemara in Pesachim

In the Gemara, Mascheta Pesachim it brings a case on daf 9b which I am rather puzzled, baffled with regards to what the case is. The Rashi which is at the top of Daf 9b I also find puzzling. Who is ...
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Why did everybody have to bring their own knife for slaughtering the Korban Pesach?

We learn in the Talmud (Pesachim 66a) אמרו לו "רבי, שכח ולא הביא סכין מערב שבת מהו?"‏ אמר להן "הלכה זו שמעתי ושכחתי אלא הנח להן לישראל אם אין נביאים הן בני נביאים הן"‏ They said ...
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Who wrote the "Seder Vehilchos Korban pesach rishon beketzarah"

In Pesachim 57b (right before the 5th chapter) there is a page containing a summery of laws pertaining to the Korban Pesach. Who wrote it?
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Who wrote the introduction to the Pesach Sacrifice printed on Pesachim 57b [duplicate]

There is an introduction to the Pesach Sacrifice that takes up the majority of Pesachim 57b. An excerpt is reproduced below. סדר והלכות קרבן פסח ראשון בקצרה מצות עשה לשחוט קרבן פסח בי"ד בניסן ...
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Piskei Hilchos Pesach

In Maseches Pesachim 57b, the last page of of the fourth chapter ends abruptly halfway through the page, followed by "הדרן עלך מקום שנהגו וסליקא לה פסח ראשון." The rest of the page is filled ...
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What is the halacha on proselytizing?

What is the halacha on proselytizing? If a Jew tries to convince a non-Jew to become Jewish, is he breaking any commandments or rabbinic decrees? Sources, please. (I know there is evidence we used ...
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Why do we burn Tamei and Passul Karbanos Pesach on the 15th?

The Mishnah in Pesachim (82a,83a) states: הפסח שיצא או שנטמא ישרף מיד. נטמאו הבעלים או שמתו תעובר צורתו וישרף בט״ז. ר׳ יוחנן בן ברוקה אומר אף זה ישרף מיד לפי שאין לו אוכלין. העצמות והגידין והנותר ...
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Was there an Eruv in Jerusalem while the Temple stood?

Two mishnayot have confused me. The first is in Pesachim, which states that if 14 Nisan was on Shabbat, no one left the Temple Mount with their Korban Pesach until nightfall. The second is in Sukkah, ...
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Why don't we ask "Why is this night different from all other nights?"

The Mishnah (Pesachim 116a), when recording the Mah Nishtanah, phrases the question as: מה נשתנה הלילה הזה מכל הלילות?‏ The most literal translation I can muster from this is: What is ...
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Rabbeinu Nissim's source in Rif Pesochim 23 apparent contradiction?

Rabbeinu Nissim ben Re'uven in Maseches Pesochim (page 23 in the Rif ד''ה דילמא see here) says that, whilst one has to eat the Pesach offering "על השובע" (an eating of satisfaction), when it comes to ...
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Who are the "Sages of Israel" in Pesochim 94b

In Pesochim 94b, the Gemora brings the Braisa D'Mazolos 1:6 which relates an argument between the "Sages of Israel" and the "Sages of the nations," as follows: תנו רבנן חכמי ישראל אומרים גלגל קבוע ...
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What is parperet hapat

Mishnah Pesachim 10:3 says: מְטַבֵּל בַּחֲזֶרֶת, עַד שֶׁמַּגִּיעַ לְפַרְפֶּרֶת הַפַּת [he] dips the lettuce until he reaches parperet hapat What exactly does parperet hapat mean in this context? ...
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Why does the servant register on a Pesach by himself?

Pesachim 8:2: הָאוֹמֵר לְעַבְדּוֹ, צֵא וּשְׁחֹט עָלַי אֶת הַפֶּסַח, שָׁחַט גְּדִי, יֹאכַל. שָׁחַט טָלֶה, יֹאכַל. שָׁחַט גְּדִי וְטָלֶה, יֹאכַל מִן הָרִאשׁוֹן. ‏ שָׁכַח מָה אָמַר לוֹ רַבּוֹ, כֵּיצַד ...
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Why is שהחיינו called "ז" in P'sachim but "ח" in M'gila?

Why is the "שהחיינו" blessing abbreviated "ז" in Bavli P'sachim 103 but "ח" in Bavli M'gila 21? I'd expect some consistency. And it's not like "ז" makes more sense, or "ח" less sense, in P'sachim than ...
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Why can you put the Chagiga on the table with the Pesach?

The end of Pesachim 9:8 says: נִתְעָרֵב בִּבְכוֹרוֹת, רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן אוֹמֵר, אִם חֲבוּרַת כֹּהֲנִים, יֹאכֵלוּ: ‏ If the Pesach got mixed up with Bechoros, Rabbi Shimon says, if it's a group of ...
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Is Karpas strictly required?

I was under the impression that Karpas isn't strictly required; as long as one has something to get the kids to ask, that should be enough. This is a position shared by other Mi Yodeyans as well. By ...
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Was the lechem h'apanim baked on pesach?

Was the lechem h'apanim baked on pesach? If so, was it unleavened during pesach?
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What was the purpose of the hora'as sha'ah to burn the goat?

After Nadav and Avihu died, Moshe told Aharon to eat the mincha and shelamim brought that day even though he was an onein. Aharon and his sons burned a chatas, Moshe got angry, they gave a cryptic ...
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Pesachim 115a – Syria or Sura?

I'm learning now Pesachim 115a. On this page it reads: בסוריא עבדי כרב הונא In Syria, they acted in accordance with Rav Huna This spelling is used in the Oz veHadar edition, on Mechon Mamre and ...
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Will Korech move to the end of the Seder in the future?

When we start bringing and consuming the Korban Pesach again (speedily may it be, in our days), will the Korech step of the Seder be moved to adjacent to Tzafun or possibly replaced by it? Kadesh ...
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How far must one suffer for Arba Kosos?

As discussed here, the Yerushalmi (Pesachim 10:1) notes that some Amoraim suffered tremendous headaches from drinking the Arba Kosos that lasted for weeks, if not months. (I'm not sure what the events ...
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What does כסיה mean?

The Gemara in Pesachim 117a brings a disagreement whether כס יה, in the last pasuk of Beshalach, is one word or two. As far as I know all modern Sifrei Torah (Ashkenazi, Sefardi, Teimoni) have two ...
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Why does Rashi interpret Chizkiya’s dragging Achaz’s bones differently in different locations?

The Braisa says (Pesachim 56a, quoted as Mishnah 4:8): תנו רבנן ששה דברים עשה חזקיה המלך על שלשה הודו לו ועל שלשה לא הודו לו גירר עצמות אביו על מטה של חבלים והודו לו [...] The Rabbis taught: ...
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How is it that harm befalls a shaliach mitzvah if the Gemara says it doesn't?

As a followup on this answer from another question, the Gemara on Pesachim 8a seems to say that a shaliach mitzvah, someone who is doing a mitzvah or on the way to do one or even on the way back is ...
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Meaning of "נראים דבריהם מדברינו" - accepting scientific theories over Jewish tradition?

Questions about the reconciliation of the Torah and the science are very frequent and popular, but they are nothing new. The sages were asked similar questions by the philosophers of Ancient Greece ...
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Information about Arab Travelers in Aggadah

Pesachim 110b and Bava Metzia 86a mention ההוא טייעא‏ in the midst of aggadic stories. Professor Jastrow translates this word as a traveler, esp. an Arabian caravan merchant. Soncino Translates it ...
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Why does God tolerate demons? What is their purpose?

The Bavli records in many places the existence of demons, and answers to this question cite rishonim and acharonim who take this seriously. Pesachim 112b relates a story in which demons are (...
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What does איברא mean?

The word איברא only appears a handful of times in the Talmud. (E.g. Pesachim 104a; Chulin 59b, 60a) it means something like its true, you’re right etc. What is the true meaning of this word, it’s ...
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Why is it forbidden to eat after the Qorban Pesah?

The Mishnah (Pesahim 10:8) states (Hebrew, English): אין מפטירין אחר הפסח אפיקומן They may not add an afikoman after the Pesach offering. The commentators (e.g. Bartenura) explain that this is to ...