Questions tagged [masechet-horayot]

Tractate about mistaken rulings by the Sanhedrin (Great court in the Temple).

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Yerushalmi Horoyos in Shas Vilna

The Vilna Shas (Bavli) contains the Yerushalmi Horoyos, without meforshim, following the Bavli version. It does not have this for any other masechta (that I know of). Why is this?
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Further Lomdus/Research on Horayos

Does anyone recommend brisker-style seforim specific to Horayos or Eduyos? Additionally, are there and modern research style discussions on judicial error in Horayos available?
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Does this prove that the children of converts are not Israelites?

I was under the impression that even though a woman who had a real (halachic) conversion was not an Israelite, her children would be full fledged Israelites in every respect, indistinguishable in ...
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What is a majority that forces the Sanhedrin to bring an offering?

The Mishna states that a majority who followed an erroneous decision is needed to force the Beit Din to bring an offering. Is this an absolute majority? The majority of people cannot carry out many ...
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Why would becoming king or kohein gadol exempt one from atoning for past sins?

To atone for certain transgressions, the torah (Vayikra 4) mandates different offerings depending on the status of the person who transgressed. Horayot 3:3, talking about the king or the kohein gadol,...
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Why does the mishna prescribe an indirect measure of whether somebody knew about a court ruling?

The mishna in Horayot 1:2 discusses a case where a court made a ruling that something is permitted and then later rescinded the ruling. Meanwhile, somebody did the thing they initially said is ...
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Aveira Lishma: Is it permissible to make a decision that contradicts Halacha because it is for the greater good?

The gemara in brachos 10a says that Chizkiyahu made the decision not to have children as he saw that his kids would be negative influences on the Jewish people. Then, Yeshayahu tells him that is not ...
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Different layout for Horayos

Horayos seems to be laid out differently from the usual--with Rashi (or what is called Rashi, even if perhaps not by him) on both sides, Tosafos at the bottom and dedicated space for Rabbeinu Chananel ...
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How was the Nasi allowed to diminish the honor of a torah scholar?

In Horiyot 13b it recounts that Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel made a edict that, as opposed to previously where all people stood for both the Nasi and the 'Chacham', now all people should stand for the ...
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Why do we still not mention Rebbi Meir's name?

According to the gemarah in Horiyot 13b-14a statements made by Rebbi Meir were dubbed 'acherim' and those of Rebbi Natan were changed to 'yeish omrim'. This was done as a punishment for an attempt ...