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English translation of Rashi Talmud Commentary

Are there any Rashi commentaries in English on Moed Katan? If not, does anyone know where I can find an accurate (non-Google translate) rendition of this: אפילו בספר עזרא - ספר תורה של עזרא ואני שמעתי ...
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שישי or ששי - two yuds or one?

The Shas Vilna Hachadash for Yevamos writes שישי with two yuds at the top of each page for the sixth perek yet writes ששי with only one yud for the Meforshim commentating on the sixth perek in the ...
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Meaning of a phrase in the Chiddushei R Nachum

I'm looking at the Chiddushei R Nachum on Bava Kama 20b פט Rami bar Chama says that there is a case from the Mishna of an animal eating in a rishus harabim and being chayav ma shnehes that proves ze ...
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What are some good Perakim to learn over the summer with kids in camp?

Something interesting, engaging, with some depth for the kids more advanced. A perek of Gemara not usually covered in school. All ideas welcome. Thanks!
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Is there a different deadline for Moshiach to come with mercy than to come with more harshness?

Chazal bring down that human history follows the seven days of creation, with each day representing 1,000 years, and the seventh day being a day of rest. Therefore, it follows that Moshiach must come ...
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Source of "You can educate a fool but you can't make him think."

The internet is full of this "quote", attributing it to "The Talmud". Is this really to be found in Mishnah or Gemara? If so, what is the source reference?
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Was the Talmud written with diacritcs?

This might sound like a strange question, but was the Talmud written with diacritics? The MT today is written with critical marks that were added in the middle of the first millennium. But the Talmud ...
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Why in the braisa of Pinches ben Yair is piety or humility called "greater than" the other levels that are listed?

In the braisa of Pinchas ben Yair it goes through a number of levels and ends with techiyas hamesim, then says חסידות גדולה מכולן שנאמר (תהלים פט, כ) אז דברת בחזון לחסידיך, and then another opinion ...
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Copyright on Mishna/Gemara [duplicate]

Is there a US copyright on the Mishnah or the Gemara? Am I allowed to type out the hebrew part of the Mishnah using another Mishna that I bought from Amazon; and then later print and sell my copy? I ...
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Why did the Chachamim cite Pirkei Avot 2:9 and not 4:1 in the dialogue with Alexander?

In Pirkei Avot, Ben Zoma teaches us in Pirkei Avot 4:1 this oft-cited maxim, בֶּן זוֹמָא אוֹמֵר, אֵיזֶהוּ חָכָם, הַלּוֹמֵד מִכָּל אָדָם, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (תהלים קיט) מִכָּל מְלַמְּדַי הִשְׂכַּלְתִּי כִּי ...
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Are there any midrashim that state Shechem and Dinah were in love or that it was consensual?

It is written in Bereshit that Shechem "defiled" Dinah, and all opinions I've learned agree that it was rape, but are there any that dissent? I wonder if "defiled" could also apply ...
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Maharal on Bava Basra 25A

I saw in the Artscroll Talmud, Tractate Bava Basra, at the very end of 25A: The Gemara quotes a Baraisa concerning the path of the sun: A Baraisa has taught: R' Eliezer says: The world resembles a ...
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Restored Sections of the Talmud

Koren Publishers restored sections of the Talmud that had been removed due to censorship. Have any other publishers of Shas done the same thing?
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Gemara Markings System- Are there any other simliar resources available?

I recall there being a resource for learning Gemara that uses geometric shapes etc. It was on a website that was called gemaramarkings.com however the website is no longer in use. Were the resources ...
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Why were the earthen vessels broken in Leviticus 15:12?

Leviticus 15:12 NASB However, an earthenware vessel which the man with the discharge touches shall be broken, and every wooden vessel shall be rinsed in water. It is said according to the book of ...
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Rabbits in the Torah

Are there are quotes about Rabbits in Tanach, Midrash, Gemara etc.. I am looking for somewhere which speaks about them.
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What is the explanation of the shitos of (R" YItzchak and) R" Eliezer regarding what is the Mikdash Miat?

BH In Megillah 29a, brought in Kuntrus Beis Rabeinu Shebevavel, hosafos sefer hasichos 5752, it says, on the verse in Yechezkiel "I will be for them a small temple in the lands that they come&...
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Could Solomon be a father at the age of 11?

While the Bible specifies the age of accession for most of the kings of Israel and Judah, Solomon's age is not given. In his dream at Gibeon Solomon describes himself as a נער קטן which may be part ...
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Is there a place in Gemarra or Chazal that describes or recommends using Memory Palaces?

I have read that a number of ancient philosophers, western and eastern, describe the use of Memory Palaces as an aid to memory. Is there also a place in Chazal with such a recommendation or ...
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What are the best (english) texts for wordplay in commentaries? Ie, concordance. Also, that include mystical interpretations from multiple Rabbis? [closed]

In Tanakh specific to the first levels of pardes, every word has a meaning, and many Rabbinic teachings in "oral Torah" associated with those meanings. However, with Kabbalistic ...
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"Observing without judging" -- is there a Jewish basis for this concept?

I have bumped into a concept attributed to the philosopher J. Krishnamurti: "observing without evaluating is the highest form of human intelligence" The idea under this is to avoid judging ...
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Passing a sentence before asking questions?

Moed Katan 27b: when Rav Hamnuna once happened to come to a place called Darumata he heard the sound of a shofar announcing that a person had died in the town. When he saw some people doing work he ...
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Is there a website that has a quiz on the entire mesechta? I'm trying to find one so I can quiz myself on the complete Gemara

I need to find a quiz that tests you on an entire mesechta of Gemara.
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Israelite/Jewish flags

Does the Talmud or any other Jewish sources for that matter discuss and/or describe any flags that were associated with ancient Israelite/Jewish kingdoms?
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Jewish Babylonian Aramaic - Flashcards

Does anyone know if vocabulary flashcards are available for students of the Aramaic of the Bavli?
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Online version of book called "Aiding Talmud Study"?

Does anyone know whether an online version (PDF, ebook etc.) of a book called "Aiding Talmud Study" by Aryeh Carmell exists?
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What is the reason for the "special" way of blessing in Gemara Moed Katan 9b

In Masechet Moed Katan 9b we find a very special way that looks strange at first sight. The blessing was given for a son that his father sent him to be blessed by Talmidei Hachamim. What was the ...
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How can we derive halachah from Uzziah's behavior?

Moed Katan 7b: Have you not taught us, our teacher, that King Jotham was only born to Uzziah, the king of Judah, during the days of his confirmed leprosy? This would indicate that a confirmed leper ...
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Talmudic Methodology - Books

Are there any books that compare and contrast the various methods of Talmud study?
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What is the term that the gemara and halakha use for a person for whom the fulfillment of a mitzvah is particularly difficult? [duplicate]

I don't remember specifically where I read this term (maybe in Mishneh Torah, maybe somewhere in Yoma or Sukka, maybe somewhere else). This term, probably in Greek (or Hebrew or Aramaic) denotes a ...
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Are righteous gentiles in a covenant with God?

Is there anything in the Talmud that discusses righteous Gentiles being in a covenant with God?
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Why does the Talmud use the תניא נמי הכי construction?

Makkos 6b, Tosfos d.h.תניא נמי הכי The Gemoro brings a statement of Rav (first paragraph below) about the source of a law which is supported by a baraisa with the words (2nd para below) תניא נמי הכי....
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Is there a Jewish principle: "To sleep on a big decision"?

In Anglo society, there is the principle to "sleep on" a big decision before pulling the trigger on it. (Be it a large purchase, a business deal, or other substantial decision in work or ...
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Using "‪ נשתנה הטבע ‬" to change a Talmudic rule

“It is a rule in the Talmud that, though a child born seven months after conception is viable (בר קיימא), one born after eight months is not viable. (It was a common belief in ancient medicine, also ...
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What's the story behind the Sages killing Rav Acha Bar Yaakov?

Bava Kamma 40a: Rav Acha Bar Yaakov is a great man. Bava Basra 14a: "רַב הוּנָא כְּתַב שִׁבְעִין סִפְרֵי דְּאוֹרָיְיתָא וְלָא אִיתְרְמִי לֵיהּ אֶלָּא חַד רַב אַחָא בַּר יַעֲקֹב כְּתַב חַד ...
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טירטוריו"ש in Rashi

In his commentary to Nazir 49b (heading קנטרנין), Rashi gives one word: טירטוריו"ש What does this word mean please?
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Shechita only during the times of the Beis Hamikdash

Can someone point me to where in the Talmud there’s an opinion that shechita is only required during the times of the Beis Hamikdash?
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Was linseed (flaxseed) oil in common use in time of the Mishna/Gemara?

Go to any location 200+ years old in America, and they'll tell you all about the value of linseed (flax seed) for paint. Which makes me wonder, was it a "thing" in the time of the Talmud? ...
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Who was Channah? [duplicate]

Throughout the Gemara we find grandchildren of Channah. There's Rabbah bar bar Channah, and R Yitzchak bar bar Channah, both quoted extensively, and maybe others that I don't know about because I don'...
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What interpreters understood Tanuro Shel Akhnai story as a lesson on the prohibition of verbal mistreatment?

After learning the Sugyah this Shabbos for the 20th time I've noticed that I've been ignoring the context of the story and that it does not focus at all on the majority rule or the importance of ...
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What's the reference for the line in the talmud that is about a Jewish apostate being put into a pit?

What's the reference for the line in the talmud that is about a Jewish apostate being put into a pit? I know that it gets brought down later in the RAMBAM and Shulchan Aruch. How are we supposed to ...
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Jumping elephants

There has been a conflict for a while between Orthodox Jews, some of them gedolim, concerning works by a certain author. One of the points of conflict is something he said about a Tosefos in Kiddushin ...
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Why is there no differentiation between drashos and asmachtos in shaas?

Similar to this quesion, I have been bothered for a while now with the following question: How is it that the Talmud was written with no indication at all between drashos gemuros and asmachtos?
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Is there a Talmudic source for this saying

I was asked if this saying, or a similar concept is found in the Talmud: "Not everything that one thinks, one should verbalize. Not everything that is said should be written. Not everything that ...
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Until when did the Yeshivos of Beis Hillel and Shamai exist?

We know that Hillel and Shamai themselves lived during the time of the Second Beis Hamikdash. Do we know how long their yeshivos lasted? More specifically, how late in history could the argument ...
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Why did the Chachamim change this Passuk?

The Gemara brings in the incident of a king gathering 72 sages to translate the Torah to Greek. They all came with the idea to change some Psukim. One of them was זָכָ֥ר וּנְקֵבָ֖ה בְּרָאָ֑ם ...
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Hebrew translations [closed]

I would like to know the correct Hebrew translation for the phrase, "Whoever saves one life saves the world entire." I saw two different translations in Hebrew, one in google translator, מי ...
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Three yods in a Get

https://www.sefaria.org/Gittin.85b.12?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en. The gemara says that there are two words in a get (Jewish divorce document) that should be written with three consecutive yods: ...
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Which Talmudic chapter has the most Halachic references by number?

Modern printings of the Talmud include Ein Mishpat glosses at the top outside corner of each page (for the most part). Which chapter reaches the highest number? I think I'd like to delve into that ...
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How in the Talmudic interpretation does עמד mean תפילה?

"וַיַּשְׁכֵּם אַבְרָהָם בַּבֹּקֶר אֶל־הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר־עָמַד שָׁם אֶת־פְּנֵי ה'" Genesis.19.27 The Talmud concludes (Berakhot.26: "וְאֵין ״עֲמִידָה״ אֶלָּא תְּפִלָּה, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (...
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