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The Talmud is a central text of Judaism. It takes the form of a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, philosophy, customs and history.

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Chazal's organizational skills

Why didn't Chazal organize the Shas in a more organized fashion and put all sugyahs that are related into one place instead of having us have to go from Mesechta to Mesechta trying to work through a ...
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Could someone please help me put together a list of all the publishers of Shas (Talmud) that exist nowadays?

For example, Oz Vehadar, Koren, Artscroll, etc. Also would be very helpful to have the website for each publisher. Thank you so much
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Compilation of Braisos

Mishnah and Tosefta were compiled into methodical masechtos/sedorim and books (as in nowadays physical books). Is there a compilation or list of all the Braisos quoted in Shas Bavli/Yerushalmi?
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Kamatz Katan in the Talmud [closed]

Can anyone give me examples in the Talmud of Aramaic words that have a kamatz Katan under them that are clearly pronounced like "oh"?
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Where in the Gemara does it say a woman never forgets her first

Where in the gemara does it say a woman never forgets the first man she was ever with intimately? This is something I have recently heard. Is this referring to all women or just specific cases?
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Seeking Table of Contents for Steinsalz English Edition of the Talmud

I would like to know which of the several volumes of the Steinsaltz English version of Talmud Masecta Sanhedrin includes pages 72-80. I had not been able to find this information on the web. The ...
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On killing (?) Christians in Judaism

I'm an Israeli Jew and for a few days I'm in an ongoing online argument with this Swedish white-nationalist who tries to prove me that blood libels are not completely made-up. He gave me the next two ...
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does a husband pray for his seed (child until birth)?

in Berakoth 60a it says Within the first three days a man should pray that the seed should not putrefy; from the third to the fortieth day he should pray that the child should be a male; from the ...
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Did Jews at the time of the Bavli refer to God as *allah*? A question on Berakhot 56b

In Berakhot 56b, two different reasons are brought as to why seeing a camel in one's dream is a sign of being spared from death. Both reasons are scriptural verses: Rabbi Hama bar Rabbi Hanina quotes ...
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What does נמר in Tanach mean

What does נמר quoted in this Passuk mean: ירמיהו יג, כג: היהפוך כושי עורו ונמר חברבורותיו I see it translated as a leopard e.g. in mishna avot 5.20 and in "What's the point of Jeremiah 13:18–...
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Where were sacrifices offered if not in the Temple?

When a woman has to offer sacrifices after being impure (due, for example, to childbirth), where does she bring that offering? In Masechet K'ritut, the discussion on 8a centers on a woman who has to ...
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Where can I get the data base for Masoret Hashas?

I really interested about the connections between masechtot, I mean like how many times does Masechet Brachot quote Masechet Shabat for example. So, for this I need all the data of the Masoret Hashas,...
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Are these statements about the Babylonian Talmud true?

Recently I came across a website with a Q&A about whether there was any record of Jesus' miracles in non-Christian historical documents. The site claimed certain passages in the Babylonian Talmud ...
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Etz Hadas - Alcoholic?

I heard that there's a gemara either saying or suggesting that the Etz Hadas was alcoholic in nature. I had a hunch before learning of the Gemara it might have been alcoholic fruit. So if it's true, ...
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Where does it say in the Gemara כבד את השם בגרונם

What is the מקור for כבד את השם בגרונם in the Gemara?
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Keeping your right to an object but delaying your purchase

The reason behind the idea of עני מהפך (קידושין נט עמוד א) is a argued (תוס רש״י). The רמ״א explains that in a case of buying and selling the only time there is a case of עני מהפך is when both sides ...
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Rabbi Shimon, Ben or Bar Yochai? [duplicate]

Every time I've read the name of Rabbi Shimon the son of Yochai in the Gemara, it says Rabbi Shimon BEN Yochai. But, whenever I hear someone talking about him, they say BAR Yochai. Why is that?
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What was Jacob's nisayon (and where do we find this in the midrash)?

Sanhedrin 107a(1) suggests that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were all tested (while David was not). Abraham was tested 10 times, Isaac was tested at the Akedah...But what was Jacob's test? And where do ...
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Hoshana rabbah, is it really the second Yom Kippur?

Where does the concept of Hashana rabah being compared to Yom Kippur come from? Especially within the Sephardic and Hasidic communities. I've heard that Hashanah rabah is alluded to in Kabbalah as ...
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Why doesn't the Torah allow all of mankind to be Resurrected From The Dead And Live Forever?

Why doesn't the Torah allow all of mankind to be Resurrected From The Dead And Live Forever. Daniel 12:2, "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and ...
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Resurrection of the Dead in the “Torah”

In the Bavli, Berakhot 15b, R' Tavi explains Proverbs 30:15-16 in such a way that it implies a resurrection of the dead, and concludes that this is a response to those who say that there is no ...
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Elisha Ben Abuya inferences are Apikorsut or true fundamentals?

In his introduction to chapter Chelek, Maimonides stated thirteen principles of faith (or fundments of religion). The third principle is to exclude any materiality or similarity to materiality from ...
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Must we consider the gemara's conclusions literally true?

I have in mind gemaras such as Yoma 54b, which says, according to the interpretation of one of my rabbis, that the Even haShetiya -- the stone found under what is now the Dome of the Rock -- was the ...
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What specifically was the sin of Acher (Elisha ben Avuyah)?

In Chagigah 14b-15a it says What is the meaning of "Acher destroyed the plants"? Of him scripture says: "Do not let your mouth make your flesh sin". What does this mean? Acher saw that Metatron ...
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What was the ultimate fate of Rabbi Elisha ben Abuyah (Acher)?

Unsong is a work of online serial fiction by Scott Alexander which is based heavily on Judaism. (I highly recommend it to Jews and Gentiles alike.) In this chapter of Unsong, the archangel Uriel ...
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Talmudic personages and their occupations

One question I have been researching is on the Jewish attitude towards secular occupations to complement Torah learning. I even vaguely recall a statement about how it is preferable to flay carcasses ...
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Excluding a case in קנין but קנין remains valid

I heard of an idea that when it comes to קנינים (Acquisitions)if the קנין cannot be done in every instance, the קנין does can not apply at all. Example: (Forgetting רש"י or other commentaries) In ...
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Is the concept of Hell or Gehenna detailed in Rabbinic literature?

Is there any rabbinic literature on the details of the concept of Hades, which is also commonly understood as Hell; and what kind of people deserve to be punished there?
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So what happens to Judaism if Moshiach doesn't come by the year 6000?

Since it says in the Talmud that Moshiach has to come by the year 6000, so what happens to Judaism if Moshiach doesn't come by the year 6000. The year 6000 view comes from the Babylonian Talmud, ...
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How do we know that penguins are non-kosher?

Did anyone posek that penguins are (non)kosher? Well, the same question might be regarding the swans. The Sonchino edition Talmud Bavli, Chullin 62B says: "R. Huna said: Bunia is permitted parwa is ...
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Can one repeat a siyum?

A few summer camps have a small dining room that can't fit all the campers and counselors for a meal at one time. Therefore, the camp schedules two meal shifts. During the Nine Days, the camp ...
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Are there any reliable English translations of Masechtot Ketanot?

I am interested in studying masechet Sofrim, which focuses on scribal arts. They are one of the tractates known as masechtot ketanot. I have found a very reliable English translation of Avot Derabbi ...
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Are the talmudic “Prushim” the Rabbinic Pharisees?

In Masechet Sotah, 20a, the mishna details harmful forces and reads (translation from dafyomi.co.il) The following destroy the world - a foolish Chasid, a crafty evildoer, a woman who is Perushah, ...
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English translations of Rabinnical statements not available?

I do not speak or read Hebrew, I am trying to conduct my own research into the materials cited at Does the talmud promote pedophilia? and most of the quoted source material (with obvious exception of ...
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Mixed dancing events

I know that HaShem hates mixed dancing parties and events, but I , like everybody, do need sources to back this up, so can you guys please provide sources, like maybe in the talmud and shulchan aruch ...
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Why do we follow the “basra'a” - later one?

We know in Shas that in various situations, when there is a machlokes as to how to pasken, we follow the opinion of he that was chronologically later. (Ex. see Tosafos to B'rachos 13b s.v. Amar Rava.) ...
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Are there any Talmudic debates about the nature of the socialist idea?

“The Economist”, 23 Jul 16, p 22 contains the sentence, Neither faction is well aligned with Labour voters in cities like Sunderland and dozens of other towns across the north, who are more ...
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Davening to change nature

In Mashcehes Brachos (Bavli) 60 the Gemara states that one should not pray that his unborn baby be a boy if it's after the time the baby has formed already in the womb. However, in Masheches Brachos ...
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This is regarding a Talmudic debate

Was there a debate in the Talmud regarding weather Klal Yisroel was still mechuyav Mitzvoth in Galus after the Churbun?
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Why are the Masechtos Ketanos included with Nezikin?

I've noticed that, besides for the several masechtos actually a part of Shas Bavli that don't have Gemara (shameless plug), it's the custom of printers to include Mishnayos Zera'im after Brachos and ...
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Why is Eduyos in the Daf Yomi cycle?

There are several masechtos included in the printed versions of Talmud Bavli that, in fact, don't have any Bavli on them: Yerushalmi Shekalim, Mishnayos Eduyos, Mishnayos Kinnim, Mishnayos Tamid (for ...
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How could Zimri be Shelumiel?

After mulling over this question for a bit, I realized that there's a big problem with that Gemara quoted there. Shelumiel is listed back in Bamidbar 1, before the sin of the Meraglim. By the time the ...
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When in history were sermons generally given only twice a year (Shabbat HaGadol and Shabbat Shuva)?

I have often heard the statement that, historically, rabbis gave sermons only twice a year, on Shabbat HaGadol and Shabbat Shuva. My Jewish Learning and Judaism 101 are among the places where I have ...
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Marital relationship during pregnancy

My wife is bleeding, and is about 8 weeks pregnant we feel that maybe during intercourse we caused harm, is there any Halacha on sex during pregnancy ?
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What was the Lubavitcher Rebbe's position on women's gemara study?

It is my understanding that women's gemara study is rabbinically prohibited. However, I keep hearing that the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt"l had an interesting, perhaps liberal position regarding women's ...
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Shamai HaZakein Buying for Shabbos All Week

The Gemara (Beitzah 16a) talks about Shamai HaZakein, who would buy meat every day, setting aside the current day's meat for Shabbos when superior to the previous day in quality, then he would eat the ...
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When Gut feeling and supposed Knowledge conflict

There's a kid who started doing daf yomi and feels that through the daf he gains skills, confidence, knowledge, consistency and most of all a sense of accomplishment. His rabbi tells him one day he ...
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What were the ספרי דבי רב?

BBava Batra 124b, for instance, has Rav Nahman quoting "the remaining books of Debei Rav." How many were there? What were they exactly? If they contained written halachot, why were they allowed? (...
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How does one make a Hadran on two Masechtos?

I'm almost finished with learning Shavuos and Bava Metzia side by side, and I was going to make a siyum on the two of them together. That got me thinking: what should I do about a Hadran? You name the ...
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Why is Avodah Shebalev (service of the heart) known as prayer?

Ta'anit 2a (Chazal) teaches that the service of the heart is prayer. But how does one knows its prayer? When I think of service of the heart for example I think of all my whole being acting, ...