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Gemara tractates for Halacha lemaaseh

Which Gemara tractates are most useful for studying practical Halacha lemaaseh? Also, which commentaries explain the connection between the Gemara’s statements and practical Halacha?
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Pronunciation of Vav prefix in Talmud Bavli

In Tanakh, according to our mesorah from the Tiberian masorites, a וְ prefix before a Shva is pronounced as וּ . However, the Babylonian Masorites had these cases as וִ , with a khiriq, following the ...
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Is it forbidden for a woman to learn Gemara?

Is it forbidden for a woman to learn Gemara?
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Do you force a people to build a wall with Material made in Modern Times?

In the first Mishna of Bava Basra, it says Makom she Nahagu Livnot Gvil Gazit Cafisin Levinin ... Bonin Ha Kol Ke Minhag Hamedina. A place where it's customary to build Gvil Gazit Cafisin Levinin we ...
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Where does it say in the Gemara How to build the Batim for Teffilin?

BH Hi where does it say in The Gemara how to make tefillin batim?
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Definition of ervah

"ערוה" is the Torah's usual word for a forbidden relationship. I remember seeing a Rishon, maybe a Tosefos, who says that the fact that kiddushin is impossible, that a permanent relationship ...
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Is there a concept of sexual transmutation in Torah?

Hi in some of the certain secular books I have seen before taking Torah more seriously for example in Think and Grow Rich it says that a person can transmute (transform) the energy of his Zera to ...
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Every Forbidden thing has a corresponding opposite

what is the source that every forbidden thing has a corresponding opposite good in the Torah? For example, I heard correct me if I'm wrong there is a certain kosher fish that tastes like bacon ...
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What is Palifit mean in the Rabeinu Gershom DafB Amud A

BH What does it mean Palifit it this Rabeinu Gershom in Daf B amud Alef in Bava Basra?
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Will the real Shas Kattan please stand up

There is an old tradition commonly referenced in the yeshiva community that Masekhet Ketubot is the "Shas Kattan" of Talmud Bavli, that is, it contains ideas that connect to just about every ...
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ואספת דגנך - blessing or curse?

In the Gemara (Brachot 35b) Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai famously says that the phrase "ואספת דגנך" from the Kriat Shma is describing a fallen state, when Am Israel is not being holy enough: ......
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Is it true there was a sage on his death bed and said I wish I used up all my money?

BH Is it true that there was a sage on his death bed who said I wish I used up all my money?
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How to calculate what time is Alot Hashachar without Zmanim Apps

BH How to calculate what time is Alot Hashachar without going online? How would you percicly be able to measure Alot Hashachar and how many different opinions are there for Alot Hashachar time?
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Online English Rashi (Talmud)

Is there an English translation of Rashi's commentary on the Talmud available online?
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Is there any source that says a person should have kaf zechut to anothers shechita

I know a person who is machmir on not eating meat from others he said only if he does the shechita himself he will trust to eat it. Is there any law that mandates others to trust in others people ...
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Is there source that a person must not have any entangled hairs in his beard when immersing in the mikvah

BH Is it true there is a law that says when a person enters a mikvah he must make sure that none of his hairs from his beard are tangled with one another or have any knots on the single strands? If ...
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Looking for the right daf yomi shiur

I'm looking for the right daf yomi shiur that I can download online. I know there's a lot to choose from, so hopefully my criteria are specific enough to lead you in the right direction. I'm looking ...
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Different versions of Mishnah Bikkurim?

I noticed that on Sefaria that there are two Hebrew versions of the Mishnah: the Rashash and the Gemara version. For Mishnah Bikkurim, the two versions seem substantially different. For instance, ...
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What is the correct order of learning the mesechta of shas from beginner level to advanced? [closed]

What order should Talmud be learned in?
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Teaching Gemara to a beginner to prepare for yeshiva. Goal is basic fluency. Looking for a simple perek/masechet to learn. Thanks!

He's a senior in high school and a very smart, analytical fellow though he lacks some basic textual skills because he's in public school. Going for gap year yeshiva next year and they said he should ...
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What is the source from the Gemara that you should kill a roidef before he comes to try to kill you [closed]

BH I heard if a roidef is coming to try to kill you you should kill him first. Where does it talk about this first in the Gemara and Halacha? How does Halacha define a roidef? And what if the Roidef ...
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Difference between צריך and חייב

In the gemara (Pesachim 108a) the text reads that matzah צריך הסיבה But Not chayav. This is brought down as halacha. Is there any technical difference between saying that one "needs" to do ...
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Where in his works does Maimonides address how to understand אלו ואלו דברי אלקים חיים and the nature of makhloket more broadly (besides intro to PhM)?

Given what Maimonides says in his introduction to his Commentary on the Mishnah (Perush ha-Mishnayot) it seems like he is not a pluralist when it comes to truth in a makhloket (halakhic debate). He ...
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Where can I download a complete text file of the Talmud Bavli?

I am writing a tool in python to analyze the Talmud (e.g. word counts, how many times a specific phrase is used etc.) and I need a free downloadable text file of the Gemara, preferably with Rashi and ...
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Kovetz Mefarshim by daf

Has anyone ever put out mefarshim on gemara by daf rather than mefaresh? Or try to collect primary rishonim/achronim discussed in yeshivot per daf and reprint them together?
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Who were the people who would make hachlatas in their hearts and be careful to keep them

BH Our teacher told us once that there were certain people from the Gemara correct me If I’m wrong that if they made a hachlata (decision) in their minds to do something they would do it. Would this ...
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Who where these commentaries of the book chovot Halevavot?

BH Who where these comentaries Pat Lechem, Marpe La Nefesh, and Tov Halevanon? And is Tov Halevanon the same as Lev Tov on Chovot Halevavot? Also heard there is also Nedar Bakodesh on Chavot Halevavot ...
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War for economic reasons

In Brachot 3b David gives his ministers the advice to go to war to bring Parnassah. Then they asked the Urim and Thumim. Is waging war for economic reasons halahically justified?
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Why would Moshe's new nation have been considered a one legged chair?

Bavli Berachos (32a) contains the following aggadic assertion {שמות ל"ב:י'} וְאֶעֱשֶׂה אוֹתְךָ לְגוֹי גָּדוֹל וְגוֹ', אֲמַר רִבִּי אֶלְעָזָר: אָמַר מֹשֶׁה לִפְנֵי הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, ...
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Who’s Bar Tutni

The Gemara in Keritot 4b has Reish Lakish quoting someone named בר תאוטני. If my AlHatorah search was correct, it seems this is the only place in Shas he is mentioned. Does anyone have more info on ...
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Hashem "joins" a good thought to deed

There's a famous saying (Kiddushin 40a) that Hashem treats a good intent as though it had been carried out: מחשבה טובה מצרפה למעשה But מצרפה literally means "join," and I seem to recall an ...
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Where to buy a shas/talmud in one volume?

I have seen, once or twice, the entire talmud printed in one volume. The book was larger than your average book/gemara and there were 4 amudim printed on each page (with Rashi and Tosfos) according to ...
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Why do the rabbis disagree on halacha with God

I would like to know why the rabbis disagree with God on Halacha in Baba Metzia 86a: סָפֵק הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא אוֹמֵר טָהוֹר וְכוּלְּהוּ מְתִיבְתָּא דִרְקִיעָא אָמְרִי טָמֵא וְאָמְרִי מַאן ...
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Is there a mitzvah not to ignore a person?

BH This probably very common sense question although what is the mitzvah that when your with a person you shouldn’t ignore them? What’s the source?
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Why is יעל קגם out of order?

While the Gemara usually sides with Rava, there are famously 6 places where we say the Halacha is like Abaye, known as יע"ל קג"ם (as explained by Rashi) יאוש שלא מדעת - אביי אמר לא הוי יאוש ...
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Gezel do indeed encounter an ocasion with bitlu

Shavua tov! On Makkos טז. on the end of the amud, the guemara asks if just the in shiliach haken and ones we encounter “bitlu ve lo bitlu”. And suggests gezel and mashcuno and pea. Gezel, it finishes ...
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List of all things that extend your life

Does anyone have a list of things it says in the Gemara that specifically מאריכין לו ימיו ושנותיו? Not sure if such a list exists but if not, can people just name whatever places they know of in Shas ...
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Where does it say it’s not about the job but rather it’s the merits?

BH I heard that it's not about the Job or certain profession that you have rather it's your merits that actually bring you your parnasa if this is an accurate statement according to the Talmud what is ...
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What is the malchus harisha nowadays

The Talmud talks of a malchus harisha (evil kingdom). This seems to be referring to the Roman Empire in all contexts. Tractate Avodah Zarah 2b says that Rome and Persia will last until the coming of ...
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What is involved behind the decision making process of halacha in the Talmud?

Throughout the Talmud we find occurrences such as these: The halacha is xyz because the verse in a certain chapter of Tanach says something similar to it; Rabbi Y disagrees and says the halacha is zyx ...
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How to respect your colleagues

BH I heard there is a Mitzvah to respect your fellow colleagues what does the Torah say from the Talmud and Halacha upon this topic?
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Persia will completely annihilate Edom which will cause moshiach to come

I heard that in a passage in the Talmud it says Persia will completely annihilate Edom and the rest of the world which will then spur about moshiach' arrival, the Yalkut Shimoni (Yeshaya 60:499), ...
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What is the Origin/Meaning of the Phrase - עדיין אנו צריכין למודעי?

The phrase עדיין אנו צריכין למודעי is found in the Talmud and Midrash (see Bava Batra 10b and Genesis Raba, Vayechi). It's a strange phrase to introduce a sage by - "we still need the [Rabbi ...
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"Adam needs kavod to live" - source

I've heard the idea that humans need kavod to live being quoted as a maimer chazal from the Gemara but I'm not sure where it comes from, does anyone know of something similar?
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The legend of Rashi's 4 lines

There is a known legend among Talmudists that each Amud has four lines of Rashi before the beginning of the text of the Talmud to hint to a student to review the Amud four times before continuing. I'm ...
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I find learning gemorah doesn't talk to me, what should I do?

I went to yeshiva for 4 years, I can say that I enjoyed learning gemorah less than 10 days out of all 4 years. I go to daf yomi, I read through the gemorah, but I find it very irrelevant, even halocha ...
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Gemara, Rashi and Tosfos Shiurim to Download

Hi I’m a buchor in yeshiva and I want to download shiurim that go in depth including Gemara, Rashi and Tosfos. Does anyone know any shiur I can listen to? Is there anyone that gives daf yomi with ...
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Can you please recommend a Daf Yomi app that reads the full page before commentary? Or Talmud audio app in general

I am not doing a Daf Yomi cycle specifically, but I want to shift my focus more back to Gemara than what I've been studying mostly the last few years. However, I want some audio help this time to ...
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Can I make a siyum on audio lessons?

I learned an entire Talmudic tractate by listening to audio lessons, without actually reading any words from the printed text. May I make a siyum? It appears that "shomea k'oneh" wouldn't ...
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End of days in the Talmud

Are only frightening predictions for the End of Days in the Talmud? (Like that sages wouldn't live in these time periods.) Are there also encouraging statements for these times in addition to the ...

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