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How could Abba Ḥilkiyya do that?

In the Gemara in Berochos daf 61 it says that one may not walk behind ones wife. So how is it that Abba Ḥilkiyya in Tananis daf 23 went after his wife into the house, even if he didn't want to check ...
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Yaakov Avinu didn't die and connection to not eating?

In Taanis 5b there is a story with two amoraim רב נחמן ור' יצחק הוו יתבי בסעודתא א"ל רב נחמן לר' יצחק לימא מר מילתא א"ל הכי א"ר יוחנן אין מסיחין בסעודה שמא יקדים קנה לושט ויבא לידי ...
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How Should I Understand Gemaras Where People Quote Pesukim that Were not yet Written at the Time the Story Takes Place?

In various places in Talmud Bavli, there are stories told that take place during the times of Torah or Neviim where people in the story quote verses from prophetic books that did not yet exist at the ...
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Story of surgery in the Gemara

I remember hearing about a story in the Gemara where a "surgery" was done on someone who was very overweight, and they ended up removing an amount of fat that doctors nowadays cant do. Does ...
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Pushing a buggy on grass on Shabbos

When and how is person chayav on shabbos for ploughing. For example is a woman with a buggy allowed to push it on the grass, or can she not. The problem for ploughing is that you need to have a intent ...
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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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How can the Gemara argue here, isn't it all facts?

The Gemara in Gittin 22a brings a machlokes in regard to fruits getting nutrients from a tree that is half in ארץ ישראל and half in חוץ לארץ. ומאי טעמא דרשב"ג דמפסיק צונמא מאי טעמא דרבי דהדרי ...
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Divorce and Mizbeach

The gemara in Gittin 90b has a memoir that says if a man divorces one's wife the mizbeach, the altar, cries over this. Why and how is the mizbeach connected to marriage and the separation of man and ...
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Why Shmuel and Rus

The Gemara in Shabbos 113b says on the possuk in Mishlei תן לחכם ויחכם עוד and on this posuk Rabbi Elazar says this is Rus and Shmuel. Apart from what the proofs the Gemara brings. I want to know why ...
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Migdal Bavel during the times of the Gemara?

In the Gemara Sanhedrin 109a, it states R. Yonatan said: A third of the tower was burnt, a third sunk, and a third is still standing. Rav said: The atmosphere of the tower causes forgetfulness. ...
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Why is וַיְהִי בִּנְסעַ the minimum Sefer Torah size?

The gemara in shabbos with regards to saving scrolls says that the scrolls has to 85 letters, the gemara says it has to be the same as וַיְהִי בִּנְסעַ if it has 85 letter you can save it. Why ...
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Origin of the expressionTalmide Tarbitsae

Rashi in Yoma 62b, when he refute a version of the text of the Gemara calls it Shitata Detalmide Tarbitsae. ומוספין של שבת - שנאמר בהם שני כבשים ודאי שנים שוים לעיכובא מדלא הדר כתב בהו אחד לרבות ...
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Is chatas neurim tantamount to murder?

I've heard from the Talmud in Nidah and the Rambam that male masturbation is "tantamount to killing a soul." But the question is, does it have the same legal consequences as murder, like in the times ...
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Sotah 34a se’a as unit of weight?

In Sotah 34a, the weight of the stones at the Jordan from Joshua 4:3 is given as “about forty se’a.” Some (for instance Steinsaltz) use this in the discussion of the cluster of grapes brought back by ...
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Why does Rabbi Akiva and his rebbi react to situations differently?

The gemara in Taanis 21a brings a story about Nachum Ish Gamzu that explains why he was called "Ish Gamzu", because he would always say "Gam Zu L'tovah" (This too is for the best). It is also known ...
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Superfluous Rashi in Sukkah 52b?

The Gemara proceeds to delineate the identities of the 7 shepherd and 8 princes mentioned in Michah 5:4. Amongst the 8 princes are עמוס and צפניה. Rashi ד״ה עמוס וצפניה states they are from Navi. Is ...
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Status of the “minor tractates”

Why were the so-called "minor tractates" (מסכתות קטנות) not incorporated into the Talmud? Are they any less authoritative? Haven't we extracted halacha from them? They certainly deal with very ...
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Question about Reish Lakish

Why is Reish Lakish sometimes called in the Gemara "Reish Lakish" and sometimes "Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish"? Why not just use one title?
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The Rambam says that Baruch, the son of Nerijah was not a navi but the Gemara seems to imply the opposite, how is that possible?

The Rambam in Moreh Nevuchim says "That those who have prepared themselves may still be prevented from being prophets, may be inferred from the history of Baruch, the son of Nerijah; for he followed ...
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Pattur aval assur

Why does the gemara only use the phrase pattur aval assur in reference to laws of shabbat? Regarding laws of other holidays, the gemara says assur from the torah or assur from the rabanan. Why then ...
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Mashiach in physical form? [duplicate]

I have just watched a "Stump the Rabbi" video about whether mashiach is actually a physical person. Rabbi Shloma Majeski states that mashiach can even be someone that has passed away, and especially ...
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Gamara Rashi Shiur in English

I am looking for a Shiur that is straightforward Gamara Rashi ONLY on gamara megilla. I have tried YU Torah, Shas illuminated and kolhalashon. I have not yet found anything that is English and only ...
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Does Chabad teach Talmud to girls? [duplicate]

What is Lubavitch teaching on Talmud study for girls? Is it done in Lubavitch schools? (How much? Why or why not?)
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Gemara Paskens for itself

Why does the Gemara decide to pasken in a select few cases and otherwise leaves the machlokes open ended for us to decide?
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Lashon Hara in the Gemara

The Gemara sometimes relates anecdotes of Amoraim and presents them in a negative light by including details which would seemingly classify as Lashon Hara in any other context. For instance, "רַב ...
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Injury and killing by a tam ox

Am I right in thinking that, if a tam ox injures someone, they receive some damages (mBava Kamma 4:1 and bBava Kamma 33a), whereas if the tam ox kills someone, they/ their heirs receive no damages ...
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In story of Rebbe Akiva's students, found in yevamos 62b, how is it possible that they didn't show honour to one another [duplicate]

Rabbi Akiva, the tanna who has the famous quote " this is the greatest rule, love your fellow like you love yourself". If that is what he stands for how could it be that his students disregarded that ...
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North and South - which is it?

1) The Torah says that North, צפון, is the place for bringing kodshei kodoshim, especially-holy korbonos - like olos. For a list, see perek Eizehu Mekoman in Zevachim. 2) Chazal also say (Bava Basra ...
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Synopsis of Kerem Yehoshua

Can anyone please help me? I was told about this great Sefer called Kerem Yehoshua and I'd like to get my hands on it. However, due to the current world pandemic it's pretty hard for me to purchase it....
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36 Hidden Tzaddikim

There are always 36 "hidden" righteous people in the world at any given time. The source given for this is the Gemara in Succah 45b. Nefesh Adoni says "אין העולם מתקיים ועומד אלא בזכות ל"ו צדיקים ...
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Looking for a commentary, possibly in Mas. Nazir

Connected to this question. In the discussion of the relationship between the Nachash and Chava, as related in Masechet Avoda Zara, 22b, the Chidushei Agadot summarizes opinions about the connection ...
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Can “Talmud” be used when referring only to the Mishnah?

I saw on a series called unorthodox on Netflix that someone referred to something which was mentioned in the Mishnah with "the Talmud says" is this wrong? or at least rare? I am looking for more ...
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Can someone in the process of conversion use the phone during shabbes? [closed]

Until one reaches the mikveh, he/she is not a Jew just yet. Since they are obligated to break Shabbes in some way, can they use phones during the day? Should they refrain?
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Are there any books on Rav Papa [closed]

Are there any books on Rav Papa? I've been searching but I couldn't find anything.
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Talmud: Asking to sharpen the other?

We find in Shas that the Rabbi's asked questions although they knew their answers in order to sharpen the other: Berachos 33b: And Rabba too knew this Mishnah - but merely asked Abbai this question ...
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Why can a baby get Tzaraas?

Reference in Gemora Shabbos 133a Daf Yomi recently to tzaraas (skin disease see Leviticus 13) on the foreskin regarding mila (circumcission). This implies babies can have tzaraas. If tzaraas is not ...
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How long to get “good” at gemara? [closed]

Starting from 11th grade this year, I've been going to a dormitory yeshiva a few hours away from home and come back every off shabbos. Before that, I never been to Yeshiva, but since I was around 8 ...
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What is the difference between a “Chaver” and a regular Friend (Chaver)?

In the gemara it seems to sometimes refer to someone as a Chaver in a halachik sense and other times in a sense of meaning just a friend. What is the difference and how would one delineate between the ...
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The expression “תדע” in the Gemara

The expression Teda, תדע, is often found in Gemara, we can translate it as "you have to know". It is a weak argument, not as a proof from a Mishna or a proof ab absurdo or a logical argument....
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Why is the Kurkavon mentioned?

In Masheches Berachos daf 61b, the gemara mentions various body parts and their respective functions. It seems that the gemara is referring to human body parts, based off the gemaras premise (on daf ...
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Why use impossible cases to illustrate laws?

In Bava Kamma 27a we find the following scenario: If a man fell from a roof and was inserted into a woman [due to the force of the fall, but with no intention to engage in sexual intercourse,] he ...
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Source for the menorah represents the wisdoms of the world?

This blog post claims that the Meiri along with other Rishonim taught that the Menorah ,mentioned in Behalotecha represents the 7 wisdoms of the world. Quoted here: The Meiri and other Rishonim say ...
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What is the relationship between the tradition of the Pharisees and Rabbinic Judaism (Yahadut Rabanit)?

I am an Italian Noahide In several articles and studies I have read that the Rabbinic Judaism (Yahadut Rabanit) would have its roots in the Pharisaic tradition. However, here is what I read on a ...
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Gemara seems to ignore the Masoret

The Gemara Yoma quoted below enumerates five words in verses of the Pentateuque for which it's not clear, according to Issi Ben Yehuda if they are attached to the previous words or to the next words. ...
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Correct position when urinating

This might sound incredible ludicrous but please bear with me - after all a fellow Jew once told me how the Shulchan Aruch in a passage described how and when proper defecation should occur (feel free ...
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What is the plain meaning of this Gemara phrase?

אטו תנא כי רוכלא ליחשיב וליזיל - Should the tanna count out all of the words like a spice merchant?" What does this mean in plain English?
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What is a summary of each masechta in shas?

I would like to know what each masechta deals with. In a couple of sentences per tractate, can we have a summary of each?
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Why is there no Gemara on Avos?

Why is there no Gemara for Pirkei Avot? I can hear why Bavli has no Zeraim, and Yerushalmi has no Kodashim. But Pirkei Avos should have the most Gemara of all!
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Brisker seforim on chullin

I want to learn the style of brisker lomdus in conjunction with chullin. What are some good seforim for this? I asking specifically an analysis connected to the daf
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Takanas Ezra and the 9 Kabin

I would like to begin my question by making everyone aware that I am aware of this thread ( Why don't men go to the mikveh after relations/ejaculation? ) With that being said my question is ...

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