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Tractate dealing with coming to the Temple on holidays with associated offerings.

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Irrelevant case in Chagiga 1:7?

The Mishna in Chagiga 1:7 continues from the previous mishna (1:6) in talking about different explanations for the passuk ״מעות לא יוכל לתקון וחסרון לא יוכל להימנות״- “a crookedness that cannot be ...
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What are the “secret things” we must not inquire into?

The Torah says: הַנִּסְתָּרֹת--לַיהוָה, אֱלֹהֵינוּ; וְהַנִּגְלֹת לָנוּ וּלְבָנֵינוּ, עַד-עוֹלָם--לַעֲשׂוֹת, אֶת-כָּל-דִּבְרֵי הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת. The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but ...
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Is there positive proof that the Rambam did not accept Kabbalah?

I have heard many times that the Rambam's omission of mystical ideas is proof, or evidence, of his rejection thereof. However, if one accepts the authenticity of Kabbalah as being a legitimate ...
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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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A theological problem with the Miriam “Magdalene” story in Chagiga 4b

There is an interesting story at the bottom of Chagiga 4b, top of 5a. The Angel of Death is telling a Rabbi of an incident that happened. The AoD has an assistant. The AoD tells him to reap Miriam ...
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Why do we need the second reason?

Chagigah 3:8: כָּל הַכֵּלִים שֶׁהָיוּ בַמִּקְדָּשׁ, טְעוּנִין טְבִילָה, חוּץ מִמִּזְבַּח הַזָּהָב וּמִזְבַּח הַנְּחֹשֶׁת, מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהֵן כַּקַּרְקַע, דִּבְרֵי רַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר. וַחֲכָמִים ...
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Why did they teach “what is above”?

In tamid (32b): תנא דבי אליהו גיהנם למעלה מן הרקיע וי"א לאחורי הרי חשך They taught in the Beis medrash of Eliyahu: hell is above the sky, and some say beyond “the dark mountains”. And yet in ...
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The mishnah of four things not to look at

There is a Mishnah in Hagigah 11b which says: כל המסתכל בארבעה דברים ראוי לו כאילו לא בא לעולם מה למעלה מה למטה מה לפנים ומה לאחור ...: Whoever looks at four matters, it would have been better ...
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Why did Metatron receive 60 lashes?

In the story of the 4 who entered Pardes (Chagigah starting on 14b) it says that Elisha ben Abuyah saw Metatron the angel sitting and therefore became a heretic. In order to show Elisha that Metatron ...
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How do we know that Ben Zoma went mentally insane?

In Chagigah 14b it states that after entering pardes, Ben Zoma was injured. Rashi explains, and it is my understanding that this is the accepted reading, that Ben Zoma went crazy. However ...
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Why was only the light hidden at creation?

In Bereshis 1:3-4 God creates light and differentiates between light and dark. Chazal in Hagigah 12a each us that God saw the original light was not appropriate for the wicked to use and hid it away ...
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How can a Minor Learn Torah from Imperfect Teachers?

Chagigah 15b, in the context of relating how Rabbi Meir learned Torah from Acheir, states: מאי דכתיב (מלאכי ב, ז) כי שפתי כהן ישמרו דעת ותורה יבקשו מפיהו כי מלאך ה' צבאות הוא אם דומה הרב למלאך ה' ...