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Questions about the lives and personalities of Jewish religious authorities.

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The simple answer is that רַבָּנוּת doesn't mean "the rabbinate." The Israeli rabbinate of today is called רַבָּנוּת, but it didn't exist in antiquity. The closest thing to an official body of rabbis … authority in fact uses the word רַבָּנוּת to describe it. רַבָּנוּת is probably not the only term that fits here (I think שְׂרָרָה would have also worked), but it wouldn't have carried any connotations of hating rabbis at the time the Mishna was taught. …
answered Apr 13 by b a
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Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkay predicted (apparently wrongly, as indicated by the context) that a future generation would change a law, declaring a loaf of third degree impurity to be pure (Sota 5:2). …
answered Jul 26 by b a
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negative commandment in the Torah. Rav bar Shava suggests that this negative commandment is, in fact, the same לא תסור mentioned in the above gemara, because (as Rav Kahana explains) the rabbis based all of their enactments on this prohibition. …
answered Dec 13 '17 by b a
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Torah Shleimah (BeReishis 1:1 note 30) quotes the Rama in Toras HaOlah who says that Chazal (Yerushalmi Avodah Zarah 3:1, BaMidbar Rabbah 13, Zohar VaYikra 10, Zohar Chadash 15) knew the earth was rou …
answered Dec 18 '12 by b a
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One case is in Temura 16a (translations from Sefaria), where Joshua forgot 3000 laws (other numbers are mentioned too), and Othniel the son of Kenaz restored them: אמר רב יהודה אמר שמואל שלשת אלפי …
answered May 23 by b a
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The introduction to the Chovot Hallevavot (text and translation copied from Sefaria) describes the author's inner struggle on whether to write the book. He originally thought he wasn't worthy to write …
answered Jul 22 by b a