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Were there any Tanaim in Bavel?

Yes. The last Mishna of Yebamot, as Rabbi Akiva testimonies, Nechemia Ish Bet Deli, a student of Rabban Gamliel Hazaken was in Bavel, in the city of Nehardea, there was a communication between Bavel ...
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What is the meaning of the prophecy in Ezekiel 26?

Abarbanel discusses this issue in his commentary on Yechezkel 26:1: השאלה השישית בכפל המאמרים שאמר הנביא על מפלת צור כי אחרי שאמר ושחתו חומות צור והרסו מגדליה וסחתי עפרה ממנה ונתתי אותה לצחיח סלע ...
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Nebuchadnezzar II failure to conquer Egypt

Babylon defeated Egypt shortly after laying waste to Jerusalem. That is, the Babylonians first routed the Egyptian army at the Battle of Carchemish, and within 35 years, defeated Egypt proper. Writing ...
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The bear and the lion (Bavel and persia) in Tosfos

Our gemara, at Berachos 13a, is discussing the possibility that the future redemption of the Jews will dwarf the long-ago exodus from Egypt. It remarks that if someone were endangered by (and then ...
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Why were angels' names brought back?

You ask a fantastic question! The book Sichas Malachei Hashores was written by Rav Tzadok HaKohen of Lublin, where he expounds sources in the Bavli, Midrash, Zohar, and Yerushalmi pertaining to the ...
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Why there's no Mishnah Bavli?

I think the simplest reason why is because of the influence of Rav and Shemu'el. Most of the Babylonian amora'im can be traced back to them somehow through their students. Having learned personally ...
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Why there's no Mishnah Bavli?

Because in Issur VeHetter, the Sanhedrin in Eretz Yisrael had authority over the Reish Galusa. The Gemara says in Pesachim 51a ורבה בר בר חנה לית ליה הא דתנן נותנין עליו חומרי המקום שיצא משם וחומרי ...
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Why there's no Mishnah Bavli?

Introduction: Most of the info here is based off of Prof. Yaakov Nachum Epstein's books "מבואות לספרות התנאים" and "מבוא לנוסח המשנה". I recommend at least flicking through them to ...
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Why are the names of the Hebrew calendar months named after the Babylonian deities?

Why Babylonian Names for Jewish Months? asks this question. The basic answer given is that while the names were originally derived (in part) from Babylonian deities, they have become disconnected from ...
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What is the meaning of the prophecy in Ezekiel 26?

The Idea in Brief The plain reading and normal reading of Scripture indicates that Nebuchadnezzar would destroy the sister cities of Tyre “on the mainland,” which would result in the dissolution of ...
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Does the book of Daniel accurately date the war with Babylon?

Note: The Babylonian Chronicles entries brought in this answer were translated by me from the book "Historical Texts From Assyria and Babylonia: 9th-6th Centuries BCE" by Mordechai Cogan, ...
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Does the book of Daniel accurately date the war with Babylon?

Perhaps the statement in the first passuk of Daniel in which says: "בא נבוכדנאצר מלך בבל ירושלם ויצר עליה the expression ויצר עליה should be translated as "and showed hostility towards it" (because ...
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Why there's no Mishnah Bavli?

I honestly don't understand the question. The writing of the Mishna is forbidden by the Torah. It was Rebbe who saw it as imperative to employ the rule of עת לעשות לה' הפרו תורתיך because he was ...
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Was it Mordechai or Kish that was exiled?

"who had been exiled" is referring to Mordechai not Kish. Kish is another name for Gera (see Targum). Shimi ben Gera was in King David's time (See 2 Samuel 16:5).
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What Is The Fulfillment Of Leviticus 26:35?

The Bal Haturim writes that indeed, it is the whole land: והשמותי אני את הארץ. פי' כל ארץ ישראל I will make the whole land desolate. This is a reference to the entire Eretz Yisrael I wouldn't ...
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Was it Mordechai or Kish that was exiled?

On the verse, in the Sefer Dvar Yeshua, a commentary on Megillah by Netanel Chaim Pappa, he says that were it not for the fact that the Talmud clearly says that it is referring to Mordechai (making ...
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How does the view that Chutzniks must have 2 days Yom Tov for spiritual reasons fit with the reason given in the Gemoro in Beitzah?

The problem is even deeper than that. There were places in chutz l'aretz near Israel that observed 1 day based on where the messengers reached. See Rosh Hashana 21a. Conversely, in the view of the ...
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Did part of the Jewish community move to Greece after the destruction of the First Temple?

We don't know yet about the existence of Jewish in Greece before 300 BCE. The first recorded mention of Judaism in Greece dates from 300 to 250 BCE on the island of Rhodes. In the 2nd century BCE, ...
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Were there any Tanaim in Bavel?

The Mishnah in Rosh Hashanah (22b) records that they would light bonfires to tell the people of Bavel it was Rosh Chodesh. When they stopped using bonfires, they used messengers. So clearly there were ...
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"Praiseworthy is he who will clutch and dash your infants against the rock"?

Who is the "violated/to-be-violated daughter of Babylon?" (I assume this is either a metaphor or a metonymy.) Refer to the Metzudos Dovid who explains that this pasuk is pointing to the ...
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