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Is there any evidence that Rabbi Akiva's students fought alongside Bar Kochba?

R' Hershel Schachter quotes R' Yosef Eliyahu Henkin who wrote in one of his essays that Rebbe Akiva's students were in fact killed in the Bar Kochba revolt. The Talmud hid this fact by mentioning ...
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Was Bar Kochba a King?

Rabbi Mordechai Hakohen in his book "אישים ותקופות" (People and Eras), pg. 105-108, discusses this issue and concludes, based on various midrashim and aggadatot on Bar Kochva, together with ...
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Is there any evidence that Rabbi Akiva's students fought alongside Bar Kochba?

The use of 12,000 pairs in the mentioned in Yevamos 62b is interesting; if the counting was for purposes of the army, as posited by R Abramchik, why say 12,000 pairs (Zugim) instead of 24,000 people? ...
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Historical sources on Bar Kochba?

Talmud Yerushalmi , Taanit 4:5 (24a) and Midrash Rabba (Lamentations Rabba 2:5). A link that I found https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Joseph_Geiger/publication/310512261_The_Bar-...
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Historical sources on Bar Kochba?

A classic book on Bar Kochba is from famous Israeli archeologist Yigael Yadin: Bar-Kokhba; the rediscovery of the legendary hero of the last Jewish revolt against Imperial Rome but I also know of ...
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May one declare someone to be the messiah?

The Reason that the Rambam writes laws about it is in order to know who Moshiach is during the time of exile (since after MOSHIACH comes it will be obvious who he is) To answer your question simply-...
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