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Who inherits if a man and wife die together?

Your friend here is the commentary called "עין משפט נר מצוה -- Ein Mishpat Ner Mitzva" located in the upper corner of any standard Talmud page that has a legal ruling on it which is brought ...
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Why does the gemarah use Amalek as a mnemonic siman?

Yaavetz address this. He suggests that the tipcha on the word לא in לא תשכח hints to an allowance to mention the name in order to remember Torah. In accordance to the Gemara 'to bring the disgusting ...
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Why did Herod spare Bava ben Buta specifically?

In Ben Yehoyada, the Ben Ish Chai writes that Bava ben Buta was spared by Herod because he was known to be someone who doesn't hold a grudge or take revenge. He would forgive people who wronged him ...
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What is the explanation for the discrepancy between Seder Olam's chronology and that of historical scholarship?

This excellent source sheet produced by R. Anthony Manning, lists a number of different approaches to resolving the discrepancy: 1. Seder Olam is correct and the conventional chronology is incorrect. ...
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Why was the Book of Genealogies hidden away?

Rashi to Pesachim 62b explains נגנז as נשתכח. So it sounds like he believes it was lost, rather than deliberately hidden (the question at the end of your final paragraph notwithstanding). Maharsha ad ...
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"Karka Einah Nigzeles" (land can't be stolen) - really?

The gemara in Bava Kamma 117b brings a machlokes between R' Elazar and the Sages. If someone steals (gozel) a field, what happens if the field is then flooded? R' Elazar holds that the thief must ...
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Does the story of R. Bena'a in the Cave of Macpelah imply that G-d has a physical form?

Depending on what you mean by "imply", yes, the Talmudic passage does imply that God has a physical form/image. The simple reading of the passage is that God has an image/form. If not for the fact ...
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Meaning of this midrash

Artscroll brings in an explanation from Olelos Efrayim (§547) The "ship" is the person in his passage through this world (as above, 73a note 21 (Ch. 51). Rabbah states that during his ...
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Why did Rebbi reject impossible questions?

There is a difference between questions which are theoretically impossible or which simply don't happen, and things which are naturally impossible. Halacha at its core is a theoretical framework which ...
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Who wrote Deuteronomy?

Who wrote Deuteronomy? G-d or Moses? Bible critics insist that neither G-d nor Moses authored Deuteronomy. They posit that Deuteronomy was composed during the time of the first Temple period by King ...
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Why did Hashem create two Leviathans and two Behemoths if He realised the need to prevent them from multiplying, Hashem doesn't make mistakes?

I had the same question as I was reading רש״י this week. I was excited to find your question. I haven't had the opportunity to read up on many sources or answers, however it seems that there are ...
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Why did Hashem create two Leviathans and two Behemoths if He realised the need to prevent them from multiplying, Hashem doesn't make mistakes?

The Maharsha says that they taste better when they’re in full strength including the ability to multiply, therefore they were created with that ability and then killed; אף לויתן נחש בריח כו'. זכר ...
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Do we know of any animals that behave this way? (Bava Basra 16a)

Dr. Slifkin writes (The Torah Encyclopedia of The Animal Kingdom p. 234) writes: Taken at face value, these descriptions do not concur with our knowledge of what actually happens; deer are observed ...
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Why don't sellers have to clean their measures after every use?

It seems to be a function of how likely there is to be residue that would interfere with accurate measurements. Let us look at Rashbam's commentary to the different statements of the Mishnah in to see ...
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176 verses in longest parasha, longest psalm and last page of longest Talmud tractate - what is the significance?

According to Beis Moshiach magazine: The parsha Naso, which follows the Festival of Shavuos, distinguishes itself as the longest parsha in the Torah, comprising no fewer than 176 verses. It has been ...
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How long did Rav Ashi live?

According to Marcus Jastrow and Wilhelm Bacher in the Jewish Encyclopedia entry for "Ashi": A celebrated Babylonian amora; born 352; died 427; reestablished the academy at Sura, and was the first ...
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Did Moshe have written copies of all of Tanach?

Megillas Esther to Sefer Hamitzvos Shorashim 1:4:16 explains that Moshe was shown exact written copies of the books of the Neviim as we have them nowadays, but was not allowed to publish or share them,...
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Why did Rebbi reject impossible questions?

I think Rebbi was simply not aware of the fact that some people are born with two heads, so he felt he was being mocked. But some questions are angrily rejected because they seem to abrogate a law of ...
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Who wrote Deuteronomy?

רמב"ן הקדמה לבראשית בראשית. משה רבינו כתב הספר הזה עם התורה כולה מפיו של הקדוש ברוך הוא וכו' זה אמת וברור הוא שכל התורה מתחלת ספר בראשית עד לעיני כל ישראל נאמרה מפיו של הקדוש ברוך ...
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Why would I have thought that healing contradicts the will of Hashem?

Regarding the first issue, I think a key point that has to be noted is the precise wording used by Tosafos, particularly at the end. When discussing ailments that are directly God-inflicted, Tosafos ...
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The size of Jerusalem in the future (Bava Batra 75b)

Whenever I struggle with a tosafos I take a look on the daf yomi website here It writes about the said tosafos as follows: TOSFOS DH TAFAF GINA'OS תוספות ד"ה טפף גינאות (SUMMARY: Tosfos explains ...
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Why was Herod allowed to renovate the Temple?

Daf Al ha-Daf vol. 16 on Bava Bathra, p. 48 quotes R. Yerahmiel Zelcer as asking the same question: וכותב הג"ר ירחמיאל זעלצער שליט"א ויש להקשות איך נתן לו בבא בן בוטא עצה כזו לבנות בית ...
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Asking a child "what are you learning" serving as a form of prophecy

The Gemara [Sota 48b] states, “Once Chagai, Zecharya and Malachey died, the Holy Spirit (of prophesy) departed from Yisrael. Yet, even so, they would make use of a lesser voice (of prophesy). ...
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Why did Herod spare Bava ben Buta specifically?

Found an online Hebrew PDF/ sefer "פתחו שערים -- בבא בן בוטא" (page 266) that writes: הורדוס רצח את כל החכמים אבל את בבא בן בוטא לא יכול היה להרשות לעצמו להרוג. הוא הכיר בחכמתו הרבה והשאיר אותו ...
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Is mustard harmful to bees or the honey making process?

Well, despite my general lack of agricultural knowledge, a cursory skim through this google search result would seem to indicate that while mustard is good for pollen production, it's not actually ...
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According to the opinions that Iyov did not live in the days of Moshe, who wrote his Sefer?

To clarify a little, Rabbi Eliezer thinks it was in the time of the Judges, not necessarily in the time of Ruth. It's true that he uses a phrase from Ruth ("בימי שפוט השופטים"), but he doesn'...
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What is the explanation for the discrepancy between Seder Olam's chronology and that of historical scholarship?

A full discussion of this complex historical problem is found in the article 'Missing Years' in Religion-wiki: religion.wikia.com/wiki/Missing_years. It mentions that the following sources have been ...
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B'nos Tzelofchad, Yerushah and "Nitnah Torah V'Nitchadshah Halacha"

UPDATE Behar 25:1 וַיְדַבֵּר יְהֹוָה אֶל משֶׁה בְּהַר סִינַי לֵאמֹר: RASHI on Mount Sinai: What [special relevance] does the subject of Shemittah [the “release” of fields in the seventh year]...
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Why should one give charity?

The entire conversation can be stated in legal terms. The first question relies on the assumption that when a king hates someone you should not feed him. Why not? Where is this assumption coming from?...
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