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Whose life comes first? Apparently contradictory Rabbinical statements

I just learned this in two different classes. In the case of the two people in the desert, the one who drinks the water will live and the one who doesn't will die, but the one who drinks the water is ...
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Bava Metzia: Dual meaning of "Metzia"

They sound alike in English but I'm afraid there's nothing more to it. The tractate's name is מציעא, which is Aramaic for אמצע (middle). Mem-tzadi-'ayin. It goes between "Bava Kama" (first ...
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Can a person free himself from suffering?

The Maharasha (Bava Metzia; Berachos) defines the case in Bava Metzia as one where the suffering was accepted as suffering of love (יסורין של אהבה). He writes further (Berachos) that they each needed ...
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Ritva on Bava Metzia 6b saying one is exempt from doing a mitzva there a multiple shitas

I'll transcribe what Rav Nissan Kaplan said: One reason (not to wear the murex techeiles) like Rav Elyashiv writes in the teshuva, that even if we know how to do the techeiles, there's like four or ...
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Why is Yeush seemingly used in place of Hefker? (Bava Metzia)

According to Rashi in Bava Metzia 21 by having Yiush ie despairing on a lost object makes it hefker - ownerless. מעות מפוזרות - הואיל ואין להם סימן ניכר איאושי מיאש והוו להו הפקר וזהו טעם כולם ...
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הפה שאסר הוא הפה שהתיר

While it's a little more complicated than this (and is, if I remember correctly, a machlokes Rishonim in how to understand both of these rules), this is more or less the difference. "הפה שאסר הוא ...
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Torah as a bar metzra

The Torah is not only a gift. It's also referred to as an inheritance (מורשה קהלת יעקב, Deut. 33:4) and as a sale (מכרתי לכם תורתי, Shmos Rabbah 33:1). So the issue of bar metzra would still apply to ...
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Please translate Gemara - Aramaic word מקני

The Hebrew and the Aramaic verbs in this case share the root קנ"ה. In the paal form (קָנָה) it means to buy or obtain something. ArtScroll helps you with the patach, which suggests a causative, ...
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In what way was the way of learning in Israel different from the Babylonian to cause R' Zeirah to fast?

Similar to @shayachagigah's idea, the Ben Yehoyada https://www.sefaria.org/Bava_Metzia.85a.21?lang=bi&with=Ben%20Yehoyada&lang2=en (Ben Ish Chai) says an intresting idea: רַבִּי זֵירָא, כִּי ...
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Why "for 700 zuz"?

The Art Scroll Gemora Daf 110b2 notes 22 and 23 explains the specific usage of 700 zuz (I do not have the Art Scroll Mishnayos which would also have this note). The reason for the specification of the ...
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Is 'A father and son sleeping with a betrothed young woman on yom kippur' an expression?

Although I never learned the sugya in Gittin, I actually just got through learning the sugya in Bava Metzia. When I learned that story, I understood that story quite literally: the man was such a ...
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Why a Machloket ended so badly and unpeacefully?

Rabbi Eliezer refused to accept and teach the decision of the majority of the Sanhedrin. That was a cardinal sin. The object of the decision matters little. Same story with Rabbi Akaviah ben Mahalal'...
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Was the bat kol right?

Sefer HaChinuch §496 cites the Ramban’s understanding and explicitly connects it with the story at hand: ועל דרך ענין זה שעוררתיך, בני, עליו אפרש לך אגדה אחת שהיא בבבא מציעא בסוף פרק הזהב (בבא ...
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Story between Rabbi Elazar ben Shimon and Rebbi

בבא מציא פד ב Bava Metzia 84b דכי הוו יתבי רבן שמעון בן גמליאל ורבי יהושע בן קרחה אספסלי יתבי קמייהו רבי אלעזר בר' שמעון ורבי אארעה When Rabban Shimon b. Gamliel and R' Yehoshua b. Karcha sat upon ...
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Sarah nursing idolaters' children

The woman is permitted to nurse if she has too much milk and it hurts (see Shul.Ar. YD 154, 2). The Talmud quoted says that נעשה נס בשרה אמנו ונפתחו דדיה כשני מעיינות והניקה את כולם "her breasts ...
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Why did R"G admit that he acted inHalachicly?

Wrecking the ship is not for arguing with R' Eliezer, it's for putting him in Cherem (outcast him).
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Why does the man who guards the Red Heifer defile his clothes?

It’s not to deter him from moving a limb. If he moves a limb, he is impure mideoraita. We worry that perhaps the guard inadvertently moved a limb, rendering himself impure. Due to this worry, the ...
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Seforim Recommendations on Bava Metzia

If Chabad commentary is the priority, there is a Chabad "version" of the Gemara - it contains the regular Oz Vehadar text followed by a compilation of commentaries of the Rebbes. The chief ...
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Why is Yeush seemingly used in place of Hefker? (Bava Metzia)

Short answer: Your making a wrong assumption that people know right away. Really they know very soon. Longer answer: It sounds to me like you are making an assumption based on a question and then ...
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Why is Yeush seemingly used in place of Hefker? (Bava Metzia)

First, while there was a Tanna who was a Rabbi Yitzchak, this Rabbi Yitzchak is a third generation Amora of the land of israel, who is explaining the brayta. You can tell from the Aramaic prefix, de-...
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Torah as a bar metzra

The Sfas Emes that you mentioned in the question addresses this. Here is the background of the piece: בלקיחה ניתנה לו יכול יתן דמים ת"ל מתנות כו'. כי מרע"ה הי' מוכן לקבל התורה בבחי' לקיחה… ...
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Acquiring assets by looking at it and saying "pick it up for me"

I am assuming, although you did not mention it specifically, that you are asking based on the Gemara Bava Metzia 118A that mentions looking at an ownerless item as a way to acquire it according to one ...
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Why R' Yehoshua didn't mention the majority rule?

The whole argument is that Hillel (represented by Rabbi Yehoshua) goes after the qualified majority for halacha, & Shamai (R' Eliezer) goes after who is correct/sharper. (See into of Ktzot that ...
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Chayecha Kodmin - Your own life comes first for countries

Trump's logic that local communities come first is in line with Tractate Nedarim 80b: מעיין של בני העיר חייהן וחיי אחרים חייהן קודמין לחיי אחרים A spring in one town should be used for the ...
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Chronological order of stories involving Rabban Gamliel

Partial answer: בראש השנה אשתקד צעריה בבכורות במעשה דרבי צדוק צעריה. (emphasis mine). To me this means that a bunch of time had passed (a year?) between the first incident mentioned (Yom-Kippur) ...
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Why was a bat kol able to settle the dispute between Battei Hillel and Shammai?

As other answers have mentioned the Bat Kol in the dispute did not settle the matter, it merely accorded with the majority opinion. However the question in general of to what degree one disregards a ...
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The size/shape of biblical Israel

Maybe this Gemara in Gittin 57a is a place to start. The Gemara says that Tur Malka used to be able to hold 1,800,000,000,000,000 people before the churban could not even hold 600,000 reeds after the ...
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What is the point in the mnemonic פמג"ש ממקגט"י ככסע"ז?

Similar passages can be found in all shas. You rapidly can see dozen, this is particularly length. The particularity is that this sugia treat a simple topic with a long list of similar Ta Shma (an ...
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Is coin a mana?

We discuss for Kinyan Chalipin. The question is about the Hava Amina that entails an additional teaching to exclude the possibility of Chalipin with coin. The answer can be found in Kesef Mishne ...
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Information about Arab Travelers in Aggadah

R. Hershel Schachter records R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik as stating that based on the Zohar "טייעא" is a term to refer to a Torah scholar, not an Arab merchant (at least in some of the cases): Nefesh ...
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