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I'm not coming to argue with the Bartenura who mentions the cheating aspect, the following is just a thought based on an admittedly inconclusive historical point. It has been proposed that in Roman times sticking out ones thumb was a bad sign. Perhaps it was connected with a signal to kill a fallen gladiator. Perhaps only thumbs down, or up, or perhaps any ...


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The Mishnah there is describing how certain jobs in the Basis Hamikdash would be appointed if there were multiple Kohanim vying for the same job. The Kohanim would form a circle around the supervisor, who would pick a large random number and a random position in the circle, and start counting the people around the line until he reached his number, and the ...


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I would suggest an answer using the Ramban's introduction to Sefer Shemos: וכשבאו אל הר סיני ועשו המשכן ושב הקב"ה והשרה שכינתו ביניהם אז שבו אל מעלות אבותם שהיה סוד אלוה עלי אהליהם והם הם המרכבה. And when they came to Mount Sinai and made the Mishkan, The Holy One blessed be He responded and dwelt His Shechina amongst them. Then they returned to the ...


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Are Chazal always right? It is true that Chazal say that a temple could not be built until Israel went to war with Amalek. Amalek, although a war-like nation, should not be attacked until a peace offer has been made, or that fighting should cease from the Jews if certain requirements were met. See Mishneh Torah, Concerning Kings and Wars 5:1 and 6:1, 4. It ...


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