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Why Shammai says that a man can only divorce his wife due to adultery?

The opinion of the House of Shammai, as quoted in the Mishnah (Gittin 90a), is: Beit Shammai say: A man may not divorce his wife unless he finds out about her having engaged in a matter of ...
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What were the main principles of Hillel and Shammai's schools approach?

R. Shlomo Yosef Zevin wrote a classic article, printed in his Le-Or Ha-Halachah, where he argues that Beit Shammai focused on potential, whereas Beit Hillel focused on the actual. From memory, a ...
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What happened in R' Chananya's penthouse (18 Dvarim)?

According to this article: The Korban HaEida explains that the students of Shamai stood outside the house and prevented most of the students of Hillel from entering in order to sway the halacha. ...
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Why do Yekkes follow Beis Shammai?

The Rosh says two answers: ור״י חילק משוס למזיגה היא בחמין צריך דקדוק גדול שלא יתסר ושלא יותיר ואיכא היסת הדעת טפי. ור"ת ירץ דהתם מיירי בחול ואם יתול ידיו תתלה לפעמים יתעסק בשאר צרכים ולא יאכל אלתר ...
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Mishna Brachos 1:3 , What should have Rabbi Tarfon done?

The basic halacha in disputes between Bais Hillel and Bais Shammai is according to Bais Hillel as we see in Eruvin 13b. The point is that he stopped and lay down (putting himself in saccanah) when he ...
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Did Hillel get rid of the year of Jubilee?

Truth is priceless, lies are free. The N.T. loves to paint Jews as nasty, and poor unsuspecting readers buy it without a second thought. According to Rambam, the mitzvot of the Jubilee came to an end ...
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Why is Beis Hillel before Beis Shammai in Mishna Sukkah?

It looks like the תוי"ט addresses this question in the second part of his comment here: ובית שמאי אומרים אף באנא הצליחה נא. ...ולפי שב"ש באו להוסיף על דברי בית הלל. סדרם אחריהם וכן במשנה ה' ...
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Why only Hillel and Shammai are mentioned to have schools (Batim)?

Batei midrash of other sages are in fact mentioned, they're just usually referred to in Aramaic "בי" - "Bei". For example: Bei Rabbi Yannai: "דְּבֵי רַבִּי יַנַּאי אָמְרִי, ...
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What were the main principles of Hillel and Shammai's schools approach?

I like Rav Zevin's theory, already shared by Joel K in his answer. That said, though, there is strong indication that the legal differences derive from a misunderstanding. Sotah 47b says: משרבו ...
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Was Yehoshua Ben Karcha a member of Beth Hillel or Beth Shammai?

Yehoshua ben Karcha was almost certainly Rabbi Akiva's son. Ben Karcha means son of the bald one which was a code that he was the son of Rabbi Akiva who was indeed bald. This name was utilized to ...
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What happened in R' Chananya's penthouse (18 Dvarim)?

Adapted from Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch’s explanation (Collected Writings, §VII, “Rabban Gamliel and His Times”, pp. 84–90), who points out that Bavli Shabbos 17a is referring to the same incident: ...
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Why is Beis Hillel before Beis Shammai in Mishna Sukkah?

The Ben Yehoyada Sukkah (37b) writes on this Mishna: וְהֵיכָן הָיוּ מְנַעְנְעִין? בְּ"הוֹדוּ לַה'" תְּחִלָּה וָסוֹף, וּ"בְאָנָּא ה' הוֹשִׁיעָה נָא", דִּבְרֵי בֵּית הִלֵּל. אף על ...
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Were B"H and B"S opinions Halachically exhaustive?

Here's one instance where there was a contemporaneous third opinion: Tosefta Shabbat 16:7 (my translation): "Beit Hillel say: One may clear from the table bones and shells, and Beit Shammai say: ...
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Were B"H and B"S opinions Halachically exhaustive?

Presumably those arguments in Eduyos were contemporaries. (Though not conclusive): 1). Beis Hillel and Beis Shammai span generations themselves (which somewhat invalidates the question, how can we ...
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Beis Hillel vs Beis Shammai - so what that the latter are sharper?

The Maharsha in Chiddushei Agadot here writes: פרש"י בחכמה ואע"ג דסתמא כתיב בתורה אחרי רבים להטות אפשר דמוקמינן לה דוקא דכי הדדי נינהו מדכתיב לא תענה על רב חסר יו"ד דמשמע ביש חכמה ...
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Until when did the Yeshivos of Beis Hillel and Shamai exist?

They were both still around after the destruction of the second Beis Hamakdush. Rav Yehoshua who died about sixty years afterwards was unwilling to pasken on a machlokes between Beis Shamal and Beis ...
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Why isn't Keilim 20:6 reckoned amongst the stringencies of Beit Hillel and the leniencies of Beit Shammai?

In many cases, the Gemarah and Rishonim ask this kind of question and they answer that there is a different instance that would cause the kulah to become a chumra and vice versa, which is why it ...
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Mishna Brachos 1:3 , What should have Rabbi Tarfon done?

According to the Mesilat Yesharim the pshat of our Gemara is linked to the fact that, at a certain point of our history, the existing of Tora did depend on a clear decision that everyone needs to ...
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Was Rashbi a member of Beth Shammai or Beth Hillel?

Rashbi is a student of Rabbi Akiva. See Gemara Yebamot 62b: אמרו שנים עשר אלף זוגים תלמידים היו לו לרבי עקיבא מגבת עד אנטיפרס וכולן מתו בפרק אחד מפני שלא נהגו כבוד זה לזה והיה העולם שמם עד שבא ר''ע ...
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