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Rambam controversy

the Rambam literally holds that demons don’t exist, which are talked about multiple times throughout tanach and Talmud, would that mean that the Rambam is a heretic c”v? No, there is no fundamental ...
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Did Noach live 950 years or 951 years

Copying from YEZ’s answer to the related question of whether Moshe was 120 or 121: The Da'as Zkeinim (and the Chizkuni) at the beginning of Parshas Noach addresses this issue in a different ...
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In what order were the works of the Rashba written?

The Sdei Chemed (vol. 9, Klalei HaPoskim 10:2) delineates the order of authority and reverse chronology as follows: Shu"t HaRashba Torat HaBayit / Avodat HaKodesh / Piskei Challah / Shaar HaMayim ...
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Chazal contradicting science

This is a very broad and complex topic, with multiple opinions in every direction, and the practical halacha depends on the topic being studied. Entire books have been written on it, so it is not easy ...
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Contradiction in Rambam's laws of Talmud Torah and Shevet Levy (end of Shmitah)

This contradiction was apparently noted and addressed by R. David Ibn Zimra. In his commentary to the statement in Hilchot Shemita V'yovel he writes: הוא מיושר דעתו וסברתו ז"ל ודקדקתי בדבריו ז"ל ...
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Rambam's view of Moses's miracles

First I will attempt to address the contradiction with the verses, as Rambam could theoretical change his opinion, or modify his view, but he cannot disagree with a verse. Therefore, an answer for the ...
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Why does the Gemara say Chizkiyahu didn't sing?

The shirah he sang was about his recovery, not about the defeat of Sancheriv. Yalkut Shimoni (Nach 243, end) actually says that Hashem had to force the issue by making Chizkiyahu fall sick, so that at ...
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Did Moses throw or drop the tablets?

The Rashbam brings down the Pirkey D'Rav Eliezer 45 who explains that when he was no longer able to carry them because they became so heavy he threw them slightly away from himself. The Chizkuni also ...
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Is Tosefta Avodah Zarah misinterpreting the Talmud with regard to prohibited sexual relations for gentiles?

When the Talmud says that it's quoting a baraita, it's most likely referring to this very Tosefta (the Tosefta is a collection of baraitot); it isn't the Tosefta misinterpreting the Talmud. Still, ...
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Apparent contradiction in the law of Hotza’ah (carrying) on shabbath

There are two different laws at play here: transporting from private to public space, and moving something four paces through a public space. Transporting from private to public means you start in ...
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Does a prophet win halachic debates according to R. Yosef Albo?

Whether a navi can clarify a disputed halachah seems to be a machlokes rishonim. The Meiri in his introduction to Avos (סדר הקבלה, מכון אופק, עמ' 47-45) writes: ולפעמים היתה הנבואה מבררת להם כל ...
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Apparent contradition in parshat Noach: How to reconcile?

Various commentators interpret "the entire earth was of one language" as meaning something other than that there was only one language that everyone spoke. But even if we assume that that is what it ...
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Does Ezekiel 44:22 contradict the Torah?

There are two answers, one from the main translation (as explained by Rashi) and one that I came up with based on logic. Yechezkel 44:22 And neither a widow nor a divorced woman may they take for ...
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Proof text in Rosh Hashanah for month of mating season

A potential answer is as follows: R. Yehoshua is not adducing a formal proof when he quotes the verse לבשו כרים הצאן. It is simply an additional support. He is saying that I said that creation was in ...
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Rav Kapach on Rambam's view on the identification of Keneh bosem

There does not appear to be a contradiction. In his commentary to the Mishnah Rambam doesn’t describe the plant; he merely mentions it as one of the ingredients in the anointing oil. (Presumably ...
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A difficult Rema in SH OHC 268:3

He's saying that even in Shacharis it's fine because it can be viewed as a mix-up between one Shabbos tefilla and another. The referenced תרומת הדשן spells it out more clearly: אפילו בישמח משה שאינה ...
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Apparent contradiction between two Gemaras

Tosfos Sotah 25B asks this question: וצריך עיון כלאי הכרם אמאי מטמאין טומאת אוכלים ולא אמר כתותי מכתת שיעוריה הלכך ליכא לדמויי להדדי The Maharsham and others in the back of the Gemara propose ...
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Why do Rabbis say that HaShem was mistaken and HaShem states that He was defeated and that He must obey the Rabbis?

Let's break it down. Firstly, it seems the question is unaware of something fairly standard in traditional Judaism, which is Hashem gave the authority to make halachic rulings to the Sages of each ...
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Where in the works of Maimonides does he address how to deal with apparent contradictions between halakha and empirical facts?

The Rambam is always careful to distinguish between knowledge of facts and knowledge of good and evil (More Nevuchim 1:2). A law can never contradict the fact that it causes suffering. The fact that a ...
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Are these verses about Hashem's anger a contradiction?

The Ahavat Yehonatan (on the Haftarah of Behar) explains that "forever" overhere means fifty years, as we find by a Jewish slave who goes free after the fiftieth year, even though it says ...
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Rambam's View on Attaining Olam Haba with One Mitzvah

Answer #2 - please read the answer #1 first, and then this one, and please provide feedback on any/all of these answers. The second approach is what I assume R. Kafih is trying to get at, although I ...
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When was Yitzchok supposed to be born?

I found that the Mizrachi (Beginning of Parshas Vayeira) addresses my question, including all the sources which I mentioned, adding the chazal that "שסרט לו סריטה בכותל דלשנה אחרת כשתבא חמה לכאן תלד ...
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Rambam's view of Moses's miracles

In Cheilek the issue is not the idea of Nevu'as Moshe as ultimate, direct national revelation- which is itself addressed in the earlier Ikar/Yesod. It's "Torah Min HaShamayim"- and though it may seem ...
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Paradox of the Evil Inclination: Hashem commands to disobey Himself?

The Evil Inclination is not a Jew, it is a malach, and therefore is not commanded in any of the mitzvos which were given to klall yisrael, but whose purpose is to made good decisions have meaning by ...
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Zevulun or Yissachar: Who Goes First?

The simplest answer (as with most contradictions in Rashi's commentary) is that Rashi did not make up these ideas. In each case he is quoting a midrash, and the two midrashim are not necessarily in ...
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Does God need to find out what happened? – Ralbag's seemingly contradictory comments

I would like to suggest that in the case of Migdal Bavel, the verse (in its simplest form) seems to be saying that God descended to see the city and tower, which God was obviously able to see (and be ...
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Did the Moabites give water and food to B'nai Yisra'el or not? Contradictory verses?

Ibn Ezra on Devarim 2:29 offers two possible explanations: as the children of Es̀av did for me Some commentators relate this phrase to “you will sell me food for money” [: 28], but if this be so, ...
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How does Hashem relate to the bitachon (faith) of a wicked person?

see commentaries here Marpe Lenefesh: Even though G-d has compassion on all His creations, including the wicked, as he explained earlier, even so, for this, one should not think that G-d will ...
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While it says in Kiddushin 40b that torah is the more important than Mitzvot in Pirkei Avot it says otherwise?

There is an extended comment of the Rambam on this Mishnah of avot. But I want only note here, according to the explanation of Bartenura that the Mishna says almost exactly what chachamim say in ...
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How do we rationalize a person's sins being solely their own when we have traditions that blame entire nations for certain acts?

According to Sanhedrin 27b, children are punished for their fathers’ sins only when they follow in their footsteps; children who do not follow the sins of their fathers are not punished on their ...
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