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The case of the missing Maharsha (Sota 49, BK 82, M'nachos 64)

The Maharsha discusses the pig story in Chidushei Agadot at the end of Sotah, as advertised, but the comment is applied not to the portion of the Gemara on 49b where the story is told, but to the ...
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Where are the regions Kerutim & Hatoulim, mentioned in the Mishna as having the best wine grapes, located on a map?

Welcome to Mi Yodeya! Naturally, there's some disagreement about where these places were exactly. Here are the views I was able to find so far (and I'll add more if I find any other views): Kerotim: ...
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If Moshe received ALL future Torah at Har Sinai, why didn't he understand R' Akiva's shiur (Menachos 29b)?

I once heard Rav Herschel Schachter discuss this question. He gave an analogy, that if one were to bring out Euclid, and show him a modern suspension bridge, and tell him it was built using Euclidean ...
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Is something missing from Menachot 63b?

There are two things that could convince you of no censorship. 1) The particular text is a flowing conversation indifferent from any other Talmudic banter. Which opposes the given example from ...
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Is grain from outside Israel usable for offerings or not?

The Mishna says "כל הארצות היו כשרות אלא מכאן היו מביאין" and tells about Omer and shti Halechem, which need to be from Erets Israel. So the Bartenura is right when he adds "של ארץ ישראל" The ...
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Bracha b'mitzvat tefillin on tefilla shel rosh

Did some searching for you... Note in Oz Vehadar: Kol Bo: Footnote 543: Birkei Yosef:
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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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If Moshe received ALL future Torah at Har Sinai, why didn't he understand R' Akiva's shiur (Menachos 29b)?

Please see Michtav Meliyahu Chelek 5 page 216. There he brings the Maharal as well as his own understanding. Rabbi Akiva develops his knowledge from the specifics to whole. So from even the taggim he ...
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Is something missing from Menachot 63b?

No, this seems to just be a victim of chance/statistics relating to printing or font size, I would guess. Similar spaces (albeit slightly less than this), can be found nearby, such as Menachos 62a (...
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Terumoth and Maasroth in Babylon

To answer the implied question in your title: Yes, there were Terumoth and Maasroth in Babylon. See Yadayim 4:3 which takes this as a given. See also Rambam Hilchot Terumot 1:1.
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If Moshe received ALL future Torah at Har Sinai, why didn't he understand R' Akiva's shiur (Menachos 29b)?

Was discussing this with my rabbi recently and he gave me an answer. This can be answered based on logic. Moshe's learning of the Torah in many respects was not linear and was visual as well as with ...
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Who said to whom? (M'nachos 70)

Some context would help here. Earlier in the Gemara, Abayei discusses a somewhat similar case (Davidson Edition translation): אמר ליה ר' חנינא בר מניומי לאביי עציץ שאינו נקוב מהו אי לא נקוב הא לא ...
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Why does M'nachos 61:2 have only three of six kal vachomer arguments?

Okay, so I read through the Gemara, and although I see why it could be a little confusing, I think I also understand how to read it so that it makes perfect sense. The Gemara first addresses Shalmei ...
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Precautions to avoid adulterated handful of meal offering

Partial answer: Menachot 6:7 teaches that the flour used for the Omer, Shtei Halechem and Lechem Hapanim was sifted many times before use. While (presumably) this was done in order to fulfil the ...
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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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Greek Chi and Anointment

Consolidating my comments, the typical European Rishonic rabbi did not usually consult local Christian scholars to understand Jewish sources. A couple of examples were brought here about the Tosfot's ...
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Greek Chi and Anointment

It is worth noting this summary of the Tosafos here which adds an additional commentaries note demonstrating that others do read it like an 'Ⲭ'. It writes there: NOTE: Rashi in Kerisus (5b DH k'Min) ...
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No leaning for communal offerings? But there is!

That's because 2 Mishnayos back you already learned that these were exceptions. Menachot 9:7 כָּל קָרְבְּנוֹת הַצִּבּוּר אֵין בָּהֶם סְמִיכָה, חוּץ מִן הַפַּר הַבָּא עַל כָּל הַמִּצְוֹת, וְשָׂעִיר ...
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Bracha b'mitzvat tefillin on tefilla shel rosh

Professor R. Naftali Wieder addressed this issue in two places (that I know of): once in his article פרקים בתולדות התפילה והברכות (footnote 48; p162 in התגבשות נוסח התפילה במזרח ובמערב volume 1) and ...
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Menachot 65/66 why did the counting of the omer needed to start with a fixed time?

The rabbis held that the words ממחרת השבת ("the day after the Shabbat") referred to the day after the holiday, not the day after Saturday. The proof for this is (as given by Rabbi Yosi on Menachot 66a)...
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Why not wear tefillin on Yom Tov according to Rabbi Akiva?

Aruch HaShulchan Orach Chayyim 31:3 has a summary of various explanations of the sign. According to Rashi, Rif and Or Zarua', shabbat itself is the sign (as you noted). Aruch HaShulchan explains that ...
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If Moshe received ALL future Torah at Har Sinai, why didn't he understand R' Akiva's shiur (Menachos 29b)?

It says Moses did not understand what was being said. It does not say he had not heard it before.
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What kind of ‘rocking boat’ is Menachos 94 referring to?

Like this: See this article for a well detailed and researched discussion of this topic; concluding with the above picture. Here are some of the highlights: Finally, these comments by Les ...
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How did the Boethusians linked the morrow after the Shabat with the Shabat Chol HaMoed Pesach?

They read the Parshiot as they are written. See ויקרא פרק-כג where the Torah says to keep Pesach and then on the morrow of the Sabbath to start counting the 7 weeks of the Omer after bringing the Omer ...
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What type of olive oil was used for the shemen hamishcha (Anointing oil)?

I used this question as the basis of a recent Substack post, where I came up with my own answer, and compared it with the answer generated by ChatGPT. In short, I would say that there is no ...
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The Yud and Hey in creation (Isaiah 26:4)

Rashi explains it. The Yud represents the fewness of the Tzadikim, the Heh with its open bottom represents the ability to return to hashem (teshuvah) it also represents the descent prepared for the ...
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