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Why is Yevamot the first masechet in Nashim?

Rambam writes in his Introduction to The Mishnah: Afterwards, he [Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi] divided the material in the Order of Women [Nashim]. And he started with Tractate Yevamot (Levirate Marriages); ...
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Why is Yevamot the first masechet in Nashim?

The first Tosofos Yeshanim in Mesechtas Yevamos asks why Yevamos comes first. We don't start with tragedies so Kiddushin should be first. He gives two reasons for why Yevamos was put first (1) Because ...
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Why is Yevamot the first masechet in Nashim?

All orders [with the exception of Zeraim] are sorted by the size of the tractates, and Yevamot (16 chapters) is bigger then Ketuvot (13 chapters).
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What is the explanation for the discrepancy between Seder Olam's chronology and that of historical scholarship?

This excellent source sheet produced by R. Anthony Manning, lists a number of different approaches to resolving the discrepancy: 1. Seder Olam is correct and the conventional chronology is incorrect. ...
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Looking for a commentary, possibly in Mas. Nazir

It's in נוסחת הריב"ן on the side of the page in Nazir there, near the end of note Vov (referenced within the text of the Rashi). Here's what it looks like in the Vilna Shas, with the relevant parts ...
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Why is Yevamot the first masechet in Nashim?

The OU website notes a good reason: While Masechet Yevamot focuses on the rules and regulations concerning levirate marriage, nevertheless, it involves an examination of forbidden sexual and marital ...
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Nazir benefiting from grapes/wine

A Nazir is allowed to benefit from wine, as the gemara (pesachim 21b-23a) says: ופליגי דרבי אבהו דאמר רבי אבהו כל מקום שנאמר לא יאכל לא תאכל לא תאכלו אחד איסור אכילה ואחד איסור הנאה עד שיפרט לך הכתוב ...
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טירטוריו"ש in Rashi

תרגום הלע"ז by Dayan Yisroel Kukovitzky of London a dictionary of all French words in Rashi translated into Hebrew, French and English sources the Gemoroh 49: and brings both spellings מזיק ...
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טירטוריו"ש in Rashi

From Sefaria Otzar Laazei Rashi, Talmud, Nazir 6 1212 / (נזיר מט:) / קנטרנין טורטוריו"ש גורמי-נזק, עושי-עוול / torurios ✭ offenders, transgressors, malicious people
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Why the Minimum Nazirship Length?

במדבר ו ה כָּל־יְמֵי֙ נֶ֣דֶר נִזְר֔וֹ תַּ֖עַר לֹא־יַעֲבֹ֣ר עַל־רֹאשׁ֑וֹ עַד־מְלֹ֨את הַיָּמִ֜ם אֲשֶׁר־יַזִּ֤יר לַיהוָה֙ קָדֹ֣שׁ יִהְיֶ֔ה גַּדֵּ֥ל פֶּ֖רַע שְׂעַ֥ר רֹאשֽׁוֹ׃ Bamidbar p6 5 ...
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What did the Nazir's death add to the story?

There's a well-documented and less-well-understood effect that people tend to die more during and after holidays. Some sources: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/12/22/...
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Can halacha be derived from gematria?

Your motivating example is not necessarily a case of “deriving” halachah from gematria. Rambam writes in is Commentary to Nazir 1:3 that the thirty-day nazir rule is a received tradition, which the ...
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What did the Nazir's death add to the story?

The Bartenura infers and answers your question. מונה נזירות כמנין ימות השנה. שס״ה נזירות כמנין ימות החמה:,אמר רבי יהודה מעשה היה כיון שהשלים מת. ר׳ יהודה שמעיה לרבי דאפליג אתנא קמא ואמר שהאומר ...
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Nazir having his hair removed through an indirect manner

The berayta and gemarot (Nazir 46b, Yuma 61b) regarding Nazir Memurat seem address a case in which hair loss is not a case of shaving, Gemara doesn't ask if the situation is induced. Similarly for a ...
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What is the explanation for the discrepancy between Seder Olam's chronology and that of historical scholarship?

A full discussion of this complex historical problem is found in the article 'Missing Years' in Religion-wiki: religion.wikia.com/wiki/Missing_years. It mentions that the following sources have been ...
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