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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); and the reason that required him to start with Yevamot and not to start with Tractate Ketubot (Marriage Contracts) – and the investigation of the intellect ...


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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 Seder Nashim follows Seder Moed. Seder Moed ends with Moed Kotton (according to their ordering) so we put and study the tragedies near each other. (2) Because ...


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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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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. Conventional chronology is incorrect due to Christian manipulation (R. Sa'adia Gaon) or Greek manipulation (R. Alexander Hool). 2. Conventional chronology is ...


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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 highlighted:


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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 relationships, as well as the severity of those prohibitions. Thus, the study of Masechet Yevamot becomes a basic source for all of Seder Nashim.


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Tol'dos Yitzchak (by Rabbi Yitzchak Karo, uncle of the Bes Yosef) has two explanations: "to tell you whoever sees a sota in her detriment…": its explanation is as a way of a command: he's obliged to swear off of wine, in his seeing her death due to the drinking of wine…. And it is also natural: … "whoever sees a sota in her ...


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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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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 Throughout the term of his vow as nazirite, no razor shall touch his head; it shall remain consecrated until the completion of his term as nazirite of the LORD, the ...


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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/mystery-of-spike-in-deaths-between-christmas-and-new-years-gets-curiouser-and-curiouser/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c40641a7e19c https://www.post-gazette.com/news/...


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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 Rabbis supported using the gematria as a hint. I speculate that Rambam says this as he is loathe to view a gematria as the primary source for this halachah. ...


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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 הריני נזיר כמנין ימות החמה הוי נזיר עולם. והביא מעשה להוכיח שאינו נזיר עולם, דמעשה היה וכיון שהשלים מת, ובנזיר עולם לא שייך השלמה, אלא ודאי מונה נזיריות. וכן הלכה:&...


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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 metsora without behonot, there is no distinction between accident and self mutilation. All the cases of hairs cutting in gemara are active cutting, including ...


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