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Was the lechem h'apanim baked on pesach?

The Lechem was anyway not chameitz. It was baked on Pesach as it was baked every week. Mishna Menachot 5.1: כל המנחות באות מצה--חוץ מחמץ שבתודה, ושתי הלחם שהן באות חמץ. רבי מאיר אומר, שאור בודה להן ...
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Responses to the Chacham and Tam

Menachem Ben Yashar provides a fascinating answer here, very summarized as follows: The Yerushalmi's version was written during the time of the Beis Hamikdash, and thus, there was a real Halachic ...
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What does איברא mean?

Here is Jastrow on Eivara (a limb), and Ivra (to be sure). He says that the latter comes from A-V-R, which is a lashon of strength in Aramaic.
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Was there an Eruv in Jerusalem while the Temple stood?

In your question you assume there was an eruv in Yerushalayim, and therefore find it difficult to understand why they would not carry the Korban Pesach home until night, and why they would bring the 4 ...
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Why was the Book of Genealogies hidden away?

Rashi to Pesachim 62b explains נגנז as נשתכח. So it sounds like he believes it was lost, rather than deliberately hidden (the question at the end of your final paragraph notwithstanding). Maharsha ad ...
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Responses to the Chacham and Tam

Rabbi Joshua ben Levi said, “Whoever teaches his grandson Torah is regarded as if he had received the Torah from Mount Sinai as it is said, ‘Teach your children and children’s children,’ and then it ...
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What does כסיה mean?

Rav Dovid Tzvi Hoffman on this Passuk suggests that the word כסיה would mean forever/ongoing: ואולי הפירוש של ״כסיה״ – לדעתם של אלה הסוברים כי תיבה אחת יש כאן – הוא: המכוסה, העטוף, כלומר הנצח, כמו ״...
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The Chacham, the Rasha, the She'eino Yodeya Lish'ol, and... What's that other son again?

The answer is that the basic premise of the question that there are four discrete children, and all the Midrashim refer to "the same child", is baseless. In reality, the pashut peshat is that the ...
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How to spell Beit Hillel (הילל/הלל)?

In Tanakh, the name Hillel is always found defective: הִלֵּל (Judges 12:13, etc.). This form is also found in the Bar-Kosiba letters recovered at Wadi Murabbaʿat (הלל בן גריס, Mur. 24). However, the ...
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Meaning of "נראים דבריהם מדברינו" - accepting scientific theories over Jewish tradition?

Rambam addresses this in Guide for the Perplexed 2:8. You must not find it strange that Aristotle differs here from the opinion of our Sages. The theory of the music of the spheres is connected ...
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Pesachim 115a – Syria or Sura?

Using Hachi Garsinan, (or you can search the Hebrew terms here as well) or any other manuscript collection, in all (bar none) of the major written manuscripts that we have available (Munich 6, Munich ...
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Is Karpas strictly required?

On the most basic level we can answer by stating simply that this is what the Sages instituted. The Mishnah in Pesachim (10:3) states: הביאו לפניו מטבל בחזרת עד שמגיע לפרפרת הפת MISHNAH. THEY THEN ...
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What does איברא mean?

Here is what Sokoloff records in his dictionary of Babylonian Aramaic: To answer the etymological question, therefore, the word comes from Middle Iranian.
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Invei HaGefen: Why grapes?

My Rebbe, the Stoliner Rosh Yeshivah shelitah, in Boropark, (R' Wolpin) told me an explanation of "why grapes" as opposed to other fruits. All other fruits eventually rot with age. Wine is the ...
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Why does a זב מחוסר כפרה have a פסח brought for him?

Tosafos in חגיגה daf 2b (כופין את רבו) already discusses this, and brings it as an example of doing a minor infraction to allow a fellow Jew to keep a great Mitzvah. תדע דשרינן ריש תמיד נשחט (...
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Will Korech move to the end of the Seder in the future?

I think this would be a dispute between Rashi and Rambam, but partly for a different reason. Before we factor in the dispute between Hillel and the Sages (and rishonim's interpretations thereof) we ...
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The Chanuka Miracle of the Oil and Tumah Hutra Btzibur

R' Shlomo Kluger (on Shulchan Aruch OC 670) writes that when the Avoidah is not just part of the daily seder, but also an inauguration of the Avoida ('Chinuch'), it requires purity. (See Alex's answer)...
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What is the halacha on proselytizing?

The Shulchan Aruch Y.D. 268 (based on the Gemarah Yevamot 47a) says to initially discourage someone who comes to convert: כשבא להתגייר אומרים לו מה ראית שבאת להתגייר אי אתה יודע שישראל בזמן הזה ...
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Who wrote the introduction to the Pesach Sacrifice printed on Pesachim 57b

The Kollel Iyun HaDaf writes here the following: There are two exceptionally short pages (Amudim) of Gemara in Pesachim (57b and 99a) due to the printers' addition of extensive Halachic summaries of ...
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Did Rabbi Yehudah ben Bateira not come for the Regel?

Tosfos there explains ורבי יהודה בן בתירא שלא עלה לרגל י"ל שלא היה לו קרקע או זקן היה שאינו יכול להלך ברגליו דפטור מפסח כמו מראיה א"נ נציבין חו"ל היא כדמוכח בסיפרי בפ' ראה ועוד בתרגום ...
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Understanding an apparent dichotomy in Rabbi Akiva's pre-Yeshiva days

Tosafos in K'subos (62b) picks up on this: דהוה צניע ומעלי. והא דאמר באלו עוברין (פסחים מט:) אמר ר"ע כשהייתי עם הארץ הייתי אומר מי יתן לי תלמיד חכם ואנשכנו כחמור משמע דלא הוה מעלי איכא למימר ...
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Can one use terumah to light a stove?

The mishna in 10:4 is referring to lighting an oven where the benefit is the heat that is derived after the teruma is already burned, therefore it is only a question of "shvach eitzim" which ...
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Who are the Kutim, and what happened to them?

The Shomronim/Samaritans were populating the area of Samaria in Israel by Sancherev and were originally from several places included Kutta hence they are referred to by their original names in the ...
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What happened to the spoils from Egypt?

See page 366 in Divrei Hayamim II (2nd Chronicles) Artscroll Tanach series. Rabbi Moshe Eisemann has a nice short essay on this. In general, Chazal took the idea of wordly power and potential and ...
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The Chacham, the Rasha, the She'eino Yodeya Lish'ol, and... What's that other son again?

At the same source I quoted in Responses to the Chacham and Tam (Please go read the article I quote, it's absolutely fantastic!), he provides a fascinating answer to this question as well. Being ...
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Invei HaGefen: Why grapes?

I think that the simple peshat is that if they are both virtuous, they are compared to two grapes; similar to the English idiom; two peas in a pod. Grapes would just be chosen since like peas they ...
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What does איברא mean?

Marcus Jastrow says the word means "indeed" or "to be sure". Everytime you have a question concerning Talmudic vocabulary, it would be a good idea to check Jastrow first. A physical copy is a great ...
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Keitsad tsolin mefarshim

This link is to Meiri on chapter seven: http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=36400&st=&pgnum=121 And this is a link to Rashba on chapter seven: http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=...
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Applying Pesachim 49a's prohibition of marrying the daughter of an "am ha'aretz"

Don't have precise source right now, but I recall reading that, at Talmud time, almost all the education of girls was from her parents; so bas am haaretz had little chance to be different. But ...
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Why does the servant register on a Pesach by himself?

The Rambam Hilchos Korban Pesach 3,2: באומר לעבדו צא ושחוט עלי וקבע לו ושכח העבד מה אמר לו רבו. והוא שיתן לו רועה של רבו גדי וטלה ויאמר לו שחוט שניהן כדי שתשחוט כמו שאמר לו רבך והרי אחד מהן שלך על ...
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