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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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Did Adam have intercourse with animals?

There is disagreement about this among the commentators. Here is a quote from the Artscroll Rashi Chumash Bereishis 2:23 footnote 4: Divrei Dovid...says that this prohibition [to have relations ...
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How do Chazal know that the descendants of a Mamzer may never marry into the general populace?

Torah Temimah (text here) cites the Sifri here (my loose translation): גם דור עשירי – נאמר כאן דור עשירי ונאמר להלן בעמוני ומואבי דור עשירי (פ׳ ד׳) מה דור עשירי דלהלן עד עולם אף דור עשירי שבכאן עד ...
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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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Is the existence of Ashkenazi and Sephardi traditions a violation of "Lo Titgodedu"?

The Gemara (Yevamot 14a) says (regarding if Beis Shammai followed their own Psak): ומ"ד עשו קרינן כאן (דברים יד, א) לא תתגודדו לא תעשו אגודות אגודות אמר אביי כי אמרינן לא תתגודדו כגון שתי בתי דינים ...
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Why does HaShem desire the tefillos of the righteous?

The OP states: "...He created this world only to bestow good on us." 1) If G-d is infinite and 2) He can give infinitely 3) And He created the world in order to bestow good upon us... Then G-d by ...
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Did Adam have intercourse with animals?

The vast majority of classical Jewish sources, including all the Geonim, and most Rishonim, state that the Midrashim (exegetical rabbinic literature) reflect the views of individual rabbis; not the ...
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How did Lot's daughters get pregnant from bi'ah rishonah

Refer to Bereishis Rabbah 45:4 וַיָּבֹא אֶל הָגָר וַתַּהַר (בראשית טז, ד), רַבִּי לֵוִי בַּר חַיָּתָא אָמַר מִבִּיאָה רִאשׁוֹנָה נִתְעַבְּרָה, אָמַר רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר לְעוֹלָם אֵין הָאִשָּׁה ...
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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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Yibum against her will

Gemara Yevamos 52a says that it is forbidden Derabanan for one who does Yibbum (i.e relations) without Doing Maamar to the Yevama (which means giving her monetary value worth a shave Pruta like ...
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Why the story of a kohen gadol marrying a widow (יבמות ו:ד)?

Tosafot Bava Batra 21a write that Yehoshua b. Gamla was wholly righteous (צדיק גמור), and that the implied criticism in Yevamot is simply because there were other more qualified priests available for ...
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What was unique about Gevas and Antifras that Rebbi Akiva singled them out?

It is an area of land. Rashi writes: מגבת עד אנטיפרס - [בין העיירות הללו היו כולם]: From Gevas until Antifras - i.e. all of them (that died were located) between these cities. Steinsaltz adds: ...
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When a Yavam marries his brother's wife, does he get his brother's double portion if he was a Bechor?

The Maharshal in ים של שלמה in Perek 4, Siman 23 says that the Ramabam, the Ramban, the Rashba and the Tur all hold that he would not get a double portion, however Rashi and the R"I hold that he ...
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What are the "major" and "minor" commandments?

R. Chaim of Volozhin in his commentary to Avot 2:1 offers various explanations that still uphold the idea that some commandments are definitely superior to others. The reward for any mitzvah is so ...
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Why can the sister-in-law return to her husband according to R. Yosi? Isn't she forbidden to the husband and to the adulterer? (Y'vamos 10:4)

The question is why Mishna 1 doen't apply and how can Leah come back to Baruch according to Rabbi Yose. To find the answer, we need to add one statement in quotation of Mishna 1 and 3. וצריכה גט ...
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What does Rebbi Akiva's students not respecting each other mean?

The source for the parenthetical remark you made possibly comes from the Shem Mishmuel. He says that it would have to be that people on this level couldn't have had such a low level of middos. They ...
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Did Isaiah deserve to be killed?

The relevant part at the beginning of Rashi reads: "And this is why he was punished by having his mouth sawed, because he called the Jews...". So Rashi is explaining not why he died or his ...
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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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Yevamot with karet?

The Tur (Even Ha’ezer 157) brings down an argument regarding a sinner in general, and Shulchan Aruch (Even Ha’ezer 157:5) rules that Yibbum is still required, and does not make a distinction between ...
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Understanding derivation of rule that "פרו ורבו" is mandatory only for men?

If he would of say "פרה ורבה" I would understand that only adom but not his children so it said in plural form to inclined the next generations And the command is to do something active in Judaism ...
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Yevamot Relationship Chart

Sorry, this is about 5 years too late, but maybe it will help someone else. Daf Hachaim has many charts organized by Daf, and has charts for many cases in Yevamos.
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Why does HaShem desire the tefillos of the righteous?

This is not a punishment of any sort, but part of actual creation. Talmidey Baal Shem Tov explain it this way. Clearly, Hashem knows everyone's needs, so the reason for tfilo is not to inform Hashem ...
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Did Adam have intercourse with animals?

Although the vast majority of commentators take the view that Adam didn't have physical relations with the animals, there is a minority view that he did. R. Ovadia MiBartenura - http://hebrewbooks....
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Why is the case of the near-simultaneous deaths in Y'vamos chapter 7?

In each of the three cases we have a Hazka Kamayita. For the first two cases, (safek 9 year old and safek puberty) Meyikar Haddin, She can eat teruma (The safek 9 year old is still not 9 old, and his ...
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Why the story of a kohen gadol marrying a widow (יבמות ו:ד)?

Indeed this is strange that the Mishna talk about the story of YBG. Melechet Shelomo ע"כ: ואיתא בת"כ סוף פ' ב' דפ' אמור: ומינהו המלך בגמ' דייקי' מדקתני מינהו ולא קתני נתמנה דקשר של רשעים ...
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Why one's daughter is not mentioned in Arayos in the Torah?

The Torah mentions explicitly that one's wife's daughter which includes his own daughter (or her daughter from marriage to another man prior to his marriage) is forbidden (ערוות אישה ובתה, לא ...
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What are the "major" and "minor" commandments?

The classic example of a Difficult Mitzva is honouring ones parents, and an easy Mitzva is to send away the mother bird as quoted in Yerushalmi Kiddushin 20a (It seems that its proportional to the ...
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What was unique about Gevas and Antifras that Rebbi Akiva singled them out?

These two cities (with some variance in spelling) are commonly used in Aggadah to designate the borders of the land of Yehudah; see, e.g. Sanhedrin 94b, as per Rashi and Steinsaltz (note the parallel ...
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A little Yabam who made Yibum and died

I have perhaps an answer. The words concerning the boys who are in a doubtful status aren't linked to any attribute. So we need to search if they can be linked to one the cases in the first paragraph. ...
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