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Yevamos (62b): שנים עשר אלף זוגים תלמידים היו לו לרבי עקיבא מגבת עד אנטיפרס וכולן מתו בפרק אחד מפני שלא נהגו כבוד זה לזה והיה העולם שמם עד שבא ר"ע אצל רבותינו שבדרום ושנאה להם ר"מ ור' יהודה ור' יוסי ורבי שמעון ורבי אלעזר בן שמוע והם הם העמידו תורה אותה שעה Rabbi Akiva had twelve thousand pairs of students in an area of land that stretched from ...


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In Melachim II, chapter 22 during the time of King Josiah the High Priest Hilkiah found the "scroll of the law" in the temple. This chapter does not imply that it was necessarily the only such copy of the law (and it's not clear whether it refers to the whole or only part of the Torah), but from the reaction of the king we can infer that its contents were ...


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Rashi (Ketubot 57a:) already acknowledges that in certain types of disputes one party is of necessity lying (or,to soften the implication, saying something untrue (possibly unwittingly)): דכי פליגי תרי אליבא דחד מר אמר הכי אמר פלוני ומר אמר הכי אמר פלוני חד מינייהו משקר אבל כי פליגי תרי אמוראי בדין או באיסור והיתר כל חד אמר הכי מיסתבר טעמא אין כאן שקר כל ...


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The Gemara in Sanhedrin (14a) tells of when Semicha was in danger of being lost forever. But Rav Yehuda Ben Bava saved it: בטלו דיני קנסות מישראל שפעם אחת גזרה מלכות הרשעה גזירה על ישראל שכל הסומך יהרג וכל הנסמך יהרג ועיר שסומכין בה תיחרב ותחומין שסומכין בהן יעקרו The laws of fines would have ceased to be implemented from among the Jewish ...


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R' Yair Bachrach (1639-1702) in Chavot Yair, teshuva 192 gives a much longer list of Halachot L'Moshe MiSinai (61!) and takes issue with the Rambam and the methodology used to create his list.


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One case is in Temura 16a (translations from Sefaria), where Joshua forgot 3000 laws (other numbers are mentioned too), and Othniel the son of Kenaz restored them: אמר רב יהודה אמר שמואל שלשת אלפים הלכות נשתכחו בימי אבלו של משה ... אמר רבי אבהו אעפ"כ החזירן עתניאל בן קנז מתוך פלפולו Three thousand halakhot were forgotten during the days of ...


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Interestingly enough in Torah Shleimah Vol 29 which discusses the unsual letters in the Torah - ָכתַב התורה ואוֹתִיוֹתֶיה - I can't seem to find a reference to this enlarged ס in either of the lists nor with a (possibly unreliable) text search. Also in Volume 39 - שלח there is no mention of the enlarged ס on this verse - meaning it is (probably) not ...


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Artscroll (in their edition of Rashi, p. 206) translates your quote as "because he caused one more passage of the Torah to be written" and comments "He caused one more passage of the Torah to be written" does not mean that there was a change made in the Torah. It is a basic tenet of Judaism that the Torah can never be changed. Rather, this means that ...


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As noted in Aaron's excellent answer it seems to be incontrovertible that the text of the Torah has changed over time. What is also equally clear, according to every source I can find, is that those changes are in the form of minor textual variants or other euphemistic language (tikkun sof'rim) and have no theological consequence whatsoever. At ...


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