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Malkitzedek was no longer Kohen Gadol at the time, as it says in Nedarim 32b: "Rabbi Zekharya said in the name of Rabbi Yishmael: The Holy One, Blessed be He, wanted the priesthood to emerge from Shem, so that his children would be priests, as it is stated: “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine; and he was priest of God the Most ...


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Rabbi Ahron Marcus in his book Kadmoniyot, pg. 131-142, discusses this subject at length. I'll translate some of the more relevant portions: First of all, he strengthens the question by mentioning inscriptions discovered in Esarchaddon's palace. Esarchaddon took tablets from Tiglat-Pilesser III's palace to use for his own palace. Some of these tablets ...


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The Gemara in Sanhedrin 37b mentions this exact point: אמר רב יהודה בריה דר' חייא מלמד שעשה קין בהבל אחיו חבורות חבורות פציעות פציעות שלא היה יודע מהיכן נשמה יוצאה עד שהגיע לצוארו Rav Yehuda the son of Rav Chiya said that that this teaches that Kayin caused multiple wounds and multiple injuries to his brother Hevel, since he (kayin) didn't know from where ...


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In a fascinating halachic perspective proposed by the Yaaros Devash (1:17) explained here, it seems Esther would have remained quiet: In business transactions there is a halachah of “ona’ah” — “deceit” — i.e. a sale in which the profit exceeds more than one-sixth of the cost and expenses is invalid. It does not, however, apply to the sale of land, and ...


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