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How did Rabbi Akiva start again after losing 24,000 students?

See Yevamot 62b. The juxtaposition of the sentences in Gemara leads to understand that he learned this from a verse (Ecclesiastes 11.6). ר"ע אומר למד תורה בילדותו ילמוד תורה בזקנותו היו לו תלמידים ...
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Where is Rabbi Akiva told to stick to Halacha and not try Aggadah?

Chagigah 14a: אמר לוֹ רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן עֲזַרְיָה: עֲקִיבָא, מָה לְךָ אֵצֶל הַגָּדָה! כְּלָךְ מִדַּבְּרוֹתֶיךָ אֵצֶל נְגָעִים וְאֹהָלוֹת. Rabbi Elazar ben Azarya said to him: Akiva, what are you ...
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Is there any evidence that Rabbi Akiva's students fought alongside Bar Kochba?

R' Hershel Schachter quotes R' Yosef Eliyahu Henkin who wrote in one of his essays that Rebbe Akiva's students were in fact killed in the Bar Kochba revolt. The Talmud hid this fact by mentioning ...
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Did Rabbi Akiva accept arguments from ignorance?

Absence of proof is not proof of absence, but it is a strong indicator of absence The degree to which "לא ראינו" is an indication of absence depends on the size of the domain. If we are dealing with ...
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Rebbi Akiva knew Torah before he turned 40?

You can see below this opinion and its two arguments. See Avot Derabbi Nathan chapter 6, you can read that Rabbi Akiva, before taking his decision to learn Torah, was at the edge of the spring, and ...
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Did Rabbi Akiva Go To Africa?

Yes! we definitely find this name in other Rabbinic literature. See Sanhedrin 94a. Yerushalmi Sheviis chapter 6. Yitzchak Meitlis in the appendix to his book Excavating the Bible writes that this ...
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Did Rav Akiva turn on Bar Kochba?

Yes, as the pressure of Rome bore down upon Bar Kochba he began to suspect that the sages had turned on him and were looking to make peace with the Romans. This occurred after he became very arrogant ...
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Why wasn't Rabbi Akiva made nasi?

See Maharsha to Yoma there (ד"ה תלויה): נראה דנקט מאחוריו דלא הוה איצטריך ליה אלא לאשמועינן דלא איירי אלא בדופי שאינו נגלה ומפורסם כ״כ דוגמת אחוריו וכמו דופי ממשפחת האם דומיא שפרש״י דופי של ...
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Why can't R. Yehudah have his own opinion?

The opinions of the Kadmonim (the earlier) take precedence over those of the Acharonim (the later), because wisdom becomes diluted as time passes - at least, that is the traditional explanation.
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Why can't R. Yehudah have his own opinion?

Your question assumes R' Yehuda's opinion is rejected. If you look again you will see that is not the case. Rather, the gemara is using R' Yehuda's opinion to disprove a historical statement of R' ...
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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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Rebbi Akiva knew Torah before he turned 40?

Rabbi Yisrael Salanter writes about this story in Or Yisrael, letter #10. He notes the word "chazar - returned", but also that it was said that Rabbi Aqiva hadn't studied Torah until he was ...
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Rashbi's generation was completely righteous, so why were they killed?

Rambam, Hilchos Teshuvah, 3:1 "Each and every person has merits and sins. A person whose merits exceed his sins is [termed] righteous. A person whose sins exceed his merits is [termed] wicked. If [...
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Was Rabbi Akiva exempt from his conjugal duties?

The Rambam writes (Hilkhot Ishut 14:2) that a talmid chacham is exempt from marital relations for up to 3 years without having to ask permission. It seems to flow that he can be exempt longer with ...
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Is there any evidence that Rabbi Akiva's students fought alongside Bar Kochba?

The use of 12,000 pairs in the mentioned in Yevamos 62b is interesting; if the counting was for purposes of the army, as posited by R Abramchik, why say 12,000 pairs (Zugim) instead of 24,000 people? ...
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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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How does the gemara of "everything is for the best" make sense?

from a human(olam hazeh) perspective , not being taken prisoner is good . Hashem brought this result about through him losing his animals, and flame, but that was better then the alternative and ...
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Why didn't R' Akiva sin? What kind of an excuse is that?

First, I want to say that this seems to me a deep question for which I have rather slender qualification. I usually respond to more technical questions that don't involve introspection or ...
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Why didn't R' Akiva sin? What kind of an excuse is that?

First of all, it is not clear to me that the Binyan Yehoshua is saying that he repulsed by the smell of them. I think he is explaining that when it says they stink of nevelah; this means that he was ...
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How does the gemara of "everything is for the best" make sense?

I feel that I understand what you're asking. You're asking, isn't R' Akiva's statement trivial, because it does not rule anything out? If this happens, then this is for the best, and if that happens, ...
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Was Rabbi Akiva exempt from his conjugal duties?

There is an interesting Maharshoh on that Gemoro in fact its on Daf 62b D.H.OZAL that it seems there are a few stories involving various Tanoim and Amoroim and 12 years in this Gemoro and this time ...
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Why did Ben Azzai copy Rabbi Akiva?

This is addressed by R. Joseph Hayim of Baghdad in his commentary there: ונראה לי בס"ד דכניסת רבי עקיבא אחר ר"י היה קודם שנכנס בן עזאי אחר רבי עקיבא וסיפור זה שסיפר רבי עקיבא על כניסתו אחר ...
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Why did Ben Azzai copy Rabbi Akiva?

If the second event is recorded in the Talmud, there must be a reason. One possibility is to teach us that we must check things out for ourselves whenever possible, and not take anybody's word for it,...
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Not naming a child "Akiva" - minhag?

So firstly, by way of introduction, it is important to note the power of a name. The Gemara in Brachos 7b famously notes that a name can affect the child's future. Interestingly, HaRav Moshe Sternbach ...
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Understanding an apparent dichotomy in Rabbi Akiva's pre-Yeshiva days

Not much of an answer, but picks up on the final clause of my question: Do any commentaries pick up on this? The Chasam Sofer on the Gemara notes this apparent dichotomy and just says simply like ...
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Examples of people who gained tremendous Torah knowledge very quickly?

Rav Elazor Ben Hykonos may have been similar to Rav Akiva. Both went from unlearned laymen to major Tanniam but it's unclear how many years it took Rav Elazor Ben Hykonos to become such a Talmid ...
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What did Moses understand in Rabbi Akiva's class?

I think Rb Mordechai Shlesinger explains this as follows: Rb Akiva explained piles of halachos on each thorn, this is because Rb Akiva experienced the thorns (hardships) of life which pierced his ...
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Did R' Akiva's students die in one year?

I remember a theory that they really died during the bar Kochva revolt, which squares with the"one period" talmudic quote and the large number (a million Jews died). This theory is consistent with ...
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R. Akiva's opinion regarding tzara'at that expands and contracts (Nega'im 4:7-8)

According to the Bartenura, in Mishna 8 the baheret only "moved from West to Est" without changing size. The change of place can be seen as if the first Nega disappeared and a second, new ...
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What are the knowledge requirements for an aliyah?

SA OC 139.1 במקום שנהגו שהעולה עצמו קורא בקול רם אם לא סידר תחלה הפרשה פעמים ושלש בינו לבין עצמו לא יעלה. ובמקום שהחזן קורא הוא צריך לסדר תחלה (בית יוסף): ‏ The Shulchan Aruch needs only ...
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