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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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Who was the old man talking to Rabbi Akiva's wife

Tosfos in Chullin 6a cites an opinion that ההוא סבא refers to Eliyahu Hanavi and rejects this assertion. This opinion is apparently found earlier among the Gaonim but is also debated. In נדרים נ ע"א ...
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Rabbi Akiva and Ketarim

The מהר'ל in תיפארת ישראל , chapter 63 explains in length that these ketarim are actually secrets and deep ideas, related to concepts foreign to the materialistic perspective of the world. דע כי ...
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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 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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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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Bnei Akiva and zionism

As an example as to why Rabbi Akiva is used as the symbol of Bnei Akiva we have History Beginnings in Israel Bnei Akiva was established in Israel in 1929, as the youth movement of the ...
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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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Rebbe Akivah's background

You can find the story of Rabbi Akiva in both Nedarim 50a-b, as well as in Kesuvos 62b-63a. Avos D'Rabi Nosson (6-2) also has the story with some other details filled in. In English, you can find a ...
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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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Rebbe Akiva's Name

יש קונה עולמו בשעה אחת על ידי מסירות נפש באמת נתעלה ונהפוך כל הרע שבו לטוב גמור והוא ר״ת עקיבא יש קונה עולמו בשעה אחת והיינו במסירות נפש נתעלה למעלה למעלה from http://www.hebrewbooks.org/...
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Shouldn't we laugh as Rabbi Akiva?

Interesting question. However I think before asking that we must ask ouselves if we cry that there is a question whether we should laugh instead? We are so deep into this galus that the few things we ...
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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 Eitz Yosef in the new Moznayim print of Medrash Rabba in Bereishis 61 does say that they died `in one period between Pesach and Atzeres in milchamas beitar'. He makes a similar statement in ...
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Looking for a good book on Rebbe Akiva ben Joseph's life

The only book I know on the subject (and which we used to use in the classroom) is http://www.amazon.com/Akiba-story-Rabbi-his-times/dp/B0007I4HMW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438693257&sr=8-1&...
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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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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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Rebbe Akivah's background

You can find a good summary in Avot D'Rav Nattan ch 6, mishnah 2. Summarizing some of the story cited there: He was a shepherd and began learning at 40 years old. Once he passed by a well and ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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May one declare someone to be the messiah?

The Reason that the Rambam writes laws about it is in order to know who Moshiach is during the time of exile (since after MOSHIACH comes it will be obvious who he is) To answer your question simply-...
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