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Torah scholar conceding due to a logical but unlearned argument

Yevamos 65b: כִּי הַהִיא דַּאֲתַאי לְקַמֵּיהּ דְּרַבִּי אַמֵּי. אֲמַרָה לֵיהּ: הַב לִי כְּתוּבָּה! אֲמַר לַהּ: זִיל, לָא מִיפַּקְּדַתְּ! אֲמַרָה לֵיהּ: מִסֵּיבוּ דִּילַהּ מַאי תֶּיהְוֵי עֲלַהּ ...
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What is this intro to this rendition of Kah Echsof?

The words are (transliterated using the singers' Yiddish dialect): װען איך װאָלט געהאַט כּוח װאָלט איך געלאָפֿן אין די גאַסן און איך װאָלט געשריגן הױך שבת, הײליקע שבת Ven ikh volt gehat koyekh Volt ...
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Where in the works of Maimonides does he address how to deal with apparent contradictions between halakha and empirical facts?

The Rambam is always careful to distinguish between knowledge of facts and knowledge of good and evil (More Nevuchim 1:2). A law can never contradict the fact that it causes suffering. The fact that a ...
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R' David Tzvi Hoffman's sun depression angle for nightfall

It can be found in Melamed LeHo'il I:30. The measure of darkness of 7°5' for tzeit hakochavim was proposed by a R. Baruch HaKohen of Rawicz to R. Hoffmann. After some back and forth, R. Hoffmann ...
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The Mishkan as a small world

The Tzror HaMor, Shemos 25:23 deals with this concept at length. In short, he points to the fact that the world is made up of three parts which is echoed in the three parts of the Mishkan. כתיב במעשה ...
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What is the source that Parshas Parah is from the Torah?

Emes L'Yaakov (Rb Yaakov Kaminetzky) links it to זְכֹר אַל־תִּשְׁכַּח אֵת אֲשֶׁר־הִקְצַפְתָּ אֶת־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ בַּמִּדְבָּר. He proves that this possuk cannot be taking about the golden calf but rather ...
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What does "Yishmael Lavan Ha'Arami" mean?

He seemingly is referring to both as one unit. The Shem Mishmuel (Vayetze 3, a later source, not earlier) writes explicitly that Esav is from the "left side" and Yishmael is from the "...
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What is the "necessary existence"?

Rabbi Tauber's commentary on Derech Mitzvotecha: Every other being was created; brought into existence from utter nothingness. In other words, the truth of every other entity's existence is non-being....
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What is known about Avichayil?

The answer is that this is an application of a general rule of interpretation, taught in Maseches Megillah: בְּמַתְנִיתָא תָּנָא: כׇּל שֶׁמַּעֲשָׂיו וּמַעֲשֵׂה אֲבוֹתָיו סְתוּמִין, וּפָרַט לְךָ ...
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Original Sources for Ideas about Hidden Path to Moshiach

Rabbi Manis Friedman explains this clearly, and this is generally explained in Tanya classes like this: This is to do with free will, not a nefarious force. The whole point of this level of creation ...
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