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Giving up ones life על קידוש ה׳ not to transgress גילוי עריות

Probably the most famous story about a group that gave up their lives instead of doing Gilui Arayot is the story about 400 boys and girls that gave up their lives, as brought down in the Talmud Gittin ...
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Source for eulogy of lost bookcases

Megillah 28b (English) ההוא דהוי תני הלכתא סיפרא וסיפרי ותוספתא ושכיב אתו ואמרו ליה לרב נחמן ליספדיה מר אמר היכי נספדיה הי צנא דמלי סיפרי דחסר there was a certain man who used to repeat halachoth, ...
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Shortest amud or daf in Shas?

The shortest amud is Nazir 33b which contains precisely zero words of gemara.
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Any known translations of the Talmudim et al into classical languages, prior to the 19th century?

Most if not all of the translations below include detailed notes that cite many other Rabbinical works. (It must be noted that the purposes of the translations and commentaries listed below varied ...
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Why is Talmud Bavli studied more than Yerushalmi?

In their introduction to Yerushalmi Brachot, artscroll adress this question and write that Bavli is better edited, more complete, better commented, easier to understand and less prone to alternative ...
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Shortest amud or daf in Shas?

Shortest Amud 1st place: Bava Kama 77a has 9 words of gemara on it and is thus the shortest amud with words of gemara on it in shas. The Tosfos that fills the page is very VERY big. A close 2nd place ...
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Does the Talmud say that Jesus writhes in excrement and Mary was a prostitute?

I would say "maybe" or "it depends" to both. In Gittin 56b-57a there's a story in which Onkelos bar Kalonikos, the nephew of Titus, wishes to convert to Judaism, but before that, ...
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I am 15 years old and do not go to a Yeshiva but would like to learn Talmud. A few rabbis near me said they could teach me. How should I start

First of all congratulations for wanting to grow in your Jewish learning. Learning Talmud means different things. One approach is to learn the structure of the Talmud, its way of approaching issues, ...
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What was the ultimate fate of Rabbi Elisha ben Abuyah (Acher)?

The story is brought down in Chagiga 15b: When Acher died, they said, "We cannot judge him to punishment [in Gehinnom], but we cannot enter him into the World to Come. We cannot judge him to ...
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Source for: Abstaining from sin being considered a mitzvah in Talmud Bavli

Kiddushin 39b: רמי רב טובי בר רב קיסנא לרבא תנן כל העושה מצוה אחת מטיבין לו עשה אין לא עשה לא ורמינהי ישב ולא עבר עבירה נותנים לו שכר כעושה מצוה אמר ליה התם כגון שבא דבר עבירה לידו וניצול הימנה ...
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Finding a Talmudic Passage: Pauper, Adulterer, Rich Man

Pesachim 113b: ארבעה אין הדעת סובלתן אלו הן דל גאה ועשיר מכחש וזקן מנאף ופרנס מתגאה על הציבור בחנם Four types of people cannot be endured by anyone: An arrogant pauper; a wealthy person who denies ...
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Why is Joseph's pit mentioned amid all the Chanukah stuff in tractate Shabas?

This immediately follows another statement of R. Kahana's, which also quoted an exegesis of R. Nasan b. Minyome's in the name of R. Tanchum. Quoting another statement from the same people is pretty ...
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Internet Bavli resource

Firstly hatzlocho on this very worthwhile endeavour! There are a wealth of resources online which collectively can provide anything from a basic translation to a more in-depth review and more. I am ...
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Is there more than one text of the Mishnah?

Yes, there are several mishna traditions. The Wikipedia article has the gist: there are the Mishnah-only manuscripts, Talmud Yerushalmi manuscripts, and Talmud Bavli manuscripts. The first two are ...
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Is it mentioned in the Talmud that Moses time traveled into the distant future

Masechet Menachos 29b states that Moshe Rabeinu was allowed to sit in the bais medrash of Rabbi Akivah, but could not follow the learning there. They told that when Moses went above to receive the ...
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The author of ‘commotion’

The commotion is part of a verse in Jeremiah 46:17. קָרְא֖וּ שָׁ֑ם פַּרְעֹ֤ה מֶֽלֶךְ־מִצְרַ֙יִם֙ שָׁא֔וֹן הֶעֱבִ֖יר הַמּוֹעֵֽד׃‏ There they called Pharaoh king of Egypt: “Braggart (or: Master of ...
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Which are the "Yeshivish Masechtos"?

Yeshivish mesechtos are typically the masechtos learned in high school because they are the ones that are more involving (lots of lomdus) and can train a person how to properly learn gemara. Very ...
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Why does the gemarah use Amalek as a mnemonic siman?

Yaavetz address this. He suggests that the tipcha on the word לא in לא תשכח hints to an allowance to mention the name in order to remember Torah. In accordance to the Gemara 'to bring the disgusting ...
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Chapters of Tanach present in Talmud Bavli

Assuming you are asking regarding the standard (Christian) chapters, there are many chapters that are never cited in the Babylonian Talmud, such as Exodus 37, Joshua 23, Ezra 5, Chronicles I chapter 6,...
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Chapters of Tanach present in Talmud Bavli

From what I can tell off of Sefaria's Connections visualization, by skimming through each Sefer individually and noting the Perakim with no connections, the chapters one will not learn with this ...
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Which mishnah in Shas has the most daf between it and the subsequent mishnah?

Edit: The longest section of Gemora between Mishayos in the Bomberg edition of Shas is from the first Mishna in Chelek 90a till second Mishna Chelek 107b (about 17.5 daf) The first mishna in ...
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What are the 3 shvuot that are d'oraisa?

The three categories of biblically prescribed oaths are 1) an oath of a bailee ("Shevuat haShomerim"), 2) an oath to defend a partial monetary rejection ("Modeh beMiktzat"), and 3) an oath to counter ...
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What available resources identify the reasoning structure of Tosafot?

This is a good book for a beginner and also for last. Learning tosfot is really learning talmud. All the mefarshim, rishonim and acharonim address the limud of tosfot. In yeshivot people say that if ...
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Different kinds of Moshav Leitzim clowns

Sefaria doesn't translate these. But artscroll identifies nehashim with conjurers or soothsayers (see Rambam MT Avodat Kochavim 11:4) habarin as snake charmers bukion and mukion as the characters ...
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Study Mishna or Mishna-and-Gemara?

Most of the commentators agree with the premise you state: there is no need to study the Mishna alone. The Mishna clearly held no independent standing in the eyes of Rashi as in his commentary he ...
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Is there a list of all of the cases in the Talmud where תיקו ("Teiku") is said?

Rabbi Aaron Pessin has an entire sefer dedicated to all the "teiku"s that appear in Shas. The entire Sefer can be found online here. R' Pessin lists 317 times in Shas Bavli from Brachos 8a to Nidda ...
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Who said many agados were to wake students?

The Rashb"o in Chindushai HaHagodos (Mosad Horav Kook) to Brochos 54b states that after a long halachik discussion the Ameroim switched to Agadato to awaken the students.
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Where can I find an online Talmud with interlinear text?

http://www.sefaria.org/Berakhot.2a hope this is helpful to you regards
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Online Synopsis of each Mesechta of Talmud Bavli

Look at the introduction of the מאירי to each masechta, where he breaks down the topics of the masechta in general as well as perek by perek. (He also does that in a more perek-specific manner at the ...
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