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Why pray for David before praying for prayer?

The Talmud explains the arrangement of the Amidah benedictions in Megillah 17-18. The rationale for placing the prayer for prayer after the prayer for David is given there as follows: וכיון שבא דוד ...
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What's the spiritual difference between the Temple vessels and the utensils?

For ease of reference, I'll refer to the main ten kli hamikdash as the vessels and the 93 klei sharet as the utensils. Per the Zohar, the ten vessels represent the ten sefirot: The Menorah - chesed ...
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End of Redaction of the Mishnah and the Gemara

The Talmud has three layers, the Mishnah, the Gemara and the comments (mainly Rashi for Bavli and others for Yerushalmi, who are well known). What is the estimate timeline for the end of redaction of ...
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Did anyone see the sefer Kuntres Shmoi Shel about Moshiach from the meisim [closed]

I read Kuntres Shmoi Shel Moshiach. I was blown away. The author shows with plenty of sources that Moshiach can be resurrected and then fulfill all the Messianic prophecies. The sefer shows that the ...
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Where can I find tzuras hadaf of the yerushalmi?

Daf Yomi Yerushalmi starts tomorrow. As I don’t own a set, I would like to find somewhere online I can see the daf (PDF or otherwise) to follow along with a shiur - similar to the Tzuras haDaf you can ...
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Was music considered to be a part of forbidden Greek philosophy?

Starting with Pythagoras (c.500BCE) and Plato (c.400BCE) music was considered wisdom and as such, an integral part of Greek philosophy (see "Music of ancient Greece and philosophy WIKI"). On ...
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What Talmudic sages played musical instruments?

What sages of the Talmud mentioned playing or knowing to play various musical instruments?
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Why is there so much machlokes in the gemorah?

It says in sources in the talmud that the first machlokes recorded was regarding, do we do semicha on yomtov. So why is there so much machlokes in the mishna and gemorah?
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Does Hashem have authority over the decisions of the Rabbis?

Shalom Rabbi, I am seeking assistance with a question that arose during my Torah study. In this Gemara, a Torah scholar named Aher spoke to a child with a stutter. The man Aher thought the child ...
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Why does the yeshiva system focus mainly on the study of the talmud? [duplicate]

It seems, almost across the board, that most yeshivas spent the majority of their time studying the talmud while allocating very little (if any) time towards the study of other critical judaic texts ...
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Agadah / Talmud Bavli Map

Is there a spreadsheet or list available, linking the אגדתא of shas with the standard pagination? I.e., flagging daf כ ע"א, כב ע"ב, כה ע"א as having אגדתא. (Anything in עין יעקב, but in ...
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Opinion that Mashiach came already

I heard in a Shiur the rabbi mention that there’s an opinion in the Gemara that Mashiach came and went already. Does anyone know where this is from, what the rabbi’s proof is, and what commentaries ...
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Does Tractate Nedarim never mention the talmudic terminology 'Tanu Rabanan'?

I heard that Nedarim is rare as a Tractate in that it completely omits usage of the phrase Tanu Rabanan (its purpose being the introduction of a well known Baraisa, followed by an amoraic discussion). ...
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I find learning gemorah doesn't talk to me, what should I do?

I went to yeshiva for 4 years, I can say that I enjoyed learning gemorah less than 10 days out of all 4 years. I go to daf yomi, I read through the gemorah, but I find it very irrelevant, even halocha ...
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Micropedia Talmudit

Does anyone have any experience learning with Micropedia Talmudit? Is it too much of an abridgement of the full version to be of serious use for someone studying Gemara?
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Questions about the Talmud

Does the Talmud have things that are not laws like stories of prophets Is all of the Talmud just explanation of things in the Tanakh?
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Why is Music not allowed at Jewish Funerals?

When my mother died several decades ago, a childhood friend and I performed her favorite Yiddish song, "Dona Dona," at her funeral. Being raised in non-observant families we were surprised ...
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Why are all seders in the plural except for Moed? [duplicate]

Pretty straight forward question, but why are the Seders of the Mishnah in plural (zeraim, nashim, nezikin, kedoshim, tehorot) but Seder moed is not moadim?
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Did Solomon worship pagan idols?

1 Kings 11:5-7 indicate that Solomon sought after the pagan gods. The Gemara states that these verses don't mean that Solomon himself worshipped idols, but rather that his wives did. Is there any ...
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What is the implication of the question “לימא כתנאי"?

The Gemoro often asks about an argument amongst Amoraim, “לימא כתנאי" Shall we say this is an argument of Tannaim? I see two ways of understanding this statement: 1] These Amoraim are arguing on ...
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אין קטיגור נעשה סניגור

So this concept in the title we use in numerous places, most notably the Gemara in Rosh Hashanah which says that you can’t blow the horn of a cow because it will remind Hashem of chet haegel (and this ...
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How do poskim in shulchan aruch disagree about the existence of a rabbinical decree?

There are times when Chazal says something and the meaning is debated and there are other times when whether an entire category even exists. How is this so? To give specific examples of what I'm ...
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Regarding when the Talmud refers to "Yeshu", is it an anacronism and an urban myth, when some say that's an acronym for Ymach Shmoh VeZichroh? [duplicate]

Regarding when the Talmud refers to "Yeshu", is it an anacronism and an urban myth, when some say that's an acronym for Ymach Shmoh VeZichroh? For example, I read once that in the Syrian ...
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1/60: why was the figure 60 chosen?

Many instances in the Talmud involve the number 60 as for instances: battel beshishim dreaming is 1/60th of prophecy sleeping is 1/60th of death Why was the number 60 chosen by the Sages and not 100 ...
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Leaving a wine flask and an animal hide as a gift for an innkeeper

The Talmud, Megillah 26a, three lines from the bottom, writes: אָמַר אַבָּיֵי: שְׁמַע מִינַּהּ אוֹרַח אַרְעָא לְמִישְׁבַּק אִינָשׁ גּוּלְפָּא וּמַשְׁכָּא בְּאוּשְׁפִּיזֵיהּ. This means: Regarding ...
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Did Phinehas lose the Divine Spirit?

I was reading an article that mentioned Phinehas, it said he lost the divine spirit, is there a reason for this?
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Where can I find a great gemara shiur online that doesn’t require background knowledge?

I am looking to recommend to a friend a deep and interesting shiur in gemara online that doesn’t require any background knowledge or use of Hebrew terms.
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Book With Talmudic Moral Proverbs Compilation

is there a book with a compilation of all the moral proverbs found in the Talmud? Not directly related to הלכה (Halacha). For example: פסיעה גסה נוטלת אחד מחמש מאות ממאור עיניו של אדם A large step ...
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Works of Rav Moshe ibn Chaviv

If I'm not mistaken a popular series of sefarim for Maseches Rosh Hashanah, Yoma, and Sukkah, are respectively "Yom Teruah", "Tosefes Yom Hakippurim", "Kapos Temarim", by ...
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Why doesn’t this Gemara include בכל לבבך

So the Talmud in Berachot 61b asks why the Shema states to serve Hashem “with all your money” if it already says “with all your soul” and vice versa. And they answer that “all your soul” refers to ...
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Can I refuse an ambulatory care biopsy on conscience objection?

Genesis 9:4. To eat a limb torn from a live animal is unspeakably cruel. There are numerous diagnosis tools for any medical condition, all partially specific and reliable. Most of the time several ...
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Are there any compliations of ancient/medieval Jewish comments on Scripture?

Is there any book or website where I can look up ancient/medieval Jewish teaching on any given verse in the Tanach to see what the Talmud, Midrash, Rashi, etc. says about the verse? Something akin to ...
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The word chaveir חבר

According to Jastrow, the word chaveir refers, sometimes to "associate, friend, partner (in sacrifices); colleague, fellow-student; fellow-being; of the same kind(also of things)" (via ...
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If a law is in the talmud, and not in the shulchan aruch, then is it followed, or not followed?

If a law is in the talmud, and not in the shulchan aruch, then is it followed, or not followed? Can you give any examples to show one way or the other e.g. a law in the talmud not in the shulchan ...
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Where is the Rashi found on וְאָֽהַבְתָּ֥ לְרֵֽעֲךָ֖ כָּמ֑וֹךָ?

I don't mean in the Chumash but which Gemera and where does Rashi say what this means precisely? It has been suggested to me that Rashi says רֵֽעֲךָ refers to Hashem. Where might that be?
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Nedarim 51a bar kappara permitted to listen to rebbe’s wife’s singing

The artscroll talmud nedarim 51a brings shalmei nedarim, yaakov emden and einayim lamishpat who explain possible circumstances that could have permitted bar kappara to listen to rebbe’s wife sing at ...
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Who wrote the מתרגם?

At the end of the Gemara masechtas in Shas there is a פירוש called מתרגם. This פירוש translates the French words brought in Rashi into German and sometimes adds more information to such words. The ...
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Meaning of voting on Halacha in a random gathering

I previously associated "Halachic voting" with an authoritative and representative assembly of rabbis, until I stumbled over the following passage: "דְּתַנְיָא: מַעֲשֶׂה בְּרַבִּי ...
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What was the Halacha before the ruling of "יהרג ואל יעבר"?

The Sages counted the votes and concluded: If a person is told: Transgress this prohibition and you will not be killed, he may transgress, except for idol worship, forbidden sexual relations, and ...
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Is there a connection between "מקום מים רעים" and "מקום מים יפים"?

In Avot D'Rabbi Nathan 14:6 it says: "כשיצאו מלפניו הוא אמר אלך לדמסית למקום יפה ומים יפים ונאים והם אמרו נלך ליבנה למקום שתלמידי חכמים מרובים אוהבים את התורה הוא שהלך לדמסית למקום יפה ומים יפים ...
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What is the malchus harisha nowadays

The Talmud talks of a malchus harisha (evil kingdom). This seems to be referring to the Roman Empire in all contexts. Tractate Avodah Zarah 2b says that Rome and Persia will last until the coming of ...
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What are some Gemarot that contain a lot of stories and aggadah?

Looking for a list of Gemara's that has lots of aggadic stories. The following can be excluded from the list- Avoda Zara and Perek Chelek in Sanhedrin.
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Why would a philosophical/theological argument require voting?

"תָּנוּ רַבָּנַן: שְׁתֵּי שָׁנִים וּמֶחֱצָה נֶחְלְקוּ בֵּית שַׁמַּאי וּבֵית הִלֵּל. הַלָּלוּ אוֹמְרִים: נוֹחַ לוֹ לְאָדָם שֶׁלֹּא נִבְרָא יוֹתֵר מִשֶּׁנִּבְרָא, וְהַלָּלוּ אוֹמְרִים: נוֹחַ לוֹ ...
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Sanhedrin 59a Prohibition Gentile Torah Study

I recently watched a video of Rabbi Manis Friedman discussing the obligations responsibilities for Noahides. To crudely summarize his argument: roughly speaking Jews are commanded to bring Heaven down ...
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Pshat in the Bach on 2nd Tosofos in Ish Mekadesh

The Mishna in Kedushin 41A discusses being mekadesh a woman via shaliach. האיש מקדש בו ובשלוחו האשה מתקדשת בה ובשלוחה האיש מקדש את בתו כשהיא נערה בו ובשלוחו The Gemara asks what the "bo" ...
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In Gem. Makkos 9a, how can Abaye suggest that a person is unaware of the prohibition to kill?

Gemara Makkos 9a reports: א״ל אביי אומר מותר אנוס הוא Abaye said to him: One who says that it is permitted to kill the victim is a victim of circumstances beyond his control, as he was unaware of the ...
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Is it true that most Haredi Yeshivas focus on only (the same) one of the sedorim?

I heard from a Haredi yeshiva-bocher, and confirmed with another, that most Haredi yeshivos learn only one of the sedorim (or maybe it was one of the masechtos), and that it is the same one across ...
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Can you please recommend a Daf Yomi app that reads the full page before commentary? Or Talmud audio app in general

I am not doing a Daf Yomi cycle specifically, but I want to shift my focus more back to Gemara than what I've been studying mostly the last few years. However, I want some audio help this time to ...
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English translation of Rashi Talmud Commentary

Are there any Rashi commentaries in English on Moed Katan? If not, does anyone know where I can find an accurate (non-Google translate) rendition of this: אפילו בספר עזרא - ספר תורה של עזרא ואני שמעתי ...
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שישי or ששי - two yuds or one?

The Shas Vilna Hachadash for Yevamos writes שישי with two yuds at the top of each page for the sixth perek yet writes ששי with only one yud for the Meforshim commentating on the sixth perek in the ...
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