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Midrash Tanchuma Parashat Metsora R. Eleazar said, “Anyone who becomes merciful upon the cruel one will end by being cruel to the merciful: It is written (I Samuel 15:9), ‘But Saul had pity upon Agag and upon the best of the sheep and the cattle’; and it is [also] written (I Samuel 22:19) about Nob the city of priest, ‘And he smote Nob the city of priests ...


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Pretty much identical to the above but said elsewhere by someone else.... In Koheles Rabbah 7:16: רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן בֶּן לָקִישׁ אוֹמֵר, כָּל מִי שֶׁנַּעֲשָׂה רַחְמָן בֵּמְקוֹם אַכְזָרִי, סוֹף שֶׁנַּעֲשָׂה אַכְזָרִי בִּמְקוֹם רַחֲמָן, וּמִנַּיִן שֶׁנַּעֲשָׂה אַכְזָרִי בִּמְקוֹם רַחְמָן, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (שמואל א כב, יט): וְאֶת נֹב עִיר הַכֹּהֲנִים הִכָּה לְפִי ...


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Translation is as follows: במחשכים הושיבני - שאין נוחין זה עם זה ותלמודם ספק בידם He has made me dwell in the dark places - i.e. they are not agreeable,1 this one with that one, and their learning is doubtful in their hands. So he is saying that the learning in Bavel (Babylonia) is not as clear as that of those in Israel as they are always in a state of ...


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In addition to @Loewian's great answer, some further sources are as follows: Bava Basra 121b There were seven men whose lives spanned the history of man. Mesushelach (Methuselah) saw Adam, Shem saw Mesushelach, Yaakov saw Shem, Amram saw Yaakov, Achiya the Shilonite saw Amram, Eliyahu saw Achiya, Eliyahu is still alive. In relation to the above, the ...


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Translation reads as follows: בשעה שבא נחש על חוה. פשט המאמר הוא כמו שאמרו המפרשים ז"ל, דלא בא עליה ח"ו ביאה ממשית גופא בגופא, אלא ביאה מחשבית והטיל בה זוהמא בראיה, ואותה הזוהמא היתה הזרעה שלו, וכאשר נמצא כך במין העוף שמזדווג ומוליד בראיה בלבד, שהזכר רואה ומסתכל בנקבה. At the time that the snake was intimate with Chavah - The simple explanation (p'...


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The Ramban (Deuteronomy 18:9) understands that this is a form of divination called טייר which was prohibited by the Torah. This science determines what will happen in the future by examining the birds' chirping and movement of wings. Presumably he had this passage in mind when he says that it's mentioned in the Gemara (and the editor adds in a reference to ...


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