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Where does the Maharsha mention the Bermuda Triangle?

You may be referring to a comment by the Rashash, who in turn explains a comment by Rashi on B'rachos 8a (s.v. כפיטורי בפי ושט). Rashi says: ים אוקיינוס יש בו מקומות שאינו מקבל ברזל ומחברין לוחי ...
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How could Rav be disproved?

I thought to answer as follows: When the Gemara answers that Rav is a tanna, that is when the question is on Rav alone. In this case the question is on a joint statement of Rav and Shmuel. (Whether ...
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Why did Chizkiyahu Hide the book of Refuos

Rashi in Pesachim 56a writes that Sefer HaRefuos was hidden because their hearts were not humbled over their illness but were, rather, healed immediately. Rambam in Peirush Hamishna (Pesachim 4:10) ...
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Berachot before/after Shema in Berachot 2a

Yotzer Or and Yotzer Hameorot are actually part of the same long bracha. It has both an opening an closing bracha. See Rambam, Hilchot Kriat Shma 1:5-7. Halacha 5 says: הקורא קריאת שמע מברך לפניה ...
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Why does the Mishnah/Gemara begin with Masekhet Berakhot?

Excerpt from Dafnotes: The Rambam, in his introduction to his commentary on the Mishnah writes that Seder Zera’im, which addresses the mitzvos of the Land (Eretz Yisrael), was placed at the ...
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What causes a person to remain in this world as a ghost?

R. Ezekiel Landau discusses this aspect of the tale in his commentary there. He explains that the spirit cannot leave the body until the body decomposes, and that is why we conduct burials in a manner ...
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Rabbi Shimon without any other qualifiers

Rashi Shavuos 2b - a bit more than halfway down says that Stam Rabbi Shimon is Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai Rashbam Bava Basra 102a - towards the bottom of the page also says that Stam Rabbi Shimon is ...
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What level of danger is required for HaGomel?

www.shut-halacha.co.il reports a Teshuva from Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl which says: מי שעבר ניתוח בהרדמה כללית צריך לברך הגומל, כיון שהרדמה כללית הנה סכנה. Someone who underwent surgery with a total ...
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Freeing Non-Jewish Slave

It is a ‘prohibition’ derived from the positive command implied by Vayikra 25:46: לעולם בהם תעבדו For all time shall you treat them as slaves See Sefer HaChinuch 347 for details.
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Is it forbidden for a man to sleep on his stomach?

This is indeed brought down by some as the Halacha, and in practice, both positions (face up and face down) are forbidden. See the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 71:5: וְצָרִיךְ לִזָּהֵר מְאֹד לְהַרְגִּיל ...
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Does one have to feed his dog, parrot, or goldfish before eating according to this Gemara?

Rav Yaakov Emden -Shilas Yaavetz 1:17 writes that a pet needs to be fed first and fish are included. It is important to note that if the animal has a feeding schedule and your pet wouldn't be hungry ...
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What made Yochanan go off?

Yochanan didn't leave Judaism; he became a Sadducee, meaning that he left the Pharisees. If we follow Abbaye's opinion that Yannay is Yochanan (Berachot 29a), then the story of how he became a ...
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Are there five or six reasons why Parshas Tzitzis was added to Shema?

This passage also appears in Yalkut Shimoni, and in that version there are indeed only five things. Number 4, "opinions of heretics" in your translation, does not appear. The supporting verse cited in ...
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Is there a connection between Rav Yehuda loving Israel and forbidding the ascent from Babylon to Israel?

R. Tzvi Elimelech of Dinov in his commentary to the passage on 43b writes as follows: מהראוי להתבונן מהיכן שפט זה דר"י אמר כך משום חביבות א"י שהיה לו ביותר מכל העולם וגם אם תלוי הדבר ...
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How Did David Slay His Evil Inclination?

See Tanya Chapter 1 (which alludes to this Yerushalmi), which is explained in detail in Chapter 10. In short killing it means the inclination for evil has no expression for its energy, no life. It is ...
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Why did Chizkiyahu Hide the book of Refuos

As Rashi explains in ברכות on 10b and in פסחים on 56a: שגנז ספר רפואות לפי שלא היה לבם נכנע על חולים אלא מתרפאין מיד People would not take the illness as a stimulus to do Teshuva, rather they ...
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If kings get up at 3 hours past sunrise, wouldn't they need some extra time to say Shma?

NOTE: both of these are only partial answers; the 1st may be against the Rashba and the 2nd is disputed First Answer The simplest answer might be that the times of getting up and going to sleep are ...
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Why does the Mishnah/Gemara begin with Masekhet Berakhot?

The Vilna Gaon in Shenos Eliyahu writes that the Talmud started with the mitzvah of Krias Shema because this is the first mitzva in which a person becomes obligated, as it begins at nightfall, and ...
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Brachos in Zeraim?

From the Rambam's introduction to the Mishna, in my own, loose translation: When a doctor wants to keep a patient healthy, he first adjusts his diet. Thus, the wise compiler of the Mishna started ...
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Why is אותו מקום referred to as the מקום התורף? What does תורף mean?

Your answer is within the sources in your question. Torf means an exposed place, that should be covered. מקום התורף - woman's genitalia should be covered if exposed. Document's תורף - Are the ...
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Why is it that being embarrassed on one sin should atone for all?

The plural expression is common in Hazalic literature that refers to divine involvement with man, thus for example, Shabbat (104a) which famously states that man is allowed to sin, but helped to ...
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Mekor that bnei t'murah doesn't apply to women- berachot 20a?

You were correct about it being the Ben Ish Chai, but it is found in the Binayahu section of the set usually referred to as only Ben Yehoyada. (There were various printings of Ben Yehoyada and ...
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Tefillat Shav in Mishna Masechet Berachot

The Mishna to which you refer (Berachot 9:3) says explicitly that a tefilat shav (a vain prayer) is a prayer about the past, not the future. הצועק לשעבר, הרי זו תפילת שוא.‏ If one cries out about the ...
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Aveira Lishma: Is it permissible to make a decision that contradicts Halacha because it is for the greater good?

This topic is dealt with extensively by Rav Asher Weiss on his website. The following is a summary. To begin with, two major authorities have already said that today there is no practical application ...
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How could Rav be disproved?

There is another gemara where Rav is refuted from a beraita, and the gemara does not answer that Rav is a tanna who can argue. Take a look at Menachot 5a (today's page in the Daf Yomi cycle!). Rav is ...
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Why does Rashi explain where yoke of Mitzvos is discussed in Parshas Tzitzis?

In the parallel passage in Yalkut Shimoni (which I cited here), no verses are given for the three that are obvious. In fact, R. Refael Nota Nosson Rabinowitz (Dikdukei Sofrim) presents this comment of ...
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What does the Gemara mean by שֶׁמְּמָאֲנִין אֶת הַקְּטַנָּה?

Sefaria offers a fairly comprehensive translation of most of Gemara which you might find helpful. They translate this line of the Gemara as "When an orphan girl, who was married off by her mother ...
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How can the Gemara bring a proof supporting רבינו from רבי אבא?

The מגיד תעלומה suggests that you cannot say that רבי אבא is רב in this case, because further on רב is quoted by רב חננאל as taking a different view. The יפה תלמוד ג"ח suggests that in this case, ...
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Is the Talmud 100% Oral Torah?

As far as the main question is concerned, the Ramban in his debate with Pablo Christiani states (in the beginning of the section entitled "על האגדות") that the corpus of the Torah can be divided into ...
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"People who recite Ashrei many times": a question on Tosafot

Tosfot is disapproving of the practice of including extra verses beginning with Ashrei before Psalm 145. In the roughly contemporary Machzor Vitri (89), we find Psalm 145 introduced with Psalms 119:1, ...
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