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How did Haman know Moshe Rabeinu's Yahrzeit but not his Birthday?

The מהרש"א on that Gemara explains that Moshe having died on the 7th of Adar is something which could be worked out from Scriptures, as the Gemara works it out on Kiddushin 38a (it says they wept for ...
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Orientation of Haman's Sons' Beam

From Rashi it would seem that is was vertical זקיפא - פורק"א בלעז בצד אחד זה למטה מזה זקיפא - Forche in [old French]. On one side [of it], one below the other. Exploring this a little bit ...
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Why did Rebbe want to get rid of Tishah b’Av Nidcheh?

1 - The Or Sameach תענית ה/ו writes that according to the Avodraham that fasting on Shabbos is only forbidden mi'd'oraisa if it's for the full 24 hours, there is an answer to your question, about the ...
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Megillah 4.6 -- Why can't the blind recite the Shema with their benedictions (according to R. Judah)?

The context of that Mishna is discussing who is fit to lead the congregation in prayers, and in particular that line is part of a dispute if a blind person can lead the prayer of Shema and its ...
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Ashkenazi shat”z?

The Halocho is to be found in Sh O, O Ch 53 (12) who paskens like the gemoro אין ממנין מי שקור' לאלפי"ן עייני"ן ולעייני"ן אלפי"ן: One should not appoint a person [to be leader] who reads "...
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Understanding the teaching of a person who says "I have labored in Torah study and haven't found success- don't believe him"

If you have laboured in תורה, that itself is success, you have had a successful life (day, week whatever). merriam-webster.com defines success as a "favorable or desired outcome". The ...
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Gemara Megillah logic

See the Rashba there who writes הא דבעא רבא מקרא מגילה ומת מצוה איזה מהן עדיף והדר פשטה דמת מצוה עדיף משום דגדול כבוד הבריות שדוחה לא תעשה שבתורה. תמיה לי מקרא מגילה נמי הא דחי עבודה ותלמוד תורה. ויש ...
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Haman's daughter's name

The midrashim I found don't mention her name, but it seems that her name is mentioned in some old Aramaic translations of Esther. I couldn't find one of these versions, but her name is mentioned as ...
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Missing line in Tractate Megillah

The following appears in Megillah 15b (translation from Sefaria) אמרה מדת הדין לפני הקב"ה רבונו של עולם מה נשתנו אלו מאלו אמר לה הקדוש ברוך הוא ישראל עסקו בתורה אומות העולם לא עסקו בתורה The ...
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The Rambam says that Baruch, the son of Nerijah was not a navi but the Gemara seems to imply the opposite, how is that possible?

This can perhaps be explained by what Rambam writes later in Guide for the Perplexed (2:45) where he explains that there are various levels of prophecy, some which make one an actual prophet and some ...
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A question about King Ptolemy and his wife Arnevet

Interestingly, the Steinsaltz Gemara on this segment comments The seventy-two Elders, in their translation of the word hare in the list of non-kosher animals, used the word δασύπους, dasupous, which ...
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Leaving a wine flask and an animal hide as a gift for an innkeeper

The term "innkeeper" is slightly incorrect here because that implies people are paying for the service whereas the Gemora is discussing the oppisite, Yerushlayim, when the Beis HaMikdush ...
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The 10th Month Is Obviously Teves!

The sefer Yesha Elohim asks your question, and brings the answer that it was meant from shamayim that Esther should be taken to Achashverosh in the 10th month because the 10th month is Teves, in which ...
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How to understand this Tosfos in Megila 5b

My understanding of this is as follows: The Talmud here is citing a Mishnah in Ta'anit (12b) which discusses the progression of fasts when there is a lack of rain: עברו אלו ולא נענו ממעטין במשא ומתן ...
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What's so bad about looking into the face of a wicked person?

Rav Avigdor Miller was asked this same question: Q: What is the problem with looking at the face of a wicked person? [אסור לאדם להסתכל בצלם דמות אדם רשע – “It is forbidden for one to gaze at ...
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Talmud Megilla 21a seems to have the reasoning reversed

Maharsha points this out. He says even though the pasuk which mentions sitting is by the first luchos and the pasuk which mentions standing is by the second ones, even still the implications are to ...
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Please help explain 1st Tosfot on Megillah 22a

Maharsha on that Tosfos asks this same problem. בספרים שלנו אינו כן דויחל הוא אחר ד׳ פסוקים והקרבתם אחר ג׳. ועיין בתשובת מהרי״ל סימן קמט וקשה לי. In our scrolls this is not so, for Vayichal ...
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Interpreting Abayyei's mnemonic in Megillah 31a

שתלי זיתים: Even light words of Chazal should be taken seriously, but especially when they are chosen purposefully. This is hinting at the incident of the golden calf, and how the the firstborns ...
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How old were the Sages in Megillah 27b-28a?

Some of them, yes: R' Elazar ben Shamua: Midrash Eileh Ezkerah says he lived to 105. R' Preida: Tosafos there refers to a Gemara in Eiruvin (54b) that he lived to 400. R' Yehoshua ben Korcha: ...
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What is meant by "congregational honor" regarding disallowing women reading the Torah publically?

This article offers an interesting interpretation of the concern. Excerpts: Rav Ben-Zion Uziel understands the expression “kevod ha-tzibbur” in a different manner. In the course of a discussion ...
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Understanding the teaching of a person who says "I have labored in Torah study and haven't found success- don't believe him"

Normally we define success as having succeeded in what you set out to do. However with Torah we have a rule nephesh amalah amalah lo - If you learn one part of Torah the Torah can make itself ...
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Why doesn't the Talmud consider the possibility that the later court was greater in wisdom and number?

The Men of the Great Assembly included Neviem (prophets) They were the last group that included prophets Generally speaking, each generation is smaller than the previous generation. It is taken for ...
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What was the old Yerushalmi Torah reading practice on Shabbat Rosh Hodesh?

Ezra Fleischer wrote an article in Tarbiz 73:1 entitled Remarks Concerning the Triennial Cycle of the Torah Reading in Eretz Israel. On page 111 (29 of his article), he discusses the question of the ...
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Was Mordechai the mashgiach at Achashverosh's party?

Rashi on Megillah 12a says that Mordechai was one of the Butlers of Achashverosh. This is the quote כרצון מרדכי והמן - הם היו שרי המשקים במשתה
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Was Mordechai the mashgiach at Achashverosh's party?

the maharsha and the megilla setarim say that kirtzon ish vaish”....mordechai means that achashveroah made him the mashgiach mainly for the yayinn nessech issue
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Mishna Megila 4:4 - how many pesukim can you read to a meturgeman?

Exactly. You read the last verse of the first section. As the translator is translating that single verse, you skip ahead to the second section. You have to be able to start reading the first verse of ...
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Why would Esther point at Achashveirosh?

This question is addressed by the Rema MiPano in his Asara Ma'amaros Eim Kol Chai 1:7 (cited by the Chasam Sofer Al HaTorah to Genesis 32:5 s.v. כה), and subsequently by the Vilna Gaon in his ...
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A question about King Ptolemy and his wife Arnevet

I've been somewhat troubled over the last few weeks by Rabbi Steinsaltz's understanding, brought by @mbloch, that seems to say that the sages' tradition of what had conspired at the time of the making ...
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Why can't R. Yehudah have his own opinion?

Your question assumes R' Yehuda's opinion is rejected. If you look again you will see that is not the case. Rather, the gemara is using R' Yehuda's opinion to disprove a historical statement of R' ...
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Why can't R. Yehudah have his own opinion?

The opinions of the Kadmonim (the earlier) take precedence over those of the Acharonim (the later), because wisdom becomes diluted as time passes - at least, that is the traditional explanation.
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