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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 Moshe for 30 days, then Yehoshua told them they had three days before crossing the Yarden, and they came through the Yarden on the 10th day of the 1st month, so ...


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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 Gemara continues with an episode associated with a verse in Isaiah. The Attribute of Justice said before the Holy One, Blessed be He: Master of the Universe, how ...


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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 "aleph"s like "ayin"s and "ayin"s like "aleph"s. The Mishna Beruro (37) says {excerpt} ואם כולם מדברים כך מותר להיות ש"ץ [מ"א בשם הרדב"ז] And if ...


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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 mitzvah is לימוד התורה not ידיעת התורה. Furthermore חז"ל tell us לפום צערא אגרא. If you have toiled you have been successful.


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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 the face (image) of a wicked person” (Megillah 28a). ] A: If you look at the face of a רשע, you become a רשע. And I’ll tell you why. We are influenced by ...


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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 were sent away from God's service and the Levim were chosen. He led an ox - משך תורא When the Jews were drawn after the golden calf which took them away from the ...


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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 בבנין ובנטיעה באירוסין ובנישואין ובשאילת שלום בין אדם לחבירו כבני אדם הנזופין למקום IF THESE PASSED AND THERE WAS [STILL] NO ANSWER TO THEIR PRAYERS ...


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This is definitely not a strange read of the pshat of the Megillah... In terms of the reading of Rava in this way, Shlal David (Esther 4:5) understands it to be so (Hebrew follows, emphasis mine): ויש לדקדק, מה ראה רבא על ככה דכנסת ישראל היו מתרעמים על דוד ועל מרדכי, ולא דרש לזכות כמו אידך אמוראי. ונראה דרבא לשיטתו אזיל, דהתוספות בשבת דף ע"ב [ע"ב ד"ה ...


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I would suggest that Rashi agrees with Tosfos that "Mishnah Torah was said with Ruach Hakodesh" but nevertheless the previous 4 books were on a level higher "Mipi HaGevurah Mamash". Also worth noting is a comment by Rabbenu bachaye (Devarim 29:6) "You should appreciate that the warnings of doom enumerated in this whole portion are Moses’ own wording as ...


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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 of the right of women to vote in elections and to be elected into office, Rav Uziel rejects the assertion that the mixed seating of men and women in ...


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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: Gilyon Hashas there refers to Tosafos to Bava Basra 113a, which argues that he must have lived to at least 140, since otherwise it wouldn't be much of a bracha for ...


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Ibn Kaspi in his commentary to the verse describing Rachel's beauty explains that the verse is providing us with the reason for why Yaakov loved Rachel instead of Leah: זה הקדמת ידיעה וסבה למה שקרוב לו ויאהב יעקב את רחל וכו'⁠ וכל הנמשך אחר כן מענין רחל ולאה Interestingly, he seems to view it as a negative on Yaakov's part: ואולם מה שהוא תמה גדול ...


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I saw an answer in the Sefer Pirsumei Nissa p: 246 and I'll try to translate: It is brought down in the Sefer Yaaros D'vash ( ח"ב דרוש י"ז/ח"א דרוש ג'/ח"ב דרוש ב' ודרוש י"ג) The reason Haman did not know that the 7th of Adar was Moshe Rabeinu's Birthday is because it says in the Pasuk (Shemot 2) ותצפנה שלשה ירחים. ולא יכלה עוד הצפינו and they hid Him for ...


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It sounds like a variant of Tarsus which was a major historical city which still exists in modern day Turkey. The other spelling variant in Hebrew is תרשיש. That is also how it is listed in Jastrow. Here is the Wikipedia page giving some background.


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Tosfos on Megillah 5b ד"ה ממעטין במשא ומתן seems to be saying we forbid only building which is of simcha. As translated by dafyomi.co.il: פי' של שמחה דומיא דבנין ונטיעה דבסמוך [We diminished business] of Simchah, just like the building and planting below. Tosfos then continues: אבל שאר בנינים שרו ואין לך משא ומתן גדול מזה Other building is ...


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The text of the relevant Gemara Avodah Zarah 3b: אמר להם הקב"ה מכם יבאו ויעידו בהן בישראל שקיימו את התורה כולה יבא נמרוד ויעיד באברהם שלא עבד עבודת כוכבים יבא לבן ויעיד ביעקב שלא נחשד על הגזל תבא אשת פוטיפרע ותעיד ביוסף שלא נחשד על העבירה Instead, the Holy One, Blessed be He, says to the nations: Let the witnesses come from among you and ...


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‘Can’t be later’ teaches us that if Shushan Purim falls out on shabbos, it is pushed back, not forward to Sunday (meseches Megillah daf 2a Rashi DH “chal arba’a Asar lehiyos b’erev shabbos”)


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