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Sanhedrin 49

By Michelle Cohen Farber / September 3, 2017 | י״ב באלול תשע״ז

When King Solomon had Yoav ben Tzruya executed, on what basis did he kill him?  Even though the gemara shows he was worthy of the death he received, in the end the gemara brings sources that he also had redeeming qualities.  What is the order of the 4 death penalties – which is more severe?  Less…

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Sanhedrin 50

By Michelle Cohen Farber / September 4, 2017 | י״ג באלול תשע״ז

The gemara brings proofs for the two different opinions regarding the order of severity of the four death penalties of the court.  Each death penalty had something unique about it and the gemara compares each one to the other, proving why one is considered more or less severe than the other.

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Sanhedrin 51

By Michelle Cohen Farber / September 5, 2017 | י״ד באלול תשע״ז

A braita ןs quoted in which a range of possibilities are suggested regarding the verse about the daughter of a kohen who gets burned for disgracing her father.  After each suggestion the braita concludes with what the verse is actually referring to.  The gemara questions each of the suggestions and explains the opinion of Rabbi…

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Sanhedrin 52

By Michelle Cohen Farber / September 6, 2017 | ט״ו באלול תשע״ז

Study Guide Sanhedrin 51-52. Rabib Yishmael and Rabbi Akiva debate various isseus regarding the daughter of a kohen getting strangulation.  The derivations for each of their opinions are brought.  How was the death penalty of burning performed?  From where is it derived?

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Sanhedrin 53

By Michelle Cohen Farber / September 7, 2017 | ט״ז באלול תשע״ז

Study Guide Sanhedrin 53. How did they learn from the verses in the Torah who gets what punishment (in cases where it wasn’t stated explicitly)? How did they perform killing by the sword?  Killing by strangulation?

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Sanhedrin 54

By Michelle Cohen Farber / September 8, 2017 | י״ז באלול תשע״ז

Study Guide Sanhedrin 54. Rabbi Yehuda according to the version in our mishna, holds (against the rabbis) that if one has relations with one’s mother who is also one’s father’s wife, he is only obligated once (in a case that it was accidental, he would only bring one sin offering).  Several attempts are brought to…

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Sanhedrin 56

By Michelle Cohen Farber / September 10, 2017 | י״ט באלול תשע״ז

Study Guide Sanhedrin 56. Under what circumstances is one obligated the death penalty for cursing God?  Cursing God is also one of the Noachide laws.  What are the Noachide laws? There are several different opinions regarding which commandments they are obligated to keep.  Not all agree that there are seven.

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Sanhedrin 57

By Michelle Cohen Farber / September 11, 2017 | כ׳ באלול תשע״ז

Which commandments are included in the Noachide laws?  What is the punishment for one who doesn’t abide by them? Is the punishment the same for all of them? Even though Jews are commanded also to keep the same laws, various details about them are different. The gemara discusses a number of differences.

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Sanhedrin 58

By Michelle Cohen Farber / September 12, 2017 | כ״א באלול תשע״ז

Which forbidden relations apply also to non Jews?  Two different approaches are brought.

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Sanhedrin 59

By Michelle Cohen Farber / September 13, 2017 | כ״ב באלול תשע״ז

The gemara brings statements saying that non-Jews cannot keep Shabbat or learn Torah.  What are possible reasons for these prohibitions?  A rule is brought that says how we know whether a commandment given to sons of Noach originally continued to be for everyone even after Jews received the Torah.  Additionally, how do we know which…

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