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Sotah 42

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 7, 2015 | כ״ה בכסלו תשע״ו

More statements about the damaging nature of flattery. The new chapter deals with the kohen who gives a speech to the people before going out to war both to exempt certain people from war as well as to encourage those who are going not to be fearful because God is with them.  From here the…

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Sotah 43

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 8, 2015 | כ״ו בכסלו תשע״ו

Who is exempt from war?  Which parts of the speech are said by whom?  A contradiction between two tannaitic sources leads to a discussion about tree grafting and whether it is considered a new growth that will exempt one from going to war. Study Guide Sotah 43

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Sotah 44

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 9, 2015 | כ״ז בכסלו תשע״ו

More details about who is exempt from war.  Who is referred to as the soft-hearted that are exempt from war?  Which type of war are these exemptions for?  All wars?  Just optional wars?

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Sotah 45

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 10, 2015 | כ״ח בכסלו תשע״ו

Details about the ceremony. Study Guide Sotah 45

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Sotah 48

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 13, 2015 | א׳ בטבת תשע״ו

A list of various takkanot that were instituted at various points in time.  And also things that ceased to exist after the destruction of the temple.

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Siyum Masechet Sotah

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 14, 2015 | ב׳ בטבת תשע״ו

The masechet ends with a number of statements describing the difficult historical-political situation after the time of the destruction and discusses what religious factors caused it.  However it ends with a note of hope.

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