Talmudic rabbis debate professional eulogizers, trying to strike a balance between the holy and the mundane
There were a lot of little reasons I was unhappy. But ultimately, I realized I didn’t need to belong to a temple to feel Jewish.
So much of the Talmud is about working the land, and the rules that govern labor, profit, and loss
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis debate the value of recycling, upselling, renovation, and sacred trash
I regretted my unkind words as soon as I wrote them. And then the pain I’d caused another person came back to haunt me.
What happens when the most authoritative guardians of the tradition are sometimes baffled by the tradition themselves?
The holiday gives us permission to mourn for many things, personal and communal, that we avoid discussing the rest of the year
Antic embellishments, like Esther being good in bed, help Talmudic rabbis to more fully explicate the text’s divine meaning
Talmudic rabbis, like us, can only study the course of history for the elusive signs of God’s intentions
In a struggle against the idea of history, Jewish life strives to change as little as possible, even when new religions take over
Talmudic rabbis debate Jewish solidarity in the face of misfortune, a communal imperative that still holds today
The Torah sages study and respond to natural phenomena in an effort to understand our place on Earth
Judaism became a religion of laws, haunted and bound by the absence of a home for Jewish sovereignty