Adam Kirsch is a contributing editor for Tablet Magazine and the author of Benjamin Disraeli, a biography in the Nextbook Press Jewish Encounters book series.
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By imbuing even the most mundane things—like vinegar—with importance, the rabbis find proof of sacred history
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Daf Yomi: For generations, Talmudic training has meant exercising the mind in logical thinking, not just learning laws
Daf Yomi: In textual analysis, the rabbis found biblical bases for customs and rituals that lacked them
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Long after the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed, Talmudic rabbis kept it alive in their imaginations, and ours
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The scholar, critic, and masterful translator remains dedicated to uncovering the full subtlety and intelligence of the stories in sacred texts
Daf Yomi: Our literary critic ambles over rooftops, ruins, and ships, in search of meaning in Jewish commentary
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Rabbi Shalom Cohen has likened Modern Orthodox Jews to Amalek
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The first Clinton grandchild is due later this year
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Leaflets telling Jews to register with authorities not actually from ‘authorities’
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