Isolation didn’t help Jonah find redemption inside the whale. It isn’t helping thousands of American prisoners today, either.
Instead of asking us to passively agree with the rabbis, oral law engages the intellect in concrete problems of logic and interpretation
The poem ‘Unetaneh Tokef’ reminds us that we can change our own character, even if we cannot completely control our future
Rabbis and congregants alike have made synagogue dull. But together we can make it more meaningful and more compelling.
Daf Yomi: Could Judaism ever go back to now-alien-seeming rituals from before the destruction of the Temple?
One of many ancient local customs analyzed in this week’s Talmud study is the habit of separating Jews from gentiles
Most American Jews have effectively cast off rabbinic guidance. Would the Talmud’s rabbis have respected us for it, or disdained us?
By imbuing even the most mundane things—like vinegar—with importance, the rabbis find proof of sacred history
Daf Yomi: Much of the rabbinical ingenuity is devoted to figuring out how to draw clear lines in murky situations
Daf Yomi: A closer look at the Holy of Holies provides a fascinating illustration of how the rabbis of the Talmud read the Bible
Daf Yomi: For the rabbis, trivial—even outdated or immaterial—problems can provide the best thought experiments
The holiday never resonated for me, until I understood its message about connecting with other Jews—even Messianic ones
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
Just as we sing lullabies to newborns, I now offer the same loving care as part of my work with a burial fellowship