The Talmud is not a literary text, yet its role in maintaining the continuity of Jewish history is undeniable
By elevating witches and demons to the level of gods, Talmudic rabbis diminished religious thought
Every night, I took part in a prayer group to help a sick child and her family. But I’m the one who ended up transformed.
In the Talmud, examples of real-life rabbinic behavior and the intensely personal nature of lawmaking
In the Bible, the rabbis had the most accurate possible description of the world—a flawed and limited cosmology
We tend to overlook the gentiles who keep synagogues running. As we begin the Torah anew, let’s acknowledge our debt to them.
Daf Yomi: The one protection God granted the Jews was to scatter them, so that no single enemy could destroy them all at once
Who wrote the Torah? An unlikely group of Orthodox scholars has launched a website that gets to the heart of Jewish tenets.
More than an ephemeral part of Sukkot observance, the fruit also symbolizes the commitment of one generation to the next
In this week’s Daf Yomi, deference, privilege, and the appearance of impropriety from the rabbis of ancient Jewish society
The Yom Kippur prayer unites everyone who hears it. Twenty-five years after I converted, it still gives me goose bumps.
As we contemplate our connection to the Divine on the High Holidays, we should recall the reciprocal love at the heart of Judaism
Becoming fluent in your own religious tradition is like playing an instrument or a sport: It takes time, dedication, and practice.
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