The Talmud’s obsessions are not necessarily our own, and in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ the ancient wise men engage in theoretical debate over ritual impurity
Because a corpse is always a source of ritual impurity, and because on a geological timescale corpses are everywhere under our feet, aren’t all religious Jews impure?
In this week’s Talmud study: Is just thinking about pork a sin?
Bridging the abstract simplicity of divine pronouncements to the practical mess of everyday life
The ancient text takes up the problem of ‘new circumstances’ in maintaining vows, and in so doing stumbles on what makes women attractive
In the heat of summer, nothing is as refreshing as a cold pickle. Just ask my kids.
In rabbinic Judaism, learning replaces noble birth as a source of power and status—including the power to avoid state responsibility
Along with other questions of mind and body, this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ is also a field guide to Talmudic-era cuisine
Giving, taking, owning, donating, and other elements of property law, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’
New reality for an old phenomenon: How Obama and Israel changed the stakes of Jewish power
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ the Talmud explores why oaths are not for the virtuous, except in the rarest of cases
Bridging the gap between biblical terseness and the needs of a functioning Jewish legal system
Teenagers need to learn about more than anatomy, as some Jewish educators already know
Video: This Ukrainian sour sorrel soup is a refreshing way to welcome summer
Why Talmudic law is precise, and how practical matters can test the moral foundations of the system
Studying who’s owed what, when, and how much in cases of divorce, widowing, and inheritance
Settling scores, carving up estates, negotiating claims, in biblical law. Plus: A virgin is worth twice as much as a widow or divorcee.
A fascinating New York City museum exhibit looks at black women’s hair and nails. Don’t wait for the Jewish version.
Inequality under the wedding canopy, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study. Plus: a story about cheating the Angel of Death.
How do we teach kids that gender equality is fabulous?
Video: Fry up these savory snacks at home, and make your own spicy harissa for dipping
If the point of marriage is not happiness but religion, what constitutes grounds for divorce? Plus: tips for grooming pubic hair.
What he said, what they said, and what America is now saying to the world about exterminationist anti-Semitism
Yes, we need to teach kids about our history. But our history constitutes a lot more than one tragic event.
And other matters of conjugal bliss in this week’s Talmud study, including a woman’s right to sexual fulfillment
Why did Obama send a lowly vice-presidential adviser to inform American Jewish leadership about his Iran deal?
For most Jews in Talmudic times, marriage was the biggest financial transaction of their lives
Whether in the mess hall or on a battleship, Jewish soldiers stationed all over the world still sang the Four Questions and ate matzo
We, too, stoned our women for infidelity. Patriarchal injustice persists in Orthodoxy. What’s a modern Talmud reader to do?
Reading the oral law today forces Jews to reconcile repellent, outdated legal views with modern morals