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Reading the oral law today forces Jews to reconcile repellent, outdated legal views with modern morals
The stereotype of the Jewish mother depicts a hovering, overprotective maniac. The truth is very different.
Talmudic rabbis believe ‘the hand of Heaven’ makes sure that the punishment fits the crime
The difference between Big America and Small America, and between Obama and Netanyahu
Rightly or wrongly, Talmudic thinkers presumed that gentiles would persecute the Jews in their midst
The sages debate the demerits of little white lies, and consider the subtleties of legal claims made by spouses and other property owners
Video: The Old World meets the New World in one delicious cookie
The X-Men have a Seder. Hogwarts gets a kosher kitchen. And everyone from Ivanhoe to Big Bird to Captain Kirk gets a rewrite.
Talmudic rabbis are less interested in mystical speculation than in concrete questions, like the state of women’s hymens
The ‘Daf Yomi’ cycle heads into thorny gender issues around marriage, gynecology, and Sabbath sex
What the burning of a Jordanian pilot reveals about Obama’s flawed Middle East game
Ron Lieber’s new book ‘The Opposite of Spoiled’ offers help for parents trying to raise kids who know the true value of a dollar
Who else can step up and rescue the faith from the fanatics who’ve hijacked it?
Talmudic rabbis ask what agency young women have in determining their fate in sex, marriage, and divorce
This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ probes the connection between the magical thinking of the Bible and the rational concerns of the Talmud