Can it get any worse? Yes, yes, it can, a lot worse, but the continuity of learning in the ‘Daf Yomi’ cycle has remained unbroken.
By Adam Kirsch · November 8, 2016
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ dissecting the hermeneutics that governs the Talmud’s approach to law
By Adam Kirsch · August 9, 2016
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ reading, Talmudic debates over marriage contracts are often predicated on linguistic precision, not human needs
By Adam Kirsch · May 17, 2016
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ reading, a pair of sages engage in a duel of the mind, posing, parrying, and riposting over hypothetical marriage and sexual scenarios
By Adam Kirsch · May 10, 2016
The Talmudic system of laws assumes the adherent is eager to learn how to follow God’s commandment, not why to follow it—and that he has faith in an otherworldly justice not necessarily reflected in this life
By Adam Kirsch · April 26, 2016
Sure, the woman consents, but the ‘specter of ownership’ hangs over the relationship. Plus: If you’re buying a woman, what is she actually worth in hard currency?
By Adam Kirsch · March 29, 2016