Giving, taking, owning, donating, and other elements of property law, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’
This week’s Talmudic debate is centered on the perceived and real benefits of study, teaching, and sacrifice
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ study, why vows are hardly sacred, and why circumcision is the most glorious of rituals
This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study refutes the ‘dual loyalty’ charges against Jews
Discussing vows, Talmudic rabbis detour into the temptations of Jewish love-making—where almost anything goes
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
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.
Inequality under the wedding canopy, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study. Plus: a story about cheating the Angel of Death.
If the point of marriage is not happiness but religion, what constitutes grounds for divorce? Plus: tips for grooming pubic hair.
And other matters of conjugal bliss in this week’s Talmud study, including a woman’s right to sexual fulfillment
For most Jews in Talmudic times, marriage was the biggest financial transaction of their lives
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Reading the oral law today forces Jews to reconcile repellent, outdated legal views with modern morals
Talmudic rabbis believe ‘the hand of Heaven’ makes sure that the punishment fits the crime
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
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
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
Talmudic rabbis, gladiators of the mind, sought glory and eternal fame—but also pondered the mundane side of being human
Talmudic sages say that sinful acts—especially those committed by women—are not the rabbis’ fault
Jewish law loves to separate people into airtight categories. Real-life sex and gender are more complicated. What then?
And other problems of divorce, infertility, and urination, in this week’s Talmud study
In the patriarchal society of the Talmud, a woman’s body is always under the supervision and scrutiny of men
This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study is NSFW
Plus legitimate and bastard offspring, slaves, and distinctions between Jews, non-Jews, and half-Jews