Meet Mindy Pollak, Montreal’s Hasidic Candidate

Neighborhood tensions sparked the 24-year-old’s bid for borough councillor

Google Palestine Hacked; Hamptons Eruv Fight

Plus Russian Jews for Jesus in Brighton Beach, and more in the news

How the Talmud Maps Behavior by Exploring Definitions, Not Listing Rules

Daf Yomi: The rabbis examined practical dimensions of deep questions, including those raised around saliva, urine, and sex

Who Can Follow These Rules?

This week’s Talmud reading prompts strikingly contemporary questions about observance and belief

The Irrelevance of Pleasure

As the rabbis remind us again this week, the law is the law—whether it pleases you or not

Crossing the Line

By avoiding authoritative rulings in favor of nuanced debate with the ideas of the past, the Oral Law refuses to simplify

Are Truffles Food?

As our Talmud column returns, debates over Oral Law range from the existential to the mundane

Can Boundaries Cause Unity?

Two exhibits ask whether eruvs speak to our essential beings or just replicate the conditions of our wanderings

Navigating the Talmud’s Alleys

The range of problems and the variety of answers in the study of Oral Law lead to new pathways of reasoning

Bagels and Luxe

A new high-end residential development is seeking to add a shine of kosher chic to the historic—if also historically downmarket—Lower East Side

There’s a Freeway Running Along the Eruv

No word on whether it moves west down Ventura Boulevard

Sundown: U.S. Ambassador Takes on Syria

Plus go hug an Armenian! and more

String Theory

Artist Ben Schachter puzzles over boundaries, real and imagined

Sundown: Fourth of Jewly?

Holy fireworks, non-revelations about God, and Eruv 2.0

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