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
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
Infused with magic—and ritual designed to conjure or contain magic—Jewish oral law remains a mix of jurisprudence and poetry
By Adam Kirsch · February 23, 2016
Why Talmudic law is precise, and how practical matters can test the moral foundations of the system
By Adam Kirsch · May 19, 2015
If the point of marriage is not happiness but religion, what constitutes grounds for divorce? Plus: tips for grooming pubic hair.
By Adam Kirsch · April 21, 2015
Rightly or wrongly, Talmudic thinkers presumed that gentiles would persecute the Jews in their midst
By Adam Kirsch · March 3, 2015
The sages debate the demerits of little white lies, and consider the subtleties of legal claims made by spouses and other property owners
By Adam Kirsch · February 24, 2015
Talmudic rabbis are less interested in mystical speculation than in concrete questions, like the state of women’s hymens
By Adam Kirsch · February 17, 2015