The apparent abstraction of Talmudic rulings, immune to the vagaries of history, are also a key to Jewish survival
To the Talmudic rabbis, religion was not opposed to the law but deeply connected to its study, even if dialogue wins over decree
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In the Talmud, examples of real-life rabbinic behavior and the intensely personal nature of lawmaking
One of many ancient local customs analyzed in this week’s Talmud study is the habit of separating Jews from gentiles
Most American Jews have effectively cast off rabbinic guidance. Would the Talmud’s rabbis have respected us for it, or disdained us?