Rabbi Dr. Richard Hidary is an associate professor of Judaic Studies at Yeshiva University, a rabbi at Sephardic Synagogue, and a faculty member for the Wexner Heritage Program. He studied at Yeshiva University and Yeshivat Har Etzion, received rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University. He was recently a Starr fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies and a Katz fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Dispute for the Sake of Heaven: Legal Pluralism in the Talmud (Brown University Press, 2010) and Rabbis as Greco-Roman Rhetors: Sophistic Education and Oratory in the Talmud and Midrash (Cambridge University Press, 2018). His articles appear in AJS Review, Conversations, Dead Sea Discoveries, Dine Israel, Encyclopedia Judaica, Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Jewish Review of Books, Jewish Studies an Internet Journal, Moment Magazine, and Okimta. Rabbi Hidary is currently writing a new translation and commentary on tractate Sanhedrin. He also directs Merkaz Moreshet Yisrael, which runs the websites teachtorah.org, pizmonim.org, and rabbinics.org.

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The rabbis teach us that no ancient sacrifice is worth more than a simple act of hospitality and kindness


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Fighting her way into the male-dominated world of the Talmud, Beruria challenged the orthodoxy with her wit and learnedness


Tough Love

In the first installment of Tablet’s new Talmud column, a meditation on the meaning of suffering

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