Dovid Bashevkin is the Director of Education at NCSY and author of Sin·a·gogue: Sin and Failure in Jewish Thought. He is the founder of 18Forty, a media site exploring big Jewish questions. His Twitter feed is @DBashIdeas.
In Tractate Ketubot, the Talmud gives us a master class in everlasting love
In Tractate Yevamot, the Talmud teaches us that being Jewish is about much more than religion
In Tractate Chagigah, the Talmud teaches us to prize experience, not information
In Tractate Moed Katan, the Talmud teaches us the only life lesson we need
In Tractate Megillah, the Talmud sends us a very personal note on faith
In Tractate Taanit, the Talmud teaches us how to get going when the going gets tough
In Tractate Rosh Hashanah, the Talmud takes the time to explain, well, time
In Tractate Beitzah, the Talmud answers a central question of human life: What makes a day good?
It’s a perfect holiday for a messed-up, broken-down kind of moment in time
In Tractate Yoma, the Talmud gives us a deep dive into going back to the future
The Talmud teaches us a lesson we desperately need to hear about putting our money where our values are
Why do we need a long Talmud tractate about Passover, a holiday we already know well?
What the late comedian can teach us about Purim
How one seminal moment in Jewish mystical life provides profound insight into our present moment
Why the Talmud’s most notoriously difficult tractate is a perfect guide to our contemporary political moment
What the Talmud’s longest tractate teaches us about being adults
This night was different from all other nights because I was finally asking different questions
As we conclude reading the Talmud’s first tractate, a fierce debate rages about who should study it and how
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