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 Bava Kama, the Talmud teaches us how to be religious by minding life’s most mundane details
In Tractate Kiddushin, the Talmud reminds us that in love—as in life—inspiration follows preparation
In the discourse about divorce in Tractate Gittin, the Talmud gives us closure when love expires
In Tractate Sotah, the Talmud gives us a master class in how to restore trust
In Tractate Nazir, the Talmud teaches us about beauty, transcendence, and other human frailties
In Tractate Nedarim, the Talmud teaches us that what we say really, really matters
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?