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The Other Temples

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis ask if it is possible to do service to the true God in the wrong location

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Salt Bae

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the rabbis debate the use of the flavor-enhancing mineral in sacrificial offerings. Plus: Why wood needs to be sprinkled with salt before it is burned—over wood.

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The Letter of the Law

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ how a badly educated Jew might be able to complete a sex act with an ‘impure’ woman and not be sinful while a Talmud scholar could not

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Sacrificing My Childhood

My father taught me Talmud as a boy—whether I wanted to learn it or not

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Habitual Ritual

A haftorah of rules and revelry

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God’s Zagat

Dining with the Deity has its own rules

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Burnt Offerings

Divine intervention in a grueling writing process

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