Humor in the Talmud: Fun and Games Until You Get Thrown out of the Yeshiva

April 8 2015

The Talmud, writes Simon Holloway, is replete with jokes and wordplay, and mentions rabbis using humor to maintain their students’ attention. But the rabbis were also wary of excessive mirth:

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More about: ancient Judaism, Jewish humor, Judaism, Rabbi Akiva, Religion & Holidays, Talmud

What Palestinians Want

July 10 2020

In an extensive report on a major survey of Palestinian public opinion, David Pollock sums up his key findings. Above all, the results suggest that large numbers of Palestinians are willing to make compromises with Israel in the short term, but tend to harbor maximalist, even militant, long-term goals:

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More about: Palestinian public opinion, Palestinians, Two-State Solution