In the Talmud’s Most Difficult Tractate, the Rabbis Tackle Mathematical Probability

Oct. 25 2019

The talmudic tractate of Kinnim (“nests”) takes up only three pages in standard editions, and includes only Mishnah (the Talmud’s earlier stratum), without Gemara (the later stratum). As the title implies, it is concerned with bird sacrifices, which were mandated—during the time the Temple stood—for a handful of occasions. Traditionally, Kinnim is considered one of the most challenging parts of the Talmud, as Adam Kirsch explains:

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More about: Halakhah, Judaism, Sacrifice, Talmud

Iran’s Attack on an Israeli Ship Is a Diplomatic Opportunity

March 1 2021

Today Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed that the explosions that blew two holes in an Israeli-owned cargo ship on Friday were the work of Iran. The incident was followed by airstrikes on military targets in the vicinity of Damascus, likely carried out by the IDF—which might have been retaliation, but might also have been routine attempts to curtail the Iranian military buildup in Syria. But irrespective of its military response, Yoav Limor urges Jerusalem to act diplomatically as well:

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More about: Iran, Israeli Security, Joseph Biden, US-Israel relations