“Jewish tradition expects us to study opinions that we’re not allowed to live by.”
Some disjointed aphorisms may be a polemic against a popular philosophy.
Bruriah is the only female cited repeatedly as a religious authority, and rarely shown in the roles the Talmud generally associates with women. Who was she?
Thoughts on daily Talmud study not conducted “in the spirit of a believer.”
Not always poetic, bur reliably inspiring.
When studying the Talmud, one always returns to the page.
It deserves at least one cheer.
Even one that insists on seeing righteousness in ecological, rather than religious, terms.
The Bible bequeathed to the world the obligation of poverty relief.
Rabbi Eliezer’s tsunami.
The case of the mixed-up sacrificial birds.
Elisha ben Avuyah became a vehicle for exploring the agonizing conundrums the rabbis were too honest to ignore but too pious to articulate.