Talmud

Once A Prop For Anti-Semites, The Talmud Makes A Comeback In Russia

08/18/2016 - 12:03

(JTA) — A century ago, passages from the Talmud were translated into Russian to be used as evidence in the anti-Semitic show trial of Menahem Mendel Beilis, a Jew charged with — and eventually acquitted of – murdering a Christian boy.

The cover of a new Russian translation of the Talmud. (Courtesy of Knizhniki publishing house)

Chanukah Habits For All Eight Nights, And Beyond

12/07/2015 - 19:00

When Rabbi Meir Shapiro suggested the practice of the Daf Yomi, studying a page of Talmud daily, at an Agudah conference in 1923, he could never have imagined how many thousands of people take part in this seven and a half year project. Rabbi Shapiro believed it would unite Jews globally in a mission to strengthen and unify the Jewish community. A “Jew leaves the States and travels to Brazil or Japan, and he first goes to the beis medrash [study hall], where he finds everyone learning the same daf [page] that he himself learned that day. Could there be greater unity of hearts than this?”

Erica Brown

Expelled From Ramaz, Former Pot Dealer Scores Netflix Hit

Natasha Lyonne, who plays a Jewish ex-heroin addict on 'Orange Is The New Black,' remains connected to her religious upbringing.

06/08/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Natasha Lyonne is the perfect ex-drug dealer to take home to your Jewish mother—after all, the "Orange Is The New Black" actress was expelled from Ramaz, the acclaimed day school on the Upper East Side, for selling marijuana.

Natasha Lyonne stars on new series of Orange Is The New Black. Getty Images

Expelled From Ramaz, Former Pot Dealer Scores Netflix Hit

Natasha Lyonne, who plays a Jewish ex-heroin addict on 'Orange Is The New Black,' remains connected to her religious upbringing.

05/27/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Natasha Lyonne is the perfect ex-drug dealer to take home to your Jewish mother—after all, the "Orange Is The New Black" actress was expelled from Ramaz, the acclaimed day school on the Upper East Side, for selling marijuana.

Natasha Lyonne stars on new series of Orange Is The New Black. Getty Images.

The Importance Of A Global Day Of Jewish Learning

11/09/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Jewish knowledge is not just good to have. It is essential. Some may think that knowledge belongs to scholars, religious leaders and the elite. Not so in Judaism. For us, study is an essential demand upon everyone.

Lubavitcher Rebbe Lives On Through His Good Works

06/30/2014 - 20:00

The Talmud (Ta’anit 5b) teaches us that the Biblical Jacob never died, despite the eulogies that were delivered in the presence of his mortally deceased body. His impact continues so long as his children, the Jewish people, endure.

Bringing Jewish Texts Back To Secular Israelis

10/14/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Listening to Ruth Calderon speak at my synagogue last week, I felt sad, once again, about something that has been lacking for a long time in the Jewish community in Israel and the United States: an easy familiarity with the texts of our tradition. The good news is that Calderon, a Knesset member, has made it a mission of her life to reacquaint Jews with those texts. Given her charm and erudition, she seems to be well on her way.

Francine Klagsbrun

Google Glass and Jewish Education

In 1982 when I was in first grade at Hillel Day School, a Jewish day school in Metropolitan Detroit, my father brought in our family’s Apple II computer for show-and-tell. There were no computers in the school at that time so it was a seminal technological moment for the school. I’m sure my father figured he would blow my classmates minds by showing them how to type a few lines of the LOGO programming language and get the turtle cursor to turn and move across the screen. However, my peers didn’t have any mind-blowing experiences that day -- it was only the beginning of what our generation would come to expect from computers and technology.

Hillel Fuld, a technology evangelist in Israel, tries Google Glass. Photo courtesy Hillel Fuld

Why We Still Wait For The Messianic Times

03/17/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Ani Maamin – I believe with perfect faith in the coming of a messianic era. In Reform ideology, we don’t necessarily wait for an individual Messiah, but we do encourage people to do all they can to create a better world, and to work towards a time when all will be peaceful, loving, and safe. Among Jews of various denominations, we have differing opinions about what will bring the Messiah. Some believe that, once every eligible Jew has observed certain mitzvot (like laying tefillin or lighting Shabbat candles), the Messiah will finally arrive. Others believe that, once things get particularly bad, the Messiah will surely come. I have a bit of a different idea.

Rabbi Marci Bellows

The Talmud Says Sanctuaries Must Have Windows; A Rabbi Tells You Why

In Berachot (34b), the Talmud teaches that a synagogue must be built with windows in the sanctuary. I believe this is so we can see who is outside and unable to join us. As Jews, we have to maintain “mental windows” everywhere so that we understand that those whom we refer to as “shut-ins” are not shut-in. They are cruelly shut out of the life many of us take for granted.

Rabbi Lynne Landsberg
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