Talmud

Hanukkah: One last taste of sovereignty

We know what sovereignty tastes like. For centuries, Hanukkah kept that taste alive. We never forgot how Jews were meant to live. Hanukkah would not let us forget. 

By MOSHE TARAGIN
17/12/2022

What is the connection between chess and Judaism? - opinion

Some people believe that Jewish chess players use the same way of thinking while playing chess as if they were studying Talmud.

By DOVID GERNETZ
16/12/2022

Nancy Pelosi and Rabban Gamliel: A Talmudic tale of succession - opinion

Much like Speaker Pelosi, the Talmud tells us that Rabban Gamliel rules the house of study, with an iron fist, and with a desire for unity. However, Rabban Gamliel takes this desire a step too far.

The Jewish leaders leading the Jewish people - then and now - opinion

Living in modern Israel is like living in a real-time ongoing Talmudic dispute.

By DAVID JABLINOWITZ
23/11/2022

What does Judaism think of sports? - opinion

It can be said that as long as it does not come at the expense of other important duties, sports are very much encouraged in Judaism and perfectly legitimate as a hobby.

By DOVID GERNETZ
14/11/2022

Simhat Torah: Why Jews should look in the mirror now

This analysis of a midrashic text is obviously not intended as a comment on or opinion about the recent United States Supreme Court decision.

By DANNY SIEGEL
17/10/2022

Social justice and Judaism: The rabbinic voice can overcome polarization

Issues like immigration policy, criminal justice reform, and fighting poverty involve nuanced thinking, compromise, and the ability to integrate multiple perspectives.

By Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum
15/10/2022

Why did the cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant face the walls?

Cherubim appear in many biblical passages. The texts do not explicitly define them. Were they real or just imaginary? What we find in the Bible is not so much what they are but what they do.

Sukkot: Lulav unity and sukkah unity

Despite the obvious hierarchy among the four elements, they are all included in one arrangement, thereby modeling the ideal of an inclusive society.

By MOSHE TARAGIN
08/10/2022

What does the Bible, Judaism think of kings and queens?

Written in memory of Queen Elizabeth II, a leader with integrity who put responsibility before everything else and under whose reign the Jewish communities of the Commonwealth enjoyed freedom.

By RAPHAEL SHUCHAT
01/10/2022
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