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Why are there 120 Knesset seats?

You may be surprised to learn that the number of Knesset members in Israel is based on a Talmudic source.

By MENACHEM GERLITZKY
25/03/2021

Assassinating Iran's nuclear scientist a preemptive strike - opinion

Assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists is a form of Israeli self-defense. Assassinating the father of the Iranian nuclear weapons program was an ethical act.

An amulet to cure a pandemic

The image of a great Jewish law jurist, a paragon of scholarly Talmudic learning, doling out mystical amulets was difficult for some minds to grasp.

By LEVI COOPER
06/12/2020
Bar Papas

Jerusalem-based yeshiva rock band releases debut album after 20 years

While their music has always been written by the band members themselves, their lyrics are taken directly from the pages of the Talmud.

Recently discovered 13th-century prayer by Ramban goes online

A recently uncovered prayer by the 13th-century Spanish rabbi, kabbalist and renowned author of commentaries on the Bible and the Talmud has been translated into english and published online.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/09/2020

Walking through the Talmud and the land of Israel

How could I, a middle-aged, not-particularly-learned, not-particularly-athletic mother of six find the time, the energy, the drive and the understanding to learn Talmud and hike the Israel trail?

By ROMI SUSSMAN
19/08/2020

Doing this daily Jewish ritual has helped me cope with coronavirus

The pandemic has brought with it monotony, as each week bleeds into the next, but this technique has fortunately given us something to look forward to each day.

By RACHEL HONEYMAN/JTA
12/08/2020

Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz hospitalized, in critical condition

The 83-year-old scholar, most famous for his translation of the Talmud, is battling a severe lung infection unrelated to the coronavirus.

04/08/2020

The indomitable spirit of the Jewish people - The story of Yavne

Though this story is most closely associated with the fast of Tisha Be’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, [...] its enduring appeal no doubt lies in its profound optimism.

By DR. MOSHE SHOSHAN
02/08/2020
Face-shaped fountainhead uncovered at the Tzipori National Park in the Galilee.

Talmud comes alive in 1,800-year-old marble face found in Galilee

Similar artifacts have been uncovered over the years in several locations in Israel, including Caesarea and Beit Shean.

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