Posts Tagged ‘Talmud’


Why Are There No More Prophets?

editor 12 January 2018

By Yehuda Sherpin.. The Talmud explains that with the death of the latter prophets Chagai, Zechariah and Malachi at the very beginning of the Second Temple era, “the spirit of prophecy departed.” Why did that happen?

Maimonides: Lack of Joy
The Talmud states, “Prophecy does not come upon a prophet when he is sad or languid.” Maimonides (1105-1204) in his Guide for the Perplexed explains that every faculty of a person’s body at times grows weak and at other times is healthy. The “imaginative faculty,” through which the prophet receives prophecy, is no different than the other faculties. (more…)


The Talmud’s Hot Tub Time Machine

editor 30 May 2017

By Adam Kirsch.. How Moses could know how his people’s story would end before it was even written is in keeping with the spirit of ‘Daf Yomi’. Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world.

A strange, time-bending moment came in this week’s Daf Yomi reading, in the course of the rabbis’ extensive discussion of the laws of inheritance. As we saw last week, the order in which a deceased Jew’s relatives inherit his property was established in the Torah in Numbers Chapter 27, in the episode of Zelophehad’s daughters. (more…)


Does Israel’s Massive Drought Mean Messiah Will Arrive on a White Donkey?

editor 6 December 2016

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “Then hear Thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of Thy servants, and of Thy people Yisrael, when Thou teachest them the good way wherein they should walk; and send rain upon Thy land, which Thou hast given to Thy people for an inheritance.” I Kings 28:36. There hasn’t been a drop of rain in Northern Israel for more than eight months and as meteorologists present dire forecasts, Jews who look to the heavens for a divinely-inspired understanding are getting answers that lead them to a deeper understanding of how the Messiah will arrive. (more…)


Toward a Taxonomy of Damage

editor 28 June 2016

By Adam Kirsch.. Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world.

The Babylonian Talmud is composed of six large divisions, known as Sedarim or “Orders.” At the beginning of June, Daf Yomi readers reached a milestone when we began the fourth of the Talmud’s orders, Seder Nezikin, starting with Tractate Bava Kamma. The word nezikin means “damages,” and this seder covers all situations in which one person damages another—which is to say, almost all the reasons why one Jew would bring another Jew to court. (more…)


Digitized Talmud and mobile app to be launched

editor 1 June 2016

By Jeremy Sharon.. An online, digitized repository of the entire Babylonian Talmud called Hachi Garsinan will be launched on Monday (May 30th, 2016) in what its developers have described as a revolution for Talmud study. (more…)


The Mystery of the Shemitah Unlocked

editor 17 September 2015

By Jonathan Cahn.. The mystery of Shemitah is about the events happening in America and around the world that were predicted to the time and date of occurrence throughout Scripture and the Talmud. There is nothing that happens in God’s World by accident or coincidence. Solomon wrote ‘there is a time and season for everything under the sun’. The Scripture also declares that we are not to be ignorant of the ‘times and seasons of the end.’ (more…)


What’s Mine Is Mine and What’s Yours Is Mine, Too

editor 18 August 2015

By Adam Kirsch.. Giving, taking, owning, donating, and other elements of property law, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’. Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world. Reading Tractate Nedarim over the last several weeks, it has become clear that the rabbis of the Talmud walk a fine line when it comes to vows. (more…)


The Talmud Is a Training Manual for Jews Preparing for the Next Holy Era

editor 10 April 2014

By Adam Kirsch.. For a hundred generations Jews lived in anticipation of redemption, a historical tension that continues to define Judaism.  Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world. Tractate Sukkot, whose third chapter Daf Yomi readers finished this week, is not one of the parts of the Talmud primarily concerned with the Temple. Unlike Yom Kippur, which in Temple times was a holiday focused on the high priest in Jerusalem, Sukkot is a holiday celebrated by all Jews at home. (more…)


In the Shadow of the Divine, Reaping Unintended Benefits at the Edges of the Law

editor 12 August 2013

By Adam Kirsch.. Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world. Last week, in its discussion of purity and impurity, the Talmud showed how the rabbis kept the memory of the Temple alive, centuries after it had been destroyed by the Romans. This week’s Daf Yomi reading featured another kind of reminiscence of the Temple—a glimpse of its humbler, more practical side. (more…)


Samuel Lebens: Airborne anti-Semitism – Haaretz

editor 17 June 2013

By Samuel Lebens.. Last week (Week 23, 2013), approximately 100 yeshiva students were thrown off a plane before its scheduled flight from New York to Atlanta. The captain felt he had no choice other than to eject them, because the large group of teenagers, traveling on a school trip, wouldn’t sit down and turn their mobile phones off before take-off. To his mind, it had become a safety issue. A rabbi from the Yeshiva believed that the airline over-reacted. (more…)


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