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Daf Shvu’i/Weekly Daf: Baba bathra 19a-19b

One of the fascinating characteristics of Talmudic debate and discussion is that it does not distinguish between the material and the spiritual; between the rote and the extraordinary—everything is attended to by the discourse, the give and take, of the Sages. This week’s daf is a prime example of a sugya/a discussion...

Passover and the Pandemic

When the first Passover seder took place Israelites were instructed to close themselves into their houses and protect themselves with a ritual of dabbing the blood of the Paschal lamb on their door.  They stood at high alert, staff in hand and sandals on their feet as they consumed the required meal...

A Conversation with Alyssa Gray

So back in the old days, a few months ago, before the plague, I started a weekly daf podcast. When I migrated from Soundcloud to the podcast platform Buzzsprout I described the project this way: I know that all the cool kids are jumping on to the daf yomi bandwagon. However, if...

Knesset March Madness results!

(Crossposted to Mah Rabu.) Well, NCAA March Madness may be proceeding this year without fans in the stands, but Knesset March Madness 2020 is still proceeding normally! The election results are now official.  Tzomet dropped out before the election, but here are the results for the other 29 parties: Likud 36 Blue...

Embodied Love

The chevra kadisha (“Holy Community”) is a geographically-organized group responsible for all Jewish matters pertaining to death, including arranging people to sit with and guard the body (shemira), and preparation of the body for burial (tahara). The 7th of Adar, which falls this year on March 3rd, is the date the Rabbis...

Daniel Sieradski