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Why are we so mean?

On Thursday April 23, U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter granted a motion brought by the ACLU representing several detainees at the Adelanto Detention Center. The judge ordered that Adelanto not accept any new detainees; that they immediately reduce the immigrant population so that detainees can practice social distancing; that the facility complete...

What Should AirBNB Do? What about Western Sahara? What about Palestinian Workers? Answering Questions about Business and Human Rights Under Occupation

As the push to annexation heats up, core issues related to Occupation feel like they are fading. That is unfortunate, as many urgent issues remain to be addressed, including economic ones. Few issues generate as much controversy as questions over what multinational businesses can do in the occupied West Bank, if anything,...

Daf shvui/Weekly daf: Baba bathra 19b-20b

Talmud is an ancient text, a product of late antiquity, but also an artifact of early modernity and burgeoning technology of the printing press, which also brought it into conflict with the Church which controlled the presses to some extent. This week’s daf forces us to dip into this also. So…Welcome! Pour...

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...

Daniel Sieradski