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Talmud

“Gemara as Law”: The Genre Error That Drives Halakha to this Day (Audio Only)

by Rabbi Jeffrey S. Fox
Posted on June 26, 2024

Rabbi Jeff Fox from Yeshivat Maharat discusses how one should view Gemara and how it became the central text it is today. Is Gemara a law code or something else?…

“Rava’s Rule of Sevens: Analyzing Talmudic Literary Structure” (Audio Only)

by Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Zuckier
Posted on June 26, 2024

Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Zuckier from Yeshiva University/Machon Siach delves into the structure and analysis of two complex sugyas in the Gemara, focusing on seven statements of Rava and their interpretations.…

Shame, Power and Vulnerability: Psychological Insights of the Yichud Sugya (Audio Only)

by Rabbi Tully Harcsztark
Posted on June 26, 2024

Rabbi Tully Harcsztark from SAR High School/Machon Siach discusses psychological insights from the Yichud sugya in Kiddushin, exploring the complexities of human drives and moral behavior.…

Biblical or Talmudic Ethos: Competing or Complementary?

by Rabbi David Bigman
Posted on June 26, 2024

Rabbi David Bigman from Yeshivat Maale Gilboa explores the interplay between the written Torah and the oral Torah, illustrating through the story of Yiftach and his daughter how rabbinic interpretation and ethical considerations can modify and contextualize biblical narratives and laws.…

The Pedagogy of Ukimta (Audio Only)

by Rabbanit Lisa Schlaff
Posted on June 26, 2024

Rabbanit Lisa Schlaff from SAR High School discusses the concept of ukimta in Gemara learning, focusing on resolving contradictions between sources of equal authority and using specific examples to illustrate how different interpretations and contextual understandings can clarify the text.…

What’s So Terrible About Avodah Zarah?

by Rabbi Menachem Leibtag
Posted on September 21, 2022

young boy in a white t-shirt blowing a shofar with a black background

Atonement and Sacrifice

In the days of the Beit HaMikdash, one achieved atonement through two key rituals: vidui (confession) and the offering of korbanot (sacrifices). Although each one could be viewed as a separate act, both pieces were fundamentally brought together by the kohen gadol, or high priest, on Yom Kippur. …

Crying on Rosh Hashanah

Though rarely spoken about, one of the more fascinating themes of Rosh Hashanah is that of tears. The haftarah of the first day recounts the story of Elkanah and his wives Chana and Penina. Each year, they make the trek to Shilo to bring offerings to God, and each year Chana is mocked by Penina for not having children.…

Believing is Seeing

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on June 24, 2021

The rabbis tell us in Pirkei Avot (5:22) “Whoever has….an ayin tova, a good eye….is a student of Avraham; whoever has an ayin ra’ah, a bad eye….is a student of Balaam.” Avraham sees well, whereas Balaam sees poorly. How so? On the face of it, the stories of Avraham and Balaam are parallel.…

Machzor, Rosh HaShanah

Yom (Zikhron)Teruah: A Lexical and Theological Investigation

by Rabbi Jon Kelsen
Posted on September 15, 2020

shofar

God’s Coronation: Unpacking Psalm 47: The Psalm Recited Before Shofar Blowing

by Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom
Posted on September 15, 2020

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Aggadah

“Where Baalei Teshuva Stand, the Utterly Righteous Cannot Stand”: An Aggadic Reflection on Perfection and Patience

by Rabbi Aryeh Klapper
Posted on September 15, 2020

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