In the wake of the destruction of Jerusalem, rabbinic literature’s presentation of mothers donating their children’s weight in gold to the Temple – following the rabbinic interpretation of ‘Arakhin – comes to exemplify both piety and tragedy. Continue reading Memorializing the Temple through the Maternal Practice of ‘Arakhin
Prof. Michael Chernick Continue reading The Pesach Seder of the “First Mishna”
Dr. Shai Secunda
The end of the first chapter of b. Megillah preserves the only complete Babylonian midrash on an entire biblical book. Continue reading Why and How a Complete Midrash on Esther was Preserved in the Babylonian Talmud
The Babylonian Talmud as an Oral Library for Rabbinic Collections Continue reading Why the Talmud is the Only Rabbinic Work from Babylonia
Dr. Barry Wimpfheimer
|Excessive drinking on Purim is recommended by the amora Rabbah, in a rare Aramaic ruling that is followed by a strange account of a drunk Rabbah slaughtering his colleague, R. Zeira, at a Purim feast. What are we to make of this shocking law and story, and what do can they teach us about the unique, carnivalesque quality of Purim?|
The historical context within which to read the Talmudic discussions of kiddushin.
Prof. Michael Satlow Continue reading A Detached Kiddushin
What the unique corpus of magical texts inscribed on bowls can teach us about the diffusion of the rabbinic laws of divorce in late antique Babylonia.
Avigail Manekin Bamberger Continue reading Naming Demons: The Aramaic Incantation Bowls and Gittin
The Midrashic Development and Antiquity of the Oral Torah, and the Source Critical Demonstration of the “First Mishna”
Prof. Michael Chernick Continue reading The Modern Study of Mishna: Rabbi Dr. David Zvi Hoffmann’s Approach
A Talmudic story (b. Sanhderin 19a-b) explores the separation of sovereign and judicial powers and the escalation that results when a judge seeks to exert his own authority Continue reading The Story of Shimon B. Shetah’s Attempt to Judge King Yannai
Prof. Rabbi Marty Lockshin Continue reading Does Halakha Uproot Scripture?
Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen Continue reading The Prozbul: A Narrative Generated by a Pre-Existing Law
The Dead Sea Scrolls Tefillin and the Making of an Urban Legend
Justice beyond the Boundaries of Human Jurisdiction
Dr. Rabbi Avraham Walfish Continue reading The Measure of Tractate Sotah
The Mishnah’s rewrite of the Biblical ritual
Prof. Ishay Rosen-Zvi Continue reading The Sotah Spectacle
Dr. Amram Tropper Continue reading The Narrative of the Narcissistic Nazirite
How and why the Bavli reworked the tale and turned the Sadducee into an inglorious martyr
The Mishnah states there are four Rosh Hoshanah’s and periods of Judgment. How is the 1st of Tishre different?
Dr. Rabbi Avraham Walfish Continue reading Composing Rosh Hashanah as a Day of Judgment
Prof. Rabbi Michael Chernick Continue reading The Epistle of R. Sherira Gaon: A Point of Departure for the Academic Study of the Mishnah
Exploring the uniqueness of Tractate Nazir and what it teaches us about Talmudic transmission Continue reading Tractate Nazir: A Talmudic Outlier