Talmud

Should Hanukkah Be The Jewish Christmas?

As the calendar flips to December, nightfall comes ever earlier, and many of us don our winter coats for the ...

From Greatness Comes Mercy

I recently began studying a new book with my chevruta (study partner), Musar HaTorah v’aYahadut, written by Rabbi Aharon Shmuel ...

An Interesting Jewish “Jeopardy” Champ

Passover is the eight-day Jewish holiday in which we ask questions at the seder table. For one quirky Jewish guy ...

How I Ended Up Delivering the Sermon on Rosh Hashanah

Over the summer, Larry, the organizer of the minyan that I attend for Rosh Hashanah, sent out an email asking ...

What Happens When Our Heroines Fail Us?

One of the great disappointments of this summer has been finding out, with the publication of Harper Lee’s Go Set ...

Yeshiva University Dean Wants to Reverse Gains in Women’s Torah Learning

My social media has been abuzz this past week with the commentary on a recent article published by Rabbi Mordechai ...

Reframing Worries About the Future

As a parent of young adults, I often talk with my peers about the unexpected paths our kids are choosing. ...

What Tisha B’Av Can Learn From Ramadan

I did not fast during Ramadan. But I did somehow experience a little bit of the meaning of the Muslim ...

Lessons From Teaching My Daughter To Swim

I remember vividly the horror I felt seeing my daughter sinking below the surface of a pool two summers ago. ...

What!? You Mean Women Can Actually Study Talmud?

Memories of the film, Yentl, came to mind when a number of highly Jewishly educated women invited me to join ...

Hillel, Comma, Open, and Beit Shammai

Once again HIllel has found itself in the news due to several recent events: Eric Fingerhut’s refusal to speak at ...

What Should Rabbis Talk About?

In recent weeks, several of my colleagues both on this blog and elsewhere, have written thoughtful articles on current issues ...