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The Rabbinic Sage Who Dismembered His Adversaries

July 9, 2013
By
hadrian

Talmudic and aggadic lore offers many episodes of rabbinic sages intellectually defeating the luminaries of the Hellenistic world. Far less common are instances of rabbis dismembering their pagan nemeses. So 2nd-century Rabbi Joshua Ben Hananiah really stands apart. As recounted in the Babylonian Talmud (Bekhorot 8b-9a), acting on Roman Emperor Hadrian‘s dare to abduct Athens’ top philosophers,…

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Amen

August 4, 2011
By
amen

The word amen is Hebrew, dating back to the Book of Numbers–but it’s not only used by Jews. When the…

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