Posts Tagged ‘ talmud ’

What’s In God’s Tefillin?

June 25, 2014
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What’s In God’s Tefillin?

Tefillin, or phylacteries, are the black leather straps and boxes that are worn on the head and on the arm during weekday morning prayers. Madonna puts them on with her teeth. Barbie has a pair. Once on a plane they were mistaken for a bomb. But tefillin have an even greater claim to fame: even God…

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The Talmud of Star Trek

May 26, 2014
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star-trek-1

The Talmud says that killing a single person is like destroying the entire world. In…

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Ben Sorer U’Moreh

August 1, 2012
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rebel-son

Think kids today have trouble with authority? The Torah (Deuteronomy 21:18) tells the story of a ben sorer u’moreh,…

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Smells, and Other Signs of Love

July 19, 2012
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Scientists believe that there has been an evolutionary decline in the…

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The Fifteen Commandments

May 25, 2012
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“All pay heed!” cries Mel Brooks, playing Moses in History…

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Sinbad in the Talmud

April 25, 2012
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sinbad of the talmud

The Talmudic sage Rabbah bar bar Hana got around. Unlike…

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Rabbi Cleopatra

March 10, 2012
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cleopatra

There are all sorts of strange cameos and…

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The King’s Wand

March 7, 2012
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scepter

One of the Talmud‘s oddest discussions has to be the…

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Kill Me Twice, Shame on Me

March 5, 2012
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Kenny McCormickphoto courtesy: Comedy Central

One of the more famous Jewish customs surrounding…

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A Fish This Big

January 11, 2012
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leviathan

Did the ancient rabbis know about killer whales…

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The Talmud of Jazz

January 2, 2012
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jake

Jake Marmer is the self-described offspring of Woody Allen…

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Whodunit? The Rabbi

June 7, 2011
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whodunit

In the Talmud, rabbinical personalities often take on aspects…

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