Posts Tagged ‘ talmud ’

The 6 Genders of the Talmud

November 9, 2015
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The 6 Genders of the Talmud

If you want to smash the gender binary (by, for example, giving transpeople a comfortable place to pee), Judaism can feel like an odd fit. The obligation to observe commandments is traditionally divided along male/female lines: men pray three times daily, while women don’t have to; men put on tefillin,…

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The Next Darwin Is a Jew Named Jeremy England

October 26, 2015
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The Next Darwin is this 33-Year-Old Jewish Biophysicist

Question: What does the Talmud have in common with the laws of thermodynamics and natural…

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A New, Digital Wonderland of Jewish Text

September 8, 2014
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A New, Digital Wonderland of Jewish Text

Imagine a digital wonderland where every Jewish text is available free and open-source, where the…

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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…

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The Talmud of Star Trek

May 26, 2014
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The Talmud says that killing a single person…

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Ben Sorer U’Moreh

August 1, 2012
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Think kids today have trouble with authority? The Torah (Deuteronomy 21:18)…

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

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Rabbi Cleopatra

March 10, 2012
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There are all sorts of strange cameos and…

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The King’s Wand

March 7, 2012
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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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