Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Confrontational Face

When we are first introduced to Miriam in the Bible, the times are bleak. The Egyptian Pharaoh has decreed that all baby boys born to the Hebrew slaves be immediately put to death. This is an edict or gezera to … Continue reading

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Taiku

Rabbi Roly is saying that sometimes there is in the Talmud a controversy among colleagues that cannot be resolved. Roly is explaining that Taiku is an acronym for the coming of Elijah, he who will someday answer all questions and … Continue reading

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Circling

My friend Hesh was the first to tell me the story of the Acher, the esteemed Elisha ben Abuyah who abruptly turns apostate. Our paths crossed as children, but it would not have occurred to Hesh and I to speak … Continue reading

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Flipped

I am not sure how the others sitting around the big conference table with paper plates piled with fruit salad, and bloated tea bags relate to these bizarre Talmudic tales, but I’m beginning to appreciate the unflinching honesty of the … Continue reading

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Stain

Early on in my first season of Talmud classes, we come upon the passage where the reputation of Rabbi Eleazar, son of R. Simeon is impugned by the carelessness with which he performs one of his many halachic or legal … Continue reading

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Rendezvous

We BJ members are accustomed to meeting in shoddier surroundings, in synagogue basements that double as homeless shelters at night. But, Rabbi Roly’s six-week series of lunchtime Talmud classes convenes in the corporate spheres. Here on the 38th floor conference … Continue reading

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Cinnamon and Myrrh

I don’t know that much about Chochma, the feminine embodiment of wisdom. But in the Book of Ecclesiastes she is a lively presence. With seeming delight she tells us all about herself, letting us know, “I was there from before … Continue reading

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