Category Archives: A Rabbi We Call Roly

Bruriah: An Exposé

1. Have you ever been obsessed by a historical figure or a story and wondered why? This is what’s happening to me this summer. Bruriah is the only woman mentioned several times by name in the Talmud. She is a … Continue reading

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Soul Shards in Talmud-Land

Homa, Nhamani’s widow, came to Raba and asked him, “Grant me my allowance.” And he granted her an allowance. “Grant me,” she demanded again, “an allowance for wine”. “I know,” he said to her, “that Nhamani didn’t drink wine.” “By … Continue reading

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So It Comes To Pass

If, as the book of Ruth seems to suggest, the way to redemption is through incest, the way to acceptance can be through rejection, the way to peace may unfortunately be through knowing war, the path to serenity hardly ever … 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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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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