Category Archives: Taiku: A Tourist in Talmud-land

Bruriah, Part III

Forgotten Stories My older brother feels guilty about something he did to me long ago when I was a very little girl. This is not an incident that left behind a conscious trace in my memory, it is not something … Continue reading

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Bruriah, Part II

All Her Life Bruriah rose above what she knew of men- even or especially the learned sages who populated her world. She knew of their pitiful inability to get comfortable in the presence of a woman who was at the … Continue reading

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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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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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