09 Feb 2018

Touring the Talmud: Aboda Zara 19-25 Paganism is seen as the base mode of humanity in the Talmud. Pagans and idolators are not welcomed into the conscious, moral, human society by its scholars. Not because their religion is different per se, but because they are void of a life…

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06 Feb 2018

This series by Rabbi Shalom Morris looks at these remarkable women and their publications from the age of British Romanticism. Lecture 1 – Abigail Lindo Source Sheet Here The Wise Son 1 – Abigail Lindo Lecture 2 – Grace Aguilar Source Sheet Here The wise Son 2 – Grace…

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05 Feb 2018

Touring the Talmud: Aboda Zara 12-18  We continue to examine the nature of idol worship and its place in humanity. We come to find that it has a peculiar connection to promiscuity. The intertwining issues of sex and worship are the subject of our pages this week.  These primal,…

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26 Jan 2018

This week we begin the tractate of Aboda Zara — ‘Foreign Worship’. The premise is simple: it deals with the laws and issues revolving around worshipping anything other than the one, necessary, absolutely primal, omnipotent and omniscient Being we represent in writing with the letters: הוי״ה and verbalise as Adonai – (our Lord)…

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19 Jan 2018

Please click HERE to read a printable version. Touring the Talmud: Shebu’ot 44-49 (Shabbat Bo)  In our discussions on the concepts raised in the tractate of Shebu’ot we have addressed several aspects of social interaction and communication. Indeed as a broad theme throughout the order of Nezikin  – ‘Damages’ (including the previous tractates of Sanhedrin…

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12 Jan 2018

Please click HERE to read a printable version. Touring the Talmud: Shebu’ot 38-44 (Shabbat Va’era)  “Relatively Speaking” The Talmud’s discussions of oaths continues to examine the oaths administered by judges in a Jewish court of law for those who require validating the truth of their statements. The particulars of when this type…

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05 Jan 2018

Please click here to read a printable version. Please click here to hear an audio version. Touring the Talmud (Shabbat Shemot) Shebu’ot 30-38 The fourth chapter of our discussions regarding oaths, deals with those taken by witnesses to verify loans or debts claimed by the plaintiff. If one takes an oath falsely, saying that he…

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02 Jan 2018

Please click here to read a printable version. Please click here to hear an audio version. Touring the Talmud: Shebu’ot 25-29 (Shabbat Vayhi) So Let it Be Written  As the Talmud delves deeper this week into the examination of speech and its effects on us and others, we look at the details of which ways…

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22 Dec 2017

To view a printer friendly version click here. To listen to an audio recording click here. In our discussions thus far we have examined the nature of our various roles in life and how one might assume them. We discussed last week, the Torah’s approach to inclusion and exclusion…

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14 Dec 2017

To view a printer friendly version click here To listen to the audio click here Our discussion last week examined how we take on different roles in life and the importance of knowing our core identity. The pages of the Talmud continue this week discussing the question of atonement…

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