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Babylonian Talmud

Passover, Idle Gossip and Competitive Altruism

Dana Beyer | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The reality is that human beings are selfish as well as altruistic, and we live not only with saints but with sociopaths. Nowhere is this more evident than in politics.

The Writing On The Bathroom Wall: Toward Productive Public Discourse On Israel And Palestine

Simcha Gross | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Simcha Gross

In a recent visit to the restroom in Blue State Coffee on the Yale University campus, I was surprised to find the wall had become contested territory for a debate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As a Ph.D. student spending much of his time reading the Talmud, this exchange felt oddly familiar.

Satire is Very Serious

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

The difference between reporting and satire? Bad reporting is still reporting, while there's no such thing as bad satire. If it's not true -- if it doesn't work -- it's not satire.

Lighting Up The Darkness: Hanukkah As A Spiritual Practice

Rabbi Shai Held | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shai Held

All around us is darkness. And what do we do? We light a fire. Not a bonfire, but a small fire -- now one, now another, and so forth for eight nights.

Upside Down Judaism: Why Are Progressives Studying Talmud?

ReligionDispatches | Aryeh Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

What does it mean that conservatives, and some Orthodox, have begun to agitate for social justice, while progressives, traditionally secular, are "tak...