Charting the Sea of Talmud reviewed by Israel Drazin

The Talmud that was composed and finally edited with late insertions in Babylonia around the seventh century is a staple of learning for many Jews. About a century ago, a rabbi suggested that Jews should read a page daily, front and back, a practice that has been...

The Elephant in the Room Reviewed by The Daily Rabbi

The term “memoir” used to be reserved for thick, comprehensive volumes written by noted individuals nearing the end of their lives. Personal accounts of lesser-known people, however intriguing or expansive, were labeled “narratives” (as in slave narratives); and...

The Elephant in the Room Reviewed by The Jewish Action

I’m finding it harder to be inspired in my forties than I did in my twenties. Somehow, exploring life’s endless possibilities and grappling with textual and philosophical questions has morphed into conversations about homework, menu planning and budget stretching. At...

Cremation or Burial Reviewed by Robert Lind

Modern society tends to prefer cremation: it is perceived as cheaper than a burial, more environmentally sound, and, well, just more hip. To the contemporary person, “the idea of scattering ashes seems a eco-friendly alternative” to burial. The idea of a body...

In Search of Torah Wisdom Reviewed by Journal Mitzvah

How is urgent and important to learn Torah properly, having a Rabbi, teacher teaching and answering our questions. This book “In Search of Torah Wisdom” enables us to get answers for the Tanach, Mitzvos, Kabbalah, Torah, Aggadata, Halachah. “In Search…” is...
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