Tag Archives: Walking a Jewish Path

From When Do We Recite the Sh’ma in the Evening? Finding a Talmudic Theory of Jewish Practice

Alex Braver
December 8, 2011

In most instruction manuals, you would expect to begin with an introduction, a table of contents, a definition of terms, some sort of systematic approach to whatever it is you’re about to learn. Yet, the Talmud begins seemingly in the middle of a discussion. It assumes a vast amount of background knowledge from the very first sentence. Without this background knowledge, the following discussion would be incomprehensible: More »

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“Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of Yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10)

Emily Goldberg
December 5, 2011

“Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of Yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10) After witnessing the national revelation of the written Torah, Jews strived to preserve its timeless teachings under all circumstances. Throughout history, Jews continued to teach the values within our Scripture More »

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My little Jewish practice

Todd Hasak-Lowy
December 1, 2011

The temptation here is to play around with the word “practice.” To exploit its position in the phrase “practice makes perfect,” as if I have my eye on becoming the best Jew ever. Or to think aloud a bit about the way the term “practice” gets a lot of circulation these days in the phrase More »

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