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Just Because Some Rabbinic Texts are Androcentric Doesn’t Mean There Aren’t (Or Can’t Be) Gynocentric Correlates

When it comes to reading rabbinic literature (Mishnah, Talmud, etc.), the androcentrism of the Rabbis does not often seem like such an issue as much as it does when they discuss women, relationships, and sex. Not infrequently, I come up … Continue reading

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Versus Whom Did the חכמים Argue in the Tosefta I: סדר זרעים

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One of the curious aspects I discovered while initially counting up how frequently sages appeared in the Mishnah was the not infrequent appearances of “חכמים”.  These unnamed חכמים (sages) usually appeared in verbal disagreement with a previously-named sage.  As I … Continue reading

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Judging Favorably (הוי דן לכף זכות)

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A common occurrence of human life is evaluating that which is around us, whether it be things that happen, people doing things, or other matters.  This, amongst other purposes, helps us situate ourselves vis-á-vis the larger world and help us … Continue reading

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“Therefore, Let’s Say Both of Them”: The Blessing Combination of Rav Papa

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There is an interesting phenomenon in the Babylonian Talmud, whereby the phrase הלכך נמרינהו לתרוייהו is used to indicate that a blessing should not just be used to thank God for one thing, but actually should use two pre-existing options … Continue reading

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Rava and Jews Who Were Not Fond of the Rabbinic Traditions

As I mentioned on Thursday in my post on the first chapter of the Tanya, Rava seems to be defending the many Jews with whom he has been in contact who do not follow the words of the Sages, as … Continue reading

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Early Rabbis Approach Proverbs 14:34 (Some Initial Thoughts)

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In reading the first chapter of the “Regular People Book” (ספר של בינונים) as part of my Tanya-reading-and-blogging project, I, of course, am going through all of the Talmudic references (which are interesting). One that I found worth exploring in … Continue reading

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