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Day 2543 - What is a Person Worth?

By Salvador Litvak

March 9, 2012 | 10:00 am

Congregation Etz Chayim in Los Angeles, © Google 2012

We just finished Tractate Arachin, in which we studied the law of monetary vows made for the sake of the the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Because the Temple was destroyed in 70 C.E., we are... read on
  • Day 715 - Murder at a Purim Feast

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 1, 2012 | 8:36 pm

    As Purim approaches, we encounter a Talmudic conundrum:

    Rava said: One must become so intoxicated on Purim that he cannot distinguish between “Cursed is Haman” and “Blessed is Mordechai.” Rabbah and Rav Zeira celebrated the Purim feast together. They became intoxicated.... read on

  • Accidental Talmudist, Day One

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 1, 2012 | 5:19 pm

    This week marks the seventh anniversary of an errand that changed my life.

    On March 2, 2005, I went to The Mitzvah Store on Pico Boulevard in order to buy a book. I was in my seventh year of being a practicing Jew, and I had probably visited the shop a dozen times. After finding... read on

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