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  • I am proud to be Litvish

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 9, 2013 | 9:23 pm

    This is a phenomenal book. Since I began my journey back to Judaism, I have been blessed to learn from so many Chassidic masters that I often joke I'm a Litvak who's not so Litvish. Perhaps I should I've realized I'm pretty Litvish when I "accidentally" encountered the Talmud on... read on

  • Day 59 - Why Say a Blessing?

    By Salvador Litvak

    January 9, 2013 | 5:44 pm

    Rav Huna said that Rav said that Rabbi Meir said; and so it was taught in the name of Rabbi Akiva: One must always accustom oneself to say, “Everything that G-d does, He does for the best.” (Berakhot 60b, Koren Talmud Bavli)

    Was Rabbi Akiva an irrational optimist? He sounds a bit... read on

  • The Secret to Chanukah

    By Salvador Litvak

    December 14, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    Rosh Chodesh Chanukah, 5773 (2012)

    I wrote the Secret to Chanukah late last night on Facebook.com/AccidentalTalmudist, where I post short pieces almost everyday, and we discuss Torah, Talmud and other matters. Between then and now, I heard the horrific news coming out of Newtown,... read on

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  • Veterans Day Tribute

    By Salvador Litvak

    November 12, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    Happy Veterans Day. In honor of all who serve, I made this tribute to the men and women who fought and sacrificed in the Civil War. The facial hair may have changed, but the eyes are as familiar as our friends and familiy. I wish we had photgraphs of our Sages, as I think they'd look equally familiar.

    Enjoy and please share!

  • Day 85 - Why I’m Reading the Whole Talmud… Again

    By Salvador Litvak

    November 8, 2012 | 8:01 am

    I have been struggling to write a post since I came down from the Mt. Sinai-like high of the Siyum HaShas at MetLife Stadium, when we completed the seven and a half year cycle of reading the Talmud (click here for my Jewish Journal cover story about that experience).

    I have kept... read on

  • Day 2711 - Siyum HaShas: The Talmud Ends, The Talmud Begins

    By Salvador Litvak

    August 5, 2012 | 8:23 pm

    Whoever learns halachos every day is assured that he will be a citizen of the World to Come. For it is stated: The ways (halichos) of the world are His. Do not read halichos, but halachos. (Niddah 73a)

    After seven and a half years of daily study, my voyage through the sea of Talmud... read on

  • Day 2704 - What is a Soul?

    By Salvador Litvak

    July 25, 2012 | 1:20 pm

    One week to go. After seven and a half years of reading Talmud, only seven days and seven pages remain until the Daf Yomi cycle renews. G-d willing, I will attend the massive celebration called Siyum HaShas at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey next week, along with nearly 100,000 other... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Salvador Litvak is a Chilean Jewtino who’s lived in the U.S. since he was five. He graduated from Harvard, NYU Law and UCLA Film. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and...

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