Jewish Journal

Organizing the Bible and Talmud

by N.S. Palmer

3 days ago

Bomberg Babylonian Talmud. Photo from the National Library of Israel

Do you know what it says in the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 8, verse 3?

Unless you’re a rabbi or a savant, you probably don’t. Neither do I. But we know... More.

  • Why are people so mean on the Internet?

    by N.S. Palmer

    1 week ago

    Why are people so mean on the Internet?

    A couple of obvious suspects are not causes. Political polarization is sad, but it's not the problem. Every... More.

  • Biblical writers were math nerds

    by N.S. Palmer

    1 week ago

    We normally look to the Bible for morals, religious inspiration, and history. But are you excited to learn that there’s some mathematics in there, too? ... More.

  • Eicha - The most difficult of questions

    by Chaplain Marita Anderson

    2 weeks ago

    On Tisha B’Av, we read Lamentations, one of the most difficult books in the biblical canon.  I once read that the opening of the book of Lamentations,... More.

  • Outside Lands star Anderson Paak sampled Israel’s national anthem

    By Eitan Arom

    2 weeks ago

    For a brief moment, a snippet of Israel’s national anthem rang out over a frenzied crowd at the Outside Lands music festival in Golden Gate Park on Aug.... More.

  • Tisha B’Av Turns Tragedy into Strength

    by N.S. Palmer

    2 weeks ago

    “They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat.”

    According to the late comedian Alan King, that’s the explanation of most Jewish holidays.

    It’s... More.

  • “Why is everybody wrong except me?”

    by N.S. Palmer

    3 weeks ago

    “These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote American founder Thomas Paine.

    Our own times are more likely to try people’s patience than their... More.

  • These are the Days to Remember

    by Marita Anderson

    3 weeks ago

    A few years ago, during what I remember as a difficult time in my life, I began learning meditation with the hope of calming my panicked mind.  What... More.

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