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  • Drawing new interest to the Talmud

    June 4, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    This story originally appeared on JNS.org.

    Last August, in conjunction with the beginning of a new seven-and-a-half year cycle of “daf yomi”—the daily study of a double page of the Babylonian Talmud that is observed by tens of thousands of Jews worldwide—Nicholls inaugurated an...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The seven-year cycle

    By Salvador Litvak

    August 8, 2012 | 11:14 am

    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...

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  • Talmud in Downtown L.A.

    August 8, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Around 2,500 people turned out for the citywide Siyum HaShas celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Aug. 1. The event marked the completion of the seven-and-a-half year cycle of daily Talmud study known as Daf Yomi.

    The program began with Mincha (afternoon prayer) just after...

  • Climbing Mount Talmud

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 3, 2012 | 9:06 am

    A shorter and slightly different version of this article appeared ‎yesterday in the IHT-New York Times.‎

    It is a commitment like few others. Seven and a half years of daily study ‎‎– every day, no time off, no vacations, no holiday breaks, in sickness ‎and health, at...

  • With poetry and scholarship, Daf Yomi Talmud study grows beyond Orthodox

    August 2, 2012 | 11:04 am

    As a light drizzle tapered off over MetLife Stadium, more than 90,000 Jews packed into the home of the NFL’s Jets and Giants for an event quite unlike any the popular sports and concert arena had ever seen.

    They came dressed in black and white, but not for any sports team. Instead...

  • Celebrations mark end of Talmud cycle

    July 25, 2012 | 5:07 pm

    Serious study of the Talmud requires a high level of devotion and consistency. Finishing all 63 volumes of rabbinical discourse in one’s lifetime is an admirable feat. Completing the whole series in a little more than seven years is almost unfathomable.

    Yet a core group of...

  • 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...

  • Day 2543 - What is a Person Worth?

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 9, 2012 | 10:00 am

    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 no longer able to fulfill these laws, but we do study them, and they can be perplexing.

    All...
  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Briefs

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Shabbat Across America Returns

    For Lynne Sturt Weintraub, Friday evening is the perfect time for friends and family to get together "and show warmth and love and find out what's going on in other people's lives," she said.

    Weintraub, president of Temple Beth Zion in West Los...

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