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  • Waging Today’s Battles

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    February 27, 2015 | 5:34 pm

    We read in the Mishna about Moshe and the Jewish people’s battle with Amalek, which we will recall this Shabbat, Parsha Zachor, the Shabbat preceding Purim.

    “And so it was, when Moshe raised his hand, Israel prevailed…” (Exodus 17:11). Did the hands of Moshe make or break the...

  • Battle of the sexes reaches Talmudic teachings—why can’t girls learn Gemara?

    By Amy Klein

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Sharon Stein Merkin attended a Modern Orthodox religious day school in Los Angeles, she didn't learn Mishna or Gemara, the Oral law, because her school, like most in the 1980s and '90s, didn't teach women Talmud.

    But it was only when she attended seminary in Israel after...

  • We Must Condemn Heartless Bilge

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "It is not in our hands to explain the prosperity of the wicked or even the sufferings of the righteous." So said Rabbi Yannai in the Mishna some 2,000 years ago. The Talmud (Kiddushin 39b) insists "there is no reward for mitzvot in this world." We have had a long time to read and...

  • Eulogies:Nathan Pollak

    By Eva Yelloz

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The passing of Nathan Pollak on Oct. 26 sent shock waves throughout the Jewish community. Nathan was a dynamic worker for many Jewish causes, and his sudden demise left an enormous spiritual and physical vacuum.

    Nathan was born in Sighet, Hungary in 1930. He was a descendent of...