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  • Jewish ignorance is a disease, you are the cure

    By Salvador Litvak

    October 30, 2013 | 12:12 pm

    “Whoever does not visit the sick is as if he spilled blood.” — Rabbi Akiva (Nedarim 40a, B. Talmud)

    Our fellow Jews are sick. They don’t admit it. They don’t even know it. Yet the malady is grave. “The most destructive, painful, most contagious disease of all,” Rabbi Noah...

  • Rabbi Akiva’s gift to a ghost

    May 23, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    “You shall teach your children diligently” (Deuteronomy 6:7).

    Rabbi Akiba traveled from town to town in Israel, teaching the Torah, judging cases, settling disputes, offering wisdom and listening to the stories of his people. It happened once, as he made his way to a certain...

  • The Value of the Temporary

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    So have you heard the one about the two rabbis on a boat? It's actually a story told by the Talmud in its discussion of the laws of the sukkah. It seems that Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Gamliel were on a boat during the days leading up to the holiday of Sukkot, and it became clear that...