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Spotlight on the Talmudic Sages: Rav Nachman bar Yaakov

Rav Nachman: ‘Chutzpah even towards God is warranted.’ (Sanhedrin 105b) This statement by Rav Nachman is one of the hundreds of statements attributed to him in the Babylonian Talmud. He is one of nearly 400 named Amoraim (Jewish sages...

Posted on 22 November 2018, By Janine Stein
The Death Penalty

There are four ways it can happen: burning, stoning, strangling, and beheading. Beheading was, as you’d expect, with a sword. Strangling meant actually being strangled, not hanged; stoning meant that the guilty party was shoved off a hi...

Posted on 1 November 2018, By Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet
Spotlight on the Talmudic Sages: Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

Not many rabbis have superpowers, but a major exception is Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Also known by his acronym, Rashbi, he was a second century rabbi living in the land of Israel during Roman occupation. According to the Babylonian Talmud ...

Posted on 16 October 2018, By Rabbi Roni Tabick