Category: Talmud

New Facebook Group Discusses Talmud from a Historical-Contextual Perspective [Talmud Tuesday]

A new Facebook group started up last week to discuss Talmud and other rabbinic literature from a historical-contextual perspective.  “The Historical-Contextual Beit Midrash” was created eight days ago by David Staum, having initially sharing the idea on another Facebook group,...

Considering the Amoraic Midrashic Imagery of God Enclosing the Jews Beneath Mt. Sinai (Shabbat 88a) [Talmud Tuesday]

A common midrash that appears in discourse around Purim and especially Shavuot (which is coming up very soon) is that of Rav Avdimi, son of Hama, son of Hasa, as recorded on bShabbat 88a, expounding on Exodus 19:17: וַיִּתְיַצְּבוּ, בְּתַחְתִּית...

Blessing for Different Wine [Talmud Tuesday]

While there is a well-known tannaitic teaching that one says a blessing – בורא פרי הגפן (Creator of the fruits of the vine) – over wine (mBerakhot 6:1), one of the interesting blessings that is created during the period of...