A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales by Dr. Ruth Calderon, Ilana Kurshan

By Dr. Ruth Calderon, Ilana Kurshan

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Ruth Calderon has lately electrified the Jewish global along with her teachings of talmudic texts. during this quantity, her first to seem in English, she bargains a desirable window into a few of the liveliest and such a lot colourful tales within the Talmud. Calderon rewrites talmudic stories as richly imagined fictions, drawing us into the lives of such characters because the girl who hazards her lifestyles for a sister suspected of adultery; a humble schoolteacher who rescues his village from drought; and a spouse who clothes as a prostitute to seduce her pious husband of their backyard. respiring new lifestyles into an historic textual content, A Bride for One Night deals a shocking and provocative learn, either for someone already intimate with the Talmud or for someone drawn to the most influential works of Jewish literature.


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I pretended I was asleep, until he withdrew his arm and abandoned his attempts to caress me. ” The sages took us to the Gate of Nicanor, where women suspected of adultery are made to drink the bitter waters and where new mothers and lepers are purified. They took me alone to the holy sanctum, at which point my sister’s husband parted from me with a sad look on his face. I saw him praying. As if in a dream, I passed through the Women’s Gallery and the Israelite Gallery, where the general public is forbidden from entering.

What was the fruit that Eve gave to Adam? When she grew older, she realized how beautiful she was. The women warned her to beware of idle men in the marketplace. Such things had been known to happen. They hardly let her leave home alone, confining her to household labor. Their mother said that on the previous holiday people had begun mentioning her as a suitable match. She understood what was happening when a wealthy man with an unwed son came into their yard, but she was in no rush to get married.

The battle about knives that broke out in the study house was a metaphor for the anger and the frustration teeming underneath the surface from the very beginning. The word possessions can have several meanings: instruments, clothing, and weapons. What did Reish Lakish want to retrieve? I choose to interpret this term as referring to the knife of the bandit, which has as its equivalent the cloak of the Torah scholar. These are the “possessions” that typify Reish Lakish and Rabbi Yohanan, respectively.

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