Yoma 50

Virtually the entirety of today’s daf is taken up with a discussion about the animals offered by the high priest on Yom Kippur. According to the rabbis, the high priest is meant to slaughter a bull and bring its blood with him into the Holy of Holies. On yesterday’s daf the question was asked: What […]

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Yoma 49

Many a parent has told their reluctant toddler to “eat your greens!” There’s lots of scientific evidence that richly-colored plants are an important source of vitamins and minerals. Today’s daf echoes this wisdom with its own discussion of the healing properties of cress.  Garden cress, scientific name lepidium sativum, is native to much of the Middle […]

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A TABLEAU OF ASPIRATION OR FRANKLIN SITTING ON THE SOLITARY GARDEN DECK CHAIR IN 1973’s A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING

In the period immediately following spectacular violence, a poem will often go viral on social media. It makes sense that poetry might offer a way out from that space of unrepresentable trauma—a path back to a social form where the true work of redress can take place. Sometimes, though, the turn to poetry feels both […]

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Yoma 48

Today the Gemara continues its discussion of a mishnah introduced on the previous page which describes how the high priest measures out incense to be offered in the Holy of Holies in Yom Kippur. Rav Pappa dominates the page, raising a total of six questions, four of which end with the word teyku — ”let it […]

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Yoma 47

Today’s daf tells us the story of a remarkable woman named Kimchit:  The sages taught: Kimchit had seven sons, and they all served in the office of the high priesthood. The sages said to her: What good deeds did you perform to merit this? She said to them: In all my days, the beams of […]

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New study at Tel Aviv University reveals: In 5 years: Over 450 leading organizations worldwide have adopted the Working Definition of Antisemitism – adopted by the International Holocaust

Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) exactly 5 years ago. At the same time, a disturbing rise has been observed in antisemitic manifestations toward Jews around the world – The Working Definition is an effective tool for identifying antisemitism, designed to assist courts of law, government offices, police forces, local authorities, universities, sports clubs and more. – The governments of the US, Canada, Germany […]

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