Summary of Tractate Sukkah

As the name implies, Tractate Sukkah deals with the laws specific to Sukkot, one of three pilgrimage festivals on the Jewish calendar. The major biblical commandments surrounding this festival are to build and dwell in a temporary shelter called a sukkah (Leviticus 23:42) and “take” four species, later understood to be the lulav and etrog […]

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Female Forms

HANNAH WILKE MADE HER FIRST VAGINAS in the early 1960s. They were small vulval shapes formed from clay or pliable kneaded erasers—sometimes bearing irreverent, punning titles (“Needed-Erase-Her”)—that Wilke described variously as “one-fold gestural sculptures” or “wounds.” She affixed the sculptures to postcards and other surfaces. In some cases, she arranged them according to the geometric […]

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Politico employees will not have to sign their new parent company’s pro-Israel mission statement

(JTA) — Ben Smith hid a significant nugget deep within his latest New York Times story, on the billion-dollar sale of Politico: The magazine and news site’s new owners, German publishing powerhouse Axel Springer, will not require its newly acquired American employees to sign the company mission statement pledging support of Israel. Axel Springer, named […]

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Sukkah 55

If you read the biblical description of the Sukkot sacrifices (Numbers 29:12-34), you’ll notice that the Israelites were commanded to sacrifice an awful lot of bulls on the holiday. On the first day of the holiday, it was no less than 13 bulls, on the second day 12, on the third day 11 and so on in […]

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America’s Bioventus Buys Out Israel’s CartiHeal for $500 Million

(CartiHeal Demonstrates Agili-C™ Superiority to Microfracture and Debridement for the Treatment of Cartilage and Osteochondral Defects) Bioventus, an American orthologics company, has exercised an option that it held to acquire Israeli medical device company CartiHeal. The price is $500 million with $360 million being paid out in front in cash. Pursuant to its Option and […]

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