By Dr. Ruth Calderon, Ilana Kurshan

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Ruth Calderon has lately electrified the Jewish international 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 so much colourful tales within the Talmud. Calderon rewrites talmudic stories as richly imagined fictions, drawing us into the lives of such characters because the lady 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 existence into an historic textual content, A Bride for One Night deals a stunning and provocative learn, either for somebody already intimate with the Talmud or for an individual attracted to probably the most influential works of Jewish literature.

 

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But I avoided his gaze. That night he wanted me. Had he come into my bed, the trip would have all been for naught. ” So I had learned from our escorts. I was afraid of how I felt when he came near me because he was, after all, my sister’s husband. 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.

Rabbi Yohanan drew closer and heard Reish Lakish present a new interpretation of a familiar Mishnah. The students were absorbed in their learning, asking questions about Reish Lakish’s teaching. They did not even notice that Rabbi Yohanan had entered the room. They neglected to rise in his honor. Rabbi Yohanan’s anger flared. Near the window Reish Lakish returns to his seat to learn. ” The sound of Reish Lakish’s chanting annoys Rabbi Yohanan, as does his slight lisp. ” Yet another disagreement between the two great scholars.

People would come to the study house in the hope of catching sight of this storied volume, but the guard at the door would not let anyone touch it. Rabbi Yohanan, the head of the academy, gave himself over to the text like a sculptor standing before a block of marble. In his study house the students would whittle away at verses and chisel out laws and legends. In the future, of course, the collection of their discussions and sayings would be known as the Palestinian Talmud. The scholars of Tiberias were fine men.

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