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Ruth Calderon has lately electrified the Jewish international together with her teachings of talmudic texts. during this quantity, her first to seem in English, she bargains a desirable window into many 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 dangers her existence 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 old textual content, A Bride for One Night deals a stunning and provocative learn, either for an individual already intimate with the Talmud or for an individual drawn to the most influential works of Jewish literature.
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I sit down on the ground in my holiday robe and wait. Rav Rehumi is learning with his teacher in Mahoza. His crate is packed for a two-week trip. He had planned to leave early this year, to delight the little wife. According to the sages, she is his home, but it is already hard for him to remember her face. He remembers her body, though. He had wanted to buy her a perfume sold by the matron who used to peddle her wares at their academy. But the early autumn was a busy time. Rav Rehumi taught the older students a legal teaching that came from the academy in Pumbedita.
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. Rabbi Yohanan does not lift 24 The Other Side his eyes from Ben Lakish. He keeps his distance and remains cold even as their dispute heats up. Ben Lakish looks at him, surprised. Their usual creative banter has suddenly turned hostile, as if there has been a declaration of war. A hush spreads over the study house, and the normal hum of learning gives way to a tense silence.
And when are they regarded as completed? Rabbi Yohanan said: When they are refined in the furnace. Reish Lakish said: When they are polished with water. Rabbi Yohanan said: A thief knows the tools of his trade. Reish Lakish said: And what good have you done for me? There [among the robbers] they called me master, and here [among the sages] they call me master. Rabbi Yohanan said: I have not done any good for you at all. Rabbi Yohanan’s spirit grew weak. Reish Lakish grew ill. 15 Rabbi Yohanan’s sister came and cried before him.