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 number 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 existence for a sister suspected of adultery; a humble schoolteacher who rescues his village from drought; and a spouse who attire as a prostitute to seduce her pious husband of their backyard. respiring new existence into an historic textual content, A Bride for One Night bargains a stunning and provocative learn, either for an individual already intimate with the Talmud or for a person drawn to some of the most influential works of Jewish literature.
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If only God were more compassionate than you are,” she whispers. She is no longer praying for her husband’s health because she knows such a prayer would be in vain. When she leaves, she puts her scarf over her head. Like a widow. A few days later Reish Lakish dies. When the students come to mark the thirtieth day after his death, they find several pebbles on his grave, left by unknown hands. ” Through the windows of the study house, Rabbi Yohanan can be seen walking aimlessly in the fish market, his clothes ripped and his hair, which was once his glory, now disheveled.
As was customary, the engaged girl would remain in her parents’ home for another year until the wedding. During the sweet period that followed, Reish Lakish studied hard. He devoted himself to the rabbi who had taken him apart in the river and then put him back together as a new man, built from layers of Torah and Mishnah. Sometimes he worried: Is it possible to be remade? What happened to all the instincts of 22 The Other Side the robber? Now Reish Lakish was a man according to the standards of the yeshiva world.
He wants to go home. 36 Beloved Rabbi The sun sinks behind the distant rooftops of Mahoza. Twilight passes in the blink of an eye. Rav Rehumi is alone on the roof. He approaches the railing and holds onto it tightly. And then it happens in the blink of an eye. A beautiful, big brown eye. A full, round tear trembles on the edge of that eye, surprised that there is no barrier, no guardrail. Suddenly the tear bursts forth, rolling down warm and salty from the eyelid. Leaving a wet trail along the cheek, dividing it into two like a path through a field.
A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales by Dr. Ruth Calderon, Ilana Kurshan