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Mishnaic Sages

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It is not very often that we find the name of a woman mentioned in the Talmud. Beruriah was one such exception, a great Jewish woman whose wisdom, piety, and learning inspire us to this day. Beruriah lived about one hundred years after the destruction of ...
Last month we talked about life in Eretz Yisroel in the days of Rabbi Akiba. We described how eager the people were to learn the Torah despite the many hardships and sacrifices they made. We also mentioned, in passing, that the scholars of the Torah suffe...
Rabbi Meir was a disciple of Rabbi Akiba. He was called Rabbi Meir because he enlightened the Sages with his great scholarship. (Meir comes from the word "Or" light). He belonged to the third generation of Tannaim after the destruction of the Beth Hamikda...
Born into a prestigious Jerusalem family, Elisha was described by the Talmud as an extraordinary scholar who delved deep into the secrets of the Torah.
His teachings and lessons have become ingrained in Jewish culture, making a permanent mark on the ethos of Judaism today.
Understanding the Asarah Harugay Malchut
One of the most moving narratives to emerge from our history of martyrdom is the account of the Ten Martyrs—the heart-rending narrative describing in graphic detail the deaths of 10 Mishnaic-era Torah luminaries who were slaughtered on the altar of sensel...
Ten great sages were brutally tortured and executed by the Romans.
The Schools of Hillel and Shammai
Presented in a style accessible to beginners, this series analyzes the difference in opinion between the schools of Hillel and Shammai by studying dozens of specific cases from their primary text in the Talmud.
Rabbi Chananya, the son of Akashya, said: The Holy One, blessed be He, was pleased to make Israel worthy; therefore He gave them a vast Torah and many commandments; as it is said: It pleased G-d, for His righteousness' sake, to make the Torah great and ho...
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