By Dr. Ruth Calderon, Ilana Kurshan
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Ruth Calderon has lately electrified the Jewish global together with her teachings of talmudic texts. during this quantity, her first to seem in English, she deals 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 dangers 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 lifestyles into an old textual content, A Bride for One Night deals a shocking and provocative learn, either for somebody already intimate with the Talmud or for somebody attracted to probably the most influential works of Jewish literature.
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I’ll just come with everyone else,” he soothed his conscience. “After all, she doesn’t know that I had planned to come early. ” That night he felt drawn to his learning; an explanation that had long eluded him nearly took shape. He took his notebook and climbed atop the roof. The night was dark and clear, with stars shining in honor of him and his Torah. Rav Beloved Rabbi 35 Rehumi felt that he was on the verge of figuring out the talmudic argument that had been puzzling him. They would teach his explanation in Nehardea, in Sura, in Pumbedita, in the Land of Israel: “Rav Rehumi said .
Another year has passed. The air feels cool against my smooth ankles, my limbs, the curves of my belly. As if I have shed my skin and bared myself anew. My still-sensitive body stings from the lime used to remove my unwanted hair. 3 Of course, hair is generally removed from skin for the sake of someone specific, for his eyes, for his hands. The whole time the woman is applying lime to my body, I am reviewing the dream that I already know by heart, for it is imprinted in me: noontime, a light breeze, the wagons begin to appear on the village roads.
Just before evening, Rabbi Yohanan went out with his students to bathe in the Jordan. The water, which was still warm from the sun, was a pleasure they reserved for the end of a long day of study. Rabbi Yohanan waded alone. How nice it was to feel himself in his body, to envelop himself in the darkness and the water, still absorbed in thoughts of the waning day. His students stayed on the bank of the river, guarding Rabbi Yohanan, respecting his nakedness by averting their eyes, but struck nonetheless by the light that shone forth from his skin.
A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales by Dr. Ruth Calderon, Ilana Kurshan