A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales by Dr. Ruth Calderon, Ilana Kurshan

By Dr. Ruth Calderon, Ilana Kurshan

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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 a number of the liveliest and such a lot 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 clothes as a prostitute to seduce her pious husband of their backyard. respiring new lifestyles 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 a person attracted to probably the most influential works of Jewish literature.


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Such things had been known to happen. They hardly let her leave home alone, confining her to household labor. Their mother said that on the previous holiday people had begun mentioning her as a suitable match. She understood what was happening when a wealthy man with an unwed son came into their yard, but she was in no rush to get married. “Here I dust cupboards, and there I would dust cupboards,” she reasoned. “Why not stay here with Mother? And shouldn’t Yohanan get married first? ” She loved visiting the study house, the workshop of Rabbi Yohanan, far away from the sharp cries and pungent odors of the marketplace.

She said to him: For the sake of my widowhood! He said to her: “And let your widows trust in Me” (Jeremiah 49:11). Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish passed away. Rabbi Yohanan grieved very deeply. The rabbis said: What will we do to bring him comfort? Let us send Rabbi Elazar ben Pedat to sit before him, since he is a brilliant scholar. They brought Rabbi Elazar ben Pedat before Rabbi Yohanan. In response to everything that Rabbi Yohanan would say, Rabbi Elazar ben Pedat would say to him: Here is a text that supports you.

When he first laid eyes on me, my sister’s husband quickly averted his glance; there was hatred in his face. I kept silent and walked by his side with my head bent. I worried that he would figure out that I was not his wife. When we stopped for the night, I took deliberate care with those labors that a woman performs for her husband. But the escorts would not let me make his bed or mix his wine. I was disappointed. I had genuinely wanted to win him over. The next morning I tied my kerchief neatly, washed my hair, and combed it straight, hoping that the smell of my perfume would be pleasant to him.

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