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“Miracles Do Not Happen at Every Hour”: Purim Drinking as anti-Christian Polemic

Eliav Grossman examines the Talmud's account of drinking on Purim, reading it as directed at Christian texts and traditions.

From Lawlessness to Respectability: A Response to Eli Putterman

Lawrence Kaplan responds to Eli Putterman's essay on Reish Laqish and sexuality.

Gilgamesh and the Rabbis: Knowledge and its Price from Uruk to the Beit Midrash

What do Adam, Enkidu, and Reish Lakish all have in common? Eli Putterman explores.

Searching for the Vatican’s Menorah

Tzvi Sinensky on the lost Menorah, the Vatican theory, and the ideology of the search and mythology.

Cultural Migrations of a Hanukkah Pilgrimage

Elli Fischer explores the ideological components of developments in Hanukkah traditions.

What Could (and Couldn’t) the Rabbis Do?

What sort of powers did Hazal have in the first century? Ari Lamm wonders.

Putting the Mar Back in Marheshvan

Shlomo Zuckier takes on the Mr. Cheshvan culture industry.

Does Lying Make You A Liar? On Truth And Truthfulness in Rabbinic Thinking

Alex Ozar catalogues types of truthfulness in rabbinic literature.

The Wanderings of Adam and Cain – A Tale of Midrashic Migration

Shlomo Zuckier on the mechanics of a midrashic motif.

The Origins of Jewish Universalism: What it is, and Why it Matters

Malka Simkovich provides a valuable corrective on the parameters of universalism in Judaism and Christianity.