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September 20, 2021 | י״ד בתשרי תשפ״ב | TODAY'S DAF: Beitzah 21 - First Day of Sukkot, September 21


Ilana Kurshan

Ilana Kurshan is the author of If All the Seas Were Ink, published in 2017 by St. Martin’s Press. She has translated books of Jewish interest by Ruth Calderon, Benjamin Lau, and Micah Goodman, as well as novels, short stories, and children’s picture books. Her book Why Is This Night Different From Other Nights was published by Schocken in 2005. She is a regular contributor to Lilith Magazine, where she is the Book Reviews Editor, and her writing has appeared in The Forward, The World Jewish Digest, Hadassah, Nashim, Zeek, Kveller, and Tablet. Kurshan is a graduate of Harvard University (BA, summa cum laude, History of Science) and Cambridge University (M.Phil, English literature). She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and five children.

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Extempore Effusions on the Completion of Masechet Kidushin Chapter 1

By Ilana Kurshan / April 19, 2016 | י״א בניסן תשע״ו

(2a) How is a woman acquired? When one of three things has transpired— Give money, a writ, Or just go and do “it” (“It” is…

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Extempore Effusions on Gittin chapters 8 and 9

By Ilana Kurshan / March 15, 2016 | ה׳ באדר ב׳ תשע״ו

Chapter 8 הזורק גט לאשתו (77a) If you throw your Get into the yard Where your wife stands (she should be on guard) Or into…

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Extempore Effusions on Gittin chapter 7

By Ilana Kurshan / February 28, 2016 | י״ט באדר א׳ תשע״ו

(67b) If a man seized by fury should shout “Write a Get for me” – don’t hear him out But if he says “write a…

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Extempore Effusions on the Completion of Masekhet Yoma, chapter 8

By Ilana Kurshan / January 31, 2014 | ל׳ בשבט תשע״ד

(73b) On Yom KIPpur, you can’t eat or drink You can’t wash yourself off in the sink. Or wear shoes on your feet (Pregnant ladies…

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Extempore Effusions on the Completion of Masechet Berakhot (chapters 1-3)

By Ilana Kurshan / October 16, 2012 | ל׳ בתשרי תשע״ג

PEREK ALEPH: (2a) When may we say Shma at night? From the time the priests take their first bite ‘Til the first nightly shift Or…

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Extempore Effusions on the Completion of Masechet Niddah, Prakim Bet and Gimel

By Ilana Kurshan / September 27, 2012 | י״א בתשרי תשע״ג

PEREK BET: (13a) The hand reaches in to explore –A woman should do this much moreFor she will not squealUnlike him, she can’t feelAnd it’s…

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