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Flashback: a look into the reality of the Talmud.

What was the time of the Talmud really like? How were the experiences different? Join Shulie Mishkin and delve into the realia of the daf, based on the archaeology and nature of the land of Israel.

Shulie Mishkin made Aliyah from New York with a Master’s degree in Jewish History from Columbia University. After completing the Ministry of Tourism guide course in 1997, she began guiding professionally and has since taught and guided all ages, from toddlers to retirees. Her tours provide a complete picture of the land of Israel and Jewish heritage, with a strong reliance on sources ranging from the Bible to 19th century travelers’ reports. Alongside her regular guide work, she teaches “tour and text” courses in the Jerusalem institutions of Pardes and Matan as wel as the Women’s Bet Midrash in Efrat and provides tours for special needs students in the 鈥淒arkaynu鈥 program. Shulie lives in Alon Shvut with her husband Jonathan and their five kids.

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Let Your Hair Down

By Shulie Mishkin / January 25, 2023 | 讙壮 讘砖讘讟 转砖驻状讙

Welcome to Nazir! As we enter the fascinating world of Nazirite vows, we will see that it seems to have been rather prevalent in the…

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Sheets of Linen

By Shulie Mishkin / January 10, 2023 | 讬状讝 讘讟讘转 转砖驻状讙

Flax water 鈥 a new beauty treatment? Hardly. The Gemara on Nedarim daf 80b discusses if a husband can nullify his wife鈥檚 vow to bathe…

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Taking a Dip

By Shulie Mishkin / January 3, 2023 | 讬壮 讘讟讘转 转砖驻状讙

Mikvaot (ritual baths) are mentioned frequently in the Mishnah and Gemara. They appear on our daf (Nedarim 75) in the context of a proof for…

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A Beautiful Bride

By Shulie Mishkin / December 28, 2022 | 讚壮 讘讟讘转 转砖驻状讙

In the midst of a discussion about beauty and whether one鈥檚 vow to not marry an ugly person can be annulled, we hear an extraordinary…

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Songs in the Attic

By Shulie Mishkin / December 19, 2022 | 讻状讛 讘讻住诇讜 转砖驻状讙

In discussing what do people mean when they say certain words, our Mishna (Nedarim 56) brings up the case of terminology for a house. Someone…

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The Glory That Was Rome

By Shulie Mishkin / December 6, 2022 | 讬状讘 讘讻住诇讜 转砖驻状讙

“And it once was that Rabban Gamliel, Rabbi Elazar ben Azarya, Rabbi Yehoshua, and Rabbi Akiva were walking along the road and they heard the…

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Don’t Forget to Cross Your “T”s and Dot Your “I”s

By Shulie Mishkin / November 29, 2022 | 讛壮 讘讻住诇讜 转砖驻状讙

Hebrew readers know that in order to learn how to read, the vowels, nikud, under the letters are essential. As you become more proficient you…

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By Shulie Mishkin / November 20, 2022 | 讻状讜 讘诪专讞砖讜讜谉 转砖驻状讙

As Benjamin Franklin famously said, in this world nothing is certain except death and taxes. And, one might add, hatred of the tax collector. But…

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Rabbi Eliezer ben Yaakov: Short and Sweet

By Shulie Mishkin / November 15, 2022 | 讻状讗 讘诪专讞砖讜讜谉 转砖驻状讙

In the third chapter of Nedarim we have a statement from a Tanna named Rabbi Eliezer ben Yaakov about taking a vow and then rendering…

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I Solemnly Swear

By Shulie Mishkin / November 11, 2022 | 讬状讝 讘诪专讞砖讜讜谉 转砖驻状讙

In our discussion of vows and what makes them work, the Gemara discusses 聽vowing via a Torah scroll: 鈥淚t is taught in a baraita: One…

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