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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 “Darkaynu” program. Shulie lives in Alon Shvut with her husband Jonathan and their five kids.

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On the Street Where You Live

By Shulie Mishkin / August 10, 2020 | כ׳ באב תש״פ

Welcome to the wonderful world of Eruvin! For the next three months, architects, engineers and urban planners will be very happy. The spatially challenged among…

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Kilroy Was Here

By Shulie Mishkin / August 2, 2020 | י״ב באב תש״פ

As a child of the seventies in New York, I have a hard time with so called street art. When I was growing up it…

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How Many Babylonians Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? Or הני בבלאי טפשאי

By Shulie Mishkin / July 27, 2020 | ו׳ באב תש״פ On daf 145b we have a strange story that is told apropos different food customs in Eretz Yisrael and Babylonia. After telling us that…

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We Built This City

By Shulie Mishkin / July 20, 2020 | כ״ח בתמוז תש״פ

Sometimes the daf has impeccable timing. This week, as we begin the days of mourning that start with Rosh Chodesh Av and culminate in the…

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So, Where Are You From?

By Shulie Mishkin / July 14, 2020 | כ״ב בתמוז תש״פ

On today’s daf we have a few fascinating statements about regional differences in halacha. We learn that Rabbi Eliezer permitted doing all labors on Shabbat,…

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Shabbat : A Sanctuary Through Time

By Shulie Mishkin / July 7, 2020 | ט״ו בתמוז תש״פ

Our daf today ( Shabbat 123) discusses a situation where the halacha changed over time. At first many items were considered not allowed to be…

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A Fiery Debate

By Shulie Mishkin / June 29, 2020 | ז׳ בתמוז תש״פ

Shabbat 116 Our chapter deals with what one is allowed to save from a fire on Shabbat. The idea is that because carrying is prohibited,…

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What’s Up, Doc?

By Shulie Mishkin / June 23, 2020 | א׳ בתמוז תש״פ

This week’s learning is largely focused on health and medicine – what is medicinal and therefore forbidden on Shabbat as opposed to foods and practices…

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The Writing On the Wall

By Shulie Mishkin / June 16, 2020 | כ״ד בסיון תש״פ

This week we begin looking at the melacha of kotev, writing. The Mishnah on daf 103 explains how much one has to write in order…

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The Sweet Smell of Apharsemon

By Shulie Mishkin / May 7, 2020 | י״ג באייר תש״פ

There are many references in the Gemara to apharsemon. We learn that one of the things that a woman cannot carry on Shabbat is a…

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