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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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Worlds Apart

By Shulie Mishkin / March 22, 2022 | 讬状讟 讘讗讚专 讘壮 转砖驻状讘

Every now and then the Gemara allows us a tantalizing look at the world that existed before Rabbinic law became more standardized and codified. We…

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No Respect?

By Shulie Mishkin / March 15, 2022 | 讬状讘 讘讗讚专 讘壮 转砖驻状讘

In the midst of the complex halachic dialogue on these pages of Yevamot, we get a suggestion by Levi about adding a sixteenth woman to…

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Ladies First

By Shulie Mishkin / March 8, 2022 | 讛壮 讘讗讚专 讘壮 转砖驻状讘

Tomorrow we start not only a new tractate but a new order/seder as well. While the name of Seder Nashim 鈥 women 鈥 might lead…

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Pure as the Driven Snow

By Shulie Mishkin / March 1, 2022 | 讻状讞 讘讗讚专 讗壮 转砖驻状讘

The last section of Chagigah veers away from mystical topics to very concrete ones, albeit ones that are foreign to modern ears. We begin to…

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Four Entered the Orchard

By Shulie Mishkin / February 22, 2022 | 讻状讗 讘讗讚专 讗壮 转砖驻状讘

鈥淔our entered the orchard . . .鈥 (Hagigah 14b): this very famous and enigmatic statement about Rabbi Akiva and some of his contemporaries has been…

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A Bagdadi Legend

By Shulie Mishkin / February 15, 2022 | 讬状讚 讘讗讚专 讗壮 转砖驻状讘

Imagine living in the bustling late 19th century city of Bagdad, Iraq. The Jewish community, full of traders, is thriving and there are many connections…

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Pilgrim’s Progress

By Shulie Mishkin / February 9, 2022 | 讞壮 讘讗讚专 讗壮 转砖驻状讘

鈥淎ll are obligated in the mitzva of appearance,鈥 (Hagigah 2a) Our masechet begins with the axiom that everyone is obligated to come to聽Jerusalem聽for the three…

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Teach Your Children Well

By Shulie Mishkin / February 1, 2022 | 诇壮 讘砖讘讟 转砖驻状讘

In the midst of the laws of mourning that make up the last chapter of Moed Katan, we are told some personal stories. As is…

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On the Outs

By Shulie Mishkin / January 25, 2022 | 讻状讙 讘砖讘讟 转砖驻状讘

Because of a detail in the Mishnah, the Gemara goes off on a long tangent about nidui, a form of excommunication. The Mishnah informs us…

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Till Death Do Us Part

By Shulie Mishkin / January 18, 2022 | 讟状讝 讘砖讘讟 转砖驻状讘

Deep in the middle of our chol hamoed work conversations, we get a small hint of what the last third of Masechet Moed Katan is…

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