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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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Clothes Make the Man

By Shulie Mishkin / June 22, 2021 | 讬状讘 讘转诪讜讝 转砖驻状讗

Rabbi Hanina bar Hama said . . . were it not for the priestly vestments, there would not remain a remnant [sarid] or survivor from…

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Calling Indiana Jones

By Shulie Mishkin / June 2, 2021 | 讻状讘 讘住讬讜谉 转砖驻状讗

If you have ever visited the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, you have probably been amazed by the beautiful reproductions of all the vessels used in…

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Sweet Smell of Success

By Shulie Mishkin / May 25, 2021 | 讬状讚 讘住讬讜谉 转砖驻状讗

Our learning this week is focused on the ktoret, the incense offering. Only on Yom Kippur is the ktoret brought into the Holy of Holies…

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By Shulie Mishkin / May 18, 2021 | 讝壮 讘住讬讜谉 转砖驻状讗

The Talmud is not a history book. Perhaps the best proof of that fact is that despite the incredible devastation and disaster of the Bar…

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Going With the Flow

By Shulie Mishkin / May 11, 2021 | 讻状讟 讘讗讬讬专 转砖驻状讗

In the context of the Kohen Gadol鈥檚 preparations for the avoda, we hear about his requirement to use the mikveh numerous times during Yom Kippur.聽…

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A Voice in the Wilderness

By Shulie Mishkin / May 4, 2021 | 讻状讘 讘讗讬讬专 转砖驻状讗

A truly heartrending moment takes place on our daf. After a cruel murder by a priest who cared more about Temple service than about his…

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Sects and Parties in Second Temple Judaism

By Shulie Mishkin / April 27, 2021 | 讟状讜 讘讗讬讬专 转砖驻状讗

A controversy over how to bring the incense into the Holy of Holies opens a door into the world of Second Temple Judaism. The Mishnah…

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Cause the Good Old Days Weren’t Always Good

By Shulie Mishkin / April 20, 2021 | 讞壮 讘讗讬讬专 转砖驻状讗

Ah, the good old days, nothing like em! Are you kidding, progress is what鈥檚 great, who wants to go back to the dark ages? These…

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A New Day

By Shulie Mishkin / April 12, 2021 | 诇壮 讘谞讬住谉 转砖驻状讗

Today we start Masechet Yoma, a tractate that we will only finish in the summer. While not the same perfect timing as finishing Pesachim a…

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Up the Down Staircase

By Shulie Mishkin / April 6, 2021 | 讻状讚 讘谞讬住谉 转砖驻状讗

What a beautiful mishna to finish our posts of Shekalim with! The mishna at the beginning of the eighth chapter tells us that if we…

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