A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales

by Ruth Calderon

Other authorsIlana Kurshan
Book, 2014



Call number

101 CAL


Lincoln : Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, 2014


Browse discussion questions Ruth Calderon has recently electrified the Jewish world with her teachings of talmudic texts. In this volume, her first to appear in English, she offers a fascinating window into some of the liveliest and most colorful stories in the Talmud. Calderon rewrites talmudic tales as richly imagined fictions, drawing us into the lives of such characters as the woman who risks her life for a sister suspected of adultery; a humble schoolteacher who rescues his village from drought; and a wife who dresses as a prostitute to seduce her pious husband in their garden. Breathing new life into an ancient text, A Bride for One Night offers a surprising and provocative read, both for anyone already intimate with the Talmud or for anyone interested in one of the most influential works of Jewish literature.  … (more)

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I trouble myself to sort through a lot of detritus talmud commentary to find exactly what I'm looking for. Uncovering the gems make it all worth it. I hit jackpot with this one. To think now, that my favorite commentary on the talmud thus far is now this book, written by a woman. It's a marvelous
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curation, laid out in a splendid manor, with excellent erudition. It also gave me historical-fiction ideas as possibilities for future projects. I enjoyed the Bavli out of it. I want more like her, I want more books like this. Everybody, help me find more great stuff like it. Thank you so much.
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