Gila Fine on The History of the Talmud in Four Objects – R. Meir’s Candle

Posted by Gila Fine on November 19, 2015
Topics: The History of the Talmud in 4 Objects, Pardes Live, Talmudic Personalities, Talmud


In the third part of this 4-part series given at Pardes Jerusalem, Gila Fine discusses R. Meir’s Candle: What makes rabbis so often fall into scandal? Can women prefer Torah to family life? And why does R. Meir allow a congregant to spit in his face? A reading of PT, Sotah 16:4, through Psikta Rabbati and Midrash Lekah Tov, Maimonides and Menachem de Lonzano, Ruth Calderon and Michelle Friedman, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Rabbi X.

Click here for part 1 in this series – Rebbe’s Jar
Click here for part 2 in this series – R. Yehoshua b. Levi’s Knife


About Gila Fine

Gila Fine is the editor-in-chief of Maggid Books (Koren Publishers Jerusalem). She is also a teacher of Talmudic narrative, and has taught at the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Pardes Institute and the Shalom Hartman Institute. Gila is the former editor of the quarterly journal Azure: Ideas for the Jewish Nation, and the ghost writer behind several well-known books. Click here to read more.

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