By Dr. Ruth Calderon, Ilana Kurshan
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Ruth Calderon has lately electrified the Jewish international together with her teachings of talmudic texts. during this quantity, her first to seem in English, she bargains a desirable window into many of the liveliest and such a lot colourful tales within the Talmud. Calderon rewrites talmudic stories as richly imagined fictions, drawing us into the lives of such characters because the girl who dangers her lifestyles for a sister suspected of adultery; a humble schoolteacher who rescues his village from drought; and a spouse who clothes as a prostitute to seduce her pious husband of their backyard. respiring new existence into an historic textual content, A Bride for One Night bargains a shocking and provocative learn, either for somebody already intimate with the Talmud or for an individual drawn to some of the most influential works of Jewish literature.
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Sometimes the caravans do not arrive until midday, I remind myself. I try to banish thoughts of plundering highwaymen. ” The house looks ready to pounce on its master. Soon he will see the gate I fixed, and he’ll smile. The loaves of challah are in the oven. What will come first, the smell or the one for whom that smell is intended? The time has come to bathe with the fragrant oils I have saved for this occasion. I loosen my braids. I don’t mind if he arrives while I’m bathing. After nightfall it is forbidden for a man and woman to be intimate with one another.
From time to time a Torah scholar would make his way through the colorful hubbub in a clean light cloak. He would greet passersby, and they would make way for him. He would direct his steps toward the village beyond the market, to the study house of Rabbi Yohanan—that basalt hall whose windows looked out over the sea of Tiberias. On Mondays and Thursdays the study house served as a courtroom, and people would come to air their grievances: Merchants arrived to settle disputes about a contract; grooms came to complain that their bride had not proven a virgin; widows showed up to request the allowance due after their husband’s death.
It feels like the eve of a holiday. I force myself to recite: “The song of songs, by Solomon. ” These verses serve as a talisman warding off distress and anxious thoughts. My pounding heart continues to set off false alarms. ” Sometimes the caravans do not arrive until midday, I remind myself. I try to banish thoughts of plundering highwaymen. ” The house looks ready to pounce on its master. Soon he will see the gate I fixed, and he’ll smile. The loaves of challah are in the oven. What will come first, the smell or the one for whom that smell is intended?
A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales by Dr. Ruth Calderon, Ilana Kurshan