Inspecting the Lamb (the real post)

My post yesterday ended up going off in a different direction than I intended when I started to write it, but I completely forgot to change the title. My apologies to anyone who was confused as a result. Today is the 10th of Nisan, the anniversary of the date that each Hebrew household in Egypt …

The Eighteen Measures, Part 5: “Woe to You, Pharisees!”

Many of Yeshua’s attacks on the Pharisees who had fallen into hypocrisy seem to have been focused on the provisions in the Eighteen Measures and the environment of violence that their institution fomented: The murder of the disciples of Hillel – “Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of …

The Eighteen Measures, Part 2: Another Upper Room

The Mishnah, tractate Shabbat 1:4, and its corresponding passage in the Babylonian Talmud (folios 13b-17b), present a strange puzzle to those who study it deeply.  Let us begin with the Mishnah passage that is discussed in the Gemara: These are some of the laws which they stated in the upper room of Hananiah b. Hezekiah …