Dr. Joshua Kulp

About Dr. Joshua Kulp

Dr. Joshua Kulp, Rosh Yeshiva, is co-founder of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem where he has taught Talmud and halakhah for the last 20 years. He is the author of the recently published book Reconstructing the Talmud (Mechon Hadar, 2014) as well as the The Schechter Haggadah: Art, History and Commentary (Schechter Press, 2008). Beginning in 2001 and continuing through 2013, Dr. Kulp authored a commentary in English on the entire Mishnah, which served as the basis for the Mishnah Yomit project. In 2013 Dr. Kulp began the Daf Shevui program, the study of one daf of Talmud per week and has so far completed a commentary on Tractates Sukkah and Megillah and has begun work on Tractate Ketubot. Dr. Kulp was raised in Margate, New Jersey, where his family was active in the Conservative Movement. He spent his summers at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, Camp Ramah in Canada and for the last ten summers, he has served as the scholar-in-residence at Camp Ramah in New England. Dr. Kulp made aliyah in 1994 and currently lives in Modiin with his wife, Julie Zuckerman, and their four children. In his spare time, he is an avid triathlete and runner and has completed three Ironmans.

Dr. Joshua Kulp

Avodah Zarah, Daf Vav, Part 3

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Vav, Part 3 Reading for Tuesday, July 25 Avodah Zarah 6-3   Introduction The mishnah said that one should not engage in business with idolaters for three days before their festivals. Our sugya asks what happens if one did—is the profit he gained prohibited for use?   איבעיא להו […]

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Avodah Zarah, Daf Vav, Part 2

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Vav, Part 2 Reading for Monday, July 24 Avodah Zarah 6-2     Introduction This section asks an important question about the Mishnah—why should Jews refrain from engaging in business with idolaters before their festivals? I should note that I have a chapter on this subject in my forthcoming […]

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Avodah Zarah, Daf Vav, Part 1

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Vav, Part 1 Reading for Sunday, July 23 Avodah Zarah 6-1     Introduction The mishnah said that a Jew should not engage in business with an idolater three days before the festival. Does this include the festival day, for a total of three days of prohibition, or is […]

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Avodah Zarah, Daf Heh, Part 6

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Heh, Part 6 Reading for Friday, July 21 Avodah Zarah 5-6     Introduction After three and half daf in which the Talmud barely addresses the Mishnah, we now turn our attention to the Mishnah which prohibited engaging in business with non-Jews for three days before the festival.   […]

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Avodah Zarah, Daf Heh, Part 5

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Heh, Part 5 Reading for Thursday, July 20 Avodah Zarah 5-5     תנו רבנן (דברים ה, כו) “מי יתן והיה לבבם זה להם”: אמר להן משה לישראל כפויי טובה בני כפויי טובה בשעה שאמר הקדוש ברוך הוא לישראל “מי יתן והיה לבבם זה להם” היה להם לומר תן […]

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Daf Shevui

You may have heard of Daf Yomi - study a page of Talmud a day. As wonderful as this popular endeavor is, the pace is extremely fast, a pace that is difficult for even advanced Talmud students to keep up with. So we've decided to slow the pace down a little bit, to chew our proverbial meal a bit longer, to digest more fully and to cover one page of Talmud per week.

Every day you will receive in your inbox (or however you so choose to receive the material) 1/6 of that week's daf (page) of Talmud. The Hebrew text will appear in full, with an English translation and an explanation. Shabbat is going to be reserved for review of the week's daf. We think that this material is particularly appropriate for hevrutot, synagogue study groups and other such shared learning experiences. Talmud is always best learned in a group and Daf Shevui is no exception.

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