Torah Sparks

United Synagogue (USCJ) is proud and delighted to bring you Torah Sparks, with insights and learning materials on the Parasha (Torah portion) of the week. Torah Sparks is produced by the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Each week there will be a Dvar Torah - a discussion on some aspect of the reading, by CY faculty, alumni and friends; a Vort - a short thought from Chasidic rebbes or other thinkers about some point in the text; and Table Talk - questions to stimulate discussion on the Parsha around the Shabbat table. Torah Sparks is available here on the Conservative Yeshiva's Shiurim Online Beit Midrash website, as well as by subscription to weekly graphical emails. Please select the Parasha you would like to see - it will display articles from each year. A printable PDF is linked at the end of each week's presentation.

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 Kaf Gimmel, Part 5

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 5 Reading for Thursday, November 23 Avodah Zarah 23-5     Introduction This section returns to discussing an issue referred to above—can the red heifer be bought from non-Jews?   גופא תני שילא מ”ט דרבי אליעזר דכתיב (במדבר יט, ב) דבר אל בני […]

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Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 6

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 6 Reading for Friday, November 24 Avodah Zarah 23-6     Introduction The Talmud returns to why R. Eliezer does not allow one to buy a red heifer from a non-Jew. To recall, earlier we said that this was because of the word […]

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Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 4

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 4 Reading for Wednesday, November 22 Avodah Zarah 23-4     Introduction The Talmud now digresses for a bit to discuss why bestiality disqualifies the red heifer (bet you’ve been wondering about that for a while now).   ע”כ לא פליגי אלא בחששא […]

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Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 3

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 3 Reading for Tuesday, November 21 Avodah Zarah 23-3     Introduction Yesterday R. Pedat suggested that the dispute between R. Eliezer and the sages over whether one can buy a red heifer from a non-Jew was based on a dispute whether we […]

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Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 2

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 2 Reading for Monday, November 20 Avodah Zarah 23-2.docx     Introduction Pedat here offers another resolution to the contradiction between the source that forbids women from being alone with non-Jews and the baraita that allowed Jews to buy animals from them and […]

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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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