December 7, 2023
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Rabbi Dr. Joshua Waxman

Rabbi Dr. Joshua Waxman teaches computer science at Stern College for Women, and his research includes programmatically finding scholars and scholastic relationships in the Babylonian Talmud.

Articles by Rabbi Dr. Joshua Waxman

Was Rav Pappa Obese? Bava Kamma 10b

There’s a story about a prominent rosh yeshiva who, in his youth, attended summer camp. Once, a Chassidishe rebbe, who was somewhat overweight, came to

Shor Rhymes With Bor: Bava Kamma 2a

Two bachurim were studying the opening mishnah of Bava Kamma together in a Chofetz Chaim beit midrash. Yossi read “אַרְבָּעָה אֲבוֹת”, then stopped. “Wait. How

Gittin 90a: What Did He Find?

As Gittin draws to a close, the final Mishna (90a) discusses what would justify a man divorcing his wife. A Biblical verse about divorce, Devarim

Gittin 82a: Refuting the Lion

The mishna (Gittin 82a) discusses a case where a man divorces his wife, telling her, “you are permitted to everyone except for ploni.” Rabbi Eliezer

The Latter Version and the Later: Gittin 75a

There are certain decisive principles, כללי הוראה, which halachic decisors, פוסקים, utilize when analyzing a Talmudic passage and establish the halacha. Two such principles are