A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales

A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales

by Ruth Calderon
     
 

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Ruth Calderon has recently electrified the Jewish world with her teachings of talmudic texts. In this volume, her first to appear in English, she offers a fascinating window into some of the liveliest and most colorful stories in the Talmud. Calderon rewrites talmudic tales as richly imagined fictions, drawing us into the lives of

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Ruth Calderon has recently electrified the Jewish world with her teachings of talmudic texts. In this volume, her first to appear in English, she offers a fascinating window into some of the liveliest and most colorful stories in the Talmud. Calderon rewrites talmudic tales as richly imagined fictions, drawing us into the lives of such characters as the woman who risks her life for a sister suspected of adultery; a humble schoolteacher who rescues his village from drought; and a wife who dresses as a prostitute to seduce her pious husband in their garden. Breathing new life into an ancient text, A Bride for One Night offers a surprising and provocative read, both for anyone already intimate with the Talmud or for anyone interested in one of the most influential works of Jewish literature.

 

Editorial Reviews

Rabbi Jill Hammer
“Calderon’s retelling of tales of the Talmud will be healing for those who have felt pushed to the Talmud’s margins and exciting for those who have loved the Talmud’s gift for a good story.”—Rabbi Jill Hammer, author of Sisters at Sinai and The Jewish Book of Days
Edgar M. Bronfman

A Bride for One Night is a treasure and made me eager to study more Talmud.”—Edgar M. Bronfman, president of the Samuel Bronfman Foundation
Tablet Magazine - Beth Kissileff

"A welcome step in encouraging Jews of all stripes to engage with texts that hold values we wish to live by, and to find those values there."—Beth Kissileff, Tablet Magazine
Monsters & Critics - Sandy Amazeen

"Calderon's interpretation of classic Talmudic literature is like a breath of fresh spring air clearing out the cobwebs and is sure to be enjoyed by scholars and anyone interested in learning more about the rich Jewish heritage."—Sandy Amazeen, Monsters & Critics
CJ magazine

"Calderon has indeed realized her goal to teach and to promulgate the creative cultural traditions of the Talmud."—CJ magazine
Jewish Review of Books - David C. Jacobson

"A Bride for One Night highlights Ruth Calderon's remarkable skill in bridging the cultural gap between the rabbis and contemporary readers and the significant contribution she has made to demonstrating the relevance of rabbinic legends in the 21st century."—David C. Jacobson, Jewish Review of Books
Jewish Book Council - Sharon Elswit

"Heartfelt, philosophical, imaginative, and religious, these stories offer new ways to read text."—Sharon Elswit, Jewish Book Council
H-Judaic - Daniel Rosenberg

"Calderon's work offers seventeen gates to a richness of heart-in-mind–and, as the Talmud points out, the Holy Blessed One demands the heart."—Daniel Rosenberg, H-Judaic

Jewish Daily Forward - Jay Michaelson

"A Bride for One Night is a book that lovers of Talmud must buy."—Jay Michaelson, Jewish Daily Forward

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780827611641
Publisher:
The Jewish Publication Society
Publication date:
03/01/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
227,350
File size:
1 MB

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