lethargic_man: "Happy the person that finds wisdom, and the person that gets understanding."—Prov. 3:13. Icon by Tamara Rigg (limmud)
In the Advanced Talmud class at the Conservative Yeshiva, we studied the laws of פריה ורביה (procreation). There's way more material here than I can imagine my readership would be interested in, but there were some interesting tidbits here I am going to share here: Zoroastrian fire-priests, Doriana Gray, why not to stay too long in lectures, and seven-month pregnancies that went on a month too long. )
lethargic_man: "Happy the person that finds wisdom, and the person that gets understanding."—Prov. 3:13. Icon by Tamara Rigg (limmud)

Notes from the Conservative Yeshiva

Be an עַנְווִתָן like Hillel and not a קַפְדָן like Shammai

R. Shmuel Lewis

[On the last day of the Advanced Talmud class, the regular teacher was away, and we were privileged to get a class with the Rosh Yeshiva instead. Most of the Advanced Talmud class was learning לִשְׁמָה, for its own sake. (Admittedly, it was a subject with practical application today (as opposed to in Temple times only), but it was not an area of halacha I am willing to be bound by.) This, however, went beyond that, in a way that will become apparent if you read on. Without wishing to offend my teacher for the majority of the class, I can't help but wish we had had something like this the whole time.

My translation is rather rough here—in places very rough—as we only had a limited amount of time to get through a lot of material, and my חברותה partner, who had better Hebrew than me, was leaving me behind a bit, so that I was left to "backfill" the translation myself. (There were also more sources than we got through at all, but I have covered the main ones here.) If anyone wants to help correct my translations, they would be welcome.]

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