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Akiba ben Joseph: (c. 50-c.135 CE) Among the greatest of the Mishnaic sages. Unless otherwise stated, all Mishnayos are presumed to be in accordance with the Rabbi Akiva's view. He was the son of converts, and an unlearned shepherd. At the age of 40, at the insistence of his wife, he began studying Torah,under Eliezer ben Hyrcanus, Joshua ben Hananiah, and Nahum Ish Gamzu ultimately attracting 24,000 students including Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai, Rabbi Meir and Rabbi Judah ben Ilai. He supported Bar Kochba's revolt. He was imprisoned and savagely murdered by the Romans for teaching Torah (he is one of the Ten Martyrs).
Reflections of an Israeli Military Chaplain
What does it mean to see the Land of Israel "through the eyes of a Rabbi Akiva?"
18 Iyar, 5743 · May 1, 1983
The Talmud tells us that 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva died because “they did not treat one another with respect.” But the plague ended on Lag BaOmer, which means they had remedied their actions and began to treat each other with the appropriate level of...
Two sages of the Talmud debate whether the Jews actually saw heavenly thunder at the giving of the Torah.
The heart of the Jewish mother
Learning from the stories of Rabbi Akiva’s wife Rachel and Jacob’s wife Rachel in how to empower Jewish women today. (A talk at the Jewish Women’s Retreat in Toronto in 2015)
A central theme in Jewish canonical literature
Dialogues of Love, by Rabbi Yehuda Abravanel, was one of the most popular philosophical works of the 16th century. From the rich tradition of Jewish mysticism and thought, extending to Talmudic and Midrashic texts, he drew deep insight that remains striki...
The Jews in Exile
Even after the destruction of the Second Temple, the Roman persecution of the Jewish people continued. In this class we learn about the Bar Kochba revolt, as well as some of the important rabbinical leaders of the era such as R. Akiva, R. Meir and R. Shim...
3 Av – Friday, July 24th
Click here for the original text of the Talmud. The first two chapters of Makos discuss, respectively, the laws of perjured witnesses and the cities of refuge for inadvertent murderers. The third and final chapter details the laws of corporal punishment a...
The interplay of positivity and negativity in the context of Jewish history and Sefirat Haomer.
A rabbinic lens into conflict avoidance
"A cistern that is close to a waterway gets filled first", an enigmatic piece of Talmud, a teaching from the first Rebbe of Sochatchov (the Avnei Nezer), and the story of Rabbi Akiva.
Learning Pirkei Avot on Five Levels
Beloved is man, for he was created in the image [of G d]; Beloved are the people Israel, for they are called children of G d; Beloved are the people Israel, for a precious article was given to them. (Ethics of Our Fathers ch.3:14)
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