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Orthodox Jewish Women Take A New Lead In Talmud Study In Israel

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Orthodox Jewish women are increasingly joining a custom called Daf Yomi, Hebrew for “daily page,” which involves reading a page a day of the Talmud, a centuries-old, multivolume collection of rabbinic teachings, debates and interpretations of Judaism. Here women read the last pages of the cycle at their first women’s mass Talmud celebration in Jerusalem in January. Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR for NPR hide caption

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Orthodox Jewish women are increasingly joining a custom called Daf Yomi, Hebrew for “daily page,” which involves reading a page a day of the Talmud, a centuries-old, multivolume collection of rabbinic teachings, debates and interpretations of Judaism. Here women read the last pages of the cycle at their first women’s mass Talmud celebration in Jerusalem in January.

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Among devout Orthodox Jews, the intense study of Talmud is no longer just a man’s world. Women are increasingly delving into this central religious work, and American expats in Israel are at the forefront of the trend.

They’re following a custom called Daf Yomi, Hebrew for “daily page,” which involves reading a page a day of this centuries-old, multivolume collection of rabbinic teachings, debates and interpretations of Judaism. It takes about seven years and five months to read all 2,711 pages.

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Some 3,000 women of all ages attended their first-ever large celebration for the completion of the Talmud, at a convention center in Jerusalem. Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR for NPR hide caption

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Some 3,000 women of all ages attended their first-ever large celebration for the completion of the Talmud, at a convention center in Jerusalem.

Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR for NPR

In early January, as Orthodox Jewish men held gatherings to mark the end of the cycle, called Siyum HaShas, Orthodox women in Israel held their own large-scale Talmud celebration for the first time. Some 3,000 women of all ages cheered in a Jerusalem convention center, according to the event’s organizers, Hadran.

“I never thought I would live to see this day,” said Tamar Stern, a Chicago native, sitting in the second-to-last row at the celebration. She attended Orthodox Jewish schools in the 1960s and 1970s, never allowed to learn Talmud with the boys.

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Women and girls flock to the women’s Siyum HaShas, as the celebration for completing the Talmud is called.

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Sitting in the first row, Sherri Saperstein, 49, was beaming. She grew up in New York and Boston and now lives in the Israeli town of Ramat Beit Shemesh, home to a community of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who avoid contact with female strangers and still see Talmud as a man’s pursuit.

“I was sitting in the post office,” Saperstein recalled. “Two men behind me, who would probably never talk to me, were sitting behind me. They were talking about the ‘Daf.’ I knew exactly what they were talking about because I am in this process, I am learning the ‘Daf‘!”

The women’s Siyum HaShas was co-organized by Michelle Farber, 47, a New York native who teaches a daily Talmud class for women from her living room table in Raanana, a quiet suburb north of Tel Aviv.

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Michelle Farber, 47, a New York native who teaches a daily Talmud class for women from her living room table in Raanana, a suburb of Tel Aviv. After a morning class Farber uploads her podcast. Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR for NPR hide caption

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Michelle Farber, 47, a New York native who teaches a daily Talmud class for women from her living room table in Raanana, a suburb of Tel Aviv. After a morning class Farber uploads her podcast.

Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR for NPR

Men wrote the Talmud and, for centuries, it has mostly been men who have studied it. Today, Talmud study groups — and even related podcasts — are almost all exclusively delivered by men.

“Because they’re given by men, they’re not actually kind of seen from a woman’s perspective,” said Farber. “When I teach, I think a lot about the women’s issues on the page.”

One part of the Talmud discusses the ancient practice of dedicating money to the Temple in Jerusalem, in which Jews should give an amount relative to what the text considers to be their individual worth. In her classes, Farber notes the historical context. “This was written in a time where women were valued as less because women weren’t educated and women weren’t working,” Farber said.

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Women in Orthodox Jewish communities were long discouraged from studying Talmud, but they are now increasingly taking part in study classes. Daf Yomi, or “page a day,” is the Jewish practice of reading the ancient book of rabbinic teachings. At a page a day, it takes almost 7 1/2 years to read the whole thing. Tanya Habjouqa / NOOR for NPR hide caption

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Women in Orthodox Jewish communities were long discouraged from studying Talmud, but they are now increasingly taking part in study classes. Daf Yomi, or “page a day,” is the Jewish practice of reading the ancient book of rabbinic teachings. At a page a day, it takes almost 7 1/2 years to read the whole thing.

Tanya Habjouqa / NOOR for NPR

The modern-day Reform and Conservative movements of Judaism have long embraced a more egalitarian approach, ordaining women as rabbis and allowing equal participation in leading prayer and study. Some progressive Orthodox communities in the last few decades have widened women’s roles in leading prayer and participating in Talmud study, and women are expanding the boundaries more and more.

American immigrants like Farber are helping lead the push for women’s Talmud study in Israel, in part because many were exposed to Talmud early on. Some Orthodox schools in the United States began teaching the sacred text to girls in the 1950s.

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Michelle Farber (center) leads a daily Talmud class for women. Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR for NPR hide caption

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Michelle Farber (center) leads a daily Talmud class for women.

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At 8:15 a.m. on a recent Tuesday, a dozen women, mostly U.S.-born, pored over Talmud books as Farber used a whiteboard to explain the day’s page: a complex discussion about women’s menstruation, which, according to Orthodox practice, affects when a woman may have sex with her husband.

Each page of Talmud is a small block of mostly Aramaic text surrounded by commentaries, which are nestled in yet another layer of commentaries.

“A brain workout, right?” said Geula Zamist, who flew in from New Jersey to attend Farber’s class and the big women’s Talmud celebration. “It’s such a great way to start a day. It’s such a spiritual exercise to use your brain in such a completely different way.”

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A page of Talmud where a small block of mostly Aramaic text is surrounded by commentaries, which are nestled in yet another layer of commentaries. Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR for NPR hide caption

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A page of Talmud where a small block of mostly Aramaic text is surrounded by commentaries, which are nestled in yet another layer of commentaries.

Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR for NPR

Farber hosts a daily Talmud podcast called Daf Yomi For Women, in English and Hebrew, with about 250 subscribers. Her aim is to make the Talmud more approachable for women.

One of her podcast listeners is U.S.-born Ilana Kurshan, the author of a memoir about studying Talmud. Even with their dated assumptions about gender and class, she says, Talmud stories are worth learning.

“There is a story about a man who mistook his wife for a prostitute. A story about a man who was so engaged by his Torah study that he neglected to come home to his wife for years and years. They’re stories that just make you think differently about so many aspects of human experience, and in that sense these texts are really timeless,” Kurshan said in an interview at her home in Jerusalem.

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Women raise paper in the air during an event marking the end of the cycle of Talmud studies in Jerusalem in January. Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR for NPR hide caption

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Women raise paper in the air during an event marking the end of the cycle of Talmud studies in Jerusalem in January.

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The new trend of Talmud study is not limited to Orthodox women.

Nonreligious “secular yeshiva” programs in Israel teach Talmud, while the organization Svara runs a Talmud camp in U.S. cities for “queer, straight, trans, aleph bet beginners, experienced Talmudists, secular, religious, Jews [and] non-Jews.”

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Jessica Tarlov: Iowa caucuses exciting, unpredictable – don’t count these candidates out just yet

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There are 30 states with populations larger than Iowa, but right now it’s the most important state in American politics. I’m in the state of fewer than 3.2 million people for the famed Iowa caucuses, which take place Monday night and will kick off nominating contests to determine who Democrats nominate to run against President Trump in November.

Trump faces no serious competition for the Republican presidential nomination, but 11 candidates are still battling it out to become the Democratic nominee. The top tier candidates in Iowa are Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

But looming over them all is a candidate not even running in Iowa – Mike Bloomberg, the multibillionaire former New York City mayor. Bloomberg has focused his campaign on the 14 states that hold nominating contests on Super Tuesday, March 3 – including delegate-rich California and Texas.

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To win the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s national convention on the first ballot a candidate will need 1,990 delegates. Voters in the Iowa caucuses will select 41 Democratic delegates. But that’s a tiny number compared to the 1,357 delegates who will be selected by voters on Super Tuesday in the 14 states, plus American Samoa and Democrats abroad.

Bloomberg has been drawing sharp attacks since Friday, when the Democratic National Committee changed the rules to qualify for televised presidential candidate debates, eliminating the fundraising requirement.

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Bloomberg doesn’t accept contributions. Unlike other candidates, he is so fabulously wealthy that he can spend hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money on his campaign. So before the rules change, he was unable to qualify for any debates – denying him important free media exposure.

But under the new rules, a candidate will need to get support from at least 10 percent of voters in four national polls released from Jan. 15 to Feb. 18, or 12 percent in two polls in Nevada or South Carolina to take part in the debate in Las Vegas Feb. 19.

Candidates can also participate if they earn at least one delegate in the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary. So far only Biden, Sanders and Warren have met the qualifications based on polling.

This is my first time in Iowa for the caucuses. And while it’s just as cold as everyone said it was going to be, it’s also just as exciting.

Sens. Sanders, Warren and Klobuchar have had to spend most of their time in Washington since President Trump’s impeachment trial began in the Senate Jan. 16. They are spending the weekend in Iowa for last-minute campaigning.

In 2016 the Sanders campaign was all about making an impact on the presidential race and, most importantly, pushing the Democratic platform further to the left. But this time Sanders is set on winning the Democratic presidential nomination.

It’s no secret that Sanders has the best ground game and infrastructure in Iowa (notable mention to Warren’s campaign, which is a close second). And with recent reports Biden has had to divert funds from New Hampshire and South Carolina to make a final push in Iowa, there’s good reason for the Sanders camp to feel confident.

Sanders has been preparing for this moment since his campaign ended in in 2016 with Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic presidential nomination. A former adviser to his campaign, Tezlyn Figaro, pointed out on Fox Business that Sanders’ team actually never left Iowa – they’ve been working for this for years.

In 2016 the Sanders campaign was all about making an impact on the presidential race and, most importantly, pushing the Democratic platform further to the left. But this time Sanders is set on winning the Democratic presidential nomination.

I happen to think there’s a very real chance that Biden is going to surprise the pundits in Iowa. He is ahead of Sanders in a few recent polls and Sanders is up just 3.6 points in the RealClear Politics average.

The former vice president is now making the argument that Sanders – a self-described democratic socialist elected to the Senate as an independent – isn’t a Democrat and will hurt Democrats down-ballot if he becomes the party’s presidential nominee.

Other Democratic presidential contenders and their supporters are also questioning Sanders’ electability, warning that moderate Democrats, independents and Republicans disillusioned with Trump are unlikely to support a socialist calling for a political revolution.

I wholeheartedly agree with this view. If Iowa Democratic caucus voters wake up Monday feeling that electability is their top priority, Biden is going to be a very happy man.

But even if he loses in Iowa, Sanders won’t be finished and will keep running in primaries and caucuses. Figaro said that based on her experience with the Vermont senator, he will take his fight to the floor of the Democratic National Convention – no matter what.

But before then, Super Tuesday looms. If Biden performs poorly in the first four nominating contests – in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada – expect moderate Democrats to turn to Bloomberg to keep Sanders from winning the nomination and likely leading the party to defeat in November.

That’s why Bloomberg’s Democratic rivals turned to Twitter to attack the Democratic National Committee rules change that could open up debates to participation by Bloomberg:

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Warren tweeted: “The DNC didn’t change the rules to ensure good, diverse candidates could remain on the debate stage. They shouldn’t change the rules to let a billionaire on. Billionaires shouldn’t be allowed to play by different rules—on the debate stage, in our democracy, or in our government.”

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang tweeted: “The DNC changing its debate criteria to ignore grassroots donations seems tailor-made to get Mike Bloomberg on the debate stage in February. Having Americans willing to invest in your campaign is a key sign of a successful campaign. The people will win out in the end.”

But the biggest complaints will undoubtedly keep coming from Bernie Sanders, who has made criticizing billionaires a key plank of his campaign and platform. Outrage works for Sanders and he has a really good shot at taking home the prize Monday in Iowa.

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Complaining about the rules change that could allow Bloomberg to participate in Democratic debates, Sanders’ senior adviser Jeff Weaver said: “To now change the rules in the middle of the game to accommodate Mike Bloomberg, who is trying to buy his way into the Democratic nomination, is wrong. That’s the definition of a rigged system where the rich can buy their way in.”

No one can predict the outcome of the Iowa caucuses with certainty. But don’t count out Joe Biden – he seems to me to fit the mood of many Iowa Democrats today.

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Colin Reed: GOP, take Bernie seriously – don’t forget these lessons from Trump in 2016

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Quick pop quiz, name the political candidate: a brash outsider who barges into a presidential primary with an angry change message pledging to upset the apple cart and root out the establishment class. Backed by an ardent and loyal group of supporters, this candidate ignores naysayers and defies expectations while vanquishing more experienced politicians. While their policy positions are dismissed as too outside the mainstream, they continue to rise in the polls in their slow and steady takeover of a political party they haven’t always (or still don’t) count themselves a member.

If you guessed Donald Trump in 2016, you’d be correct. Another acceptable answer: a certain Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., this time around.

Don’t believe the professional left’s “nothing to see here” mentality toward the Vermont socialist’s rise. As we sit here in the hours before the Iowa caucus, Sanders has opened up a small yet durable lead in the Hawkeye State, according to RealClearPolitics. From there, the race shifts to New Hampshire, where Sanders enjoys a hometown advantage and the memory of his 22-point primary drubbing over Hillary Clinton four years ago. Next up, Nevada, where voters will caucus to make their voices heard. Four years ago, Sanders ran away with caucus states, winning 12 of them to Clinton’s two.

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Want further evidence other Democrats are starting to feel the “bern” about Bernie’s chances? Look at the political attacks he’s taking, and just as importantly, where they are coming from. The barbs are flying in from all sides. From the left, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s, D-Mass., choreographed attempt to portray Sanders as a sexist didn’t slow his surge. Warren waited too late to separate from Sanders, perhaps gambling he would fade away on his own. Right now, that looks like a losing bet.

From the center, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently took aim at Sanders’ socialist identity, while outside groups on all sides of the ideological aisle have begun plastering the Iowa airwaves with anti-Sanders messages. Meanwhile, Clinton continues to take potshots at her former rival, stating that “nobody likes him” in a highly publicized interview.

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Even the right-of-center Club For Growth is getting in on the act, turning heads with an ad highlighting Sanders’ age and, perhaps in an attempt to prop him up, comparing him to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. More on that later.

What lies ahead? It’s possible the left’s fervor to oust Trump propels former Vice President Joe Biden to a narrow victory in Iowa. It’s also feasible that political gravity catches up to Sanders, and his weakness among key voting demographics of the Democratic primary sinks him when the contest heads south to Biden’s stronghold in South Carolina.

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But it’s also within the realm of possibility to see Sanders taking the first three contests and becoming a runaway train. That “Big Mo,” as President George H.W. Bush coined it, can be impossible to stop once it gets rolling. That’s where another useful lesson from recent history can be indicative.

Republicans may be licking their chops at the idea of a general election race against Bernie Sanders. So too were Democrats when it became clear Donald Trump was going to be the GOP standard-bearer in 2016.

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If Sanders becomes the nominee, maybe socialism will drive swing and suburban voters back to Trump. The astronomical price tag of his policy proposals and his unabashed plans to expand the federal government into almost every aspect of Americans’ lives may be too much to stomach.

By the same token, Republicans would be wise to take seriously the political threat of an authentic populist running on a policy platform he is very comfortable defending, and who voters are gravitating toward. Democrats didn’t take that threat seriously four years ago, and they’re still wishing they did.

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Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas football team takes part in Super Bowl LIV rehearsal

TV cameras were watching as the football team from the Florida high school where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting two years ago ran plays on the field where Super Bowl LIV is being held.

About 50 players from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland took to the Hard Rock Stadium turf Friday as stand-ins for players from the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers to help Fox camera crews line up the best angles for the Super Bowl.

They ran some plays, went through a walkthrough of the pregame coin toss with referee Bill Vinovich and lined up just as the Chiefs and 49ers will for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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Afterward, some members of the Parkland team met with performer Demi Lovato, who will sing the national anthem.

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“They basically split us up — one side was the Chiefs and the other side was the 49ers,” Stoneman Douglas coach Quentin Short said. “The smiles I saw on these kids’ faces, the excitement of running out of the tunnels just like the teams will, they were having a blast, man.

“To be on the actual field the Super Bowl is going to be played on, it was awesome.”

The NFL has used high school players as stand-ins at Super Bowl rehearsals for a while. When it came time to extend a team an invitation this year, organizers apparently knew which school to ask.

Stoneman Douglas quarterback Matthew O’Dowd said he understood the significance of getting the chance to be part of the show on the field where 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will battle on Sunday.

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Hard Rock Stadium is shown Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla., in preparation for Super Bowl LIV. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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“It’s a great experience for the people who get to go and do it,” O’Dowd said. “It was amazing, it was fun and it was a great team-bonding thing. We got to go, meet people, hang out with our coaches … I can’t really describe it. It was just great.”

Stoneman Douglas had one of its best seasons last year, going 8-2 and winning their first district championship in 18 years, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

A gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas on Feb. 14, 2018, killing 17 people and wounding 17 more.

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Among the victims who died were assistant football coach Aaron Feis and athletic director Chris Hixon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Orthodox Jewish Women Take A New Lead In Talmud Study In Israel

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Orthodox Jewish women are increasingly joining a custom called Daf Yomi, Hebrew for “daily page,” which involves reading a page a day of the Talmud, a centuries-old, multivolume collection of rabbinic teachings, debates and interpretations of Judaism. Here women read the last pages of the cycle at their first women’s mass Talmud celebration in Jerusalem in January. Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR for NPR hide caption

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Orthodox Jewish women are increasingly joining a custom called Daf Yomi, Hebrew for “daily page,” which involves reading a page a day of the Talmud, a centuries-old, multivolume collection of rabbinic teachings, debates and interpretations of Judaism. Here women read the last pages of the cycle at their first women’s mass Talmud celebration in Jerusalem in January.

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Among devout Orthodox Jews, the intense study of Talmud is no longer just a man’s world. Women are increasingly delving into this central religious work, and American expats in Israel are at the forefront of the trend.

They’re following a custom called Daf Yomi, Hebrew for “daily page,” which involves reading a page a day of this centuries-old, multivolume collection of rabbinic teachings, debates and interpretations of Judaism. It takes about seven years and five months to read all 2,711 pages.

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Some 3,000 women of all ages attended their first-ever large celebration for the completion of the Talmud, at a convention center in Jerusalem.

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In early January, as Orthodox Jewish men held gatherings to mark the end of the cycle, called Siyum HaShas, Orthodox women in Israel held their own large-scale Talmud celebration for the first time. Some 3,000 women of all ages cheered in a Jerusalem convention center, according to the event’s organizers, Hadran.

“I never thought I would live to see this day,” said Tamar Stern, a Chicago native, sitting in the second-to-last row at the celebration. She attended Orthodox Jewish schools in the 1960s and 1970s, never allowed to learn Talmud with the boys.

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Sitting in the first row, Sherri Saperstein, 49, was beaming. She grew up in New York and Boston and now lives in the Israeli town of Ramat Beit Shemesh, home to a community of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who avoid contact with female strangers and still see Talmud as a man’s pursuit.

“I was sitting in the post office,” Saperstein recalled. “Two men behind me, who would probably never talk to me, were sitting behind me. They were talking about the ‘Daf.’ I knew exactly what they were talking about because I am in this process, I am learning the ‘Daf‘!”

The women’s Siyum HaShas was co-organized by Michelle Farber, 47, a New York native who teaches a daily Talmud class for women from her living room table in Raanana, a quiet suburb north of Tel Aviv.

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Men wrote the Talmud and, for centuries, it has mostly been men who have studied it. Today, Talmud study groups — and even related podcasts — are almost all exclusively delivered by men.

“Because they’re given by men, they’re not actually kind of seen from a woman’s perspective,” said Farber. “When I teach, I think a lot about the women’s issues on the page.”

One part of the Talmud discusses the ancient practice of dedicating money to the Temple in Jerusalem, in which Jews should give an amount relative to what the text considers to be their individual worth. In her classes, Farber notes the historical context. “This was written in a time where women were valued as less because women weren’t educated and women weren’t working,” Farber said.

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Women in Orthodox Jewish communities were long discouraged from studying Talmud, but they are now increasingly taking part in study classes. Daf Yomi, or “page a day,” is the Jewish practice of reading the ancient book of rabbinic teachings. At a page a day, it takes almost 7 1/2 years to read the whole thing. Tanya Habjouqa / NOOR for NPR hide caption

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Women in Orthodox Jewish communities were long discouraged from studying Talmud, but they are now increasingly taking part in study classes. Daf Yomi, or “page a day,” is the Jewish practice of reading the ancient book of rabbinic teachings. At a page a day, it takes almost 7 1/2 years to read the whole thing.

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The modern-day Reform and Conservative movements of Judaism have long embraced a more egalitarian approach, ordaining women as rabbis and allowing equal participation in leading prayer and study. Some progressive Orthodox communities in the last few decades have widened women’s roles in leading prayer and participating in Talmud study, and women are expanding the boundaries more and more.

American immigrants like Farber are helping lead the push for women’s Talmud study in Israel, in part because many were exposed to Talmud early on. Some Orthodox schools in the United States began teaching the sacred text to girls in the 1950s.

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At 8:15 a.m. on a recent Tuesday, a dozen women, mostly U.S.-born, pored over Talmud books as Farber used a whiteboard to explain the day’s page: a complex discussion about women’s menstruation, which, according to Orthodox practice, affects when a woman may have sex with her husband.

Each page of Talmud is a small block of mostly Aramaic text surrounded by commentaries, which are nestled in yet another layer of commentaries.

“A brain workout, right?” said Geula Zamist, who flew in from New Jersey to attend Farber’s class and the big women’s Talmud celebration. “It’s such a great way to start a day. It’s such a spiritual exercise to use your brain in such a completely different way.”

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Farber hosts a daily Talmud podcast called Daf Yomi For Women, in English and Hebrew, with about 250 subscribers. Her aim is to make the Talmud more approachable for women.

One of her podcast listeners is U.S.-born Ilana Kurshan, the author of a memoir about studying Talmud. Even with their dated assumptions about gender and class, she says, Talmud stories are worth learning.

“There is a story about a man who mistook his wife for a prostitute. A story about a man who was so engaged by his Torah study that he neglected to come home to his wife for years and years. They’re stories that just make you think differently about so many aspects of human experience, and in that sense these texts are really timeless,” Kurshan said in an interview at her home in Jerusalem.

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The new trend of Talmud study is not limited to Orthodox women.

Nonreligious “secular yeshiva” programs in Israel teach Talmud, while the organization Svara runs a Talmud camp in U.S. cities for “queer, straight, trans, aleph bet beginners, experienced Talmudists, secular, religious, Jews [and] non-Jews.”

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‘First’ on the field: Pete Hegseth joins ‘Fox & Friends’ from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami

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“Fox & Friends” host Pete Hegseth said the morning show was the first to hit the grass of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Super Bowl Sunday.

Hegseth told his fellow co-hosts, who were hosting the show from several miles to the southeast in Miami Beach, that the stadium crew was already preparing the venue for the big game.

“The Super Bowl is tonight and “Fox & Friends” is the only show on the field right now, we are first — and best, obviously,” he said.

Hegseth said he was able to get a ticket to the marquee matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers but had to give it up in order to make it to Iowa to cover the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.

Host Steve Doocy joked that he and his fellow hosts would have loved to make it to the game, but will be watching from their hotel on the local FOX broadcast affiliate — “the best seat in the house,” he quipped. NFL on FOX commentators Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be calling the game Sunday evening.

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Panning around the field, Hegseth remarked that the two quarterbacks — Jimmy Garoppolo and Patrick Mahomes — will have a lot of real estate to work with.

“Mahomes has got a lot of room,” he said, adding it is hard to quantify how big a professional-sized football field is when watching on TV.

He added that, while both teams have a large contingent of fans in Miami for the weekend, the Chiefs’ faithful appear to greatly outnumber those from the Bay Area.

“Kansas City has moved to Miami for the week,” he said.

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The host said that the sportsbooks’ spread on the game is marginal one way or another by a point or two, but that it is likely to be “a wash.”

“It’s going to be a fantastic game,” Hegseth said.

The last time the Chiefs made the Super Bowl was in 1970. Kansas City defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, 23-7. Kansas City hadn’t gotten past the AFC Championship game since then. The 49ers were last in the Super Bowl in 2013. Colin Kaepernick led the team there, only to lose to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31. The game was unique in that brothers John and Jim Harbaugh faced off as coaches of the Ravens and 49ers, respectively.

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9 Sundance Movies You’ll Want To See This Year

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These days, the chatter that circulates at the Sundance Film Festival keeps returning to the same questions: Are this year’s indie hopefuls good, or are movies dead?

In Sundance terms, quality stems from a sense of discovery. When there’s nothing as singular and galvanizing as “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Boyhood” or “The Farewell,” the whole thing can feel like a dud. That’s especially true when the festival devotes so much of its slate to titles already acquired by streaming services. The films that played Park City, Utah’s largest theater on opening night last week were “Crip Camp” and “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana,” two Netflix documentaries using Sundance as little more than a promotional launchpad. Meanwhile, the biggest headline-maker has been the Hillary Clinton docuseries that hits Hulu in March. Movies are by no means dead, but they don’t feel particularly alive either. 

Even without one or two overwhelming discoveries at Sundance this year, no one can claim there weren’t gems sprinkled throughout the 11-day festival, which concluded on Sunday. In fact, I saw more hits than misses, although there were plenty in the latter camp, too (“Wendy,” “The Glorias,” “Nine Days”). We’ll certainly be talking about “Promising Young Woman,” “Minari,” “Zola” and others in the months to come. Furthermore, a record-setting 46 percent of the films in competition were directed by women.

Here’s something amusing that happened along the way: Neon and Hulu tacked an extra 69 cents onto the $17.5 million price tag for “Palm Springs,” allowing the Andy Samberg comedy to top 2016’s embattled “Birth of a Nation” as the costliest purchase in Sundance history. Amid the existential quandaries floating across the Utah mountains, at least someone had a sense of humor.

Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to see “Palm Springs,” so I can’t say whether it merited such a lofty sum. Of the few dozen movies I did catch, here are the best of the bunch, starting with two that shined especially bright.

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“The Nest” is a welcome return for director Sean Durkin, who hasn’t made a movie since 2011’s hypnotic “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” As a chic equestrian whose husband (Jude Law) uproots their family from America to London, Carrie Coon seethes her way through domestic paranoia, confronting a haunted marriage decaying inside a possibly haunted house.

Miranda July’s work is an acquired taste. “Kajillionaire,” a wry comedy about a family of grifters living on the economic and social fringes, is more ambitious but no less idiosyncratic than her previous efforts. Debra Winger and Richard Jenkins are stellar as the parental figures who don’t do much conventional parenting, but it’s Gina Rodriguez — playing a naive chatterbox joining their cons for kicks — who steals the show.

The psychodrama “Black Bear,” which has shades of “Persona,” “Contempt” and “Her Smell,” stars Aubrey Plaza as a film director who finds inspiration during a peculiar rural retreat.

In “Worth,” a drama about the lawyers who handled the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund, Stanley Tucci plays a grassroots activist who lost his wife in the Twin Towers and fights against the legal team’s impersonal tactics.

“Bad Hair,” a horror satire about a murderous weave directed by “Dear White People” maestro Justin Simien, is crawling with killer performances, particularly those of Elle Lorraine (“Insecure”) as an eager producer at a BET analogue in 1989 and a campy Vanessa Williams as the menacing executive who takes her under her wing.

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Judge Jeanine Pirro: I want to thank Democrats for ‘exposing their hate’

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In her “Opening Statement” Saturday night, Judge Jeanine Pirro thanked Democrats for guaranteeing the reelection of President Trump and uniting the Republican Party — except Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank our friends, specifically Democrats Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler and the whole unhinged lot of them for guaranteeing the reelection of President Donald John Trump in 2020,” Pirro said on “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”

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Pirro said she believes Democrats “exhausted” the American people to rally behind Trump with the Senate impeachment trial.

“Their nonstop hate, hypocrisy and hysteria has so exhausted us that we honestly can’t wait to reelect him again,” Pirro said. “Their political stunts have been a colossal waste of time and they’ve sealed his reelection.”

The host wondered aloud why Democrats continued to make “liars and fools of themselves.”

“Although technically it hasn’t happened yet, his acquittal in the Senate is a foregone conclusion, delayed yet again, and U.S. senators had to drag this out until next week and couldn’t work through the weekend,” Pirro said. “Why now? I keep asking myself why these Democrats keep making liars and fools of themselves.”

Pirro blasted Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for insinuating Trump would cheat in the 2020 election.

“And Adam Schiff says the president’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box because, ‘We cannot be assured the vote will be fairly won,'” Pirro said.  “Adam, are you stupid or do you think we are?”

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“The Democrat Party, allegedly the party of inclusion and openness, is at this moment in time the most obstructive, mutinous, nonproductive, rebellious group of haters the party has ever seen; can only be attributed to their Trump derangement syndrome,” Pirro added. “I want to thank our friends, the Democrats, for taking off their masks and exposing their hate, their condescension and their disgust for the rest of us.”

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DOJ reveals 24 redacted emails related Trump’s involvement in Ukraine aid freeze

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How does weather for Super Bowl LIV compare to past games? Here are the top 5 worst weather moments

The forecast for Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Sunday may be the biggest winner of this game, but others have been rather stormy.

When the Kansas City Chiefs face off against the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., both teams will at least be facing perfect weather conditions. The National Weather Service office in Miami says that the forecast for Sunday shows mostly sunny conditions with highs in the upper 60’s, with temperatures dipping into the mid-50’s by nightfall.

Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said the day is “looking spectacular” for kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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But it hasn’t always been that way for the big game. Here are five prior Super Bowls that have seen the worst weather.

–Super Bowl XLI in Miami, 2007

When the Super Bowl was played in Miami in 2007, the weather was quite different.

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 Fans sit in the rain as they watch Super Bowl XLI between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Colts defeated the Bears 29-17. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

A torrential downpour and windstorm took place during the game and at the halftime show as Prince performed. Producer Don Mischer told Rolling Stone he called up Prince hours before the big show to warn him about the weather.

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“I want you to know it’s raining,” Mischer said. “Are you OK?”

“Can you make it rain harder?” Prince replied.

The late star closed his epic performance that year with the fitting song, “Purple Rain.”

The storm also caused sloppy conditions on the field as the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts faced off, leading to a total of eight turnovers and five fumbles.

Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas, 2011

When the big game was on its way to North Texas in 2011, fans faced a big mess.

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A major ice storm hit the Dallas/Fort Worth area overnight days before Super Bowl XLV was due to be held in Arlington, Texas in 2011, creating major travel issues. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

An ice storm, followed by a snowstorm and bitter cold, crippled the Dallas area leading up to the matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Hundreds of flights were canceled for fans trying to get to the region, while workers trying to clean up the wintry mess faced their own set of issues. Six workers were injured when hard ice and heavy snow slid off Cowboys Stadium’s domed roof the Friday before the game.

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In the wake of the incident, firefighters had to tether to the roof, using 2x4s and pickaxes to dislodge the remaining ice before it could fall in massive sheets, NBC DFW reported at the time.

–Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta, 2000

In 2000, the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans arrived in Atlanta shortly after an ice storm brought traffic in the city to a standstill.

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Unseasonably cold temperatures followed, and both teams had to practice outdoors since the Georgia Dome was being used for Super Bowl pregame and halftime rehearsals. The Rams wore winter jackets and thermal underwear in the biting cold.

“It’s ridiculous,” Rams coach Dick Vermeil said at the time. “But there’s nothing you can do about it except try to survive.”

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The storm left such a bitter taste the fear was the big game would never return. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank’s $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium quickly swayed the NFL owners to give Atlanta another chance. When winter weather threatened a repeat in 2019, the city dodged the worst when no snow or significant black ice came.

–Super Bowl XVI in Pontiac, Mich., 1982

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The first Super Bowl played in a cold climate may have been fine for the players inside the domed Pontiac Silverdome, but getting to the game was another story.

The Cincinnati Bengals faced off against the San Francisco 49ers in 72-degree weather indoors, all while the mercury dropped to 13 degrees outside, according to The Oakland Press.

But getting to the game proved to be a task on its own. Freezing rain, combined with wind chills around  21 degrees below zero made travel treacherous.

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Conditions were so bad that one of the 49ers’ buses got stuck in traffic and didn’t arrive until 90 minutes before kickoff, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.

–Super Bowl VI in New Orleans, 1972

The coldest Super Bowl to be played took place in a place known for actually being warm.

The Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins faced off in New Orleans in 1972 during unseasonably frigid conditions.

At kickoff, the temperature was a brisk 39 degrees at the old Tulane Stadium, with a wind chill of 24 degrees, according to NOLA.com. New Orleans typically warms into the 60’s in late January.

Despite the cold temperatures with two warm-weather teams, there were only three turnovers and none were blamed on the conditions.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos, Jennifer Earl, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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