This is not an installment of “From Israelite to Jew,” but is instead a reading of an essay recently published on Zeek, an online journal. The written version is here.

This is a meditation on the Talmud as read through Tolstoy, and how such a reading can generate a useful stance in the modern world. Having just written that, I should quickly add that that makes it sound more abstruse than it really is. Check it out and let me know!

I’ll be back to “From Israelite to Jew” next week or the week after.

The podcast can be heard here; download options are here. You can also stream from the player below:

.

It is also available on iTunes. My thanks to Giovi Roz and the Instructional Technology Group at Brown University for their technical assistance.