A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About Righteous Gentiles in the Bible

The Palestinian Talmud (Berachot 2:8) names Yitro and Rachav as examples of tzaddikei umot ha’olam – righteous people from other nations who become attached in some way to the Jewish people. A TorahTutors student enjoyed comparing and contrasting the accounts of these two individuals. Each brought some benefit to the Jewish people – Rachav saved…

A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About Chanukah and Avoiding Suspicion

During one recent TorahTutors session, discussion about public perception brought up a particular detail of the laws of Chanukah. The Gemara (Shabbat 23a) suggests that someone who lives in a courtyard [or house] with entrances (or windows) facing two different directions must light Chanukah candle[s] in both. Why? “Because of suspicion” – because if one…