Jewish leadership — from the most liberal of the Reform rabbis to the most conservative of the Orthodox rabbis — have done Judaism a disservice by not coming forward with the facts and applying Rabbi Rudin's standard of full disclosure. How can we achieve understanding between people of different religious faiths if we do not take courage and stand behind our own religious convictions?
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is the word for temple offerings eaten by priests. This statement indicates that the three-year-old bride is the widow of the priest in all respects and privileges.
— Babylonian Talmud, Soncino 1961 Edition, page 1
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Kotex Commercial, c. 1921 "In the wardrobe of Her Royal Daintiness …" With modern sanitary practices, products, and knowledge, it is difficult to understand how the laws of would promote hygiene in the contemporary world. It is also hard to understand why those laws would be advocated in 1948 by Rabbi Dr. Epstein, or in 1999 by Rabbi Boteach. And given that many other cultures in the world thrived without the laws, it is possible that those laws were not significantly hygienic, even in the days of the Talmud Sages.
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In , we learned that after Temple priests kill the sacrificial animal, the priests dismember it, drain the blood, and dip their fingers in the blood to smear and sprinkle it around the Temple. The priests squeeze the blood out of the animal's heart, wash the stomach and other organs, and wash the entrails three times. Specially built channels that look like "nostrils" drain the blood into nearby streams. The Temple, then, and the priests are awash with the blood of slaughter and death.
Now comes Dr. Laura Schlessinger:
Let us start with an article in the , a major newspaper that espouses conservative Christian values. The provides a useful starting point because they name names. Let us borrow the ' viewpoint.
— Babylonian Talmud, Soncino 1961 Edition, pages 92-94
The study was conducted by Bruce Rind, Robert Bauserman, and Philip Tromovitch, and was published in the in 1998 under the editorship of Nancy Eisenberg.
According to the Soncino Talmud Glossary:
How is this possible? Which voices speak for the core values of Judaism? Our questions are not prompted by idle curiosity, but by social concern. America is rapidly becoming Talmudized, and we should understand the direction in which our social policies are moving.
Now let's look at a Mishnah from Kethuboth 11a:
Let us review the Talmud law of Niddah: a woman is unclean for two weeks out of four, contaminating everything and everyone she touches, forbidden to her husband. When not menstruating, she is using testing rags. If she and her husband violate the law, they are subject to arrest and punishment. When menstruation is complete, she must take a ritual bath.