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The Talmud Says Eclipses Are a Bad Omen. Sorry.

By On August 18, 2017

Jews have a prayer for everything, from eating a new fruit to using the toilet. So what does the Talmud say about an eclipse? “The Sages taught: When the sun is eclipsed… Read More

The Medieval Rabbi Who Invented the Decimal System
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The Medieval Rabbi Who Invented the Decimal Fractions System

By On June 25, 2015

As you likely learned, the decimal system is the numerical system with a base of ten–the most widely used form in the world. But you were probably never taught that a rabbi… Read More

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Shabbat Without a Sun

By On November 3, 2011

The film 30 Days of Night tackled the perplexing question: What do vampires do in northern Alaska, where the sun doesn’t show for an entire month? (Answer: they have a huge feast.) But it calls to… Read More

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