Since the devastation on October 7 and throughout the subsequent Israel-Hamas War, Israelis and Jews worldwide have endured tremendous loss and deep uncertainty. In the first episode of TEXTing, a podcast devoted to the exploration of Jewish texts in relation to current events, Elana Stein Hain and Christine Hayes turn to the Talmud in tractate Hagigah to address this shock, disbelief, alienation, and despair.

This episode is sponsored by Erica Schacter Schwartz.

We are grateful to the Walder Charitable Fund and Micah Philanthropies for their generous support of TEXTing.

Talmud Bavli Hagigah 4b
Talmud Bavli Hagigah 5a-5b