This collection draws from multiple user interpretations of the Talmudic story of Kamtza and bar Kamtza, which is the classic tale of interpersonal relationships that prefigured the destruction.
FilterFilter icon
Kamtza and Bar Kamtza (et al): Freedom of Fault
Question guide is based on Sarah Rudolphs's WebYeshiva class, "Kamtza and Bar-Kamtza: Blame and the Chorban Beit Hamikdash" (July 2020)
Save "Sheet 331691"
Bar Kamtza was right
Bar Kamtza was right: An essay on institutions and the powerless
Larry Yudelson1597 ViewsJune 24, 2021Bar Kamtza,Rebuke,Protest, Tochecha
Save "Sheet 331789"
The Real Lesson of Tisha B’Av
The holiday frequently brings sermons about Jewish unity, but the story of the destruction of the Temple offers a very different message. Written by Yoav Schaefer and Jacob Samuel Abolafia, and featured in Tablet Magazine, July 2017
Save "Sheet 331826"
Kamtza & Bar Kamtza and Zekhariah ben Avkolas: The Development of a Narrative of Destruction
Originally written by Rabbi Yosef Goldman for "Aggadah as History" with Professor Richard Kalmin, Fall 2011.
Save "Sheet 331604"
Kamtza and Bar Kamtza: Rabbis must know the moment they are facing
Kamtza and Bar Kamzta is an essential story that helps us bring the Big Story of the destruction of the Temple into our own lives. The choices we make and the moments we have sometimes have big implications - and we have to step up.
Save "Sheet 334489"
The Kamtza and Bar Kamtza Incident: A Look at a Tragic Talmudic Drinking Story
A discussion of the infamous Kamtza and Bar Kamtza incident in the Babylonian Talmud
Save "Sheet 332860"
Tisha B'Av 5779 Bar Kamtza:The Rest Of The Story
Additional texts to frame a discussion of the bar Kamtza story (Kamtza and Bar Kamtza: The Story)
Karla Worrell653 ViewsAugust 11, 2019
Save "Sheet 186096"
There's More to the Story
This examines the end of the Tisha B'Av story, usually left off, that the Temple and Jewish sovereignty weren't destroyed solely by sinat chinam, but by overzealous religiosity.
Save "Sheet 74382"
Kamtzah and Bar Kamtzah: A Tale of Two Midrashim
A look at the big differences between the two versions of the Kamtzah/Bar-Kamtzah story.
Jonathan Graber822 ViewsJuly 30, 2020
Save "Sheet 253917"
Anavah - Humility
Aaron Goldstein1588 ViewsFebruary 12, 2019
Save "Sheet 156880"
Kamtza and Bar Kamtza
Josh Franklin6154 ViewsMarch 5, 2018
Save "Sheet 102410"
Pirke Avot: Ego
A study of Hillel's famous dictum: "If I'm not for myself, who will be for me, and if I'm only for myself, what am I."
Save "Sheet 90298"
From That Hour The Doom Was Sealed
Eryn London1547 ViewsAugust 7, 2016
Save "Sheet 40704"