ערכין - Arachin 

Arachin 4b ~ The Tumtum, the Androgyne, and the Fluidity of Gender

How the Talmud deals with the many shades of gender.

Arachin 5a ~ Rabbi Meir on Maximizing Meaning

How Rabbi Meir laid the groundwork for contemporary analytical philosophy.

Arachin 7a ~ Post Mortem Cesarean Section

The rabbis did not believe a post mortem cesarean section to be a futile procedure.

Arachin 9b ~ The Problem of the Moving Molad

There’s a problem with the Jewish calendar.

Arachin 15b ~ The Evolutionary Advantages of Gossip

Gossip is not permitted in Jewish Law. But it is an essential part of how we communicate.

Arachin 19a ~ The Mechanical Engineering of a Pledge

Three MIT mechanical engineers weigh in on a talmudic passage.

Arachin 22a ~ The Psychological Impact of Corporal Punishment

How Rav Chisda was abused, and how it left more than a just a physical mark.