Teiku | A Column by Shaul Magid

In Talmudic Aramaic, teiku means, simply, “let it stand.” It is the word the Sages used to indicate an unresolved question or point of debate. Teiku signals humility in the midst of dispute—inviting us to zoom out, to acknowledge the limitations of our perspectives, and to hold space for opposing viewpoints. Teiku also reminds us that sometimes we need to let certain questions stand unanswered—at least for the time being. It is this openness to intellectual uncertainty and exegetical polyphony that offers us the space to respectfully disagree and collaboratively imagine a more expansive resolution. It is in this spirit that we decided to name Ayin’s second column Teiku—a space for bold and creative explorations of Jewish texts and practices. Teiku is edited by Ayin contributing editor, rabbi, and scholar Shaul Magid.

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From the Archive

Paradigm Shift & Jewish Law

In the first installment of Teiku, scholar Shaul Magid explores Zalman Shachter-Shalomi’s Paradigm Shift Judaism as a kind of avera lishma—a sin for the sake of heaven.

The Moon

“The Moon” is an endless animation using The Symbolism of the Tarot by P. D. Ouspensky as a source text. ...

Five Yiddish Tales

Translator’s Preface A couple of years ago, we took our tattered copy of Mordekhai Lipson’s Di velt dertseylt to Henry ...