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Articles about the Steinsaltz Talmud

Ynet has an article (Hebrew) about the Steinsaltz Talmud which includes an interview with R. Adin Steinsaltz. According to the article, Steinsaltz will finish his edition of the Talmud next year when he publishes Nidah and Hullin. He started his work on the Talmud when he was 28 (!) years old and has been working on it for 45 years. The article addresses some of the opposition to his Talmud. While now the Artscroll Talmud seems to be more popular both in Israel and abroad, his work is monumental and has made the Talmud accessible for many people and will continue to be the Talmud of choice for many.

I never quite understood why some people get so upset at tools and editions which make Talmud study easier. Why don’t we just go back to learning Talmud without Rashi. I personally feel that many people would do better to use the Steinsaltz edition more often, since its vocalization and punctuation would help them make up for many mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and understanding. For a bibliography of articles about different translations and elucidated editions of the Talmud see this post by Menachem Butler.

Update: The Jerusalem Post also has an article on the Steinsaltz Talmud and adds the following information.

On November 7, 2010, Hulin, which deals with the laws of slaughtering animals, will be the last Talmud tractate in the Steinsaltz series. Ceremonies celebrating the event will be held around the world.

5 Responses to “Articles about the Steinsaltz Talmud”

  1. 1
    S.:

    >I never quite understood why some people get so upset at tools and editions which make Talmud study easier.

    It’s a bit of earnest feeling about עמלות בתורה and a bit of elitism and a bit of conservatism.

  2. 2
    zach:

    I never quite understood why some people get so upset at tools and editions which make Talmud study easier.

    Because the Vilna Shas has become the Holy of Holies, regardless of the many errors and omissions that are found therein. There is also much vested interest in being able to quote a Bavli reference bal peh (“it’s a gemara on Sanhedrin 33b”…)

  3. 3
    S.:

    Huh? The dafim are the same in all modern editions, including Steinsaltz. “Sanhedrin 33b” has remained static for 500 years.

  4. 4
    Yitzhak:

    http://seforim.blogspot.com/2008/01/in-recent-discussion-in-journal-or.html

  5. 5
    zach:

    S: Sorry, the “seifah” of my post was not going on the Steinsaltz, it was just a comment on how important the layout of the Vilna Shas is (as opposed to, say, the Yerushalmi.)

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