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Book Launch: Reconstructing the Talmud

The book Reconstructing the Talmud is a wonderful introduction to the modern study of Talmud. It includes analyses of Talmudic sugyot, showing how the use of modern critical tools helps us to better understand the Talmudic text. It will be available on Amazon very soon.

Review: Steinsaltz Reference Guide to the Talmud Revised Edition

Koren Publishers was kind enough to send me a review copy of the revised edition of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s Reference Guide to the Talmud. Below are my impressions of this important book. Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s Reference Guide to the Talmud is based upon his Hebrew volume מדריך לתלמוד that was first published in 1984, and […]

Sussman Catalogue of Talmud MSS Online

The Friedberg Jewish Manuscript Society, associated with the Friedberg Genizah Project, has just posted online in PDF format Yaakov Sussman’s Thesaurus of Talmudic Manuscripts. “The Thesaurus of Talmudic Manuscripts” is a catalog of all manuscripts in the word that can possibly be found, of Mishna, Tosefta, Talmud Yerushalmi, Talmud Bavli and Rif. This major project […]

The Israel Prize 2014

At yesterday’s Israel Prize ceremony many outstanding individuals were honored. Three of the honorees were Prof. Shamma Friedman, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, and Rabbinit Adina Bar Shalom. To learn about Prof. Friedman and his contribution to the study of Talmud, read this interview with Yitz Landes. See these articles about Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein by Yair Rosenberg and Elli Fischer. […]

Shamma Friedman Wins the Israel Prize

My friend MS has just emailed me that Talmud scholar Prof. Shamma Friedman will be awarded the Israel Prize this coming Independence Day. Here is an article from Srugim (H) on Prof. Friedman receiving the prize. It is an honor well-deserved. Mazal Tov and Yishar Koach.

A Feminist Commentary on Sugyot About Yihud

Dorshot Tov is a new collaborative feminist commentary on a few pages of the Babylonian Talmud, specifically Kiddushin 80b-82b, pages that address the issue of Yiḥud. The book is the product of a study group under the auspices of Niggun Nashim from Mikhlelet Oranim and is also affiliated with the series that Tal Ilan is […]

Overview of David Weiss Halivni on the Formation of the Talmud

At the Talmud Blog, Zvi Septimus has an excellent review of David Weiss Halivni’s recent book The Formation of the Babylonian Talmud (trans. Jeffrey Rubenstein) and an overview of Halivni’s theory on the formation of the Talmud. Halivni’s theory can be summarized as follows: Much like in the time of the Tannaim, the Amoraim formulated […]

Review: The Formation of the Babylonian Talmud

The Blog of the Center for Jewish Law has a review of David Weiss Halivni’s The Formation of the Babylonian Talmud. This quote from Halivni provides a good summary of his approach to the formation of the Talmud. The foundation of my theory of the formation of the Talmud rests on the thesis that the […]

Daf Yomi Kids Edition

At the Talmud Blog Yoel Finkelman reviews two recent publications that are centered around Daf Yomi and for children. Surprisingly – or not – two versions of daf yomi for kids have appeared in the past few years: a Hebrew version, created by religious-Zioinists in Israel that comes in several hardback volumes, and an English […]

Contradicting Rashi at the WCJS

Musaf Shabbat has a number of very interesting articles (Hebrew) as usual. There are two about the Israeli-version of Half Shabbos and a third about the WCJS. This last article seems to be upset that in a keynote lecture, Judith Hauptman claimed that there are many examples of stories (מעשים) in the Talmud about Babylonian […]

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