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Why Learn Talmud

This looks like a nice series of programs at Drisha: WHY LEARN TALMUD? Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-9:00pm: October 29, November 5 & 12 Each evening will begin at 6:30 with a choice of workshops. At 7:15, we will break for tefilat ma’ariv, refreshments, and informal conversation. At 7:45, we will join together in the beit midrash […]

The Heart and Soul of Judaism

Anyone interested in Talmud must watch this video of a discussion about the study and love of Talmud with Prof. Christine Hayes and Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer. HT to the Talmud Blog on Twitter. In her opening remarks Hayes called Talmud the “Heart and Soul of Judaism.”

Reconstructing the Talmud Available for Purchase

The new book Reconstructing the Talmud is now available for order from Mechon Hadar. Below is the table of contents.

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 […]

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