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The Gemara Card

Many people who study Talmud are familiar with Rabbi Yitzhak Frank’s books Grammar for Gemara & Targum Onkelos: An Introduction To Aramaic and The Practical Talmud Dictionary. In addition to these books of Rabbi Frank we now have The Gemara Card, a laminated large-format pamphlet that includes some highlights from Rabbi Frank’s books: translations of […]

Interview with Author of Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests

Jason Mokhtarian, the author of the recently published book Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests: The Culture of the Talmud in Ancient Iran, was interviewed by the New Books Network about his book. He lays out a research program for Talmud studies that is contextual, rather than literary or exegetical. Analyzing references to Persians and Persian […]

Jeffrey Rubenstein Looks Back at his Work

At the Ancient Jew Review Jeffrey Rubenstein has written a reflection on his scholarship about stories in the Babylonian Talmud. For all the work of the past fifteen years, the study of Bavli stories is still in its infancy. I routinely receive emails asking if there is any scholarship on a certain story. Sometimes there […]

What is the Bavli

The Talmudblog has posted the first installment of a panel discussion from this past December’s AJS conference on “What is the Bavli?” It will definitely not disappoint.

Getting to Know Daniel Boyarin

The Jweekly has a nice profile of the important scholar of Talmud Daniel Boyarin. Even those who know a bit about Boyarin will enjoy the article. It was a pleasant surprise to learn that Boyarin went to the same high school as Bruce Springsteen and knew him. He was a few years ahead of Springsteen […]

Vocalized Oz veHadar Talmud

It seems that Oz VeHadar has begun to sell a vocalized Babylonian Talmud, and the first volume has apparently sold out. I am a big supporter of vocalized rabbinic texts and have written about vocalized rabbinic and Talmudic texts here.

Siyyum HaShas for an Eight-Year-Old

All of the details aren’t clear to me, but it does seems like an eight-year-old girl has learned a lot of Gemara.

The Sustaining Page of Talmud

Rabbi Dov Berkowitz’s reputation as a teacher of Talmud and rabbinic literature is well known. He teaches in numerous Israeli institutions and is a prolific author. Earlier this year he began published a commentary on the Talmud called הדף הקיומי (The Sustaining Page of Talmud). He has published another volume, this time on Seder Nashim. […]

The Making of the Talmudic Encyclopedia

This is an excerpt from an article about the Encyclopedia Talmudit: The importance and popularity of the Talmudic Encyclopedia is in its accessibility not only to scholars, but to anyone who wants to understand certain phrases or concepts or ideas within the vast world of Torah knowledge or Judaism, and who does not have the […]

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 […]

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