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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 Migrating Tales of the Talmud

Richard Kalmin’s new book Migrating Tales: The Talmud’s Narratives and Their Historical Context is now available. Migrating Tales situates the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, in its cultural context by reading several rich rabbinic stories against the background of Greek, Syriac, Arabic, Persian, and Mesopotamian literature of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, much of […]

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 […]

Interviews with Two Scholars of Ancient Judaism and Talmud

Below is a short video from the Jewish Channel of interviews with Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, author of Early Christian Monastic Literature and the Babylonian Talmud, and Alexei Sivertsev, author of Judaism and Imperial Ideology in Late Antiquity.

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. […]

New Edition of Steinsaltz Reference Guide to the Talmud

A new edition of the Steinsaltz Reference Guide to the Talmud has been published. I haven’t had the opportunity to see it, but the first edition is a must have for people studying Talmud.

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.

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