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Intro Video to Gemara Sedura

I am a big supporter of using Gemara Sedura and now there’s a short video about it. You can download PDFs of certain chapters in the Gemara Sedura format here and here.

Angels, Demons, and Ghosts in the Talmud

There is now a database available online for angels, demons, and ghosts in the Babylonian Talmud. HT

Israel Channel 1 on Women in the World of Gemara and Halakhah

From Israel Ch 1: Also see this article by Tzvika Klein on the recent statement by the OU on women in religious leadership positions.

The William Davidson Talmud

This is really big news from Sefaria: Today, Sefaria is excited and humbled to announce the release of The William Davidson Talmud, a free digital edition of the Babylonian Talmud that will include English and Modern Hebrew translation by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, interlinked to major commentaries, biblical citations, Midrash, Kabbalah, Halakhah, and an ever-growing library […]

Divine Law in the Container Store

Ancient Jew Review has posted Beth Berkowitz’s comments from a recent SBL session on Christine Hayes’s What’s Divine about Divine Law?: Early Perspectives. From Divine Law in the Container Store. But the story that Hayes is telling is really more about the rabbis, who take a very interesting approach to the problem. Whereas Philo makes […]

New Book: Learning to Read Talmud

There’s a new book about learning Talmud that may be of interest. Here’s a description of Learning to Read Talmud: What It Looks Like and How It Happens from the publisher’s web site: Learning to Read Talmud is the first book-length study of how teachers teach and how students learn to read Talmud. Through a […]

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.

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