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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.

Rav Ovadiah’s Talmud For Sale

JNS is reporting that Kedem Auctions will be selling Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef’s person Talmud. The Talmud is what is known as a

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 […]

Prof. Zvi Arieh Steinfeld z”l

Prof. Zvi Arieh Steinfeld passed away last week in Jerusalem. At the Talmud Blog Shai Secunda has some words about Prof. Steinfeld and his contribution to the study of Talmud. While I never studied with Prof. Steinfeld, I did get to know him during the time that he spent at JTS after his retirement from […]

The Iranian Talmud

Since Hanukkah is only a few weeks away and there is a definite Persian aspect to the holiday, be sure to pick up your copy of Shai Secunda’s The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Bavli in Its Sasanian Context. Although the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, has been a text central and vital to the Jewish canon […]

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 […]

I Found an Open Opening

Probably anyone who has studied the first chapter of Tractate Ketubot in the Talmud is familiar with the phrase “I found an open opening” (“פתח פתוח מצאתי”). For those interested in exploring this question from the perspective of Talmudic literature, I recommend my friend Josh Kulp’s article “‘Go Enjoy Your Acquisition’: Virginity Claims in Rabbinic […]

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