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  • By E. Davis on November 22, 2003

    I think that most readers who would read this review already know what the Talmud is, so I hope I am right in skipping over that explanation. Having studied some Talmud myself, it is a little like going to law school, but not having the advantage of being able to check things out with your classmates. Here, the authors are your classmates...and teachers. They have selected excerpts from various tractates and given the reader a taste of the legalistic reasoning one finds throughout, but then they take it one step further and relate the excerpt to our own society. One can say that this is a wonderful idea, but like all wonderful ideas, it has no meaning without wonderful excecution. And the authors definitely deliver. Not every excerpt is successful in the retelling. But I have found this a book to read slowly and savor the excerpts and I often come back to some I have already read. The appendices and glossary alone are almost worth the price of the book. Well done, rabbis!

  • By A customer on July 12, 2001

    While I always viewed the Talmud as being an ancient, archaic document, the authors really bring the text alive and apply it to every-day life. I was really eased into Talmud and hte book served as the perfect stepping stone to futher studying--something I am pursuing rigorously. Thanks Katz and Schwartz!

  • By Colorado Jerry on January 13, 2016

    This is an easy to read and understand explanation of the Talmud, and is used in a class that I am taking on that subject.

  • By dougrhon on August 16, 2004

    Along with the Jewish Bible (the Tanach), the Talmud is central text of Judaism. Consisting of two components, Mishnah (oral law) and Gemarrah (Rabbinical discussion of the Mishnah), the voluminous words of the great Rabbinic Sages expound on every conceivable subject and their rulings make up the whole of modern Jewish practice and belief. It is the Talmud that turned the ancient worship of the God of Abraham by the nation of Israel into the religion of Judaism. Although learned Jews spend their lives immersed in Talmud study, for less knowledgeable Jews it is a sorely and unfortunately neglected area of Jewish study. Indeed, many modern Jews would be hard pressed to explain exactly what Talmud is. Their are many reasons for this of course, but certainly a primary one is that the language style and method of the Talmud is virtually incomprehensible to the untrained mind. (even in translation) Although the Talmud is divided into tractates dealing with broad subjects such as prayer, damages, relations between the sexes, holy things etc., it is not truly subdivided in the way in which we moderns are accustomed. There is no index and laws and rulings on different subjects are found throughout the work. Thus while a "sugya" or section of Gemarrah may begin by discussing a certain mishnah, it will soon be sure to ramble in a thousand directions as the words of different sages with different opinions are recorded with no reference to when they lived or when they spoke or often, whose opinion prevailed. Even the most advanced rabbinic students of Talmud need help comprehending the meaning, turning to the great Rashi or to their own teachers. Immersing oneself in Talmud is truly like being lost in an open sea. And yet the Talmud is chock full of wisdom and exciting insights that have real meaning for our lives, even today. This is why the Talmud should be studied by all Jews (and even non-Jews) who are interested in understanding Judaism. And yet for most of us, studying the text from a traditional source such as the Steinsaltz translation and commentary, is out of the question. The language of the Talmud is so terse, the style and methods of the Rabbis it quotes so ellyptical, as to seem an elaborate code. This book is an excellent introduction for the uninitiated into the swirling sea of Talmud. After a brief introduction to the style and method of the Talmud, the authors, Conservative Rabbis, divide the book into sections, each one representing a tractate. They then take a sampling of the thousands of sugyot available for each tractate, printing a literal translation of the Mishnah and/or Gemarrah with additional explanatory language in brackets to make it more (although still not clearly) comprehensible. Next is a paragraph that explains what the sugya means, what the Rabbis are trying to say. Often, the explanatory section will fill in details or background that a more advanced student will be aware of that gives the section meaning. Finally in a "drash" or teaching section, the authors put the words of the Talmud into a modern context through use of a story or example that shows how the ruling or discussion can apply to our modern lives. In this way, as Yeshiva students do, we can see how the Talmud is not just a seventeen hundred year old book that we study historically but a living breathing work of art and religious thought that can continue to give meaning to our lives. Anyone interested in Judaism or the Jewish religion that does not already have a familiarity with the study of Talmud should begin with this book. It is lively, entertaining and easy. You will not be sorry.

  • By Jo Ann Sandler on April 6, 2015

    Here you have an excellent Bar Mitzvah gift for a smart kid.You could pair it with a donation to a charity of your choice and you are "golden".This book is worthwhile and wonderful exploration of Jewish texts by very intelligent thoughtful Rabbis.It is stimulating, and erudite.Anyone interested in Jewish knowledge should own and learn from this book.Buy a copy for yourself as well!

  • By Cathleen S. Zepelin on January 9, 2013

    This book is widely used by students of Judaism, and was recommended to me by the Rabbi of my synagoguie because it has biographies of Rabbis that contributed to the Talmud. I am interested in the personalities and lives of several Second Temple scholars. If you are studying the Talmud this is a good choice. I purchased the Kindle version, as I do many of the books I read that I do not necesarily want to keep on a shelf.

  • By Sandy on November 24, 2016

    This book brings me joy! I refer to it often and have shared some of the wisdom with my friends. I would never part with it.

  • By Rubbie Brooks on September 9, 2016

    I am studying the Talmud at Cohen Institute in Hazelwood, Missouri. The book is easy to follow and I appreciate the explanations.


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