Reading the Talmud

Developing Independence in Gemara Learning ; Bava Metzia (chapter 3) Perek HaMafkid

Author: Henry Abramson

Publisher: Feldheim Publishers


Category: Education in rabbinical literature

Page: 453

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Reading the Rabbis

The Talmud as Literature

Author: David Charles Kraemer

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand


Category: Religion

Page: 165

View: 410

"[This book] changes the field of Talmudic studies. Given that the field has been vigorously pursued for fifteen centuries, this is a remarkable achievement."--Burton L. Visotzky, Jewish Theological Seminary.

Reading Levinas/Reading Talmud

An Introduction

Author: Ira F. Stone

Publisher: Jewish Publication Society


Category: Religion

Page: 162

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Although Jewish scholars have recognized the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas as one of the greatest minds of this century, the majority of Jews have remained ignorant of his teachings, largely because his work-even in translation-is dense and erudite. Rabbi Ira Stone, who has studied Levinas's work for many years and incorporated his methods and perspectives into his own teaching, now makes Levinas accessible to lay readers for the first time.

The Burnt Book

Reading the Talmud

Author: Marc-Alain Ouaknin

Publisher: Princeton University Press


Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 341

A quarter of a century ago, the Australian Geographicjournal began documenting an Australia only thrown apassing glance by other media: a land of red dirt, bigskies and faces etched with experience of this sometimesharsh and unforgiving land. Founder Dick Smith's love forthe Aussie bush manifested itself in a not-for-profitSociety committed to exploration, conservation andadventure, and a quarterly journal dedicated topresenting a positive view of Australia. From the firstissue that appeared in December 1985, AustralianGeographic has engaged the finest photographers toillustrate the words of our best writers. They havecrisscrossed the country, with the occasional foraybeyond these shores, to document our land, its geography,geology, history, industry, agriculture, wildlife andmost powerfully, it people. This book is a celebration ofthose journeys - a pictorial showcase of the stories thathave engaged, informed and entertained for 25 years.

The Iranian Talmud

Reading the Bavli in Its Sasanian Context

Author: Shai Secunda

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press


Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 999

The Iranian Talmud reexamines the Babylonian Talmud—one of Judaism's most central texts—in the light of Persian literature and culture, providing an unprecedented and accessible overview to the vibrant world of pre-Islamic Iran that shaped the Bavli.

Grains of Truth

Reading Tractate Menachot of the Babylonian Talmud

Author: Joshua A. Fogel

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield


Category: Religion

Page: 390

View: 543

This volume looks at tractate Menachot, which is concerned mostly with grain offered at the Temple (when it stood) to atone for various misdeeds. Fogel approaches the text, page by page, commenting with doses of humor and comparisons in a manner meant to explain the text for contemporary readers.

The Talmud

A Biography

Author: Barry Scott Wimpfheimer

Publisher: Princeton University Press


Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 460

The life and times of an enduring work of Jewish spirituality The Babylonian Talmud, a postbiblical Jewish text that is part scripture and part commentary, is an unlikely bestseller. Written in a hybrid of Hebrew and Aramaic, it is often ambiguous to the point of incomprehension, and its subject matter reflects a narrow scholasticism that should hardly have broad appeal. Yet the Talmud has remained in print for centuries and is more popular today than ever. Barry Scott Wimpfheimer tells the remarkable story of this ancient Jewish book and explains why it has endured for almost two millennia. Providing a concise biography of this quintessential work of rabbinic Judaism, Wimpfheimer takes readers from the Talmud's prehistory in biblical and second-temple Judaism to its present-day use as a source of religious ideology, a model of different modes of rationality, and a totem of cultural identity. He describes the book's origins and structure, its centrality to Jewish law, its mixed reception history, and its golden renaissance in modernity. He explains why reading the Talmud can feel like being swept up in a river or lost in a maze, and why the Talmud has come to be venerated--but also excoriated and maligned—in the centuries since it first appeared. An incomparable introduction to a work of literature that has lived a full and varied life, this accessible book shows why the Talmud is at once a received source of traditional teachings, a touchstone of cultural authority, and a powerful symbol of Jewishness for both supporters and critics.

Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals

The Talmud After the Humanities

Author: Mira Beth Wasserman

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press


Category: Religion

Page: 328

View: 535

In Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals, Mira Beth Wasserman undertakes a close reading of Avoda Zara, arguably the Babylonian Talmud's most scandalous tractate. According to Wasserman, Avoda Zara is where this Talmud joins the humanities in questioning what it means to be a human.

Deconstructing the Talmud

The Absolute Book

Author: Federico Dal Bo

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Deconstruction

Page: 244

View: 654

This monograph uses deconstruction¿a philosophical movement originated by Jacques Derrida¿to read the most authoritative book in Judaism: the Talmud. Examining deconstruction in comparison with Kant¿s and Hegel¿s philosophies, the volume argues that the movement opens an innovative debate on Jewish Law. ¿ First, the monograph interprets deconstruction within the major streams of continental philosophy, then, it criticizes many aspects of Foucault¿s and Agamben¿s philosophy, rejecting their notion of law. On these premises, the research delivers a close examination of many fundamental aspects of the Talmud. Consequently, it provides a short history of Rabbinic literature, an history of the dissemination of the Talmud from Babylon to Northern France, and an analysis of Talmudic vocabulary from a deconstructive perspective. Each key concept of the Talmud is analysed according to the deconstructive dialectics between orality and writing. Closing with a comparison between the Talmud and Derrida¿s most enigmatic text, Glas, the study argues that deconstruction dismantles the traditional notion of the Talmud to outline a new approach to Jewish Law. Reading the Talmud through deconstruction, this new angle makes the volume an essential resource for students and scholars interested in Jewish studies, continental philosophy and the Middle East.

The Talmud for Beginners


Author: Judith Z. Abrams

Publisher: Jason Aronson


Category: Religion

Page: 190

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Rabbi Abrams walks us through tractate Megillah in a warm, unintimidating, and highly informed way.

The Classics of Judaism

A Textbook and Reader

Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press


Category: Religion

Page: 486

View: 432

Neusner introduces the reader to selections from all the documents of the Torah and Scripture that define the canon of Judaism in its formative stage

Stories of the Babylonian Talmud

Author: Jeffrey L. Rubenstein

Publisher: JHU Press


Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 629

The third installment of Rubenstein’s trilogy of works on the subject, Stories of the Babylonian Talmud is essential reading for all students of the Talmud and rabbinic Judaism.

The Talmud

Selected Writings

Author: Ben Zion Bokser

Publisher: Paulist Press


Category: Religion

Page: 247

View: 312

This volume sheds light on the early rabbis as the shapers of religion and uncovers for the modern reader the early Sages' fundamental beliefs concerning God, the world and the human condition.

Sage Tales

Wisdom and Wonder from the Rabbis of the Talmud

Author: Burton L. Visotzky

Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing


Category: Religion

Page: 239

View: 422

In this collection for people of all faiths and backgrounds, Rabbi Burton Visotzky draws on four decades of telling and teaching these legends in order to unlock their wisdom for the contemporary heart.

The Talmud

Author: Emanuel Deutsch



Category: Talmud

Page: 107

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The Talmud of the Land of Israel, Volume 4


Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Category: Religion

Page: 437

View: 354

Edited by the acclaimed scholar Jacob Neusner, this thirty-five volume English translation of the Talmud Yerushalmi has been hailed by the Jewish Spectator as a "project...of immense benefit to students of rabbinic Judaism."

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Talmud

Wisdom of the Ages About Law, Religion, Science, Mathematics, Philosophy, and More

Author: Aaron Parry

Publisher: Penguin


Category: Religion

Page: 368

View: 683

An insightful look at one of the most unusual written works ever created. Compiled centuries ago by a group of wise men as a way to preserve the oral traditions of the Jewish faith, the Talmud has challenged and thrilled some of the world's greatest minds with its complex approach to exploring ideas and subjects from virtually every possible angle. This essential guide makes the ancient text of the 'oral Torah' accessible for all readers, whether they're Jewish or not.

Why Study Talmud in the Twenty-first Century?

The Relevance of the Ancient Jewish Text to Our World

Author: Paul Socken

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield


Category: Religion

Page: 252

View: 827

Since religion in general and Judaism in particular are relevant in the twenty-first century, this book serves as an assessment of the Talmud's role in our religious and educational experience. This collection of essays demonstrates that the two-thousand-year-old Talmud remains the indispensable and foundational text for Jewish study. Eminent scholars from Israel and North America relate their encounters with this ancient, complex source in an accessible and personal manner.

A Taste of Text

An Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash

Author: Ronald H. Isaacs

Publisher: URJ Books and Music


Category: Religion

Page: 100

View: 390

Using selected texts, each chapter begins with a Talmudic or Midrashic tale, followed by additional sections explaining Backgound, Jewish views on the topic, quotes from Jewish commentary sources and a set of questions on the chapter.

Reading Jewish Religious Texts

Author: Eliezer Segal

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

View: 290

Reading Jewish Religious Texts introduces students to a range of significant post-biblical Jewish writing. It covers diverse genres such as prayer and liturgical poetry, biblical interpretation, religious law, philosophy, mysticism and works of ethical instruction. Each text is newly translated into English and accompanied by a detailed explanation to help clarify the concepts and arguments. The commentary also situates the work within its broader historical and ideological context, giving readers an enhanced appreciation of its place in the Jewish religious experience. This volume includes a comprehensive timeline, glossary and bibliography.