As the Rabbis Taught: Studies in the Aggados of the Talmud

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It is said that if halachah provides us with the "how" of Judaism, then aggadah provides us with the "why." Ein Yaakov, compiled by Rabbi Yaakov Ibn Chaviv over a period of twenty years, and first published in 1516, is the classic compendium of talmudic aggados (both the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds) with a commentary that incorporates the ideas of the great Torah and Talmud commentators such as Rashi, Tosafos, Ramban, Rambam, the Ritva, the Gaon of Vilna, and also includes quotations from the commentaries of the Rishonim. Despite the fact that great personalities such as the Gaon of Vilna and Schneur Zalman of Liadi long considered the aggados to be a key in unlocking the secrets of the Torah, serious scholars continue to overlook these passages in the Talmud because of the difficulties they encounter with the language, style, or mode of presentation of the material. It is for those who seek a basic but thorough understanding of these aggados that Chanoch Gebhard and Dovid Landesman dedicate this series of translations of Ein Yaakov.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568219493
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

The Final Letters of the Hebrew Alphabet 15
Authorship of the Targumim 17
Levels of Prophecy 22
The Primacy of Torah Study 24
The Obligation of Women to Read the Megillah 29
Reading the Megillah by Day and Night 29
Cities in the Land of Israel 31
The Basis of Success 44
The Glory of Rome 49
Establishing Purim as a Festival 50
Establishing Megillas Esther as Part of Tanach 51
Writing Scripture in Foreign Languages 59
King Talmai and the Septuagint 62
Introductory Comments to Megillas Esther 66
The Aggadic Exegesis to Megillas Esther 85
The Prophets of Israel 147
The Aggadic Exegesis to Megillas Esther 174
Gifts for the Poor and the Exchange of Gifts Between Friends 218
Calculating Yaakov's Age 224
Reading the Megillah in Reverse Order 227
The Order of the Berachos of the Amidah 231
Praising God 242
What Part of the Megillah Must Be Read 244
The Torah Reading 251
Can a Blind Person Recite the Berachos Preceding Shema 259
Heretical Statements 261
Refraining From Reading or Translating Parts of Scripture 264
Kri and Ksiv 271
The Site of the Beis ha-Mikdash 274
The Sanctity of Torah Scrolls 276
The Secret of Longevity 280
The Sanctity of Synagogues 293
Interrupting Torah Study 300
The Exile of the Shechinah 301
God's Might and His Humility 305
The Haftarah of Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Av 306
The Parshios of Beracxhos and Curses 307
Bibliography of Sources and Commentaries
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