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Talmud with Training Wheels: Courtyards and Classrooms

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Talmud is the Jewish "right stuff." It is the ultimate source for Jewish learning -- yet it is an enigmatic source that has its own physics and its own rules of engagement. Talmud with Training Wheels is a new kind of adult learning resource. The introductory volume sets the Talmud in historical, cultural, sociological, and intellectual context. Subsequent volumes each unfold a single Talmudic discussion, wrapping it in additional texts and resources that help students open themselves up to its rich and subtle ...
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Overview

Talmud is the Jewish "right stuff." It is the ultimate source for Jewish learning -- yet it is an enigmatic source that has its own physics and its own rules of engagement. Talmud with Training Wheels is a new kind of adult learning resource. The introductory volume sets the Talmud in historical, cultural, sociological, and intellectual context. Subsequent volumes each unfold a single Talmudic discussion, wrapping it in additional texts and resources that help students open themselves up to its rich and subtle meanings. Talmud with Training Wheels has two terrific uses. It is a set of tools specifically engineered for adult classes studying Talmud with a knowledgeable teacher. However, it is also a wonderful point of access for individuals who have the patience to work through the text on their own. It divides the "Sea of Talmud" and makes it possible to cross this Sea on dry land.

The Talmudic discussion in this passage lays the groundwork for many core principles of Jewish business ethics. The passage delves into both the good side and the dark side of competition -- in business as well as in professional relationships. To begin, the "conversation" among Talmudic commentators focuses on zoning practices within courtyards in ancient cities. Quickly, however, the discussion evolves into both a history of Jewish education and an examination of the limitations that should be placed on a free-market economy to ensure that competition is fair and just. Talmud with Training Wheels wraps this Talmudic passage in a set of contemporary case studies -- from questions about the ethics of moving a major league baseball team from one city to another to issues relating to copyright infringement and the morality of a group of Jewish worshipers who want to split off from an established synagogue and start a new one. Moving fluidly between ancient dilemmas and contemporary quandaries, this volume shows how the values and principles established in the Rabbinic period grew into a comprehensive code of ethical practice and a path toward conflict resolution that has universal resonance. By probing this ancient Talmudic discussion, learners will expand their understanding of contemporary business practice and business ethics. Along the way, they will also gain insights into the history of the Jewish community and delve into a couple of Bible stories as well.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891662300
  • Publisher: Torah Aura Productions
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Introduction 5
2. Warm Up: Case Studies 8
3. Talmudic Zoning 10
4. The Mishnah: Bava Batra 2.3 12
5. The Gemara: Bava Batra 20b-22a
Act I Noisy Courtyards and Out-of-Control Classrooms 14
Intermission 23
Hevruta Learning: Yored L'Tokh Umanut Haveyro 25
Act II Competitive Businesses and Rival Teachers 28
The Epilogue: A Story 39
6. Final Thoughts: Today's Applications 42
7. The Cases Revisited 45
8. Final Cases 47
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