The Essential Talmud: Thirtieth-Anniversary Edition

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The Essential Talmud is a masterful introduction to the beliefs, attitudes, and methods of the sacred text by which the Jewish people have lived and survived through the ages-by the renowned Israeli rabbi, scholar, and teacher. Rabbi Steinsaltz is the first to capture the flavor and spirit of the Talmud as a human document and to summarize its main principles as an expression of divine law. This expanded edition features a new preface by the rabbi, a historical overview of life in the times of the Talmud, and an ...

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Overview

The Essential Talmud is a masterful introduction to the beliefs, attitudes, and methods of the sacred text by which the Jewish people have lived and survived through the ages-by the renowned Israeli rabbi, scholar, and teacher. Rabbi Steinsaltz is the first to capture the flavor and spirit of the Talmud as a human document and to summarize its main principles as an expression of divine law. This expanded edition features a new preface by the rabbi, a historical overview of life in the times of the Talmud, and an in-depth look at the content and appearance of the original Talmudic page. This seminal volume makes abundantly clear the importance of the Talmud in the lives of modern Jews. "This book is indispensable to those, Jews and Christians alike, who would like to gain an insight into what it is that moves the contemporary Jew." (Rabbi Solomon S. Bernards, B'Nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League)REVIEW: "Offers a fascinating introduction to the codified oral tradition." (Christianity Today)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465082735
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 30
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 486,280
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is internationally regarded as one of the leading scholars and rabbis of this century. His education includes a degree in mathematics from Hebrew University, in addition to his rabbinic studies. Rabbi Steinsaltz founded the Israel Institute for Talmudic Publications; under its aegis, he has published fifty-eight books on the Talmud, Jewish mysticism, religious thought, sociology, historical biography, and philosophy. His biography of the famed Rabbi Menachem Schneerson will be published in 2007. These books have been translated into Russian, English, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Japanese, and Dutch. He lives in Jerusalem.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 History
1 What Is the Talmud? 3
2 The Oral Law - The First Generations 10
3 The Oral Law - The Era of the Zugot (Pairs) 18
4 The Tannaim 24
5 The Compilation of the Mishnah 33
6 The Amoraim in Babylonia 40
7 The Amoraim in Palestine 48
8 The Redaction of the Babylonian Talmud 56
9 Talmudic Exegesis 64
10 The Printing of the Talmud 74
11 The Persecution and Banning of the Talmud 81
Pt. 2 Structure and Content
12 The Structure of the Talmud 89
13 The Subject Matter of the Talmud 95
14 Prayers and Benedictions 101
15 The Sabbath 108
16 The Festivals 116
17 Marriage and Divorce 129
18 The Status of Women 137
19 Civil Law 145
20 Criminal Law 163
21 Sacrifices 175
22 Dietary Laws 184
23 Ritual Purity and Impurity 193
24 Ethics and Halakhah 199
25 Dereh Eretz (Deportment) 206
26 The World of Mysticism 211
Pt. 3 Method
27 Midrash (Halakhic Exegesis) 221
28 The Talmudic Way of Thinking 227
29 Strange and Bizarre Problems 234
30 Methods of Study 239
31 The Talmud and the Halakhah 246
32 Aggadah in the Talmud 251
33 What Is a Scholar? 259
34 The Talmud's Importance for the People 266
35 The Talmud Has Never Been Completed 272
Appendix: Orders and Tractates of the Mishnah and Talmud 279
Index 285
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