The Essential Talmud

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Basic Books, 1976 - Talmud - 296 pages
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A general introduction to the beliefs, attitudes, and methods of the sacred text by which the Jewish people have lived and survived through the ages by a renowned Israeli rabbi, scholar, and teacher. The first book 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.

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

Steinsaltz is very good at enlivening the history and breaking down the contents of this vital Jewish text. Although, actually studying the Talmud is a lot more exciting than reading this intro. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - Don Gubler - Goodreads

Some good insights but also lots of gnats and molehills. Read full review

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About the author (1976)

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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