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The Essential Talmud

Thirtieth Anniversary Edition
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Basic/Perseus
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September, 2006
ISBN:
9780465082735
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The Talmud is a repository of thousands of years of Jewish wisdom. Its two-and-a-half million words consist of a conglomeration of law, legend, and philosophy, a blend of unique logic, shrewd pragmatism, history, science, anecdotes, and humor. In The Essential Talmud, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz offers a masterful introduction to this sacred Jewish text, clearly and brilliantly describing the beliefs, attitudes, and methods of the sacred text by which the Jewish people have lived and survived through the ages.

If the Bible is the cornerstone of Judaism, then the Talmud is the central pillar, soaring up from the foundations and supporting the entire spiritual and intellectual edifice.

Describing the Talmud as “the backbone of creativity and national life” for Jews, Rabbi Steinsaltz explains that “understanding the Talmud gives one a key, not only for itself, but for all Jewish culture.” He goes on to state that “from a cultural perspective the Talmud is the tool for self-understanding” for the Jewish people. Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz has a remarkable encyclopedic knowledge of Torah, Halakhah (Jewish law), and. Kabbalah (Jewish mystical thought), as well as a mastery of the sciences.

Among Steinsaltz’s other books are The Thirteen-Petalled Rose and A Guide to Jewish Prayer.

Publisher’s Description: 

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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