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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

In the first decades of the 5th century, Rav Ashi (d. 427) and Ravina I (d. 421) led a group of the Amoraim (Talmudic sages) in the massive undertaking of compiling the Babylonian Talmud -- collecting and editing the discussions, debates and rulings of hundreds of scholars and sages which had taken place in the more than 200 years since the compilation of the Mishnah by Rabbi Judah HaNassi in 189. The last of these editors and compilers was Ravina II, who passed away on the 13th of Kislev of the year 4235 from creation (475 CE); after Ravina II, no further additions were make to the Talmud, with the exception of the minimal editing undertaken by the Rabbanan Savura'i (476-560). This date thus marks the point at which the Talmud was "closed" and became the basis for all further exegesis of Torah law.

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What Is the Talmud?

Daily Thought

There is no place for worry.

Decide the best course of action, according to your knowledge.
If you do not have the experience to decide,
ask the advice of someone who does
—a parent, a teacher, an expert—someone reliable,
but also someone conscientious of your values and priorities.

Once you have decided what should be done, follow that course,
confident that since you are doing what you believe in,
the Master of All Things will support your decision.