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The Amoraim

The Amoraim explained the rulings of the Tannaim, applying them to new situations, but never disagreeing with their teachers.
As the community grew, Babylonian Jewry developed unique Torah and political institutions.
Although most sages lived in Babylonia, there still was a sizable Torah community in Eretz Israel.
An all-encompassing work, the Talmud discusses not only law and ethics but also such practical matters such as investment strategy and unhealthful practices.