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History of the Talmud

What Is the Talmud? Definition and Comprehensive Guide
How and why was the Oral Torah written?
The Talmud is a collection of writings that covers the full gamut of Jewish law and tradition…
Who Wrote the Babylonian Talmud?
A process of fragmentation had begun, whereby great scholars established academies of their own.
The Mishnah
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The Mishnah
The Jews in Exile
Rabbi Judah the Prince (circa 135–219 CE), also known as Rabbeinu Hakadosh, is credited with having compiled statements of earlier sages to form the Mishnah, when the Oral Law was in peril of being forgotten. In this class we also go through Maimonides’ list of the generations of Torah transmission.
The Talmudic Age
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The Talmudic Age
The Jews in Exile
After the recording of the Mishnah came the era of the sages known as the Amoraim, whose discussion became the basis of the Talmud.
Aramaic: the Yiddish of the Middle East
While nearly no Jews still speak it or a modern version of it, Aramaic is an important part of Jewish literary and liturgical tradition.
Nazi Attacks on the Talmud
Anti-Semitic Readings of Jewish Texts
How Nazi propaganda in the 1920s and 1930s distorted passages from the Talmud to vilify Jews and Judaism.
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