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Talmud Study - Lesson 1

An Introduction to Talmud

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Talmud Study - Lesson 1: An Introduction to Talmud

This introductory class to Talmud explores the rich history of the Oral Tradition, explains the structure of the Talmud, introduces some of its famed personalities and presents the layout of the Talmud page.
Timeline from the Giving of the Torah  
Map of Babylonia  
Six Orders of the Mishnah  
Sample Talmud Page Layout  
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Oral Torah, Tractate Bava Metziah, Talmud

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saundra yanna February 3, 2022

Ahh, I see them. But, not in the app, only when viewing from traditional online access. Many thanks. Reply

Saundra Yanna Michigan via JewishTV iOS February 2, 2022

Wonderful class! Are the supporting worksheets still available? I don’t see them under the video player.

Sandy Reply Staff February 2, 2022
in response to Saundra Yanna:

Yes they are still available, look for the word "handouts" under the player, there are several links there to the handouts. Reply

Zvi Zobin Yerushalayim August 16, 2021

Brilliant - Thank you
One point - On a simplistic basis, Rashi teaches us how understand and Tosefus teaches us how to think - that's why we need both on the page.
My Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi CP Scheinberg z"l told us that when he was in the Mir in Europe, the Rov of Mir - Rav Kamai z"l would come into the yeshiva and the giants of the yeshiva would surround him and fire their difficult questions at him, and he would answer all their questions with diyukim in Rashi. Reply

Tamir Mori May 3, 2021

This was Amazing. I'm trying to watch it again and the video is not playing though... -( Reply

Massimo Lavagnini Milan via April 10, 2021

Thanks, the topic is very interesting. I am wondering if there is a transcript of the lessons. Reply

Rita Aleal February 25, 2021

Thank you for such an interesting beginning. I look forward to next. Reply

Andrés Dominican Republic January 4, 2021

Thank you for making such valuable video. Reply

Jordan Mugala Ottawa Ontario Canada July 8, 2020

When I was younger...I will admit I was fiercely opposed to Ezras method of keeping the "sanctity" of the people of Israel, confident that if even Hashem had not made laws to such an extent in Torah, guarding against inter-marriage who was man to do so? This must be evil right?

Wrong! Over time and with experience you realize that the world is more complicated than black & white, more often then not the "bad" people ( Those who have abandoned mitzvah ) are appear pious and the "good" are to bashful to be noticed. Safe guards are very necessary.

Though I still do not agree with his terminology of "impure blood" referring to gentiles, Torah has made it clear that man where made equal. If it had not been for Jacob wrestling with G-d the people of Israel wold be non-existent. If they had not witnessed the fire on Mount Sinai they would not have received the much of the law we all love and revere today.

There must be exceptions put in-place or Israel looses it's diversity. Reply

Jordan Mugala July 7, 2020

Very interesting analysis, I have one or two questions to ask later on. Thank you very much! Reply

Jemima Bence Vellore632009 via April 26, 2020

Is the work sheets& handout available in english Reply

Gary G Tate N. Dinwiddie February 23, 2020

Shalom my friend, were can I get the book and work sheets and learn and classes? Reply Staff March 2, 2020
in response to Gary G Tate:

Hi Gary, you can find the worksheets in PDF format under the class player window. The actual text of the Talmud is composed of numerous volumes and they are available for sale in Judaica stores online and offline. Reply

Hujat Afghanistan March 25, 2020
in response to Staff:

Why sale? It should be free! Religion should not be for business purposes. Reply

Elizabeth Alcoba Olney March 28, 2020
in response to Hujat:

Hujat, if you were to purchase a Tanach (Bible) or other book, religious or other, you should expect to pay for it. The worksheets and other resources on Chabad, including these video lessons, are all free. They also cost money and time to produce; would you also expect that books for your own home library, religious or other be available for free? I do not understand this mentality friend.

Bear in mind that the rather numerous volumes of the Talmud are expensive to produce, especially if they are bound in leather, with quality paper. Even the creation of paper backs costs money to make. It is a personal purchase for your own library! All religious books that I have accumulated over time I have paid for myself (other than gifts). It's an investment in learning. Please google "Set of Talmud volumes" and take a look at what you're asking them to provide you for free. But you can try online, search for Daf Yomi and find online access to the Talmud. Good luck in your studies. Reply

Boris Pulatov New York January 16, 2020

Technical question: Is there a way to easily rewind for a short period, e.g. 10 or 30 seconds, without trying to manually move the slider? Reply

Boris Pulatov NY, US November 17, 2019

Can the printouts be recycled with other paper or special handling is required, e.g. for the sample Talmud page? Reply

Rabbi Mendel Adelman for November 19, 2019
in response to Boris Pulatov:

The printouts should be handled specially. They are to be buried, not thrown out. See here Reply

Pamela Indi August 18, 2019

Very interesting class Reply

Liz Henderson, NV June 19, 2019

This is an amazing resource. I yearn to connect to Torah on the go and throughout my day-to-day life and this is how I do it. Hashem bless Chabad and these Rabbis! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Reply

Patty Southern California June 16, 2019

Being a woman, can I study the Talmud, the Torah, or do you forbid it? Reply

Malkie Janowski for June 20, 2019
in response to Patty:

You certainly can, and our website is a great place to start. You may also want to look into classes that may be offered at a Chabad center near you. Reply

Arno Potsdam November 21, 2019
in response to Patty:

Anybody and everybody should study Torah and Talmud. It's man's essential duty ad woman's supportive duty. Reply

Ron Danko Melb December 14, 2019
in response to Patty:

no problems ... enjoy ! Reply

Martin Adelman January 21, 2022
in response to Patty:

Patty: your question suggests that a "Woman in Israel" may not be worthy to study these sacred texts. I am not a rabbi, but every great man among our people was the product of a woman who must have helped shape his life......of course, you should study every single word of the writings of our People as you desire, because it is from our mothers and sisters that our greatness is derived and our traditions perpetuated.....may God bless you in your studies and life itself....B"H" Reply

Elizabeth Alcoba Olney January 17, 2019

Thank you Rabbi! This is wonderful! I am so greatful to Chabad. Reply

ABDEL MOUMNI December 13, 2018

is it possible to download the video please ? Reply Staff December 13, 2018
in response to ABDEL MOUMNI:

The video cannot be downloaded at this time, we're sorry.
You can download an audio file, it's linked under the player window Reply

Ebis Samantha Nigeria via December 9, 2018

Am new here
And am willing to learn Reply

Anonymous October 18, 2018

Thanks! Is there a place where Rashi and Tosefta quote what you are saying in the Talmud? I wanted to go deeper in it. Reply

These Talmud classes will be studying and analyzing the third chapter of tractate Bava Metzia, which presents the Jewish approach in many matters of civil law, particularly vis-à-vis the different degrees of liability assumed by guardians, renters and borrowers.
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