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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.
Hillel and Shammai were two great sages of the Talmudic era, known for their opposing views on nearly every issue under the sun. From the proper way to dance before a bride to how best to set a table, we will study the views of these incredible figures th...
A clear explanation of what our Torah’s sacred stories, known as Midrash, are and aren't. This brief overview of the origin and development of Judaism's oral traditions provide clarity on shadowy drama and colorful narratives whose messages are largely mi...
Rabbi Steinsaltz introduces the "Oral Law" (the Talmud and associated works) and contrasts it with the "Written Law" (the Bible). He discusses some of the features that make the Talmud a unique work and suggests that it can only be understood properly if ...
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Since the redaction of the Talmud around the year 500, no single text apart from the Torah itself has played a more vital role in the preservation and development of Jewish education. What is the Talmud?
Engage the past. Enrich the present.
A Taste of Talmud will give you a glimpse into the methods and workings of the Talmud. Classic Talmudic topics will be learned in the traditional yeshivah style. You will also gain familiarity with the “hardware” of the Talmud page.
Reflections on the Composition and Study of the Talmud
The Talmud is a voluminous compendium of Jewish legal discussion and law. In this lecture Professor Sacha Stern gives a general overview of this ancient text and reflects on its increasing popularity.
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.
Maimonides' "Iggeret Teiman" (Letter to Yemenite Jewry)
Maimonides was known not only as a Torah scholar but as an activist and leader who responded to the great upheavals of his time. In particular, his 1169 CE "Iggeret Teiman" (Letter to Yemenite Jewry) exemplifies his involvement in giving guidance and enco...
How the Sages Derived Torah Law
An explanation of how the Talmud operates and how halachic decisions are derived from the debates of the Sages. Presented by Dr. Kenneth M. Ehrenberg, Professor of Philosophy, University of Buffalo. Recorded at Chabad of Oxford University.
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