Talmud for Secular Jews
What is the Talmud?
The Talmud, a central Jewish text, is one of the most absorbing and challenging religious reference books in the world. It is the source from which the code of Jewish Halakhah (law) is derived. It is made up of the Mishnah and the Gemara. The Mishnah is the original written version of the oral law and the Gemara is the record of the rabbinic discussions following this writing down. It includes the rabbis’ differences of opinions, and covers ethics, philosophy and customs of ancient civilizations. *
From a cultural perspective.
The adjudication of interpersonal disputes provides context for understanding the ancient civilization, Jewish and gentile. It provides background that helps us understand the origins of man-made laws governing Jewish rituals which exist today, as well as providing guidelines for living meaningful lives. By studying Talmud, we develop the ability to dissect what it means to be Jewish today.
Talmud popularizer, Adam Kirsch, has provided an important source for browsing typical topics and discussions. Click here to connect to his archive in Tablet.
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