The very first page of Talmud sets the tone and agenda for the entire document. The purpose of this first page is to preserve the record of earlier generations studying their own tradition, and provide materials for later generations wishing to do the same.Read more
What Is It?
An overview of Mishnah, Talmud, and Gemara.
What the Talmud is and is not, and how and why the Talmud has been studied for generations.
There is no getting away from the Babylonian Talmud--love it, hate it, or both.
The Bavli and Yerushalmi have much in common but also reflect differences in language, length, and cultural context.
Teachings transmitted by the rabbis in the centuries after the destruction of the Second Temple.
A scholar in her own right.
The preeminent rabbi of first century Palestine.
The story of Rabbi Akiba's life is full of legend and myth.
Editor of the Mishnah.
This student of Hillel contributed to the continued study of Torah and the protection of the Sanhedrin.
The Mishnah is Judaism's first major canonical document following the Bible.
The Mishnah or the Tosefta?
The sequence of the six orders of Mishnah follows the precedent of Scripture.
The Mishnah reflects an attempt by the rabbis to create an eternal Judaism.
By Pinhas Kehati
Some perspective for beginners.
On the various motivations and interests which brought Jews into a cross-generational conversation called Talmud.
Ancient Jewish law and legend embraced by the academy.
The study of Torah is, more often than not, a social and even communal activity.
by Judith Hauptman