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?Talmud 101
An overview of Mishnah, Talmud, and Gemara.Talmud
What the Talmud is and is not, and how and why the Talmud has been studied for generations.Talmud: An Explanation
There is no getting away from the Babylonian Talmud--love it, hate it, or both.A Tale of Two Talmuds
The Bavli and Yerushalmi have much in common but also reflect differences in language, length, and cultural context.Gemara
Teachings transmitted by the rabbis in the centuries after the destruction of the Second Temple.
A scholar in her own right.Hillel
The preeminent rabbi of first century Palestine.Rabbi Akiba
The story of Rabbi Akiba's life is full of legend and myth.Judah the Prince
Editor of the Mishnah.Johanan ben Zakkai
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.Which Came First?
The Mishnah or the Tosefta?Maimonides on the Orders
The sequence of the six orders of Mishnah follows the precedent of Scripture.Mishnah and its Times
The Mishnah reflects an attempt by the rabbis to create an eternal Judaism.The Mishnah Kehati
By Pinhas Kehati
Studying TalmudStudying Talmud
Some perspective for beginners.In Jewish Culture
On the various motivations and interests which brought Jews into a cross-generational conversation called Talmud.At Universities
Ancient Jewish law and legend embraced by the academy.Havruta Learning in Pairs
The study of Torah is, more often than not, a social and even communal activity.Rereading the Rabbis: A Woman’s Voice
by Judith Hauptman