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Why The Mishnah Is the Best Jewish Book You’ve Never Read

This almost 2,000-year-old text flies under the radar -- but it's immensely important to Jewish life.

What Is the Talmud?

An intergenerational rabbinic conversation that is studied, not read.

Rav and Samuel

Early Amoraim engaged in respectful debate.

Hillel

The preeminent sage of first century Palestine whose name is on Jewish campus organizations worldwide.

Rabbenu Tam

The grandson of Rashi and leader of medieval French Jewry.

Commentators on the Talmud

A guide to the major sages and scholars known for their work on this canonical text.

Talmudic Thinking

Monotheism and the sanctification of the trivial

The Formation of the Oral Torah

How the Talmud came to occupy its place in the canon of authoritative Jewish texts as the "Oral Torah"

Rashi’s Commentaries on the Talmud

The beloved Torah commentator also wrote a much-used commentary on the Talmud.

The Editing of the Talmud

How the sages' debates across many generations became the monumental works known as the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds