Jewish Law Texts

Avot d’Rabbi Natan

A companion volume to Pirkei Avot.

The Talmud Goes to College

Ancient Jewish law and legend embraced by the academy.

The Methodology of Brisk

Rabbi Hayim of Brisk revolutionized Talmud study--and his method remains dominant today.

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"

Why You Should Study Talmud

Some perspective for beginners

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