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Talmud Study now Mandatory in South Korea

Talmud Study now Mandatory in South Korea

Close to 50 million people live in South Korea, and everyone learns Gemara (Talmud) in school. “We tried to understand why the Jews are geniuses, and we came to the conclusion that it is because they study Talmud,” said the Korean ambassador to Israel. And this is how “Rav Papa” became a more well known scholar in Korea than in Israel.

It is doubtful if the Amoraic scholars, Abbaye and Rava imagined their …

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North Korea fires artillery barrage on South

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North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a South Korean island on Tuesday, killing one person, setting homes ablaze and triggering an exchange of fire as the South’s military went on top alert.

In what appeared to be one of the most serious border incidents since the 1950-53 war, South Korean troops fired back with cannon, the government convened in an underground war room and …

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Women and Talmud Study

Women and Talmud Study

… theoretical framework underlying the traditional Orthodox perspective on women and Talmud study. It was originally published in Tradition magazine (Vol. 28:3) as part of a symposium on women’s education.]

Present-day discussions on this theme often overlook an obvious question: how do men and women differ in Torah’s eyes, and what are their respec¬tive roles in G-d’s eternal scheme? Once this matter is understood, the differences in Torah study for men and women …

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My Translation and Re-Publication of Bavli Hullin: Keeping My Siyyum Hadran Promise to the Talmud

On April 1, 1973 in Rabbi Soloveitchik’s Talmud shiur at Yeshiva University we completed learning the first chapter of Talmud Bavli Tractate Hullin. The Rav gave a dvar Torah at the Siyyum. He explained the meaning of the recitation of the hadran alakh, the prayer that promised upon the completion of learning a Talmud chapter or Tractate that we would return to study you – speaking to the text – …

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The Adin Steinsaltz Talmud and the Global Day of Learning

The Adin Steinsaltz Talmud and the Global Day of Learning

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In 1994, following the death of my maternal grandfather, David Gudes, I received his entire library of Jewish books. In his collection were all of the volumes of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s translation of the Talmud into English that had been published thus far. These beautiful light-yellow volumes prompted me to start learning Talmud as a college freshman.

At first, I would sit in my …

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History timeline of Jewish life in Poland

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1098

Information about the Jews in Poland has began to be publicize in Polish chronicles

1170

Warsaw Jews administered the Polish mint. Many coins had Hebrew inscriptions.

1203

Jews were granted freedom to have their own land in Galicia.

1264

The General Charter of Jewish Liberties known as the Statute of Kalisz was issued by the Duke of Greater Poland Boleslaus the Pious on September 8, 1264 in Kalisz. The …

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History Timeline of Jewish People in America

History Timeline of Jewish People in America

… Brazil from the Portuguese and invites Jewish settlement. A significant Jewish community develops in Recife.  (Recife is the 4 th largest metropolitan area in Brazil with 4,136,506 inhabitants.

1649 Solomon Franco was a merchant, who was granted a weekly stipend by the Puritan authorities on the condition that he leave on the next available passage to Holland.

1654 Portugal recaptures Brazil and expels Jews and Protestants. While most Jews return to Holland, a boatload of …

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A History of the Jews in the Modern World

A History of the Jews in the Modern World

… ... There is no other book that attempts, as this one does, to recount the history of the Jews in modern times in all its geographical variation and breathtaking disparity.” – Washington Post Book World

“Magisterial... Sachar situates Jews on a global stage.... [He] relates an immensely complex story with precision and learning.” – New York Times Book Review

“[Sachar’s book features] an erudition that is confidently and casually displayed, a range of …

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Values, Prosperity, and the Talmud: Business Lessons from the Ancient Rabbis

… Kahaner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

“Pound for pound, Values, Prosperity, and the Talmud: Business Lessons from the Ancient Rabbis delivers more wisdom and practical knowledge than a decade of working experience. Every corporate board should adopt the principles of this bible into an ethics pledge to be signed by their chief executives.”

–Stephen McMenamin

Chairman, The Greenwich Roundtable

Values, Prosperity, and the Talmud: Business Lessons From the Ancient Rabbis …

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Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Daf Yomi Size English (7″ x 10″) Hardcover

Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Daf Yomi Size English (7" x 10") Hardcover

Publisher: Artscroll Open the Schottenstein Edition and step into a “study hall without walls.” Feel the electricity, the excitement, the profundity, the beauty of the Talmudic experience! Let the Talmud open your eyes to the wonders of the Torah. Acclaimed by a broad spectrum of roshei yeshivah, scholars, and laymen around the world, this series lets you join the world of Abaye and Rava without oversimplification, without extraneous material, without turgidity. …

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Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Daf Yomi 73 Volume Set

Publisher: Artscroll Open the Schottenstein Edition and step into a “study hall without walls.” Feel the electricity, the excitement, the profundity, the beauty of the Talmudic experience! Let the Talmud open your eyes to the wonders of the Torah. Acclaimed by a broad spectrum of roshei yeshivah, scholars, and laymen around the world, this series lets you join the world of Abaye and Rava without oversimplification, without extraneous material, without turgidity. …

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Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - English Full-Size Hardcover - 73 Volume Set

Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - English Full-Size Hardcover - 73 Volume Set

Publisher: Artscroll Open the Schottenstein Edition and step into a “study hall without walls.” Feel the electricity, the excitement, the profundity, the beauty of the Talmudic experience! Let the Talmud open your eyes to the wonders of the Torah. Acclaimed by a broad spectrum of roshei yeshivah, scholars, and laymen around the world, this series lets you join the world of Abaye and Rava without oversimplification, without extraneous material, without turgidity. …

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Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Full-Size English (9″ x 12″) Hardcover

Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Full-Size English (9" x 12") Hardcover

Publisher: Artscroll Open the Schottenstein Edition and step into a “study hall without walls.” Feel the electricity, the excitement, the profundity, the beauty of the Talmudic experience! Let the Talmud open your eyes to the wonders of the Torah. Acclaimed by a broad spectrum of roshei yeshivah, scholars, and laymen around the world, this series lets you join the world of Abaye and Rava without oversimplification, without extraneous material, without turgidity. …

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Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Hebrew Edition (8.75 x 12″) Hardcover

Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli - Hebrew Edition (8.75 x 12") Hardcover

Publisher: Artscroll Open the Schottenstein Edition and step into a “study hall without walls.” Feel the electricity, the excitement, the profundity, the beauty of the Talmudic experience! Let the Talmud open your eyes to the wonders of the Torah. Acclaimed by a broad spectrum of roshei yeshivah, scholars, and laymen around the world, this series lets you join the world of Abaye and Rava without oversimplification, without extraneous material, without turgidity. …

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Does the Talmud say that Gay Sex Causes Earthquakes?

… year we covered this nonsensical topic after the Haiti earthquakes. Here it is again.

Yes, the Talmud does say that gay sex causes earthquakes.

We mused, That must be some awesome gay sex.

But seriously, if one can get serious over this bizarre idea, some cockamamie rabbis were going around preaching that gay sex caused Haiti’s earthquakes.

Read More: @ tzvee.blogspot.com

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Link to the Soncino Talmud in English Online at Halakhah.com

The Soncino Babylonian Talmud English translation is online – at a site that is not anti-Semitic or polemical.

Download the Talmud in English free at http://www.halakhah.com/

Contains the Sedarim (orders, or major divisions) and tractates (books) of the Babylonian Talmud, as translated and organized for publication by the Soncino Press in 1935 – 1948.

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Reimagining the Talmud

Reimagining the Talmud

… I knew something exciting was afoot when an email from the poet Jake Marmer popped up in my inbox with the subject header, “Won’t you be my Tosafot?” Jake Marmer is a longtime editor with Mima’amakim who performs improvisatory jazz poetry with the hippest downtown avant gardists. The Tosfos were a group of Talmudic commentators centered mostly in medieval Provence whose work of dense and brilliant legal exposition is compiled in the margins of the Talmud. As many a …

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ADL lauds German scholar for study on anti-Semitism

ADL lauds German scholar for study on anti-Semitism

… for his work exposing the interplay between Nazi ideology and modern Iranian anti-Semitism.

In his writing on the anti- Semitism of the Iranian regime, which he terms the ‘stepchild of German National Socialism,’ Dr. Küntzel lays bare the genocidal intent of those who are striving for nuclear weapons,” Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director, said while presenting the ADL Paul Ehrlich-Gunther K. Schwerin Human Rights Award to Küntzel at the ADL executive committee meeting …

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Is the Hullin Scroll the Oldest Talmud Manuscript Ever Recovered?

Is the Hullin Scroll the Oldest Talmud Manuscript Ever Recovered?

We were delighted in December, 2009 to hear Professor Shamma Friedman speak at a Talmud department seminar at JTS. He spoke about a controversial scholarly issue: whether Maimonides intended his Mishneh Torah to replace the Talmud.

This event reminded us of a Talmudic fact that Professor Friedman brought to light several years ago, i.e., that the Talmud was at an early time circulated in scroll form. He …

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Should Adult Orthodox Men Work or Study Torah?

Should Adult Orthodox Men Work or Study Torah?

The Times reports on a significant Talmudic clash of cultures in Israel.

The mainstream secular culture considers it desirable and preferable for adult men to work in materially productive jobs. The Haredi Orthodox culture deems it worthy that adult men (now 60% of them) sit in Yeshivas and (ostensibly) study Torah, which they deem to be a spiritually productive occupation.

The Haredis believe that the study of Torah contributes to the welfare of …

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YU launches Hebrew mentoring workshop

YU launches Hebrew mentoring workshop

… that seven honors students from the Yeshiva University high schools will be participating in a new independent study Hebrew literature course in which they will be mentored by a renowned Israeli author with the goal of developing their Hebrew-language creative writing skills.

Entitled “Meet the Israeli Author,” the workshop is the first of its kind in a North American Jewish high school.

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PA endorses ‘study’ claiming Jews have no claim to Kotel

PA endorses 'study' claiming Jews have no claim to Kotel

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The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday officially endorsed a “study” that claims that Jews have no claims to the Western Wall.

The PA’s Ministry of Information posted the findings of the “study” on its official Web site and the findings of the “study” were first published in The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s spokesman Mark Regev called on the Palestinian leadership to publicly disassociate itself from …

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A Jazz Talmud

A Jazz Talmud

… is the Gen-X Jewish Beat poet who never made it to the Beat Movement, born 40 years or so late and in the wrong country. While Jack Micheline (if you get our daily Jewniverse email, you know who he is) and Denise Levertov were first-generation Americans, embracing the almost-English of free-verse poems with the joy of native English speakers, Jake takes his Russian upbringing and wraps it around his poetry, chews it up, and spits it out.

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A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life

A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life

… couples of all ages learn the halachot of taharat hamishpachah, the laws of Jewish marital life. In addition, particular emphasis was placed on achieving an understanding of the interplay between Jewish law and women’s health issues throughout the life cycle.

Deena R. Zimmerman MD MPH IBCLC is a physician with a life-long love for Judaic Studies. She received her BA degree from Yale University and MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric …

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A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1 : You Shall Be Holy

A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1 : You Shall Be Holy

… 1: You Shall Be Holy is the initial volume of the first major code of Jewish ethics to be written in the English language. It is a monumental work on the vital topic of personal character and integrity by one of the premier Jewish scholars and thinkers of our time.

With the stated purpose of restoring ethics to its central role in Judaism, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin offers hundreds of examples from the Torah, the Talmud, rabbinic commentaries, and contemporary stories to illustrate how ethical …

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The Zionist Ideology (Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry Series)

The Zionist Ideology (Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry Series)

Gideon Shimoni

Publisher: Brandeis University Press

The definitive study of the origins and evolution of Jewish nationalist ideology.

Winner of the Arnold Wiznitzer Prize, Hebrew University.

This superb and highly nuanced study traces the development and ramifications of the ideology of Zionism from its roots in Europe to its full flowering in the establishment of the State of Israel. Gideon Shimoni begins by outlining the social origins of Zionism, …

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Cultures of the Jews - Series

… and Isaiah Gafni) transports the reader from the nascent Jewish nation first emerging from bondage in Egypt through both its cultural and religious decline and efflorescence in the Middle Ages to modern-day Israeli and American Jewish culture. Divided into three sections, “Mediterranean Origins,” “Diversities of Diaspora” and “Modern Encounters,” the compilation provides an array of creative perspectives. Objects of material culture a map, an amulet, a ketubbah (a Jewish marriage …

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Echoes Of Glory: The Story of the Jews in the Classical Era

… to today’s problems and shows how Jewish history is an endless and inspiring continuum.

In this, his third masterwork, Rabbi Wein takes us from the end of the First Temple Era to the times of the Geonim. He transports us to the eras of Alexander the Great; the miracle of Chanukah; the creation of the Mishnah and Talmud, and how they saved Jewish life for all time; the Roman Empire and the courageous rebellion of Bar Kochba; the rise of Christianity; such great Geonim as R’ Saadia, …

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Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Folk Religion

Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Folk Religion

… and utterly fascinating exploration of religious forms that have all but disappeared yet persist in the imagination. The volume begins with legends of Jewish sorcery and proceeds to discuss beliefs about the evil eye, spirits of the dead, powers of good, the famous legend of the golem, procedures for casting spells, the use of gems and amulets, how to battle spirits, the ritual of circumcision, herbal folk remedies, fortune telling, astrology, and the interpretation of dreams. First …

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The Vision of Eden: Animal Welfare and Vegetarianism in Jewish Law and Mysticism

… the Garden of Eden that were shut to us ever since Adam was expelled, and the angels with swords in hand surrounded it, preventing us even from knocking on its gates, let alone entering it…

Rabbi Shear-Yashuv Cohen, Chief Rabbi of Haifa

The Torah teaches compassion for every living creature. To study its detail is to study the essence of God. Rabbi Sears has done extensive and valuable research into a topic the world depends on for its existence…

Rabbi Yaacov Haber, Monsey, …

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