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TALMUD? Is There More Than Just Religious Stuff? 

 

YES. While the People’s Talmud does contain discussions about those things ascribed as “classically Jewish,” such as rituals, traditions, and prayers, it also covers just about every subject under the sun (and above),  including agriculture, architecture, astronomy, business, economics, death and mourning, divorce, history, marriage, mathematics, medicine, metaphysics, mystical doctrine, physiology, political science, prayer and worship, psychology, sexual relations, and so much more. 

TALMUD? Are You Sure It Is Not Boring? 

 

YES. Over the past year the People’s Talmud conducted focus groups with people who have a wide range of religious affiliation. In each group people of all ages found the content to be exciting, relevant, and fascinating.

TALMUD? The People’s Talmud? 

 

YESThe People’s Talmud is your personal gateway to greater insight into all aspects of your life. It draws upon and refines, in concise and easily accessible and understandable modern day narratives, the timeless wisdom which has been compiled over centuries within the Talmud.

(Wikipedia) The Talmud (/ˈtɑːlmʊd, -məd, ˈtæl-/Hebrew: תַּלְמוּד talmūd "instruction, learning", from a root LMD "teach, study") is the central text of Judaism and the primary source of Jewish religious law and theology.Until the advent of modernity, in nearly all Jewish communities, the Talmud was the centerpiece of Jewish cultural life and was foundational to "all Jewish thought and aspirations", serving also as "the guide for the daily life" of Jews. 

 

The term "Talmud" normally refers to the collection of writings named specifically the Babylonian Talmud (Talmud Bavli), although there is also an earlier collection known as the Jerusalem Talmud (Talmud Yerushalmi). When referring to the post-biblical periods during which the Talmud was being compiled, those of the Talmudic academies and the Babylonian exilarchate, Jewish sources used the term "Babylonia" long after its geopolitical obsolescence. 

 

It may also traditionally be called Shas (ש״ס), a Hebrew abbreviation of shisha sedarim, or the "six orders" of the Mishnah. The Talmud has two components; the Mishnah (Hebrew: משנה, c. year 200 CE), a written compendium of Judaism's Oral Torah; and the Gemara (circa year 500), an elucidation of the Mishnah and related Tannaitic writings that often ventures onto other subjects and expounds broadly on the Hebrew Bible. "Talmud" translates literally as "instruction" in Hebrew, and the term may refer to either the Gemara alone, or the Mishnah and Gemara together.

 

The entire Talmud consists of 63 tractates, and in standard print is over 6,200 pages long. It is written in Tannaitic Hebrew and Jewish Babylonian Aramaic and contains the teachings and opinions of thousands of rabbis (dating from before the Common Era through to the fifth century) on a variety of subjects, including Halakha (law), Jewish ethics, philosophy, customs, history, lore and many other topics. The Talmud is the basis for all codes of Jewish law, and is widely quoted in rabbinic literature.