Scholarly yet readable, The Sea of Talmud combines basic, authoritative information on the Talmud with the author's unique and personal journey to traditional Judaism. Tracing the history of the Talmud from its origins in ancient Israel and Babylon to Internet-based texts, Dr. Abramson describes the excitement and thrill of studying Talmud from an insider's perspective.
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I'm pleased that so many of you are enjoying The Sea of Talmud, which went live earlier two weeks ago and has been downloaded almost 300 times. It's also been listed as Number One in the category of Talmud on Amazon several times (I know because I check every 15 minutes or so), and has been listed as "top rated" for the last week. Thanks so much, and I hope you all enjoy it in good health!
In preparation for the upcoming Siyum ha-Shas, celebrating the completion of the seven-year cycle of Talmudic study on August 1, I've prepared a digital version of a book I originally published in hard copy with Feldheim back in 2006. Entitled Reading the Talmud: Developing Independence in Gemara Learning, it's more of a dry textbook-type publication than The Sea of Talmud, but if you're interested in putting in the effort to learn the Talmud in the original Hebrew and Aramaic, I think it's a worthwhile volume.
At any rate, I'd like to offer this fresh version to my friends and students for free. Please click here and download it using the Coupon Code VE27N. The coupon will be valid until the end of the month of June, so please forward it to friends if you think they will also benefit from this book. It can be downloaded in formats that work on the iPad, the iPhone, the Nook and regular PDF for computers and printing. Unfortunately, the file type required by Amazon doesn't handle Hebrew text well, so Kindle users will have to use one of the other formats for the time being.
Here's a brief video describing the contents of the book, and the blurb is posted below. Have an excellent week!
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|Reading the Talmud: Developing Independence in Gemara Learning|
Today many thousands of spiritually motivated Jews want to join the resurgence of interest in Talmudic study, but are disadvantaged by not having the benefit of years of childhood training in Hebrew, Aramaic, and the unique nature of Talmudic dialect. These adult learners are forced to choose between two undesirable alternatives: struggle with the text by looking up every other word in an Aramaic-English dictionary, or rely exclusively on a translated version of the Talmud.
Reading the Talmud seeks to bridge this gap by providing the adult student with a way to ease the difficult transition toward learning the Talmud in the original. An entire chapter of Bava Metsia is broken up into forty-three manageable classes, providing the student with the basic tools: vocabularly, syntax and a series of questions to guide the reader along the pathways of the Talmudic argument. Proceeding through the classes, the reader gradually develops greater independence in Gemara learning through increasing familiarity with Talmudic rhythms and formulas.
From the Letters of Approbation:
"Will certainly be of invaluable assistance to newcomers to Talmudic study by enabling them to make a breakthrough...which will lead them to self-sufficient competence."
Rabbi Mendel Weinbach, Rosh Yeshiva, Ohr Somayach
"One of the most valuable books published in recent times.
Rabbi Mordechai Becher, Senior Lecturer, Gateways Organization
"...one who studies Torah in translation lives his entire life in translation...Reading the Talmud, an introductory Talmud textbook, answers this need..."
Rabbi Baruch Taub
NOTE: This eBook makes heavy use of Hebrew font, and at present is not available in the .mobi format. Readers using ePub (iPad, iPhone, Nook, etc.) are acceptable, and PDF formats are readable by most computers and eReaders. This book will not be made available on Amazon to Kindle readers until the technical issue of the right-to-left font is resolved.
|About the Author
Henry (Hillel) Abramson holds a PhD in History from the University of Toronto, and has held post-doctoral and visiting appointments at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Harvard, Cornell, and Oxford Universities. He is the author of three books and many scholarly articles on Jewish history and thought, including Reading the Talmud: Developing Independence in Gemara Learning (Feldheim, 2006) and A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times, 1917-1920 (Harvard, 1999). His research has been recognized by grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and he received the "Excellence in the Academy" award from the National Education Association. He currently serves as the Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Touro College South in Miami Beach, Florida.