The Studies in Talmud and Midrash Collection (2 vols.) provides a deep and penetrating look into Jewish interpretation of Hebrew Scripture, law, and tradition. Rabbis Katz and Schwartz explore the Midrash and Talmud with an overview of the language, style of writing, modes of thinking, and worldviews present in these two works which are so important in Jewish thought and practice.
Each book in the Studies in Talmud and Midrash Collection (2 vols.) provides an exploration into important Hebrew texts. Within both volumes you will find comprehensive, clear and accessible guides to help you understand Jewish Scripture, law, ethics, customs, and history. Whether you are familiar with the Talmud and the Midrash, or are looking for an understandable resource to acquaint yourself with these important works, the Studies in Talmud and Midrash Collection (2 vols.) provides you with the tools you need to for a fuller understanding of the Talmud and the Midrash.
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This book is divided into three major sections. Part I gives a general introduction to the Talmud — its language, style of writing, mode of thinking and outlook on the world. Part II presents over ninety Talmud texts in novel format: Each selection, chosen from the Babylonian Talmud, begins with a famous talmudic aphorism or maxum. Next, a short selection of Talmud test is presented, within which the aphorism is embedded, in a new, modern translation. It is not only the language of the Talmud that is enigmatic: the concepts, values, and worldviews are often difficult for us to understand. The "Context" section is a response to this challenge. Finally, in the "D'rash" section, modern applications of the talmudic teachings are given. part III contains glossary and indexes to make this book more user-friendly as well as guidance for the reader who wishes to continue the study of Talmd on his or her own.
Swimming in the Sea of Talmud shows the wisdom and depth of the Talmud in a user-friendly way and whets the reader's appetite for more serious learning.
—Sh’ma, A Journal of Jewish Responsibility
A wonderful idea, wonderfully executed. Master teachers Michael Katz and Gershon Schwartz not only make the Talmudic passages they teach fully explicable; they have the uncanny ability to extract the enduring relevance of these passages for contemporary men and women.
—Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of Jewish Literacy and Biblical Literacy
A comprehensive, clear and accessible guide to the study of Midrash. Rabbis Katz and Schwartz explore the fascinating body of Jewish literature called Midrash — creative interpretations of the Bible that are designed to reveal hidden or deeper meaning in Scripture. Each of the over fifty Midrash selections, in English, featured in this book sit next to its corresponding biblical text (Hebrew and English), along with commentaries (English) on the times and insights of the Rabbis who wrote each Midrash. Guidance by the authors help readers answer the question “What does this text mean to me?”
The rabbis teach that if you wish to learn the ways of the “One Who spoke and so the world was,” you should learn aggadah, rabbinic Midrash. To which we now must add, if you wish to learn rabbinic Midrash, you should read . . . Searching For Meaning In Midrash. This book is a perfect compliment to . . . Swimming In The Sea Of Talmud. It is delightful for the individual reader and an excellent text for reading and study groups.
—Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Nathan and Janet Appleman, Associate Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies, the Jewish Theological Seminary
If you love Midrash as much as I do, and if you love seeing the Torah become three-dimensional as I do, then you will love this delightful book.
—Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People