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Talmud with Training Wheels: An Absolute Beginner's Guide
Talmud with Training Wheels: An Absolute Beginner's Guide

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Talmud is the Jewish "right stuff." It is the ultimate source for Jewish learning -- yet it is an enigmatic source that has its own physics and its own rules of engagement. Talmud with Training Wheels is a new kind of adult learning resource. The introductory volume sets the Talmud in historical, cultural, sociological, and intellectual context. Subsequent volumes each unfold a single Talmudic discussion, wrapping it in additional texts and resources that help students open themselves up to its rich and subtle meanings. Talmud with Training Wheels has two terrific uses. It is a set of tools specifically engineered for adult classes studying Talmud with a knowledgeable teacher. However, it is also a wonderful point of access for individuals who have the patience to work through the text on their own. It divides the "Sea of Talmud" and makes it possible to cross this Sea on dry land.

This first volume of the Talmud with Training Wheels series is a wide-ranging introduction to the Talmud. In a lively and engaging style, it starts telling the story of Talmud by explaining the origins of this literature, which is based on the oral tradition in Judaism. It goes on to explore the "Anatomy of the Talmud Page," clarifying each element found on a page of Talmud. And it provides basic tools for Talmud study, giving learners crucial insights into how this unique literature works. At the back of the volume, readers will find a helpful lexicon of key Talmudic terms. If you've ever wanted to learn about Talmud, or more important, if you've every wanted to learn Talmud, this book is a great way in.

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