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by Judith Z. Abrams

  • ISBN: 1568210221
  • Category: Religious books
  • Author: Judith Z. Abrams
  • Subcategory: Judaism
  • Other formats: lrf mbr lrf lit
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.; 2nd edition (May 1, 1993)
  • Pages: 228 pages
  • FB2 size: 1385 kb
  • EPUB size: 1841 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
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Rabbi Abrams' goal in Volume 1 of "The Talmud for Beginners - Prayer" is to demonstrate that the Talmud is not just a collection of arcane laws dealing with the minutiae of Jewish civil law and ritual observance.

Rabbi Abrams' goal in Volume 1 of "The Talmud for Beginners - Prayer" is to demonstrate that the Talmud is not just a collection of arcane laws dealing with the minutiae of Jewish civil law and ritual observance. Instead, she wants us to hear the Talmud's spiritual voice, and see the theological vision of our relationship to God that inspired and unified the work of the classical rabbis. She largely succeeds in this goal, by walking the reader through tractate "Berakhot," which deals with prayer

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For those who are familiar with talmudic methodology, this volume will serve as a convenient overview of one book of the Talmud, Berachot (literally, 'blessings'). Format Hardback 202 pages. Dimensions 165 x 234 x 22mm 485g. Publication date 01 Jan 1991. Publisher Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers. Publication City/Country Northvale NJ, United States.

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The Other Talmud-The Yerushalmi - Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams. No one writes a book alone, and in the case of this book, my debts of gratitude are tendered with great thanks.

The Other Talmud-The Yerushalmi - Rabbi Judith Z. The Script: Development Problems. Casting Is 99 Percent of Directing. Short Services, Please. An Attitude of Gratitude: Ben Zoma’s Prayers. Responses to the Priestly Benediction.

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The Talmud is filled with knowledge, inspiration, and insights that enrich all facets of Jewish life. Yet many are intimidated by the thought of studying its text, and their hesitancy prevents them from experiencing the wisdom of its words. In this new volume, Rabbi Judith Abrams takes readers with her on a journey through one volume of the Talmud, offering reassuring guidance and making it meaningful and accessible to all. The Talmud for Beginners? Volume 1: Prayer is the first book in a series by Rabbi Abrams. For lay readers who are unfamiliar with Talmud, this work serves as an introduction to talmudic thought. For those who are familiar with talmudic methodology, this volume will serve as a convenient overview of one book of the Talmud, Berachot (literally, "blessings").
Reviews about The Talmud for Beginners: Prayer (Volume 1) (6):
Silvermaster
this book is a little more tattered than I expected it to be, for the price I was charged
thrust
Easy read. Easy to understand
Androlhala
This is a very clear and concise book for students and beginners of Talmud study. It is easy reading and quite easy to comprehend.
Kazracage
These three Talmud for Beginner's series are fantastic for the young Talmudic student. It should be in every synagogue's library for teacher's.
Brazil
Rabbi Abrams' goal in Volume 1 of "The Talmud for Beginners -- Prayer" is to demonstrate that the Talmud is not just a collection of arcane laws dealing with the minutiae of Jewish civil law and ritual observance. Instead, she wants us to hear the Talmud's spiritual voice, and see the theological vision of our relationship to God that inspired and unified the work of the classical rabbis. She largely succeeds in this goal, by walking the reader through tractate "Berakhot," which deals with prayer. Each chapter in the book corresponds to a "chapter" of Berakhot. Rabbi Abrams provides a sense of the overall structure of the tractate, what themes each chapter deals with and how it relates to the whole. The commentary is not line-by-line, but there are substantial excerpts from the text, followed by comments on what the rabbis are saying in that particular sugya, how it fits into the chapter and tractate, and how it can fit into our own lives today. Berakhot is a particularly good choice for Rabbi Abrams' purpose, since it is not one of the more technical, legalistic tractates (trying to do the same thing with Bava Metzia, for example, would be a lot more difficult), and since it focuses on prayer -- something most of us are familiar with already.
If you are looking for a nice, easy beach at which to wet your feet in the sea of Talmud, this book will serve your purpose. Rabbi Abrams shows that the Talmud need not be daunting and that there is a truly spiritual aspect to it. You do not need to learn any of the hermeneutical rules or understand dialectical argument in order to read and appreciate this book (as noted above, partly because of the choice of Berakhot as the tractate for discussion). This is more of an extended sermon than a scholarly commentary, although the scholarship is obviously there behind the scenes. I have only two small quibbles. First, Rabbi Abrams notes in her introduction that her interpretation is not necessarily the conventional one. I would have appreciated some indication of where her interpretation diverges and what the "conventional" interpretation is. There is virtually no discussion of the classical commentators (only one mention of Rashi in the entire book), so it's a little difficult to know exactly what you're getting. Second, although I'm guessing that at least two-thirds of the text of Berakhot is provided, there are also some significant gaps, and I'm curious about them -- did they not fit into Rabbi Abrams' understanding of this tractate? Were they too difficult for the purposes of this book? Whatever the reason for the omission, I suppose you could say that Rabbi Abrams has succeeded in making me want to read the entire tractate on my own, so perhaps this has to be counted in her favor. Overall, I would count this as a very successful introduction for beginners.
Anayanis
I acquired this book many years ago but never opened it. Last week, looking for something different to read, I found it on a shelf. I am happy I did. I have been, to use a Talmudic term, "perplexed" by the Talmud for years. I inherited volumes of the Steinzsaltz Edition from my Dad, who was an early student at Yeshiva Chaim Berlin in the 1920's. I found them impenetrable. I am a functional illiterate in Biblical and Classical Hebrew, so the Steinzsaltz is way beyond my limited erudition.

This slim, beautifully annotated volume has opened up a new world to me. I can focus on a specific sugya. She guides me through the logic of the discussion. It does answer questions for me.

Very highly recommended for Jews and curious non-Jews.

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