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The Talmud is among the great books of wisdom--like the Bible, the Quran, and the Bhagavad Gita--whose citation gives a speaker instant credibility. Also like the Bible, the Quran, and the Bhagavad Gita, the Talmud is a powerful source of allusion in large part even though so few people have really read it. People don't read the Talmud because they think it's inaccessible--the sprawling collection of rabbinic writings is added to in each generation, and its significance is nothing less than the summary of Judaism. The best guide to the Talmud's labyrinthine form is Abraham Cohen's Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages--a monumental work of scholarly summary that describes all the basic doctrines of Judaism. Everyman's Talmud includes concise chapters on everything from sin to superstitions to a Jew's duty to animals. You probably won't be able to read it straight through--doctrine, even elegantly distilled, is hard to take in big doses--but you'll be led back to it again and again, by questions that arise in daily life, at dinner parties, and from the pages of the daily newspaper. --Michael Joseph Gross
"To some readers of this book, the Talmud represents little more than a famous Jewish book. But people want to know about a book that, they are told, defines Judaism. Everyman's Talmud is the right place to begin not only to learn about Judaism in general but to meet the substance of the Talmud in particular. . . . In time to come, Cohen's book will find its companion-though I do not anticipate it will ever require a successor for what it accomplishes with elegance and intelligence: a systematic theology of the Talmud's Judaism."
--From the Foreword by Jacob Neusner
Long regarded as the classic introduction to the teachings of the Talmud, this comprehensive and masterly distillation summarizes the wisdom of the rabbinic sages on the dominant themes of Judaism: the doctrine of God; God and the universe; the soul and its destiny; prophesy and revelation; physical life; moral life and social living; law, ethics, and jurisprudence; legends and folk traditions; the Messiah and the world to come.See all Editorial Reviews
There is a wealth of information in this detailed work by Talmudic scholar Abraham Cohen, and I focus on a few items of lasting interest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jan Peczkis
This edition is hard to read. The font, paper quality and paragraphs are not the bestPublished 1 month ago by Manuel Salmeron
This is really an amazing read. So dense and packed with commentary and quotations and interesting interpretations of the Bible, which I have read several times, but always felt... Read morePublished 3 months ago by video vidiot
this is truly for every man, all sorts and types. if high school had forced me to read this instead of Ivanhoe how different my life might have been. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David
The forward to the book say everything you need to know about this book. It has never been surpassed. If you want to know the beginnings of Judaism start here.Published 3 months ago by REJ
In love with this book. This book is perfect for a person that has read or study the Torah. The writing is classic, I wish I could obtain a hardcover copy. My thanks to seller.Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth Santiago
Zionism or Freedom? You can't have both. Hey, this would make a great saying on a t-shirt! Oh, and the book was okay.Published 3 months ago by Robert C.