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Koren Talmud Bavli, Vol.1: Berakhot, Hebrew/English, Standard (Color) (English and Hebrew Edition) Hardcover – May 22, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Koren Publishers; 1st edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English, Hebrew
  • ISBN-10: 965301563X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9653015630
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is a teacher, philosopher and spiritual mentor who has been hailed by Time Magazine as a once-in-a-millennium scholar. Born in Jerusalem in 1937, Rabbi Steinsaltz studied physics and chemistry at the Hebrew University. In 1965, he embarked on a life-long mission to make the Talmud, Judaism's central text of law, ethics, customs and history, accessible to all. He has since accomplished the monumental tasks of translating and developing commentaries on the Talmud into modern Hebrew, English, Russian and French. In addition, Rabbi Steinsaltz has established a network of schools in Israel and the former Soviet Union, and has authored some 60 books and hundreds of articles. Rabbi Steinsaltz lives in Jerusalem.

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Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz is a teacher, philosopher, social critic and prolific author who has been hailed by Time Magazine as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar."

He has devoted his life to making the Talmud accessible to all Jews. After a 45-year effort, Rabbi Steinsaltz completed a monumental elucidation of the entire Talmud in modern Hebrew, now used all over the world. Rabbi Steinsaltz then partnered with Koren Publishers Jerusalem to launch the Koren Talmud Bavli, a groundbreaking new edition of the Talmud which includes modern English translation, color illustrations and previously-censored passages.

Rabbi Steinsaltz has written 60 books and hundreds of articles, has established the Makor Chaim network of schools in Israel and the former Soviet Union, and holds several honorary degrees. He was born and lives in Jerusalem.

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I now look forward to reading/studying each Daf with great anticipation!
stusnow
The design is so clear that its use is intuitively obvious, making the complexity of the interrelated texts easily navigable.
Andrew Marc Greene
In addition, the Talmud and Rashi text are both vocalized so the Hebrew is much easier to read.
Barbara S. Sussman

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Marc Greene on July 10, 2012
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I admire both Rabbi Steinsaltz and Koren Publications greatly. I am very pleased to report that this project blew me away, exceeding my expectations. Although I'm sure acquiring the entire set won't come inexpensively, I will find some way to afford to buy these as they come out. They're that amazing. [Disclaimer: Although Koren has been sending me review copies of some of their books, this review is based on a copy that I borrowed for a few days from my rabbi.]

Some background, for those who have not tried learning Talmud in English before.

Until now, the student of Talmud who needed English help had, realistically, two sources. First was the Soncino translation, done nearly a century ago. It's dry, academic, and literal. It doesn't give you any extra help understanding the text. Second, over the last two decades, Artscroll/Mesorah has published the Schottenstein edition, which goes too far in the other direction. Overwhelming the reader with help, it's extremely useful for beginners but its extensive mix of discursions can get in the way and bog the reader down.

Meanwhile, Rabbi Steinsaltz has spent the past forty years creating a rendition of the Talmud into modern Hebrew. Part translation, part explication, he interpolates just enough background and explanatory material to fill in the gaps, without handholding the reader all the way. His marginalia are masterful: some summarize the practical halacha, some explain the archaeological or biological realia, some provide capsule biographies of personalities mentioned in the Talmud. His vowelization of the main Gemara text imposes grammatical rigor on what, for most readers, is usually an incoherent hodge-podge of Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish, and Yeshivish.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bernard H. Pucker on June 5, 2012
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What an extraordinary gift to all who would like to enter the world of Talmud in English! Beautifully designed, clearly laid out and engaging. The Hebrew/Aramaic texts with vocalization, the translation that expands the almost coded, laconic text so the questions and possible answers become clearer. Succinct summaries of the specific laws as well as in-depth commentary.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By ZenScientist on June 18, 2012
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This is an amazing work of scholarship! It is perfect for the beginner and will open new doors for the experienced. I am in awe of what Koren has done to make the Talmud so accessible to those coming from a variety of backgrounds. The door to Jewish learning just opened up a little more to a whole new generation while renewing a sense of vitality to a work steeped in venerable tradition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara S. Sussman on July 15, 2012
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I had been using the Schottenstein version of the Talmud for several years and always found it cumbersome to follw the original text and understand the translation which was very disjointed. RAbbi Steinsaltz makes the task so much easier and much more fun! His commentary and notes do not interfer with the flow of the text. In addition, the Talmud and Rashi text are both vocalized so the Hebrew is much easier to read. A great achievement. I look forward tot eh next volumes!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stuart M. Wilder on September 3, 2012
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I never dreamed I would attempt to read the Talmud, but with the start of the 13th דף יומי cycle, coinciding with the release of this incredibly accessible volume (and with the aid of Adam Kirsch's weekly Tablet columns about his attempt to complete the דף יומי to keep me company) this goal is within reach. The print, the layout, the commentary, and the pictures combined with Koren's always magnificent book production makes this a worthwhile purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr R M. Siegfried on July 19, 2012
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Roughly twenty years ago, I bought Volume I of the Steinsaltz Talmud from Random House (Baba Metzia Part I). It cost me about $49 dollars for Chapter 1 but it was well worth it, because the explanation in many ways was superior to the Artscroll Talmud; it includes the ruling on Jewish law that is being discussed, among other things. Both the high price for a relatively small portion of the tractate and the introduction of the Artscroll Talmud helped lead to Random House's taking it out of print, which led to a mad scramble to get the remaining volumes while they were still there.

Koren's edition preserves all the features that made me fall in love with the Steinsaltz Talmud, but at a price that is much more reasonable, and it also include the pages of the Vilna edition, which makes it easier to use in following a Gemara class.

This is another soon-to-be classic by Koren.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Omar Sotonieves on February 20, 2013
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For the size, the modern fonts, the color pictures, the page layout, and the elucidations in this book they're well worth the price. I like Artscroll in general but their transliteration of hebrew words is not accurate and the fonts and the page layout makes somewhat monotonous whereas Koren does a more scholarly job and it makes reading a real pleasure. Another thing worth mentioning is that it is explained so well that you're able to understand the text even when you're studying by yourself.

Overall: This is the new standard for Talmud Study.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Sage on September 17, 2012
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I went ahead and purchased this first Volume of the Koren Talmud Bavli and I was very pleased. I do not know the original languages and so I wanted the best English one I could get. I had perused the Artscroll Translation and it seemed really nice but the price was prohibitive. I looked at a copy of Neusener's at the Library and that seemed good as well but it didnt feel like the nice hardbound Artscroll's edition. I saw the Koren just show up one day as I was perusing my favorite library, Amazon, and I was attracted to the Koren edition from the start. It looks great and it seems like it would really be a big help to me , a total newcomer to the Talmud. I bought this first volume and I am very satisfied with it already after two days. The first day I read the intros and the first Daf which is number 2. Today I read the 2nd Daf. I love the presentation. I am really already learning alot. And , the hardbound edition is very handsome indeed, with gold letters. Now I too can pore over this wonderful gift from the sages. And the price is very reasonable. For just under 30.00 , its a great buy. One more thing: I always read how the Talmud gets one into the nitty gritty of scripture and this is true. I had my NRSV bible opened the whole time, cross-referencing passages . I was surprised at how devotional the process of studying the Talmud is, at least the first two dafs. I especially am excited how the commentary walks someone new like myself through the Gemara. The Gemara is in Bold letters and the commentary is in lighter font. There are ample notes on halakha, personalities of the period and background info. Its wonderful. The font is large enough . At the back of the volume, what would be the Hebrew front, is the Vilna edition. Maybe someday I can learn to read that. I dont know how many volumes the Koren edition will comprise but maybe I can afford them over time.
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