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Mas Bambang...
 
apa yang di copy paste dalam tulisan bahasa Indonesia, "bukanlah" makna kitab talmud itu sendiri (at least ini katanya ss..he..he..he.he..)...jika Mas rujuk kepada ayat di AQ, maka proses talmud yang bisa dinamakan dengan "talmudisme" dilakukan sekitar antara abad 3 - 4 masehi, yaitu 2-3 abad "sebelum" kehadiran manusia bernama Ahmad dan 1 -2 abad "setelah" manusia bernama Isa / Yesus...
 
motivasi utamanya adalah agar perjalanan bangsa yahudi yang tidak nyaman sepanjang perjalanannya menjadi jauh lebih nyaman...jika merujuk kepada literatur yang ada, maka hampir sepanjang 2000 tahun mereka menjadi bangsa yang terombang-ambing...dalam bentuk nomaden (suka berpindah tempat)...barulah dengan adanya perjanjian beldford, maka muncul sebuah negara di tahun 1949 (mudah2an tahunnya benar) bernama israel dengan pm pertamanya Sdr Ben Gurion....kenapa ini ada?..sebagai hadiah atas jasanya memenangkan PD ke-2 bagi sekutu...
 
yang menarik peristiwa ini mirip dengan kejadian eranya empirium Heraclitus, di mana bangsa yahudi "dihajar" habis, sehingga pontang panting di era persia...nah, jika Mas amati apa yang diserukan oleh paus benedictus baru2 ini, yang berkaitan dengan seruannya agar negara lain membantu berdirinya negara palestina...coba kita saksikan apa yang bakal terjadi nantinya...he..he..he.he.he.he...Mas tahu khan makna helenisme?..nah, kejadian ini akan terkait dengan ini...
 
so, jangan cepat2 menyatakan bahwa yahudi sebagai bangsa yang dilaknat...apalagi "katanya" membunuh para nabi yang datang...karena makna membunuh di sini BUKAN membunuh manusianya...namun, REPUTASI para Utusan Tuhannya yang dimatikan...agar apa?..ya agar ada itu yang antara lain nama helenisme dan sarasinisme..he..he.he.he.he.he.he...kalau soal pembangkangan mah...bukan yahudi juga akan membangkang saat ikuti itu pola strategi yahudi...apa bedanya?...he..he.he.he.he..
 
 
salam warna,
ss
 

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Ini bukan kitab suci, tapi kitab menurut hawa nafsu RAbbi mereka..Inilah yg dipercaya ummat lain bahwasanya ummat yahudi itu ummat pilihan Tuhan...PAdahal sebaliknya.. ..yg paling dilaknat, karena sering membangkang, membunuh dan menolak para nabi yg datang/..

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mari kita baca apa itu arti TALMUD

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talmud


Talmud
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Rabbinic Literature
Talmudic literature

Mishnah • Tosefta
Jerusalem Talmud • Babylonian Talmud
Minor tractates

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Halakhic Midrash

Mekhilta de-Rabbi Yishmael (Exodus)
Mekhilta de-Rabbi Shimon (Exodus)
Sifra (Leviticus)
Sifre (Numbers & Deuteronomy)
Sifre Zutta (Numbers)
Mekhilta le-Sefer Devarim (Deuteronomy)
Baraita of Rabbi Ishmael

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Aggadic Midrash

—— Tannaitic ——
Seder Olam Rabbah
Alphabet of Akiba ben Joseph
Baraita of the Forty-nine Rules
Baraita on the Thirty-two Rules
Baraita on Tabernacle Construction
—— 400–600 ——
Genesis Rabbah • Eichah Rabbah
Pesikta de-Rav Kahana
Esther Rabbah • Midrash Iyyov
Leviticus Rabbah • Seder Olam Zutta
Midrash Tanhuma • Megillat Antiochus
—— 650–900 ——
Avot of Rabbi Natan
Pirkei de-Rabbi Eliezer
Tanna Devei Eliyahu
Alphabet of Ben-Sira
Kohelet Rabbah • Canticles Rabbah
Devarim Rabbah • Devarim Zutta
Pesikta Rabbati • Midrash Samuel
Midrash Proverbs • Ruth Rabbah
Baraita of Samuel • Targum sheni
—— 900–1000 ——
Ruth Zuta • Eichah Zuta
Midrash Tehillim • Midrash Hashkem
Exodus Rabbah • Canticles Zutta
—— 1000–1200 ——
Midrash Tadshe • Sefer ha-Yashar
—— Later ——
Yalkut Shimoni • Yalkut Makiri
Midrash Jonah • Ein Yaakov
Midrash ha-Gadol • Numbers Rabbah
Smaller midrashim
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Rabbinic Targum

—— Torah ——
Targum Onkelos
Targum Pseudo-Jonathan
Fragment Targum • Targum Neofiti

—— Nevi'im ——
Targum Jonathan

—— Ketuvim ——
Targum Tehillim • Targum Mishlei
Targum Iyyov
Targum to the Five Megillot
Targum Sheni to Esther
Targum to Chronicles
v • d • e
The Talmud (Hebrew: תַּלְמוּד talmūd "instruction, learning", from a root lmd "teach, study") is a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs, and history. It is a central text of mainstream Judaism.
The Talmud has two components: the Mishnah (c. 200 CE), the first written compendium of Judaism's Oral Law; and the Gemara (c. 500 CE), a discussion of the Mishnah and related Tannaitic writings that often ventures onto other subjects and expounds broadly on the Tanakh.
The terms Talmud and Gemara are often used interchangeably. The Gemara is the basis for all codes of rabbinic law and is much quoted in other rabbinic literature. The whole Talmud is also traditionally referred to as Shas (ש"ס), a Hebrew abbreviation of shisha sedarim, the "six orders" of the Mishnah.
Contents[hide]
        * 1 History
        * 1.1 Oral law
        * 1.2 Mishnah
        * 1.3 Baraita
        * 1.4 Gemara
        * 1.5 Halakha and Aggadah
        * 2 Bavli and Yerushalmi
        * 2.1 Talmud Yerushalmi (Jerusalem Talmud)
        * 2.2 Talmud Bavli (Babylonian Talmud)
        * 2.3 Comparison of style and subject matter
        * 3 Language
        * 4 Printing
        * 5 Commentary and study
        * 5.1 The Geonim
        * 5.2 Halakhic and Aggadic Extractions
        * 5.3 Commentaries
        * 5.4 Pilpul
        * 5.5 Brisker method
        * 5.6 Critical method
        * 5.6.1 Textual emendations
        * 5.7 Historical analysis, and higher textual criticism
        * 5.8 Contemporary scholarship
        * 6 Role of the Talmud in Judaism
        * 6.1 Sadducees
        * 6.2 Karaism
        * 6.3 Reform Judaism
        * 6.4 Present day
        * 7 Attacks on the Talmud
        * 7.1 Middle ages
        * 7.2 Contemporary accusations
        * 8 Translations
        * 8.1 Translations of Talmud Bavli
        * 8.2 Translations of Talmud Yerushalmi
        * 9 See also
        * 10 Notes
        * 11 References
        * 11.1 General
        * 11.2 Talmudic logic and methodology
        * 11.3 Modern scholarly works
        * 11.4 Historical study
        * 12 External links
        * 12.1 General
        * 12.2 Full text resources
        * 12.3 Manuscripts
        * 12.4 Talmudic layout
        * 12.5 Pertaining to the "Daf Yomi" program
        * 12.6 Refutation of allegations concerning the Talmud
        * 12.7 Audio  
[edit] History
[edit] Oral law
Main article: Oral Torah
 

The first page of the Vilna Edition of the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Berachot, folio 2a.
Originally, Jewish scholarship was oral. Rabbis expounded and
debated the law (the written law expressed in the Hebrew Bible) and
discussed the Tanakh without the benefit of written works (other than the Biblical books themselves), though some may have made private notes (megillot setarim),
for example of court decisions. This situation changed drastically,
however, mainly as the result of the destruction of the Jewish
commonwealth in the year 70 CE and the consequent upheaval of Jewish
social and legal norms. As the Rabbis were required to face a new
reality—mainly Judaism without a Temple (to serve as the center of
teaching and study) and Judea without autonomy—there was a flurry of
legal discourse and the old system of oral scholarship could not be
maintained. It is during this period that Rabbinic discourse began to
be recorded in writing.[1][2] The earliest recorded oral law may have been of the midrashic form, in which halakhic discussion is structured as exegetical commentary on the Pentateuch.
But an alternative form, organized by subject matter instead of by
biblical verse, became dominant about the year 200 C.E., when Rabbi Judah haNasi redacted the Mishnah (משנה).
The Oral Law was far from monolithic, but varied among various schools. The most famous two were the School of Shammai and the School of Hillel. In general, all opinions, even the non-normative ones, were recorded in the Talmud.
[edit] Mishnah
Main article: Mishnah
The Mishnah is a compilation of legal opinions and debates.
Statements in the Mishnah are typically terse, recording brief opinions
of the rabbis debating a subject; or recording only an unattributed
ruling, apparently representing a consensus view. The rabbis recorded
in the Mishnah are known as Tannaim.
Since it sequences its laws by subject matter instead of by biblical
context, the Mishnah discusses individual subjects more thoroughly than
the Midrash, and it includes a much broader selection of halakhic
subjects than the Midrash. The Mishna's topical organization thus
became the framework of the Talmud as a whole. But not every tractate
in the Mishnah has a corresponding Gemara. Also, the order of the
tractates in the Talmud differs in some cases from that in the Mishnah (see the discussion on each order).
[hide]
v • d • eThe Six Orders of the Mishnah (ששה סדרי משנה)
 
Zeraim   (זרעים) Moed   (מועד) Nashim   (נשים) Nezikin   (נזיקין) Kodashim   (קדשים) Tohorot   (טהרות)
 
Berakhot · Pe'ah · Demai · Kil'ayim · Shevi'it · Terumot · Ma'aserot · Ma'aser Sheni · Hallah · Orlah · Bikkurim Shabbat · Eruvin · Pesahim · Shekalim · Yoma · Sukkah · Beitzah · Rosh Hashanah · Ta'anit · Megillah · Mo'ed Katan · Hagigah Yevamot · Ketubot · Nedarim · Nazir · Sotah · Gittin · Kiddushin Bava Kamma · Bava Metzia · Bava Batra · Sanhedrin · Makkot · Shevu'ot · Eduyot · Avodah Zarah · Avot · Horayot Zevahim · Menahot · Hullin · Bekhorot · Arakhin · Temurah · Keritot · Me'ilah · Tamid · Middot · Kinnim Keilim · Oholot · Nega'im · Parah · Tohorot · Mikva'ot · Niddah · Makhshirin · Zavim · Tevul Yom · Yadayim · Uktzim  
[edit] Baraita
In addition to the Mishnah, other tannaitic teachings were current
at about the same time or shortly thereafter. The Gemara frequently
refers to these tannaitic statements in order to compare them to those
contained in the Mishnah and to support or refute the propositions of Amoraim. All such non-Mishnaic tannaitic sources are termed baraitot (lit. outside material, "Works external to the Mishnah"; sing. baraita ברייתא). The baraitot cited in the Gemara are often quotations from the Tosefta (a tannaitic compendium of halakha parallel to the Mishnah) and the Halakhic Midrashim (specifically Mekhilta, Sifra and Sifre). Some baraitot, however, are known only through traditions cited in the Gemara, and are not part of any other collection.
[edit] Gemara
Main article: Gemara
In the three centuries following the redaction of the Mishnah,
rabbis throughout Israel and Babylonia analyzed, debated and discussed
that work. These discussions form the Gemara (גמרא). Gemara means “completion” (from the Hebrew gamar גמר: "to complete") or "learning"( from the Aramaic:
"to study"). The Gemara mainly focuses on elucidating and elaborating
the opinions of the Tannaim. The rabbis of the Gemara are known as Amoraim (sing. Amora אמורא).
Much of the Gemara consists of legal analysis. The starting point
for the analysis is usually a legal statement found in a Mishnah. The
statement is then analyzed and compared with other statements in a dialectical exchange between two (frequently anonymous and sometimes metaphorical) disputants, termed the makshan (questioner) and tartzan (answerer). Another important function of Gemara is to identify the
correct Biblical basis for a given law presented in the Mishnah and the
logical process connecting one with the other: this activity was known
as talmud long before the existence of the "Talmud" as a text.
These exchanges form the "building-blocks" of the Gemara; the name for a passage of gemara is a sugya (סוגיא; plural sugyot). A Sugya will typically comprise a detailed proof-based elaboration of a Mishnaic statement.
In a given sugya, scriptural, Tannaic and Amoraic statements are brought to support the various opinions. In so doing, the Gemara will bring semantic disagreements between Tannaim and Amoraim (often ascribing a view to an earlier
authority as to how he may have answered a question), and compare the
Mishnaic views with passages from the Baraita.
Rarely are debates formally closed; in many instances, the final word
determines the practical law, although there are many exceptions to
this principle.
[edit] Halakha and Aggadah
The Talmud contains a vast amount of material and touches on a great
many subjects. Traditionally Talmudic statements can be classified into
two broad categories, Halakhic and Aggadic statements. Halakhic statements are those which directly relate to questions of Jewish law and practice (Halakha).
Aggadic statements are those which are not legally related, but rather
are exegetical, homiletical, ethical or historical in nature. See Aggadah for further discussion.
[edit] Bavli and Yerushalmi
The process of "Gemara" proceeded in the two major centers of Jewish scholarship, the Land of Israel and Babylonia. Correspondingly, two bodies of analysis developed, and two works of Talmud were created. The older compilation is called the Jerusalem Talmud or the Talmud Yerushalmi.
It was compiled sometime during the fourth century in Israel. The
Babylonian Talmud was compiled about the year 500 C.E., although it
continued to be edited later. The word "Talmud", when used without
qualification, usually refers to the Babylonian Talmud.
[edit] Talmud Yerushalmi (Jerusalem Talmud)
Main article: Jerusalem Talmud
 

A page of a medieval Jerusalem Talmud manuscript, from the Cairo Genizah.
The Jerusalem Talmud, also known as the Palestinian Talmud, was one
of the two compilations of Jewish religious teachings and commentary
that was transmitted orally for centuries prior to its compilation by
Jewish scholars in Palestine.[3] It is a compilation of teachings of the schools of Tiberias, Sepphoris and Caesarea. It is written largely in a western Aramaic dialect that differs from its Babylonian counterpart.
This Talmud is a synopsis of the analysis of the Mishnah that was
developed over the course of nearly 200 years by the Academies in
Israel (principally those of Tiberias and Caesaria.)
Because of their location, the sages of these Academies devoted
considerable attention to analysis of the agricultural laws of the Land
of Israel. Traditionally, this Talmud was thought to have been redacted
in about the year 350 C.E. by Rav Muna and Rav Yossi in the Land of
Israel. It is traditionally known as the Talmud Yerushalmi ("Jerusalem Talmud"), but the name is a misnomer, as it was not prepared in Jerusalem. It has more accurately been called the The Talmud of the Land of Israel[citation needed].
It has also often been referred to as the Palestinian Talmud,
especially in sources that predate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Its final redaction probably belongs to the end of the fourth
century, but the individual scholars who brought it to its present form
cannot be fixed with assurance. By this time Christianity had become
the state religion of the Roman Empire and Jerusalem the holy city of
Christendom. In 325 CE Constantine, the first Christian emperor, said
“let us have nothing in common with this odious people”. This policy
made a Jew an outcast and pauper. The compilers of the Jerusalem Talmud
consequently lacked the time to produce a work of the quality they had
intended. The text is evidently incomplete and is not easy to follow.
Any further work on the Jerusalem Talmud probably came to an abrupt end
in 425 C.E., when Theodosius II suppressed the Patriarchate and put an end to the practice of formal scholarly ordination.
Despite this, the Jerusalem Talmud remains an indispensable source
of knowledge of the development of the Jewish Law in the Holy Land. It
was also an important resource in the study of the Babylonian Talmud by
the Kairouan school of Hananel ben Hushiel and Nissim Gaon, with the result that opinions ultimately based on the Jerusalem Talmud found their way into both the Tosafot and the Mishneh Torah of Maimonides.
There are traditions that hold that in the Messianic Age the
Jerusalem Talmud will have priority over the Babylonian. This may be
interpreted as meaning that, following the restoration of the Sanhedrin and the line of ordained scholars, the work will be completed and "out of Zion shall go the Law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem".
[edit] Talmud Bavli (Babylonian Talmud)
The Talmud Bavli was transmitted orally for centuries prior to its
compilation by Jewish scholars in Babylon about the 5th century CE.[4]
 

A full set of the Babylonian Talmud.
Since the Exile to Babylonia in 586 BCE, there had been Jewish
communities living in Babylonia as well as in Judea, as many of the
captives never returned home. From then till the Talmudic period the
Babylonian Jewish population increased through natural growth as well
as migration. The most important of the Jewish centres were Nehardea, Nisibis, Mahoza, Pumbeditha and Sura. It was no longer necessary for scholars to travel regularly to Israel to gather authentic traditions.
Talmud Bavli (the "Babylonian Talmud") comprises the Mishnah
and the Babylonian Gemara, the latter representing the culmination of
more than 300 years of analysis of the Mishnah in the Babylonian Academies. The foundations of this process of analysis were laid by Rab,
a disciple of Rabbi Judah ha-Nasi. Tradition ascribes the compilation
of the Babylonian Talmud in its present form to two Babylonian sages, Rav Ashi and Ravina.
Ashi was president of the Sura Academy from 375 to 427 CE. The work
begun by Ashi was completed by Ravina, who is traditionally regarded as
the final Amoraic expounder. Accordingly, traditionalists argue that
Ravina’s death in 499 CE is the latest possible date for the completion
of the redaction of the Talmud. However, even on the most traditional
view a few passages are regarded as the work of a group of rabbis who
edited the Talmud after the end of the Amoraic period, known as the Saboraim or Rabbanan Savora'e (meaning "reasoners" or "considerers").
The question as to when the Gemara was finally put into its present form is not settled among modern scholars. Some, like Louis Jacobs,
argue that the main body of the Gemara is not simple reportage of
conversations, as it purports to be, but a highly elaborate structure
contrived by the Saboraim, who must therefore be regarded as
the real authors. On this view the text did not reach its final form
until around 700. Some modern scholars use the term Stammaim (from the Hebrew Stam, meaning "closed", "vague" or "unattributed") for the authors of unattributed statements in the Gemara. (See eras within Jewish law.)
[edit] Comparison of style and subject matter
There are significant differences between the two Talmud
compilations. The language of the Jerusalem Talmud is a western Aramaic
dialect which differs from the form of Aramaic found in the Babylonian
Talmud. The Talmud Yerushalmi is often fragmentary and difficult to
read, even for experienced Talmudists. The redaction of the Talmud
Bavli, on the other hand, is more careful and precise. The law as laid
down in the two compilations is basically similar, except in emphasis
and in minor details. The Jerusalem Talmud has not received much
attention from commentators, and such traditional commentaries as exist
are mostly concerned with comparing its teachings to those of the
Talmud Bavli.
Neither the Jerusalem nor the Babylonian Talmud covers the entire
Mishnah: for example, a Babylonian Gemara exists only for 37 out of the
63 tractates of the Mishnah. In particular:
        * The Jerusalem Talmud covers all the tractates of Zeraim, while the
Babylonian Talmud covers only tractate Berachot. The reason might be
that most laws from the Orders Zeraim (agricultural laws limited to the
land of Israel) had little practical relevance in Babylonia and were
therefore not included.[5] The Jerusalem Talmud has a greater focus on the Land of Israel and the Torah's agricultural laws pertaining to the land because it was written in the Land of Israel where the laws applied.
        * The Jerusalem Talmud does not cover the Mishnaic order of Kodashim, which deals with sacrificial rites and laws pertaining to the Temple,
while the Babylonian Talmud does cover it. It is not clear why this is,
as the laws were not directly applicable in either country following
the Temple's 70 CE destruction.
        * In both Talmuds, only one tractate of Tohorot (ritual purity laws) is examined, that of the menstrual laws, Niddah.
The Babylonian Talmud records the opinions of the rabbis of Israel
as well as of those of Babylonia, while the Jerusalem Talmud only
seldom cites the Babylonian rabbis. The Babylonian version also
contains the opinions of more generations because of its later date of
completion. For both these reasons it is regarded as a more
comprehensive collection of the opinions available. On the other hand,
because of the centuries of redaction between the composition of the
Jerusalem and the Babylonian Talmud, the opinions of early amoraim
might be closer to their original form in the Jerusalem Talmud.
The influence of the Babylonian Talmud has been far greater than that of the Yerushalmi.
In the main, this is because the influence and prestige of the Jewish
community of Israel steadily declined in contrast with the Babylonian
community in the years after the redaction of the Talmud and continuing
until the Gaonic era. Furthermore, the editing of the Babylonian Talmud was superior to
that of the Jerusalem version, making it more accessible and readily
usable. According to Maimonides,
all Jewish communities during the Gaonic era formally accepted the
Babylonian Talmud as binding upon themselves, and modern Jewish
practice follows the Babylonian Talmud's conclusions on all areas in
which the two Talmuds are in conflict.
[edit] Language
The Babylonian Talmud, comprising both the Mishnah and the Gemara, contains large swaths of both Hebrew and Aramaic. The central portion is in Hebrew.[6]
While Aramaic was spoken for a long time by ancient Jews, Hebrew,
in various forms and at various historical stages, was also
continuously used. Hebrew was used for the writing of religious texts,
poetry, and so forth, as well as for speech. Even after the
introduction of Aramaic, and its influence on Late Biblical Hebrew,
Hebrew continued to develop, and today scholars use terms like
Mishnaic/Rabbinic Hebrew and Medieval Hebrew.[7]
Not only the Mishnah, but also all the Baraitas quoted and embedded
in the Gemara, are in Hebrew, so that Hebrew constitutes somewhat less
than half[citation needed] of the text of the Talmud. The rest, including the discussions of the
Amoraim and the overall framework, is in a characteristic dialect of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic. There are occasional quotations from older works in other dialects of Aramaic, such as Megillat Taanit.
[edit] Printing
The first complete edition of the Babylonian Talmud was printed in Italy by Daniel Bomberg during the 16th century. In addition to the Mishnah and Gemara, Bomberg's edition contained the commentaries of Rashi and Tosafot.
Almost all printings since Bomberg have followed the same pagination.
The edition of the Talmud published by the Szapira brothers in Slavuta in 1795 is particularly prized by many hasidic rebbes.
In 1835, after an acrimonious dispute with the Szapira family, a new
edition of the Talmud was printed by Menachem Romm of Vilna. Known as
the Vilna Shas,
this edition (and later ones printed by his widow and sons) has been
used in the production of more recent editions of Talmud Bavli.
A page number in the Talmud refers to a double-sided page, known as a daf; each daf has two amudim labeled א and ב, sides A and B. The referencing by daf is relatively recent and dates from the early Talmud printings of the 17th century. Earlier rabbinic literature generally only refers to the tractate or chapters within a tractate. Nowadays, reference is made in format [Tractate daf a/b] (e.g. Berachot 23b). In the Vilna edition of the Talmud there are 5,894 folio pages.
The text of the Vilna editions is considered by scholars not to be
uniformly reliable. In the early twentieth century Nathan Rabinowitz
published a series of volumes called Dikduke Soferim showing
textual variants from early manuscripts and printings. In 1960 the
Institute for the Complete Israeli Talmud started work on a new edition
under the name of Gemara Shelemah (complete Gemara) under the editorship of Menachem Mendel Kasher:
only the volume on the first part of tractate Pesachim appeared (in
1986) before the project was interrupted by his death. This edition
contained a comprehensive set of textual variants and a few selected
commentaries. There have been critical editions of particular tractates
(e.g. Henry Malter's edition of Ta'anit),
but there is no modern critical edition of the whole Talmud. The most
recent edition is by the Oz ve-Hadar institute: this is basically an
updated version of the Vilna edition, but cites variant texts in
footnotes.
[edit] Commentary and study
From the time of its completion, the Talmud became integral to
Jewish scholarship. This section outlines some of the major areas of
Talmudic study.
[edit] The Geonim
The earliest Talmud commentaries were written by the Geonim (approximately 800-1000, C.E.) in Babylonia.
Although some direct commentaries on particular treatises are extant,
our main knowledge of Gaonic era Talmud scholarship comes from
statements embedded in Geonic responsa which shed light on Talmudic
passages. Also important are practical abridgments of Jewish law such
as Yehudai Gaon's Halachot Pesukot, Achai Gaon's Sheeltot and Simeon Kayyara's Halachot Gedolot. After the death of Hai Gaon, however, the center of Talmud scholarship shifts to Europe and North Africa.
[edit] Halakhic and Aggadic Extractions
One area of Talmudic scholarship developed out of the need to ascertain the Halakha. Early commentators such as Rabbi Isaac Alfasi (North Africa, 1013-1103) attempted to extract and determine the
binding legal opinions from the vast corpus of the Talmud. Alfasi's
work was highly influential and later served as a basis for the
creation of halakhic codes. Another influential medieval Halakhic work
following the order of the Babylonian Talmud, and to some extent
modelled on Alfasi, was that of Rabbi Asher ben Yechiel (d. 1327).
A fifteenth century Spanish rabbi, Jacob ibn Habib (d. 1516), composed the Ein Yaakov. Ein Yaakov (or Ein Ya'aqob) extracts nearly all the Aggadic material from the Talmud. It was intended to familiarize the public
with the ethical parts of the Talmud and to dispute many of the
accusations surrounding its contents.
[edit] Commentaries
Main article: Rabbinic literature
The Talmud is often cryptic and difficult to understand. Its
language contains many Greek and Persian words which over time became
obscure. A major area of Talmudic scholarship developed in order to
explain these passages and words. Some early commentators such as
Rabbenu Gershom of Mainz (10th c.) and Rabbenu Hananel (early 11th c.) produced running commentaries to various tractates.
These commentaries could be read with the text of the Talmud and would
help explain the meaning of the text. Another important work is the Sefer ha-Mafteach (Book of the Key) by Nissim Gaon,
which contains a preface explaining the different forms of Talmudic
argumentation and then explains abbreviated passages in the Talmud by
cross-referring to parallel passages where the same thought is
expressed in full. Using a different style, Rabbi Nathan b. Jechiel created a lexicon called the Arukh in the 11th century in order to translate difficult words.
By far the best known commentary on the Babylonian Talmud is that of Rashi (Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac, 1040-1105). The commentary is comprehensive,
covering almost the entire Talmud. Written as a running commentary, it
provides a full explanation of the words, and explains the logical
structure of each Talmudic passage. It is considered indispensable to
students of the Talmud.
Medieval Ashkenazic Jewry produced another major commentary known as Tosafot ("additions" or "supplements"). The Tosafot are collected commentaries by various medieval Ashkenazic Rabbis on the Talmud (known as Tosafists). One of the main goals of the Tosafot is to explain and interpret contradictory statements in the Talmud. Unlike Rashi, the Tosafot is not a running commentary, but rather comments on selected matters. Often the explanations of Tosafot differ from those of Rashi.
Among the founders of the Tosafist school were Rabbi Jacob b. Meir (known as Rabbeinu Tam), who was a grandson of Rashi, and, Rabbenu Tam's nephew, Rabbi Isaac ben Samuel.
The Tosafot commentaries were collected in different editions in the
various schools. The benchmark collection of Tosafot for Northern
France was that of R. Eliezer of Touques. The standard collection for
Spain was that of Rabbenu Asher ("Tosafot Harosh"). The Tosafot that are printed in the standard Vilna
edition of the Talmud are an edited version compiled from the various
medieval collections, predominantly that of Touques.[8]
Over time, the approach of the Tosafists spread to other Jewish
communities, particularly those in Spain. This led to the composition
of many other commentaries in similar styles. Among these are the
commentaries of Ramban, Rashba, Ritva and Ran. A comprehensive anthology consisting of extracts from all these is the Shittah Mekubbetzet of Bezalel Ashkenazi.
There were other commentaries produced in Spain and Provence which
were not influenced by the Tosafist style. Two of the most significant
of these are the Yad Ramah by Rabbi Meir Abulafia (uncle of the mystic Abraham Abulafia) and Bet Habechirah by Rabbi Menahem haMeiri, commonly referred to as "Meiri". While the Bet Habechirah is extant for all of Talmud, we only have the Yad Ramah for Tractates Sanhedrin, Baba Batra and Gittin.
In later centuries, focus partially shifted from direct Talmudic
interpretation to the analysis of previously written Talmudic
commentaries. These later commentaries include "Maharshal" (Solomon Luria), "Maharam" (Meir Lublin) and "Maharsha" (Samuel Edels)
[edit] Pilpul
During the 15th and 16th centuries, a new intensive form of Talmud
study arose. Complicated logical arguments were used to explain minor
points of contradiction within the Talmud. The term pilpul (related to the Hebrew word pilpel, meaning "spice" or "pepper"[9] ) was applied to this type of study. Usage of pilpul in this sense (that of "sharp analysis") harks back to the Talmudic era
and refers to the intellectual sharpness this method demanded.
Pilpul practitioners posited that the Talmud could contain no
redundancy or contradiction whatsoever. New categories and distinctions
(hillukim) were therefore created, resolving seeming contradictions within the Talmud by novel logical means.
Among Sephardi and Italian Jews some authorities sought to apply the methods of Aristotelian logic, as reformulated by Averroes.[10] This method was first recorded, though without explicit reference to Aristotle, by Isaac Campanton (d. Spain, 1463) in his Darkhei ha-Talmud ("The Ways of the Talmud"), and is also found in the works of Moses Chaim Luzzatto.
In the Ashkenazi world the founders of pilpul are generally considered to be Jacob Pollak (1460-1541) and Shalom Shachna.
This kind of study reached its height in the 16th and 17th centuries
when expertise in pilpulistic analysis was considered an art form and
became a goal in and of itself within the yeshivot of Poland and
Lithuania. But the popular new method of Talmud study was not without
critics; already in the 15th century, the ethical tract Orhot Zaddikim ("Lights of the Righteous" in Hebrew) criticized pilpul for an
overemphasis on intellectual acuity. Many 16th- and 17th-century rabbis
were also critical of pilpul. Among them may be noted Judah Loew ben Bezalel (the Maharal of Prague), Isaiah Horowitz, and Yair Bacharach.
By the 18th century, pilpul study waned. Other styles of learning such as that of the school of Elijah b. Solomon, the Vilna Gaon,
became popular. The term "pilpul" was increasingly applied derogatorily
to novellae deemed casuistic and hairsplitting. Authors referred to
their own commentaries as "al derekh ha-peshat" (by the simple method)
to contrast them with pilpul.[11]
[edit] Brisker method
In the late nineteenth century another trend in Talmud study arose. Rabbi Hayyim Soloveitchik (1853-1918) of Brisk (Brest-Litovsk) developed and refined this style of study. Brisker method involves a reductionistic analysis of rabbinic arguments within the Talmud or among the Rishonim,
explaining the differing opinions by placing them within a categorical
structure. The Brisker method is highly analytical and is often
criticized as being a modern-day version of Pilpul. Nevertheless, the
influence of the Brisker method is great. Most modern day Yeshivot
study the Talmud using the Brisker method in some form. One feature of
this method is the use of Maimonides' Mishneh Torah as a guide to Talmudic interpretation, as distinct from its use as a source of practical halakha.
Rival methods were those of the Mir and Telz yeshivas.
[edit] Critical method
As a result of emancipation from the ghetto (1789), Judaism
underwent enormous upheaval and transformation during the nineteenth
century, (see Reform Judaism, Haskala). Modern methods of textual and historical analysis were applied to the Talmud.
[edit] Textual emendations
The text of the Talmud has been subject to some level of critical scrutiny throughout its history. [12]
The emendations of R. Solomon Luria and R. Yoel Sirkis are included in all standard editions of the Talmud. The Vilna Gaon emended many texts without using manuscript evidence, instead seeking internal consistency in the text.[13] Many of the Gaon's emendations were later verified by textual critics, such as Solomon Schechter, who had Cairo Genizah texts with which to compare our standard editions. [14]
In the nineteenth century R. Raphael Nathan Nota Rabinovicz published a multi-volume work entitled Dikdukei Soferim, showing textual variants from the Munich and other early manuscripts of the Talmud, and further variants are recorded in the Gemara Shelemah and Oz ve-Hadar editions (see Printing, above).
[edit] Historical analysis, and higher textual criticism
Historical study of the Talmud can be used to investigate a variety
of concerns. One can ask questions such as: Do a given section's
sources date from its editor's lifetime? To what extent does a section
have earlier or later sources? Are Talmudic disputes distinguishable
along theological or communal lines? In what ways do different sections
derive from different schools of thought within early Judaism? Can
these early sources be identified, and if so, how? Investigation of
questions such as these are known as higher textual criticism. (The term "criticism", it should be noted, is a technical term denoting academic study.)
In early medieval era, Rashi concluded that some statements in the extant text of the Talmud were
insertions from later editors. On Shevuot 3b Rashi writes "A mistaken
student wrote this in the margin of the Talmud, and copyists
{subsequently} put it into the Gemara."
Rabbinic tradition holds that the people cited in both Talmuds did
not have a hand in its writings; rather, their teachings were edited
into a rough form around 450 CE (Talmud Yerushalmi) and 550 CE (Talmud
Bavli.) The text of the Bavli especially was not firmly fixed at that
time.
The Gaonic responsa literature addresses this issue. Teshuvot Geonim
Kadmonim, section 78, deals with mistaken biblical readings in the
Talmud. (Although there are many quotes in the Talmud that come from
the Tanakh, a direct comparison of the quotes with a standard Tanakh
shows that many of these quotes are altered.) This Gaonic responsum
states:
...But you must examine carefully in every case when you feel
uncertainty [as to the credibility of the text] - what is its source?
Whether a scribal error? Or the superficiality of a second rate student
who was not well versed?....after the manner of many mistakes found
among those superficial second-rate students, and certainly among those
rural memorizers who were not familiar with the biblical text. And
since they erred in the first place....[they compounded the error.]
Teshuvot Geonim Kadmonim, Ed. Cassel, Berlin 1858, Photographic reprint Tel Aviv 1964, 23b.
Religious scholars still debate the precise method by which the text
of the Talmuds reached their final form. Many believe that the text was
continuously smoothed over by the savoraim.
In the 1870s and 1880s Rabbi Raphael Natan Nata Rabbinovitz engaged in historical study of Talmud Bavli in his Diqduqei Soferim.
Since then many Orthodox rabbis have approved of his work, including
Rabbis Shlomo Kluger, Yoseph Shaul Ha-Levi Natanzohn, Yaaqov Ettlinger,
Isaac Elhanan Spektor, and Shimon Sofer.
During the early 19th century, leaders of the newly evolving Reform movement, such as Abraham Geiger and Samuel Holdheim,
subjected the Talmud to severe scrutiny as part of an effort to break
with traditional rabbinic Judaism. They insisted that the Talmud was
entirely a work of evolution and development. This view was rejected as
both academically incorrect, and religiously incorrect, by those who
would become known as the Orthodox movement. Some Orthodox leaders such as Moses Sofer (the Chatam Sofer) became exquisitely sensitive to any change and rejected modern critical methods of Talmud study.
Some rabbis advocated a view of Talmudic study that they held to be
in-between the Reformers and the Orthodox; these were the adherents of
positive-historical Judaism, notably Nachman Krochmal and Zacharias Frankel.
They described the Oral Torah as the result of a historical and
exegetical process, emerging over time, through the application of
authorized exegetical techniques, and more importantly, the subjective
dispositions and personalities and current historical conditions, by
learned sages. This was later developed more fully in the five volume
work Dor Dor ve-Dorshav by Isaac Hirsch Weiss. (See Jay Harris Guiding the Perplexed in the Modern Age Ch. 5) Eventually their work came to be one of the formative parts of Conservative Judaism.
Another aspect of this movement is reflected in Graetz's History of the Jews. Graetz attempts to deduce the personality of the Pharisees based on the laws or aggadot that they cite, and show that their personalities influenced the laws they expounded.
The leader of Orthodox Jewry in Germany Samson Raphael Hirsch,
while not rejecting the methods of scholarship in principle, hotly
contested the findings of the Historical-Critical method. In a series
of articles in his magazine Jeschurun (reprinted in Collected
Writings Vol. 5) Hirsch reiterated the traditional view, and pointed
out what he saw as numerous errors in the works of Graetz, Frankel and
Geiger.
On the other hand, many of the nineteenth century's strongest critics of Reform, including strictly orthodox Rabbis such as Zvi Hirsch Chajes, utilized this new scientific method. The Orthodox Rabbinical seminary of Azriel Hildesheimer was founded on the idea of creating a "harmony between Judaism and
science". Another Orthodox pioneer of scientific Talmud study was David Zvi Hoffman.
Orthodox Rabbi Yaakov Hayim Sofer (great-grandson of the Kaf
ha-Hayyim) notes that the text of the Gemara has had changes and
additions, and contains statements not of the same origin as the
original. See his Yehi Yosef (Jerusalem, 1991) p.132 "This passage does not bear the signature of the editor of the Talmud!"
Orthodox scholar Daniel Sperber writes in "Legitimacy, of Necessity,
of Scientific Disciplines" that many Orthodox sources have engaged in
the historical (also called "scientific") study of the Talmud. As such,
the divide today between Orthodoxy and Reform is not about whether the
Talmud may be subjected to historical study, but rather about the
theological and halakhic implications of such study.
[edit] Contemporary scholarship
Some trends within contemporary Talmud scholarship are listed below.
        * Orthodox Judaism maintains that the oral law was revealed, in some
form, together with the written law. As such, Orthodox Judaism has
resisted any effort to apply historical methods that impute specific
motives to the authors of the Talmud
        * Some non-Orthodox scholars hold that there has been extensive
editorial reshaping of the stories and statements within the Talmud.
Lacking outside confirming texts, they hold that we cannot confirm the
origin or date of most statements and laws, and that we can say little
for certain about their authorship. In this view, the questions above
are impossible to answer. See, for example, the works of Louis Jacobs and Shaye J.D. Cohen.
        * Some scholars hold that the Talmud has been extensively shaped by
later editorial redaction, but that it contains sources which we can
identify and describe with some level of reliability. In this view,
sources can be identified by tracing the history and analyzing the
geographical regions of origin. See, for example, the works of Lee I. Levine and David Kraemer.
        * Some scholars hold that many or most the statements and events
described in the Talmud usually occurred more or less as described, and
that they can be used as serious sources of historical study. In this
view, historians do their best to tease out later editorial additions
(itself a very difficult task) and skeptically view accounts of
miracles, leaving behind a reliable historical text. See, for example,
the works of Saul Lieberman, David Weiss Halivni, and Avraham Goldberg.
Modern academic study attempts to separate the different "strata"
within the text, to try to interpret each level on its own, and to
identify the correlations between parallel versions of the same
tradition.
In recent years, the work of R. David Weiss Halivni and Dr. Shamma Friedman have suggested a paradigm shift in the
understanding of the Talmud (Encyclopedia Judaica 2nd ed. entry
"Talmud, Babylonian"). The traditional understanding was to view the
Talmud as a unified homogeneous work. While other scholars had also
treated the Talmud as a multi-layered work, Dr. Halivni's innovation
(primarily in the second volume of his Mekorot u-Mesorot) was
to differentiate between the Amoraic statements which are generally
brief Halachic decisions or inquiries, and the writings of the later
"Stammaitic" (or Saboraic) authors which are characterised by a much
longer analysis often consisting of lengthy dialectic discussion. It
has been noted that the Jerusalem Talmud is in fact very similar to the
Babylonian Talmud minus Stammaitic activity (Encyclopaedia Judaica (2nd
ed.), entry "Jerusalem Talmud").
Shamma Y. Friedman's Talmud Aruch on the sixth chapter of Bava Metzia (1996) is the first example of a
complete analysis of a Talmudic text using this method. S. Wald has
followed with works on Pesachim ch. 3 (2000) and Shabbat ch. 7 (2006).
[edit] Role of the Talmud in Judaism
The Talmud is the written record of an oral tradition. It became the
basis for many rabbinic legal codes and customs, of which the most
important are the Mishneh Torah and the Shulchan Aruch.
Orthodox and, to a lesser extent, Conservative Judaism accept the
Talmud as authoritative, while Reconstructionist and Reform Judaism do
not. This section briefly outlines past and current movements and their
view of the Talmud's role.
[edit] Sadducees
The Sadducees were a Jewish sect which flourished during the Second Temple period. One of their main arguments with the Pharisees (later known as Rabbinic Judaism) was over their rejection of an Oral Law as well as denying a resurrection after death. The disagreement was not
strictly speaking about the Talmud, as this had not been written at the
time.
[edit] Karaism
Another movement which rejected the oral law was Karaism.
It arose within two centuries of the completion of the Talmud. Karaism
developed as a reaction against the Talmudic Judaism of Babylonia. The
central concept of Karaism is the rejection of the Oral Torah, as embodied in the Talmud, in favor of a strict adherence to the Written Law only. This opposes the fundamental Rabbinic concept that the Oral Law was given to Moses on Mount Sinai together with the Written Law. Some later Karaites took a more moderate
stance, allowing that some element of tradition (called sevel ha-yerushah,
the burden of inheritance) is admissible in interpreting the Torah and
that some authentic traditions are contained in the Mishnah and the
Talmud, though these can never supersede the plain meaning of the
Written Law.
Karaism has virtually disappeared, declining from a high of nearly 10% of the Jewish population to a current estimated 0.2%.
[edit] Reform Judaism
With the rise of Reform Judaism, during the nineteenth century, the
authority of the Talmud was again questioned. The Talmud was seen by
Reform Jews as a product of late antiquity having relevance merely as a
historical document. In some cases a similar view was taken of the
written law as well, while others appeared to adopt a neo-Karaite "back to the Bible" approach, though often with greater emphasis on the prophetic than on the legal books.
[edit] Present day
See also Halakha: How Halakha is viewed today and Halakha: The sources and process of Halakha.
Orthodox Judaism continues to stress the importance of Talmud study and it is a central component of Yeshiva curriculum, in particular for those training to be Rabbis. This is so even though Halakha is generally studied from the medieval codes and not directly from the
Talmud. Talmudic study amongst the laity is widespread in Orthodox Judaism, with daily or weekly Talmud study particularly common in Haredi Judaism and with Talmud study a central part of the curriculum in Orthodox
Yeshivas and day schools. The regular study of Talmud among laymen has
been popularized by the Daf Yomi, a daily course of Talmud study initiated by Rabbi Meir Shapiro in 1923; its 12th cycle of study began on March 2, 2005. See also: Orthodox beliefs about Jewish law and tradition.
Conservative Judaism similarly emphasizes the study of Talmud within its religious and
rabbinic education. Generally, however, the Talmud is studied as a
historical source-text for Halakha.
The Conservative approach to legal decision-making emphasizes placing
classic texts and prior decisions in historical and cultural context,
and examining the historical development of Halakha.
This approach has resulted in greater practical flexibility than that
of the Orthodox. Talmud study is part of the curriculum of Conservative
parochial education at many Conservative day schools and an increase in Conservative day school enrollments has resulted in
an increase in Talmud study as part of Conservative Jewish education
among a minority of Conservative Jews. See also: The Conservative Jewish view of the Halakha.
Reform Judaism does not emphasize the study of Talmud to the same degree in their
Hebrew schools, but they do teach it in their rabbinical seminaries;
the world view of liberal Judaism rejects the idea of binding Jewish law,
and uses the Talmud as a source of inspiration and moral instruction.
Ownership and reading of the Talmud is not widespread among Reform and Reconstructionist Jews, who usually place more emphasis on the study of the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh. See also: The Reform Jewish view of the Halakha and view of the Talmud.
[edit] Attacks on the Talmud
Christian accusations against the Talmud have tended to fall into several categories, including alleged:[15]
        1. Anti-Christian or anti-Gentile content
        2. Insults against Jesus or the Virgin Mary (see Yeshu)
        3. Absurd or sexually immoral content
        4. Falsification of scripture
Such accusations often shade into attacks on Jews or Judaism generally[citation needed],
and should be distinguished from criticisms of the Talmud (including
some criticism by Jews) on grounds such as excessive legalism, strained
reasoning, unhistoric content and superstitious beliefs.
[edit] Middle ages
The history of the Talmud reflects in part the history of Judaism
persisting in a world of hostility and persecution. Almost at the very
time that the Babylonian savoraim put the finishing touches to the redaction of the Talmud, the emperor Justinian issued his edict against the abolition of the Septuagint in the service of the Synagogue. Since the Old Testament of the Bible is the Hebrew Bible, Justinian I's edict essentially banned Jews from using their own Hebrew Bible in their synagogues, at least in a commonly-understood language.
This edict, dictated by Christian zeal and anti-Jewish feeling, was the
prelude to attacks on the Talmud, conceived in the same spirit, and
beginning in the thirteenth century in France, where Talmudic study was then flourishing.
The charge against the Talmud brought by the Christian convert Nicholas Donin led to the first public disputation between Jews and Christians and to the first burning of copies of the Talmud (Paris, Place de Grève, 1242). The Talmud was likewise the subject of a disputation at Barcelona in 1263 between Nahmanides (Rabbi Moses ben Nahman) and Christian convert, Pablo Christiani. This same Pablo Christiani made an attack on the Talmud which resulted in a papal bull against the Talmud and in the first censorship, which was undertaken at Barcelona by a commission of Dominicans, who ordered the cancellation of passages deemed objectionable from a Christian perspective (1264).
At the disputation of Tortosa in 1413, Geronimo de Santa Fé brought forward a number of accusations,
including the fateful assertion that the condemnations of "pagans,"
"heathens," and "apostates" found in the Talmud were in reality veiled
references to Christians. These assertion were denied by the Jewish
community and its scholars, who contended that Judaic thought made a
sharp distinction between those classified as heathen or pagan, being
polytheistic, and those who acknowledge one true God (such as the
Christians) even while worshipping the true monotheistic God
incorrectly. Thus, Jews viewed Christians as misguided and in error,
but not among the "heathens" or "pagans" discussed in the Talmud.
Nevertheless, in the anti-semitic climate of the age, accusations
against Jews were widely accepted without the need for proof.
Both Pablo Christiani and Geronimo de Santa Fé, in addition to
criticizing the Talmud, also regarded it as a source of authentic
traditions some of which could be used as arguments in favour of
Christianity. Examples of such traditions were statements that the
Messiah was born around the time of the destruction of the Temple, and
that the Messiah sat at the right hand of God.[16]
In like manner, references in the Talmud to various historical
figures were said to be coded references to Jesus, despite Jewish
insistence that the Talmud refers to other, actual persons. A prominent
example is Balaam son of Beor, a pagan prophet who lived approximately 1000 years before
Jesus, whose actions are portrayed in the Bible, in Numbers 22 through
31. The Talmud's harsh words against Balaam echo the Bible's own
condemnation in Deuteronomy 23 and Nehemiah 13. Yet, these references
were said to be secretly about Jesus.
Two years later, Pope Martin V,
who had convened this disputation, issued a bull (which was destined,
however, to remain inoperative) forbidding the Jews to read the Talmud,
and ordering the destruction of all copies of it. Far more important
were the charges made in the early part of the sixteenth century by the
convert Johannes Pfefferkorn,
the agent of the Dominicans. The result of these accusations was a
struggle in which the emperor and the pope acted as judges, the
advocate of the Jews being Johann Reuchlin,
who was opposed by the obscurantists; and this controversy, which was
carried on for the most part by means of pamphlets, became the
precursor of the Reformation[citation needed].
An unexpected result of this affair was the complete printed edition of the Babylonian Talmud issued in 1520 by Daniel Bomberg at Venice,
under the protection of a papal privilege. Three years later, in 1523,
Bomberg published the first edition of the Jerusalem Talmud. After
thirty years the Vatican, which had first permitted the Talmud to
appear in print, undertook a campaign of destruction against it. On the
New Year (September 9, 1553) the copies of the Talmud which had been confiscated in compliance with a decree of the Inquisition were burned at Rome; and similar burnings took place in other Italian cities, as at Cremona in 1559. The Censorship of the Talmud and other Hebrew works was
introduced by a papal bull issued in 1554; five years later the Talmud
was included in the first Index Expurgatorius; and Pope Pius IV commanded, in 1565, that the Talmud be deprived of its very name.
The first edition of the expurgated Talmud, on which most subsequent editions were based, appeared at Basel (1578-1581) with the omission of the entire treatise of 'Abodah Zarah
and of passages considered inimical to Christianity, together with
modifications of certain phrases. A fresh attack on the Talmud was
decreed by Pope Gregory XIII (1575-85), and in 1593 Clement VIII renewed the old interdiction against reading or owning it. The
increasing study of the Talmud in Poland led to the issue of a complete
edition (Kraków,
1602-5), with a restoration of the original text; an edition
containing, so far as known, only two treatises had previously been
published at Lublin (1559-76). In 1707 some copies of the Talmud were confiscated in the province of Brandenburg, but were restored to their owners by command of Frederick, the first king of Prussia.
The last attack on the Talmud took place in Poland (in what is now
Ukrainian territory) in 1757, when Bishop Dembowski, at the instigation
of the Frankists,
convened a public disputation at Kamenets-Podolsk, and ordered all
copies of the work found in his bishopric to be confiscated and burned
by the hangman.
The external history of the Talmud includes also the literary
attacks made upon it by Christian theologians after the Reformation,
since these onslaughts on Judaism were directed primarily against that
work, even though it was made a subject of study by the Christian
theologians of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 1830,
during a debate in the French Chamber of Peers regarding state
recognition of the Jewish faith, Admiral Verhuell declared himself
unable to forgive the Jews whom he had met during his travels
throughout the world either for their refusal to recognize Jesus as the Messiah or for their possession of the Talmud. In the same year the Abbé
Chiarini published at Paris a voluminous work entitled "Théorie du
Judaïsme," in which he announced a translation of the Talmud,
advocating for the first time a version which should make the work
generally accessible, and thus serve for attacks on Judaism. In a like
spirit nineteenth century anti-Semitic agitators often urged that a
translation be made; and this demand was even brought before
legislative bodies, as in Vienna. The Talmud and the "Talmud Jew" thus
became objects of anti-Semitic attacks, for example in August Rohling's Der Talmudjude, although, on the other hand, they were defended by many Christian students of the Talmud.
Despite the numerous mentions of Edom which may refer to Christendom, the Talmud makes little mention of
Jesus directly or the early Christians. There are a number of quotes
about one or more individuals designated "Yeshu"
that once existed in editions of the Talmud, although details about
Yeshu do not match the Christian beliefs about Jesus' trial and death.
The Talmud says Yeshu was hanged, not crucified, on the eve of (before)
Passover. (This is when Jesus was crucified according to the Gospel of John, but the Synoptic Gospels indicate that the crucifixion occurred on the first day of Passover
itself. Scholars have debated the reasons for this apparent
discrepancy.) Yeshu had 5 disciples, whose names are different from the
12 apostles of Jesus, except for Matthias (a very common name). The
Talmud primarily discusses the legal requirements of how to conduct a
trial, and mentions the trial of Yeshu as an example of how a trial
should be conducted. In giving those details, a trial that bears no
resemblance to the trial of Jesus is described. For example, it claims
that Yeshu's execution was preceded by a herald going forth for forty
days proclaiming the charges against him, an event of which there is no
record in the New Testament and which contradicts the New Testament's assertion that Jesus was
arrested by stealth the night before his execution. In another
disparaging example Yeshu is identified as a student of Rabbi Joshua
the son of Perachia, this was in the times of King Yannai, 5
generations before the destruction of the second temple and the period
closest to that of the historical Jesus.
These quotes were self-censored from the main text in order to be
able to continue to print the bulk of the Talmud, and were removed due
to accusations that they referred to Jesus. Although they were not
available for many generations, the removed sections of the Talmud,
Rashi, Tosafot, and Maharsha, were preserved through rare printings of
lists of errata, known as Chesronos Hashas ("Omissions of the Talmud"). Many of these censored portions were
recovered ironically enough from uncensored manuscripts in the Vatican
Library. Some modern editions of the Talmud contain some or all of this
material, either at the back of the book, in the margin, or in its
original location in the text. These passages do not necessarily refer
to a single individual and many of the accounts differ significantly
from anything written in the New Testament.
[edit] Contemporary accusations
Criticism of the Talmud is widespread, in great part through the Internet.[17]
The Anti-Defamation League's report on this topic states:
By selectively citing various passages from the Talmud and Midrash,
polemicists have sought to demonstrate that Judaism espouses hatred for
non-Jews (and specifically for Christians), and promotes obscenity,
sexual perversion, and other immoral behavior. To make these passages
serve their purposes, these polemicists frequently mistranslate them or
cite them out of context (wholesale fabrication of passages is not
unknown)...
In distorting the normative meanings of rabbinic texts, anti-Talmud
writers frequently remove passages from their textual and historical
contexts. Even when they present their citations accurately, they judge
the passages based on contemporary moral standards, ignoring the fact
that the majority of these passages were composed close to two thousand
years ago by people living in cultures radically different from our
own. They are thus able to ignore Judaism's long history of social
progress and paint it instead as a primitive and parochial religion.
Those who attack the Talmud frequently cite ancient rabbinic sources
without noting subsequent developments in Jewish thought, and without
making a good-faith effort to consult with contemporary Jewish
authorities who can explain the role of these sources in normative
Jewish thought and practice.
—Anti-Defamation League, The Talmud in Anti-Semitic Polemics
Rabbi Gil Student, a prolific Internet author, writes:
Anti-Talmud accusations have a long history dating back to the 13th
century when the associates of the Inquisition attempted to defame Jews
and their religion [see Yitzchak Baer, A History of Jews in Christian Spain,
vol. I pp. 150-185]. The early material compiled by hateful preachers
like Raymond Martini and Nicholas Donin remain the basis of all
subsequent accusations against the Talmud. Some are true, most are
false and based on quotations taken out of context, and some are total
fabrications [see Baer, ch. 4 f. 54, 82 that it has been proven that
Raymond Martini forged quotations]. On the Internet today we can find
many of these old accusations being rehashed...
—Gil Student, The Real Truth About the Talmud
[edit] Translations
[edit] Translations of Talmud Bavli
There are five contemporary translations of the Talmud into English:
        * The Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud, Mesorah Publications.
In this translation, each English page faces the Aramaic/Hebrew page.
The English pages are elucidated and heavily annotated; each
Aramaic/Hebrew page of Talmud typically requires three English pages of
translation. See also: Mesorah Talmud site.
        * The Soncino Talmud, Isidore Epstein,
Soncino Press. Notes on each page provide additional background
material. This translation is published both on its own and in a
parallel text edition, in which each English page faces the
Aramaic/Hebrew page. It is available online (not sure which edition) as
PDF files at http://wilkerson.110mb.com/index.htm . It also exists on CD-ROM. See also Soncino Talmud site.
        * The Talmud of Babylonia. An American Translation, Jacob Neusner, Tzvee Zahavy, others. Atlanta: 1984-1995: Scholars Press for Brown Judaic Studies. Complete.
        * The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition Adin Steinsaltz, Random House (incomplete). This work is in fact a translation of Rabbi Steinsaltz' Hebrew language translation of and commentary on the entire Talmud. See also: Steinsaltz Talmud site.
        * The Babylonian Talmud, translated by Michael L. Rodkinson. (1903, contains all of the tractates in the Orders of Mo'ed/Festivals and Nezikin/Damages,
plus some additional material related to these Orders.) This is
inaccurate and was wholly superseded by the Soncino translation: it is
sometimes linked to from the internet because, for copyright reasons,
it was until recently the only translation freely available on the Web
(see below, under #Full text resources).
[edit] Translations of Talmud Yerushalmi
        * Talmud of the Land of Israel: A Preliminary Translation and Explanation Jacob Neusner,
Tzvee Zahavy, others. University of Chicago Press. This translation
uses a form-analytical presentation which makes the logical units of
discourse easier to identify and follow. This work has received many
positive reviews. However, some consider Neusner's translation
methodology idiosyncratic. One volume was negatively reviewed by Saul Lieberman of the Jewish Theological Seminary.
        * Schottenstein Edition of the Yerushalmi Talmud Mesorah/Artscroll. This translation is the counterpart to
Mesorah/Artscroll's Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud (i.e.
Babylonian Talmud). Mesorah/Artscroll's website for the Schottenstein Edition of the Yerushalmi Talmud
[edit] See also
 Judaism portal
Wikisource has original text related to this article:
Talmud
        * Jerusalem Talmud
        * Mishnah
        * Minor Tractates
        * Tosefta
        * Baraita
        * Gemara
        * Ein Yaakov
        * Rabbinic literature
        * Yeshiva
        * Shass Pollak
        * Daf Yomi
[edit] Notes
        1. ^ See, Strack, Hermann, Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash,
Jewish Publication Society, 1945. pp.11-12. "[The Oral Law] was handed
down by word of mouth during a long period...The first attempts to
write down the traditional matter, there is reason to believe, date
from the first half of the second post-Christian century." Strack
theorizes that the growth of a Christian canon (the New Testament) was
a factor that influenced the Rabbis to record the oral law in writing.
        2. ^ The theory that the destruction of the Temple and subsequent upheaval
led to the commiting of Oral Law into writing was first explained in
the Epistle of Sherira Gaon and often repeated. See, for example, Grayzel, A History of the Jews, Penguin Books, 1984, p. 193.
        3. ^ "Palestinian Talmud". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 2008. http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9058094. Retrieved on 2008-03-28.
        4. ^ "Babylonian Talmud". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 2008. http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9011623/Babylonian-Talmud. Retrieved on 2008-03-28.
        5. ^ Steinsaltz, Adin (1976). The Essential Talmud. BasicBooks, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 0465020631.
        6. ^ "Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress: The Talmud". American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/loc/Talmud.html.
        7. ^ Angel Sáenz-Badillos (1993). A History of the Hebrew Language. Tr. John Elwolde. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
        8. ^ For a list see Ephraim Urbach, s.v. "Tosafot," in Encyclopedia of Religion.
        9. ^ See, Pilpul, Mordechai Breuer, in Encyclopedia Judaica, Vol. 16, 2nd Ed (2007), Macmillan Reference, USA.
        10. ^ Kol Melechet Higgayon, the Hebrew translation of Averroes' epitome of Aristotle's logical works, was widely studied in northern Italy, particularly Padua.
        11. ^ On Pilpul, see Pilpul, Mordechai Breuer, Encyclopedia Judaica and H.H. Ben Sasson, A History of the Jewish People, p. 627, 717.
        12. ^ As Yonah Fraenkel shows in his book Darko Shel Rashi be-Ferusho la-Talmud ha-Bavli, one of Rashi's
major accomplishments was textual emendation. Rabbenu Tam, Rashi's
grandson and one of the central figures in the Tosafist academies,
polemicizes against textual emendation in his less studied work Sefer ha-Yashar. However, the Tosafists, too, emended the Talmudic text (See e.g. Baba Kamma 83b s.v. af haka'ah ha'amurah or Gittin 32a s.v. mevutelet) as did many other medieval commentators (see e.g. R. Shlomo ben Aderet, Hidushei ha-Rashb"a al ha-Sha"s to Baba Kamma 83b, or Rabbenu Nissim's commentary to Alfasi on Gittin 32a).
        13. ^ Etkes, Immanuel (2002). The Gaon of Vilna. University of California Press. p. 16. ISBN 0520223942.
        14. ^ Solomon Schechter, Studies in Judaism p.92.
        15. ^ Hyam Maccoby, Judaism on Trial.
        16. ^ Hyam Maccoby, op. cit.
        17. ^ Jones, Jeremy (June 1999). "Talmudic Terrors". Australia/Israel Review. http://www.aijac.org.au/review/1999/246/talmudic.html. Retrieved on 2008-06-12.
"If any reader doubts the maliciousness, virulence and prevalence of
such material in cyber-space, it is well worth a visit to the Internet
site known as Talmud Expose (www.geocities.com/Athens/Cyprus/8815), in
which Melbourne's David Maddison has performed the Herculean task of
responding, one by one, to the hundreds of "anti-Talmud" quotes, lies
and themes he has encountered on the Internet."
[edit] References
 This article is missing citations or needs footnotes. Please help add inline citations to guard against copyright violations and factual inaccuracies. (December 2007)
[edit] General
        * Maimonides Introduction to the Mishneh Torah (English translation)
        * Maimonides Introduction to the Commentary on the Mishnah (Hebrew Fulltext), transl. Zvi Lampel (Judaica Press, 1998). ISBN 1-880582-28-7
        * Adin Steinsaltz The Essential Talmud: Thirtieth Anniversary Edition (Basic Books, 2006). ISBN 0-465-08273-4. Read more here. See also here.
        * Adin Steinsaltz The Talmud: A Reference Guide (Random House, 1996). ISBN 0-679-77367-3
        * Zvi Hirsch Chajes "Mevo Hatalmud", transl. Jacob Shachter: The Students' Guide Through The Talmud (Yashar Books, 2005). ISBN 1-933143-05-3
        * Shmuel Hanagid Introduction to the Talmud, in Aryeh Carmell Aiding Talmud Study (Philipp Feldheim, 1986). ISBN 0-87306-428-3
        * Nathan T. Lopes Cardozo The Infinite Chain : Torah, Masorah, and Man (Philipp Feldheim, 1989). ISBN 0-944070-15-9
        * D. Landesman A Practical Guide to Torah Learning (Jason Aronson, 1995). ISBN 1-56821-320-4
        * Aaron Parry The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Talmud (Alpha Books, 2004). ISBN 1-59257-202-2
        * R. Travers Herford Christianity in Talmud and Midrash (Ktav Pub Inc, 1975). ISBN 0-87068-483-3
        * Carmell, Aryeh, Aiding Talmud Study: Feldheim, 5th ed. 1986 ISBN-10: 0873064283, ISBN-13: 978-0873064286
        * Johnathan Rosen The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey Between Worlds (Picador USA, 2000). ISBN 0-312-42017-X
[edit] Talmudic logic and methodology
        * Samuel ha-Nagid, Mevo ha-Talmud
        * Samson of Chinon, Sefer ha-Keritut
        * collective, ed. Abraham ibn Akra, Meharere Nemarim
        * Isaac Campanton, Darche ha-Talmud
        * David ben Solomon ibn Abi Zimra, Kelale ha-Gemara
        * Bezalel Ashkenazi, Kelale ha-Gemara
        * Yeshu’ah b. Yosef ha-Levi, Halichot Olam
        * Joseph Caro, Kelale ha-Gemara (commentary on Halichot Olam)
        * Solomon Algazi, Yavin Shemu’ah (commentary on Halichot Olam)
        * Serillo, Samuel, Kelale Shemuel
        * Horowitz, Isaiah, Shene Luchot ha-Berit (section on Torah she-be-al-Pe)
        * Moses Chaim Luzzatto, Derech Tevunot
        * de Oliveira, Solomon, Darche Noam
        * Malachi ha-Cohen, Yad Malachi
        * Aryeh Leib HaCohen Heller, Shev Shema'tata
        * Goitein, B., Kesef Nivhar
        * Moshe Amiel, Ha-Middot le-Heker ha-Halachah
[edit] Modern scholarly works
        * Y. N. Epstein, Mevo-ot le-Sifrut haTalmudim
        * Hanoch Albeck, Mavo la-talmudim
        * Louis Jacobs, "How Much of the Babylonian Talmud is Pseudepigraphic?" Journal of Jewish Studies 28, No. 1 (1977), pp. 46–59
        * Saul Lieberman, Hellenism in Jewish Palestine (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary, 1950)
        * Jacob Neusner, Sources and Traditions: Types of Compositions in the Talmud of Babylonia (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992).
        * David Weiss Halivni, Mekorot u-Mesorot (Jerusalem: Jewish Theological Seminary, 1982 on)
        * Yaakov Elman, "Order, Sequence, and Selection: The Mishnah’s Anthological Choices,” in David Stern, ed. The Anthology in Jewish Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) 53-80
        * Strack, Herman L. and Stemberger, Gunter, Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash,
tr. Markus Bockmuehl: repr. 1992, hardback ISBN-10: 0567095096,
ISBN-13: 978-0567095091, paperback ISBN-10: 0800625242, ISBN-13:
978-0800625245
        * Moses Mielziner, Introduction to the Talmud: repr. 1997, hardback ISBN-10: 0819701564, ISBN-13: 978-0819701565, paperback ISBN-10: 0819700150, ISBN-13: 978-0819700155
[edit] Historical study
        * Shalom Carmy (Ed.) Modern Scholarship in the Study of Torah: Contributions and Limitations Jason Aronson, Inc.
        * Richard Kalmin Sages, Stories, Authors and Editors in Rabbinic Babylonia Brown Judaic Studies
        * David C. Kraemer, On the Reliability of Attributions in the Babylonian Talmud, Hebrew Union College Annual 60 (1989), pp. 175–90
        * Lee Levine, Ma'amad ha-Hakhamim be-Erez Yisrael (Jerusalem: Yad
Yizhak Ben-Zvi, 1985), (=The Rabbinic Class of Roman Palestine in Late
Antiquity)
        * Saul Lieberman Hellenism in Jewish Palestine (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary, 1950)
        * John W. McGinley " 'The Written' as the Vocation of Conceiving Jewishly". ISBN 0-595-40488-X
        * David Bigman, Finding A Home for Critical Talmud Study
[edit] External links
 Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Talmud
[edit] General
        * Talmud, jewishencyclopedia.com
        * Talmud Commentaries, jewishencyclopedia.com
        * Jewish History: Talmud, aish.com
        * Talmud/Mishnah/Gemara, jewishvirtuallibrary.org
        * Jewish Law Research Guide, University of Miami Law Library
        * A survey of rabbinic literature, Ohr Somayach
        * Introduction To The Talmud For The Novice,Rabbi M. Taub
[edit] Full text resources
        * Mishnah (Hebrew)
        * Tosefta (Hebrew)
        * Talmud Yerushalmi (Hebrew)
        * Talmud Bavli (Hebrew)
        * Full searchable Talmud on Snunit (Hebrew)
        * Rodkinson English translation See above, under #Translations of Talmud Bavli.
        * Images of each page of the Babylonian Talmud (Hebrew)
[edit] Manuscripts
        * Treasury of Talmudic Manuscripts, Jewish National and University Library
[edit] Talmudic layout
        * "A Page from the Babylonian Talmud" image map from Prof. Eliezer Segal
        * Talmud and its Shape: colour coded daf, upenn.edu
        * A Tour of the English-language Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud page
[edit] Pertaining to the "Daf Yomi" program
        * A general resource for Daf Yomi
        * Point by point summary and discussion by daf
        * Calendar for this Daf Yomi cycle
        * Daf-A-Week: A project to study a daf per week
        * Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's Daily Insights on Daf Yomi
[edit] Refutation of allegations concerning the Talmud
        * The Talmud in Anti-Semitic Polemics, Anti-Defamation League.
        * The Real Truth about the Talmud
        * Talmud Exposed
        * Falsifiers of the Talmud
[edit] Audio
        * Shiurim on the Talmud, mp3shiur.com
        * MP3 Talmud Shiurim by Rav Nissan Kaplan of Mir Yeshiva, Jerusalem
        * E-daf/com has, in addition to the text of the Daf Yomi, lectures on the Daf spoken in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Yeshivish.
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Mas Bambang...
 
apa yang di copy paste dalam tulisan bahasa Indonesia, "bukanlah" makna kitab talmud itu sendiri (at least ini katanya ss..he..he.. he.he..). ..jika Mas rujuk kepada ayat di AQ, maka proses talmud yang bisa dinamakan dengan "talmudisme" dilakukan sekitar antara abad 3 - 4 masehi, yaitu 2-3 abad "sebelum" kehadiran manusia bernama Ahmad dan 1 -2 abad "setelah" manusia bernama Isa / Yesus...
 
motivasi utamanya adalah agar perjalanan bangsa yahudi yang tidak nyaman sepanjang perjalanannya menjadi jauh lebih nyaman...jika merujuk kepada literatur yang ada, maka hampir sepanjang 2000 tahun mereka menjadi bangsa yang terombang-ambing. ..dalam bentuk nomaden (suka berpindah tempat)...barulah dengan adanya perjanjian beldford, maka muncul sebuah negara di tahun 1949 (mudah2an tahunnya benar) bernama israel dengan pm pertamanya Sdr Ben Gurion....kenapa ini ada?..sebagai hadiah atas jasanya memenangkan PD ke-2 bagi sekutu...
 
yang menarik peristiwa ini mirip dengan kejadian eranya empirium Heraclitus, di mana bangsa yahudi "dihajar" habis, sehingga pontang panting di era persia...nah, jika Mas amati apa yang diserukan oleh paus benedictus baru2 ini, yang berkaitan dengan seruannya agar negara lain membantu berdirinya negara palestina... coba kita saksikan apa yang bakal terjadi nantinya...he. .he..he.he. he.he...Mas tahu khan makna helenisme?.. nah, kejadian ini akan terkait dengan ini...
 
so, jangan cepat2 menyatakan bahwa yahudi sebagai bangsa yang dilaknat...apalagi "katanya" membunuh para nabi yang datang...karena makna membunuh di sini BUKAN membunuh manusianya.. .namun, REPUTASI para Utusan Tuhannya yang dimatikan... agar apa?..ya agar ada itu yang antara lain nama helenisme dan sarasinisme. .he..he.he. he.he.he. he...kalau soal pembangkangan mah...bukan yahudi juga akan membangkang saat ikuti itu pola strategi yahudi...apa bedanya?...he. .he.he.he. he..
 
 
salam warna,
ss
 

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Subject: [Spiritual-Indonesi a] Re: Ayat2 Talmud
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Ini bukan kitab suci, tapi kitab menurut hawa nafsu RAbbi mereka..Inilah yg dipercaya ummat lain bahwasanya ummat yahudi itu ummat pilihan Tuhan...PAdahal sebaliknya.. ..yg paling dilaknat, karena sering membangkang, membunuh dan menolak para nabi yg datang/..

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he..he..he.he...wikipedia baru kapan muncul?...talmudisme itu sudah ada di abad 3-4 masehi...udah ada wikipedia belum ya waktu itu?..he..he.he.he.he..ini hanya berbagi standar yang tidak umum....emang bagus baca ini, nambah pengetahuan...nambah pengetahuan "belum" tentu maknanya "bener"...kenapa? tergantung itikad dan motivasi itu disampaikan...he..he.he.he.he...
 
mari kita "baca" pakai akal sehat dan hati nurani....kalau 'sekedar" baca pakai mata ya asal ndak buta huruf pasti bisa koq...he..he.he.he..dan satu lagi, ss nggak mau ikuti strategi yahudi....strategi ss ikuti Utusan Tuhan, Gusti Prabu Nu Maha Agung....he..he.he.he.he.he...
 
salam baca,
ss

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Rabbinic Literature


Talmudic literature

Mishnah • Tosefta
Jerusalem Talmud • Babylonian Talmud
Minor tractates



Halakhic Midrash

Mekhilta de-Rabbi Yishmael (Exodus)
Mekhilta de-Rabbi Shimon (Exodus)
Sifra (Leviticus)
Sifre (Numbers & Deuteronomy)
Sifre Zutta (Numbers)
Mekhilta le-Sefer Devarim (Deuteronomy)
Baraita of Rabbi Ishmael



Aggadic Midrash

—— Tannaitic ——
Seder Olam Rabbah
Alphabet of Akiba ben Joseph
Baraita of the Forty-nine Rules
Baraita on the Thirty-two Rules
Baraita on Tabernacle Construction
—— 400–600 ——
Genesis Rabbah • Eichah Rabbah
Pesikta de-Rav Kahana
Esther Rabbah • Midrash Iyyov
Leviticus Rabbah • Seder Olam Zutta
Midrash Tanhuma • Megillat Antiochus
—— 650–900 ——
Avot of Rabbi Natan
Pirkei de-Rabbi Eliezer
Tanna Devei Eliyahu
Alphabet of Ben-Sira
Kohelet Rabbah • Canticles Rabbah
Devarim Rabbah • Devarim Zutta
Pesikta Rabbati • Midrash Samuel
Midrash Proverbs • Ruth Rabbah
Baraita of Samuel • Targum sheni
—— 900–1000 ——
Ruth Zuta • Eichah Zuta
Midrash Tehillim • Midrash Hashkem
Exodus Rabbah • Canticles Zutta
—— 1000–1200 ——
Midrash Tadshe • Sefer ha-Yashar
—— Later ——
Yalkut Shimoni • Yalkut Makiri
Midrash Jonah • Ein Yaakov
Midrash ha-Gadol • Numbers Rabbah
Smaller midrashim


Rabbinic Targum

—— Torah ——
Targum Onkelos
Targum Pseudo-Jonathan
Fragment Targum • Targum Neofiti

—— Nevi'im ——
Targum Jonathan

—— Ketuvim ——
Targum Tehillim • Targum Mishlei
Targum Iyyov
Targum to the Five Megillot
Targum Sheni to Esther
Targum to Chronicles

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The Talmud (Hebrew: תַּלְמוּד talmūd "instruction, learning", from a root lmd "teach, study") is a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs, and history. It is a central text of mainstream Judaism.
The Talmud has two components: the Mishnah (c. 200 CE), the first written compendium of Judaism's Oral Law; and the Gemara (c. 500 CE), a discussion of the Mishnah and related Tannaitic writings that often ventures onto other subjects and expounds broadly on the Tanakh.
The terms Talmud and Gemara are often used interchangeably. The Gemara is the basis for all codes of rabbinic law and is much quoted in other rabbinic literature. The whole Talmud is also traditionally referred to as Shas (ש"ס), a Hebrew abbreviation of shisha sedarim, the "six orders" of the Mishnah.





Contents[hide]

1 History

1.1 Oral law
1.2 Mishnah
1.3 Baraita
1.4 Gemara
1.5 Halakha and Aggadah
2 Bavli and Yerushalmi

2.1 Talmud Yerushalmi (Jerusalem Talmud)
2.2 Talmud Bavli (Babylonian Talmud)
2.3 Comparison of style and subject matter
3 Language
4 Printing
5 Commentary and study

5.1 The Geonim
5.2 Halakhic and Aggadic Extractions
5.3 Commentaries
5.4 Pilpul
5.5 Brisker method
5.6 Critical method

5.6.1 Textual emendations
5.7 Historical analysis, and higher textual criticism
5.8 Contemporary scholarship
6 Role of the Talmud in Judaism

6.1 Sadducees
6.2 Karaism
6.3 Reform Judaism
6.4 Present day
7 Attacks on the Talmud

7.1 Middle ages
7.2 Contemporary accusations
8 Translations

8.1 Translations of Talmud Bavli
8.2 Translations of Talmud Yerushalmi
9 See also
10 Notes
11 References

11.1 General
11.2 Talmudic logic and methodology
11.3 Modern scholarly works
11.4 Historical study
12 External links

12.1 General
12.2 Full text resources
12.3 Manuscripts
12.4 Talmudic layout
12.5 Pertaining to the "Daf Yomi" program
12.6 Refutation of allegations concerning the Talmud
12.7 Audio

[edit] History

[edit] Oral law
Main article: Oral Torah

 

The first page of the Vilna Edition of the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Berachot, folio 2a.
Originally, Jewish scholarship was oral. Rabbis expounded and debated the law (the written law expressed in the Hebrew Bible) and discussed the Tanakh without the benefit of written works (other than the Biblical books themselves), though some may have made private notes (megillot setarim), for example of court decisions. This situation changed drastically, however, mainly as the result of the destruction of the Jewish commonwealth in the year 70 CE and the consequent upheaval of Jewish social and legal norms. As the Rabbis were required to face a new reality—mainly Judaism without a Temple (to serve as the center of teaching and study) and Judea without autonomy—there was a flurry of legal discourse and the old system of oral scholarship could not be maintained. It is during this period that Rabbinic discourse began to be recorded in writing.[1][2] The earliest recorded oral law may have been of the midrashic form, in which halakhic discussion is
 structured as exegetical commentary on the Pentateuch. But an alternative form, organized by subject matter instead of by biblical verse, became dominant about the year 200 C.E., when Rabbi Judah haNasi redacted the Mishnah (משנה).
The Oral Law was far from monolithic, but varied among various schools. The most famous two were the School of Shammai and the School of Hillel. In general, all opinions, even the non-normative ones, were recorded in the Talmud.

[edit] Mishnah
Main article: Mishnah
The Mishnah is a compilation of legal opinions and debates. Statements in the Mishnah are typically terse, recording brief opinions of the rabbis debating a subject; or recording only an unattributed ruling, apparently representing a consensus view. The rabbis recorded in the Mishnah are known as Tannaim.
Since it sequences its laws by subject matter instead of by biblical context, the Mishnah discusses individual subjects more thoroughly than the Midrash, and it includes a much broader selection of halakhic subjects than the Midrash. The Mishna's topical organization thus became the framework of the Talmud as a whole. But not every tractate in the Mishnah has a corresponding Gemara. Also, the order of the tractates in the Talmud differs in some cases from that in the Mishnah (see the discussion on each order).







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v • d • eThe Six Orders of the Mishnah (ששה סדרי משנה)









Zeraim   (זרעים)
Moed   (מועד)
Nashim   (נשים)
Nezikin   (נזיקין)
Kodashim   (קדשים)
Tohorot   (טהרות)






Berakhot · Pe'ah · Demai · Kil'ayim · Shevi'it · Terumot · Ma'aserot · Ma'aser Sheni · Hallah · Orlah · Bikkurim


Shabbat · Eruvin · Pesahim · Shekalim · Yoma · Sukkah · Beitzah · Rosh Hashanah · Ta'anit · Megillah · Mo'ed Katan · Hagigah


Yevamot · Ketubot · Nedarim · Nazir · Sotah · Gittin · Kiddushin


Bava Kamma · Bava Metzia · Bava Batra · Sanhedrin · Makkot · Shevu'ot · Eduyot · Avodah Zarah · Avot · Horayot


Zevahim · Menahot · Hullin · Bekhorot · Arakhin · Temurah · Keritot · Me'ilah · Tamid · Middot · Kinnim


Keilim · Oholot · Nega'im · Parah · Tohorot · Mikva'ot · Niddah · Makhshirin · Zavim · Tevul Yom · Yadayim · Uktzim

[edit] Baraita
In addition to the Mishnah, other tannaitic teachings were current at about the same time or shortly thereafter. The Gemara frequently refers to these tannaitic statements in order to compare them to those contained in the Mishnah and to support or refute the propositions of Amoraim. All such non-Mishnaic tannaitic sources are termed baraitot (lit. outside material, "Works external to the Mishnah"; sing. baraita ברייתא). The baraitot cited in the Gemara are often quotations from the Tosefta (a tannaitic compendium of halakha parallel to the Mishnah) and the Halakhic Midrashim (specifically Mekhilta, Sifra and Sifre). Some baraitot, however, are known only through traditions cited in the Gemara, and are not part of any other collection.

[edit] Gemara
Main article: Gemara
In the three centuries following the redaction of the Mishnah, rabbis throughout Israel and Babylonia analyzed, debated and discussed that work. These discussions form the Gemara (גמרא). Gemara means “completion” (from the Hebrew gamar גמר: "to complete") or "learning"( from the Aramaic: "to study"). The Gemara mainly focuses on elucidating and elaborating the opinions of the Tannaim. The rabbis of the Gemara are known as Amoraim (sing. Amora אמורא).
Much of the Gemara consists of legal analysis. The starting point for the analysis is usually a legal statement found in a Mishnah. The statement is then analyzed and compared with other statements in a dialectical exchange between two (frequently anonymous and sometimes metaphorical) disputants, termed the makshan (questioner) and tartzan (answerer). Another important function of Gemara is to identify the correct Biblical basis for a given law presented in the Mishnah and the logical process connecting one with the other: this activity was known as talmud long before the existence of the "Talmud" as a text.
These exchanges form the "building-blocks" of the Gemara; the name for a passage of gemara is a sugya (סוגיא; plural sugyot). A Sugya will typically comprise a detailed proof-based elaboration of a Mishnaic statement.
In a given sugya, scriptural, Tannaic and Amoraic statements are brought to support the various opinions. In so doing, the Gemara will bring semantic disagreements between Tannaim and Amoraim (often ascribing a view to an earlier authority as to how he may have answered a question), and compare the Mishnaic views with passages from the Baraita. Rarely are debates formally closed; in many instances, the final word determines the practical law, although there are many exceptions to this principle.

[edit] Halakha and Aggadah
The Talmud contains a vast amount of material and touches on a great many subjects. Traditionally Talmudic statements can be classified into two broad categories, Halakhic and Aggadic statements. Halakhic statements are those which directly relate to questions of Jewish law and practice (Halakha). Aggadic statements are those which are not legally related, but rather are exegetical, homiletical, ethical or historical in nature. See Aggadah for further discussion.

[edit] Bavli and Yerushalmi
The process of "Gemara" proceeded in the two major centers of Jewish scholarship, the Land of Israel and Babylonia. Correspondingly, two bodies of analysis developed, and two works of Talmud were created. The older compilation is called the Jerusalem Talmud or the Talmud Yerushalmi. It was compiled sometime during the fourth century in Israel. The Babylonian Talmud was compiled about the year 500 C.E., although it continued to be edited later. The word "Talmud", when used without qualification, usually refers to the Babylonian Talmud.

[edit] Talmud Yerushalmi (Jerusalem Talmud)
Main article: Jerusalem Talmud

 

A page of a medieval Jerusalem Talmud manuscript, from the Cairo Genizah.
The Jerusalem Talmud, also known as the Palestinian Talmud, was one of the two compilations of Jewish religious teachings and commentary that was transmitted orally for centuries prior to its compilation by Jewish scholars in Palestine.[3] It is a compilation of teachings of the schools of Tiberias, Sepphoris and Caesarea. It is written largely in a western Aramaic dialect that differs from its Babylonian counterpart.
This Talmud is a synopsis of the analysis of the Mishnah that was developed over the course of nearly 200 years by the Academies in Israel (principally those of Tiberias and Caesaria.) Because of their location, the sages of these Academies devoted considerable attention to analysis of the agricultural laws of the Land of Israel. Traditionally, this Talmud was thought to have been redacted in about the year 350 C.E. by Rav Muna and Rav Yossi in the Land of Israel. It is traditionally known as the Talmud Yerushalmi ("Jerusalem Talmud"), but the name is a misnomer, as it was not prepared in Jerusalem. It has more accurately been called the The Talmud of the Land of Israel[citation needed]. It has also often been referred to as the Palestinian Talmud, especially in sources that predate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Its final redaction probably belongs to the end of the fourth century, but the individual scholars who brought it to its present form cannot be fixed with assurance. By this time Christianity had become the state religion of the Roman Empire and Jerusalem the holy city of Christendom. In 325 CE Constantine, the first Christian emperor, said “let us have nothing in common with this odious people”. This policy made a Jew an outcast and pauper. The compilers of the Jerusalem Talmud consequently lacked the time to produce a work of the quality they had intended. The text is evidently incomplete and is not easy to follow. Any further work on the Jerusalem Talmud probably came to an abrupt end in 425 C.E., when Theodosius II suppressed the Patriarchate and put an end to the practice of formal scholarly ordination.
Despite this, the Jerusalem Talmud remains an indispensable source of knowledge of the development of the Jewish Law in the Holy Land. It was also an important resource in the study of the Babylonian Talmud by the Kairouan school of Hananel ben Hushiel and Nissim Gaon, with the result that opinions ultimately based on the Jerusalem Talmud found their way into both the Tosafot and the Mishneh Torah of Maimonides.
There are traditions that hold that in the Messianic Age the Jerusalem Talmud will have priority over the Babylonian. This may be interpreted as meaning that, following the restoration of the Sanhedrin and the line of ordained scholars, the work will be completed and "out of Zion shall go the Law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem".

[edit] Talmud Bavli (Babylonian Talmud)
The Talmud Bavli was transmitted orally for centuries prior to its compilation by Jewish scholars in Babylon about the 5th century CE.[4]

 

A full set of the Babylonian Talmud.
Since the Exile to Babylonia in 586 BCE, there had been Jewish communities living in Babylonia as well as in Judea, as many of the captives never returned home. From then till the Talmudic period the Babylonian Jewish population increased through natural growth as well as migration. The most important of the Jewish centres were Nehardea, Nisibis, Mahoza, Pumbeditha and Sura. It was no longer necessary for scholars to travel regularly to Israel to gather authentic traditions.
Talmud Bavli (the "Babylonian Talmud") comprises the Mishnah and the Babylonian Gemara, the latter representing the culmination of more than 300 years of analysis of the Mishnah in the Babylonian Academies. The foundations of this process of analysis were laid by Rab, a disciple of Rabbi Judah ha-Nasi. Tradition ascribes the compilation of the Babylonian Talmud in its present form to two Babylonian sages, Rav Ashi and Ravina. Ashi was president of the Sura Academy from 375 to 427 CE. The work begun by Ashi was completed by Ravina, who is traditionally regarded as the final Amoraic expounder. Accordingly, traditionalists argue that Ravina’s death in 499 CE is the latest possible date for the completion of the redaction of the Talmud. However, even on the most traditional view a few passages are regarded as the work of a group of rabbis who edited the Talmud after the end of the Amoraic period, known as the Saboraim or Rabbanan Savora'e (meaning
 "reasoners" or "considerers" ).
The question as to when the Gemara was finally put into its present form is not settled among modern scholars. Some, like Louis Jacobs, argue that the main body of the Gemara is not simple reportage of conversations, as it purports to be, but a highly elaborate structure contrived by the Saboraim, who must therefore be regarded as the real authors. On this view the text did not reach its final form until around 700. Some modern scholars use the term Stammaim (from the Hebrew Stam, meaning "closed", "vague" or "unattributed" ) for the authors of unattributed statements in the Gemara. (See eras within Jewish law.)

[edit] Comparison of style and subject matter
There are significant differences between the two Talmud compilations. The language of the Jerusalem Talmud is a western Aramaic dialect which differs from the form of Aramaic found in the Babylonian Talmud. The Talmud Yerushalmi is often fragmentary and difficult to read, even for experienced Talmudists. The redaction of the Talmud Bavli, on the other hand, is more careful and precise. The law as laid down in the two compilations is basically similar, except in emphasis and in minor details. The Jerusalem Talmud has not received much attention from commentators, and such traditional commentaries as exist are mostly concerned with comparing its teachings to those of the Talmud Bavli.
Neither the Jerusalem nor the Babylonian Talmud covers the entire Mishnah: for example, a Babylonian Gemara exists only for 37 out of the 63 tractates of the Mishnah. In particular:

The Jerusalem Talmud covers all the tractates of Zeraim, while the Babylonian Talmud covers only tractate Berachot. The reason might be that most laws from the Orders Zeraim (agricultural laws limited to the land of Israel) had little practical relevance in Babylonia and were therefore not included.[5] The Jerusalem Talmud has a greater focus on the Land of Israel and the Torah's agricultural laws pertaining to the land because it was written in the Land of Israel where the laws applied.
The Jerusalem Talmud does not cover the Mishnaic order of Kodashim, which deals with sacrificial rites and laws pertaining to the Temple, while the Babylonian Talmud does cover it. It is not clear why this is, as the laws were not directly applicable in either country following the Temple's 70 CE destruction.
In both Talmuds, only one tractate of Tohorot (ritual purity laws) is examined, that of the menstrual laws, Niddah.
The Babylonian Talmud records the opinions of the rabbis of Israel as well as of those of Babylonia, while the Jerusalem Talmud only seldom cites the Babylonian rabbis. The Babylonian version also contains the opinions of more generations because of its later date of completion. For both these reasons it is regarded as a more comprehensive collection of the opinions available. On the other hand, because of the centuries of redaction between the composition of the Jerusalem and the Babylonian Talmud, the opinions of early amoraim might be closer to their original form in the Jerusalem Talmud.
The influence of the Babylonian Talmud has been far greater than that of the Yerushalmi. In the main, this is because the influence and prestige of the Jewish community of Israel steadily declined in contrast with the Babylonian community in the years after the redaction of the Talmud and continuing until the Gaonic era. Furthermore, the editing of the Babylonian Talmud was superior to that of the Jerusalem version, making it more accessible and readily usable. According to Maimonides, all Jewish communities during the Gaonic era formally accepted the Babylonian Talmud as binding upon themselves, and modern Jewish practice follows the Babylonian Talmud's conclusions on all areas in which the two Talmuds are in conflict.

[edit] Language
The Babylonian Talmud, comprising both the Mishnah and the Gemara, contains large swaths of both Hebrew and Aramaic. The central portion is in Hebrew.[6]
While Aramaic was spoken for a long time by ancient Jews, Hebrew, in various forms and at various historical stages, was also continuously used. Hebrew was used for the writing of religious texts, poetry, and so forth, as well as for speech. Even after the introduction of Aramaic, and its influence on Late Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew continued to develop, and today scholars use terms like Mishnaic/Rabbinic Hebrew and Medieval Hebrew.[7]
Not only the Mishnah, but also all the Baraitas quoted and embedded in the Gemara, are in Hebrew, so that Hebrew constitutes somewhat less than half[citation needed] of the text of the Talmud. The rest, including the discussions of the Amoraim and the overall framework, is in a characteristic dialect of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic. There are occasional quotations from older works in other dialects of Aramaic, such as Megillat Taanit.

[edit] Printing
The first complete edition of the Babylonian Talmud was printed in Italy by Daniel Bomberg during the 16th century. In addition to the Mishnah and Gemara, Bomberg's edition contained the commentaries of Rashi and Tosafot. Almost all printings since Bomberg have followed the same pagination. The edition of the Talmud published by the Szapira brothers in Slavuta in 1795 is particularly prized by many hasidic rebbes. In 1835, after an acrimonious dispute with the Szapira family, a new edition of the Talmud was printed by Menachem Romm of Vilna. Known as the Vilna Shas, this edition (and later ones printed by his widow and sons) has been used in the production of more recent editions of Talmud Bavli.
A page number in the Talmud refers to a double-sided page, known as a daf; each daf has two amudim labeled א and ב, sides A and B. The referencing by daf is relatively recent and dates from the early Talmud printings of the 17th century. Earlier rabbinic literature generally only refers to the tractate or chapters within a tractate. Nowadays, reference is made in format [Tractate daf a/b] (e.g. Berachot 23b). In the Vilna edition of the Talmud there are 5,894 folio pages.
The text of the Vilna editions is considered by scholars not to be uniformly reliable. In the early twentieth century Nathan Rabinowitz published a series of volumes called Dikduke Soferim showing textual variants from early manuscripts and printings. In 1960 the Institute for the Complete Israeli Talmud started work on a new edition under the name of Gemara Shelemah (complete Gemara) under the editorship of Menachem Mendel Kasher: only the volume on the first part of tractate Pesachim appeared (in 1986) before the project was interrupted by his death. This edition contained a comprehensive set of textual variants and a few selected commentaries. There have been critical editions of particular tractates (e.g. Henry Malter's edition of Ta'anit), but there is no modern critical edition of the whole Talmud. The most recent edition is by the Oz ve-Hadar institute: this is basically an updated version of the Vilna edition, but cites variant texts in
 footnotes.

[edit] Commentary and study
From the time of its completion, the Talmud became integral to Jewish scholarship. This section outlines some of the major areas of Talmudic study.

[edit] The Geonim
The earliest Talmud commentaries were written by the Geonim (approximately 800-1000, C.E.) in Babylonia. Although some direct commentaries on particular treatises are extant, our main knowledge of Gaonic era Talmud scholarship comes from statements embedded in Geonic responsa which shed light on Talmudic passages. Also important are practical abridgments of Jewish law such as Yehudai Gaon's Halachot Pesukot, Achai Gaon's Sheeltot and Simeon Kayyara's Halachot Gedolot. After the death of Hai Gaon, however, the center of Talmud scholarship shifts to Europe and North Africa.

[edit] Halakhic and Aggadic Extractions
One area of Talmudic scholarship developed out of the need to ascertain the Halakha. Early commentators such as Rabbi Isaac Alfasi (North Africa, 1013-1103) attempted to extract and determine the binding legal opinions from the vast corpus of the Talmud. Alfasi's work was highly influential and later served as a basis for the creation of halakhic codes. Another influential medieval Halakhic work following the order of the Babylonian Talmud, and to some extent modelled on Alfasi, was that of Rabbi Asher ben Yechiel (d. 1327).
A fifteenth century Spanish rabbi, Jacob ibn Habib (d. 1516), composed the Ein Yaakov. Ein Yaakov (or Ein Ya'aqob) extracts nearly all the Aggadic material from the Talmud. It was intended to familiarize the public with the ethical parts of the Talmud and to dispute many of the accusations surrounding its contents.

[edit] Commentaries
Main article: Rabbinic literature
The Talmud is often cryptic and difficult to understand. Its language contains many Greek and Persian words which over time became obscure. A major area of Talmudic scholarship developed in order to explain these passages and words. Some early commentators such as Rabbenu Gershom of Mainz (10th c.) and Rabbenu Hananel (early 11th c.) produced running commentaries to various tractates. These commentaries could be read with the text of the Talmud and would help explain the meaning of the text. Another important work is the Sefer ha-Mafteach (Book of the Key) by Nissim Gaon, which contains a preface explaining the different forms of Talmudic argumentation and then explains abbreviated passages in the Talmud by cross-referring to parallel passages where the same thought is expressed in full. Using a different style, Rabbi Nathan b. Jechiel created a lexicon called the Arukh in the 11th century in order to translate difficult words.
By far the best known commentary on the Babylonian Talmud is that of Rashi (Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac, 1040-1105). The commentary is comprehensive, covering almost the entire Talmud. Written as a running commentary, it provides a full explanation of the words, and explains the logical structure of each Talmudic passage. It is considered indispensable to students of the Talmud.
Medieval Ashkenazic Jewry produced another major commentary known as Tosafot ("additions" or "supplements" ). The Tosafot are collected commentaries by various medieval Ashkenazic Rabbis on the Talmud (known as Tosafists). One of the main goals of the Tosafot is to explain and interpret contradictory statements in the Talmud. Unlike Rashi, the Tosafot is not a running commentary, but rather comments on selected matters. Often the explanations of Tosafot differ from those of Rashi.
Among the founders of the Tosafist school were Rabbi Jacob b. Meir (known as Rabbeinu Tam), who was a grandson of Rashi, and, Rabbenu Tam's nephew, Rabbi Isaac ben Samuel. The Tosafot commentaries were collected in different editions in the various schools. The benchmark collection of Tosafot for Northern France was that of R. Eliezer of Touques. The standard collection for Spain was that of Rabbenu Asher ("Tosafot Harosh"). The Tosafot that are printed in the standard Vilna edition of the Talmud are an edited version compiled from the various medieval collections, predominantly that of Touques.[8]
Over time, the approach of the Tosafists spread to other Jewish communities, particularly those in Spain. This led to the composition of many other commentaries in similar styles. Among these are the commentaries of Ramban, Rashba, Ritva and Ran. A comprehensive anthology consisting of extracts from all these is the Shittah Mekubbetzet of Bezalel Ashkenazi.
There were other commentaries produced in Spain and Provence which were not influenced by the Tosafist style. Two of the most significant of these are the Yad Ramah by Rabbi Meir Abulafia (uncle of the mystic Abraham Abulafia) and Bet Habechirah by Rabbi Menahem haMeiri, commonly referred to as "Meiri". While the Bet Habechirah is extant for all of Talmud, we only have the Yad Ramah for Tractates Sanhedrin, Baba Batra and Gittin.
In later centuries, focus partially shifted from direct Talmudic interpretation to the analysis of previously written Talmudic commentaries. These later commentaries include "Maharshal" (Solomon Luria), "Maharam" (Meir Lublin) and "Maharsha" (Samuel Edels)

[edit] Pilpul
During the 15th and 16th centuries, a new intensive form of Talmud study arose. Complicated logical arguments were used to explain minor points of contradiction within the Talmud. The term pilpul (related to the Hebrew word pilpel, meaning "spice" or "pepper"[9] ) was applied to this type of study. Usage of pilpul in this sense (that of "sharp analysis") harks back to the Talmudic era and refers to the intellectual sharpness this method demanded.
Pilpul practitioners posited that the Talmud could contain no redundancy or contradiction whatsoever. New categories and distinctions (hillukim) were therefore created, resolving seeming contradictions within the Talmud by novel logical means.
Among Sephardi and Italian Jews some authorities sought to apply the methods of Aristotelian logic, as reformulated by Averroes.[10] This method was first recorded, though without explicit reference to Aristotle, by Isaac Campanton (d. Spain, 1463) in his Darkhei ha-Talmud ("The Ways of the Talmud"), and is also found in the works of Moses Chaim Luzzatto.
In the Ashkenazi world the founders of pilpul are generally considered to be Jacob Pollak (1460-1541) and Shalom Shachna. This kind of study reached its height in the 16th and 17th centuries when expertise in pilpulistic analysis was considered an art form and became a goal in and of itself within the yeshivot of Poland and Lithuania. But the popular new method of Talmud study was not without critics; already in the 15th century, the ethical tract Orhot Zaddikim ("Lights of the Righteous" in Hebrew) criticized pilpul for an overemphasis on intellectual acuity. Many 16th- and 17th-century rabbis were also critical of pilpul. Among them may be noted Judah Loew ben Bezalel (the Maharal of Prague), Isaiah Horowitz, and Yair Bacharach.
By the 18th century, pilpul study waned. Other styles of learning such as that of the school of Elijah b. Solomon, the Vilna Gaon, became popular. The term "pilpul" was increasingly applied derogatorily to novellae deemed casuistic and hairsplitting. Authors referred to their own commentaries as "al derekh ha-peshat" (by the simple method) to contrast them with pilpul.[11]

[edit] Brisker method
In the late nineteenth century another trend in Talmud study arose. Rabbi Hayyim Soloveitchik (1853-1918) of Brisk (Brest-Litovsk) developed and refined this style of study. Brisker method involves a reductionistic analysis of rabbinic arguments within the Talmud or among the Rishonim, explaining the differing opinions by placing them within a categorical structure. The Brisker method is highly analytical and is often criticized as being a modern-day version of Pilpul. Nevertheless, the influence of the Brisker method is great. Most modern day Yeshivot study the Talmud using the Brisker method in some form. One feature of this method is the use of Maimonides' Mishneh Torah as a guide to Talmudic interpretation, as distinct from its use as a source of practical halakha.
Rival methods were those of the Mir and Telz yeshivas.

[edit] Critical method
As a result of emancipation from the ghetto (1789), Judaism underwent enormous upheaval and transformation during the nineteenth century, (see Reform Judaism, Haskala). Modern methods of textual and historical analysis were applied to the Talmud.

[edit] Textual emendations
The text of the Talmud has been subject to some level of critical scrutiny throughout its history. [12]
The emendations of R. Solomon Luria and R. Yoel Sirkis are included in all standard editions of the Talmud. The Vilna Gaon emended many texts without using manuscript evidence, instead seeking internal consistency in the text.[13] Many of the Gaon's emendations were later verified by textual critics, such as Solomon Schechter, who had Cairo Genizah texts with which to compare our standard editions. [14]
In the nineteenth century R. Raphael Nathan Nota Rabinovicz published a multi-volume work entitled Dikdukei Soferim, showing textual variants from the Munich and other early manuscripts of the Talmud, and further variants are recorded in the Gemara Shelemah and Oz ve-Hadar editions (see Printing, above).

[edit] Historical analysis, and higher textual criticism
Historical study of the Talmud can be used to investigate a variety of concerns. One can ask questions such as: Do a given section's sources date from its editor's lifetime? To what extent does a section have earlier or later sources? Are Talmudic disputes distinguishable along theological or communal lines? In what ways do different sections derive from different schools of thought within early Judaism? Can these early sources be identified, and if so, how? Investigation of questions such as these are known as higher textual criticism. (The term "criticism", it should be noted, is a technical term denoting academic study.)
In early medieval era, Rashi concluded that some statements in the extant text of the Talmud were insertions from later editors. On Shevuot 3b Rashi writes "A mistaken student wrote this in the margin of the Talmud, and copyists {subsequently} put it into the Gemara."
Rabbinic tradition holds that the people cited in both Talmuds did not have a hand in its writings; rather, their teachings were edited into a rough form around 450 CE (Talmud Yerushalmi) and 550 CE (Talmud Bavli.) The text of the Bavli especially was not firmly fixed at that time.
The Gaonic responsa literature addresses this issue. Teshuvot Geonim Kadmonim, section 78, deals with mistaken biblical readings in the Talmud. (Although there are many quotes in the Talmud that come from the Tanakh, a direct comparison of the quotes with a standard Tanakh shows that many of these quotes are altered.) This Gaonic responsum states:

...But you must examine carefully in every case when you feel uncertainty [as to the credibility of the text] - what is its source? Whether a scribal error? Or the superficiality of a second rate student who was not well versed?....after the manner of many mistakes found among those superficial second-rate students, and certainly among those rural memorizers who were not familiar with the biblical text. And since they erred in the first place....[they compounded the error.]
Teshuvot Geonim Kadmonim, Ed. Cassel, Berlin 1858, Photographic reprint Tel Aviv 1964, 23b.
Religious scholars still debate the precise method by which the text of the Talmuds reached their final form. Many believe that the text was continuously smoothed over by the savoraim.
In the 1870s and 1880s Rabbi Raphael Natan Nata Rabbinovitz engaged in historical study of Talmud Bavli in his Diqduqei Soferim. Since then many Orthodox rabbis have approved of his work, including Rabbis Shlomo Kluger, Yoseph Shaul Ha-Levi Natanzohn, Yaaqov Ettlinger, Isaac Elhanan Spektor, and Shimon Sofer.
During the early 19th century, leaders of the newly evolving Reform movement, such as Abraham Geiger and Samuel Holdheim, subjected the Talmud to severe scrutiny as part of an effort to break with traditional rabbinic Judaism. They insisted that the Talmud was entirely a work of evolution and development. This view was rejected as both academically incorrect, and religiously incorrect, by those who would become known as the Orthodox movement. Some Orthodox leaders such as Moses Sofer (the Chatam Sofer) became exquisitely sensitive to any change and rejected modern critical methods of Talmud study.
Some rabbis advocated a view of Talmudic study that they held to be in-between the Reformers and the Orthodox; these were the adherents of positive-historical Judaism, notably Nachman Krochmal and Zacharias Frankel. They described the Oral Torah as the result of a historical and exegetical process, emerging over time, through the application of authorized exegetical techniques, and more importantly, the subjective dispositions and personalities and current historical conditions, by learned sages. This was later developed more fully in the five volume work Dor Dor ve-Dorshav by Isaac Hirsch Weiss. (See Jay Harris Guiding the Perplexed in the Modern Age Ch. 5) Eventually their work came to be one of the formative parts of Conservative Judaism.
Another aspect of this movement is reflected in Graetz's History of the Jews. Graetz attempts to deduce the personality of the Pharisees based on the laws or aggadot that they cite, and show that their personalities influenced the laws they expounded.
The leader of Orthodox Jewry in Germany Samson Raphael Hirsch, while not rejecting the methods of scholarship in principle, hotly contested the findings of the Historical-Critical method. In a series of articles in his magazine Jeschurun (reprinted in Collected Writings Vol. 5) Hirsch reiterated the traditional view, and pointed out what he saw as numerous errors in the works of Graetz, Frankel and Geiger.
On the other hand, many of the nineteenth century's strongest critics of Reform, including strictly orthodox Rabbis such as Zvi Hirsch Chajes, utilized this new scientific method. The Orthodox Rabbinical seminary of Azriel Hildesheimer was founded on the idea of creating a "harmony between Judaism and science". Another Orthodox pioneer of scientific Talmud study was David Zvi Hoffman.
Orthodox Rabbi Yaakov Hayim Sofer (great-grandson of the Kaf ha-Hayyim) notes that the text of the Gemara has had changes and additions, and contains statements not of the same origin as the original. See his Yehi Yosef (Jerusalem, 1991) p.132 "This passage does not bear the signature of the editor of the Talmud!"
Orthodox scholar Daniel Sperber writes in "Legitimacy, of Necessity, of Scientific Disciplines" that many Orthodox sources have engaged in the historical (also called "scientific" ) study of the Talmud. As such, the divide today between Orthodoxy and Reform is not about whether the Talmud may be subjected to historical study, but rather about the theological and halakhic implications of such study.

[edit] Contemporary scholarship
Some trends within contemporary Talmud scholarship are listed below.

Orthodox Judaism maintains that the oral law was revealed, in some form, together with the written law. As such, Orthodox Judaism has resisted any effort to apply historical methods that impute specific motives to the authors of the Talmud

Some non-Orthodox scholars hold that there has been extensive editorial reshaping of the stories and statements within the Talmud. Lacking outside confirming texts, they hold that we cannot confirm the origin or date of most statements and laws, and that we can say little for certain about their authorship. In this view, the questions above are impossible to answer. See, for example, the works of Louis Jacobs and Shaye J.D. Cohen.

Some scholars hold that the Talmud has been extensively shaped by later editorial redaction, but that it contains sources which we can identify and describe with some level of reliability. In this view, sources can be identified by tracing the history and analyzing the geographical regions of origin. See, for example, the works of Lee I. Levine and David Kraemer.

Some scholars hold that many or most the statements and events described in the Talmud usually occurred more or less as described, and that they can be used as serious sources of historical study. In this view, historians do their best to tease out later editorial additions (itself a very difficult task) and skeptically view accounts of miracles, leaving behind a reliable historical text. See, for example, the works of Saul Lieberman, David Weiss Halivni, and Avraham Goldberg.
Modern academic study attempts to separate the different "strata" within the text, to try to interpret each level on its own, and to identify the correlations between parallel versions of the same tradition.
In recent years, the work of R. David Weiss Halivni and Dr. Shamma Friedman have suggested a paradigm shift in the understanding of the Talmud (Encyclopedia Judaica 2nd ed. entry "Talmud, Babylonian") . The traditional understanding was to view the Talmud as a unified homogeneous work. While other scholars had also treated the Talmud as a multi-layered work, Dr. Halivni's innovation (primarily in the second volume of his Mekorot u-Mesorot) was to differentiate between the Amoraic statements which are generally brief Halachic decisions or inquiries, and the writings of the later "Stammaitic" (or Saboraic) authors which are characterised by a much longer analysis often consisting of lengthy dialectic discussion. It has been noted that the Jerusalem Talmud is in fact very similar to the Babylonian Talmud minus Stammaitic activity (Encyclopaedia Judaica (2nd ed.), entry "Jerusalem Talmud").
Shamma Y. Friedman's Talmud Aruch on the sixth chapter of Bava Metzia (1996) is the first example of a complete analysis of a Talmudic text using this method. S. Wald has followed with works on Pesachim ch. 3 (2000) and Shabbat ch. 7 (2006).

[edit] Role of the Talmud in Judaism
The Talmud is the written record of an oral tradition. It became the basis for many rabbinic legal codes and customs, of which the most important are the Mishneh Torah and the Shulchan Aruch. Orthodox and, to a lesser extent, Conservative Judaism accept the Talmud as authoritative, while Reconstructionist and Reform Judaism do not. This section briefly outlines past and current movements and their view of the Talmud's role.

[edit] Sadducees
The Sadducees were a Jewish sect which flourished during the Second Temple period. One of their main arguments with the Pharisees (later known as Rabbinic Judaism) was over their rejection of an Oral Law as well as denying a resurrection after death. The disagreement was not strictly speaking about the Talmud, as this had not been written at the time.

[edit] Karaism
Another movement which rejected the oral law was Karaism. It arose within two centuries of the completion of the Talmud. Karaism developed as a reaction against the Talmudic Judaism of Babylonia. The central concept of Karaism is the rejection of the Oral Torah, as embodied in the Talmud, in favor of a strict adherence to the Written Law only. This opposes the fundamental Rabbinic concept that the Oral Law was given to Moses on Mount Sinai together with the Written Law. Some later Karaites took a more moderate stance, allowing that some element of tradition (called sevel ha-yerushah, the burden of inheritance) is admissible in interpreting the Torah and that some authentic traditions are contained in the Mishnah and the Talmud, though these can never supersede the plain meaning of the Written Law.
Karaism has virtually disappeared, declining from a high of nearly 10% of the Jewish population to a current estimated 0.2%.

[edit] Reform Judaism
With the rise of Reform Judaism, during the nineteenth century, the authority of the Talmud was again questioned. The Talmud was seen by Reform Jews as a product of late antiquity having relevance merely as a historical document. In some cases a similar view was taken of the written law as well, while others appeared to adopt a neo-Karaite "back to the Bible" approach, though often with greater emphasis on the prophetic than on the legal books.

[edit] Present day

See also Halakha: How Halakha is viewed today and Halakha: The sources and process of Halakha.
Orthodox Judaism continues to stress the importance of Talmud study and it is a central component of Yeshiva curriculum, in particular for those training to be Rabbis. This is so even though Halakha is generally studied from the medieval codes and not directly from the Talmud. Talmudic study amongst the laity is widespread in Orthodox Judaism, with daily or weekly Talmud study particularly common in Haredi Judaism and with Talmud study a central part of the curriculum in Orthodox Yeshivas and day schools. The regular study of Talmud among laymen has been popularized by the Daf Yomi, a daily course of Talmud study initiated by Rabbi Meir Shapiro in 1923; its 12th cycle of study began on March 2, 2005. See also: Orthodox beliefs about Jewish law and tradition.
Conservative Judaism similarly emphasizes the study of Talmud within its religious and rabbinic education. Generally, however, the Talmud is studied as a historical source-text for Halakha. The Conservative approach to legal decision-making emphasizes placing classic texts and prior decisions in historical and cultural context, and examining the historical development of Halakha. This approach has resulted in greater practical flexibility than that of the Orthodox. Talmud study is part of the curriculum of Conservative parochial education at many Conservative day schools and an increase in Conservative day school enrollments has resulted in an increase in Talmud study as part of Conservative Jewish education among a minority of Conservative Jews. See also: The Conservative Jewish view of the Halakha.
Reform Judaism does not emphasize the study of Talmud to the same degree in their Hebrew schools, but they do teach it in their rabbinical seminaries; the world view of liberal Judaism rejects the idea of binding Jewish law, and uses the Talmud as a source of inspiration and moral instruction. Ownership and reading of the Talmud is not widespread among Reform and Reconstructionist Jews, who usually place more emphasis on the study of the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh. See also: The Reform Jewish view of the Halakha and view of the Talmud.

[edit] Attacks on the Talmud
Christian accusations against the Talmud have tended to fall into several categories, including alleged:[15]

Anti-Christian or anti-Gentile content
Insults against Jesus or the Virgin Mary (see Yeshu)
Absurd or sexually immoral content
Falsification of scripture
Such accusations often shade into attacks on Jews or Judaism generally[citation needed], and should be distinguished from criticisms of the Talmud (including some criticism by Jews) on grounds such as excessive legalism, strained reasoning, unhistoric content and superstitious beliefs.

[edit] Middle ages
The history of the Talmud reflects in part the history of Judaism persisting in a world of hostility and persecution. Almost at the very time that the Babylonian savoraim put the finishing touches to the redaction of the Talmud, the emperor Justinian issued his edict against the abolition of the Septuagint in the service of the Synagogue. Since the Old Testament of the Bible is the Hebrew Bible, Justinian I's edict essentially banned Jews from using their own Hebrew Bible in their synagogues, at least in a commonly-understood language. This edict, dictated by Christian zeal and anti-Jewish feeling, was the prelude to attacks on the Talmud, conceived in the same spirit, and beginning in the thirteenth century in France, where Talmudic study was then flourishing.
The charge against the Talmud brought by the Christian convert Nicholas Donin led to the first public disputation between Jews and Christians and to the first burning of copies of the Talmud (Paris, Place de Grève, 1242). The Talmud was likewise the subject of a disputation at Barcelona in 1263 between Nahmanides (Rabbi Moses ben Nahman) and Christian convert, Pablo Christiani. This same Pablo Christiani made an attack on the Talmud which resulted in a papal bull against the Talmud and in the first censorship, which was undertaken at Barcelona by a commission of Dominicans, who ordered the cancellation of passages deemed objectionable from a Christian perspective (1264).
At the disputation of Tortosa in 1413, Geronimo de Santa Fé brought forward a number of accusations, including the fateful assertion that the condemnations of "pagans," "heathens," and "apostates" found in the Talmud were in reality veiled references to Christians. These assertion were denied by the Jewish community and its scholars, who contended that Judaic thought made a sharp distinction between those classified as heathen or pagan, being polytheistic, and those who acknowledge one true God (such as the Christians) even while worshipping the true monotheistic God incorrectly. Thus, Jews viewed Christians as misguided and in error, but not among the "heathens" or "pagans" discussed in the Talmud. Nevertheless, in the anti-semitic climate of the age, accusations against Jews were widely accepted without the need for proof.
Both Pablo Christiani and Geronimo de Santa Fé, in addition to criticizing the Talmud, also regarded it as a source of authentic traditions some of which could be used as arguments in favour of Christianity. Examples of such traditions were statements that the Messiah was born around the time of the destruction of the Temple, and that the Messiah sat at the right hand of God.[16]
In like manner, references in the Talmud to various historical figures were said to be coded references to Jesus, despite Jewish insistence that the Talmud refers to other, actual persons. A prominent example is Balaam son of Beor, a pagan prophet who lived approximately 1000 years before Jesus, whose actions are portrayed in the Bible, in Numbers 22 through 31. The Talmud's harsh words against Balaam echo the Bible's own condemnation in Deuteronomy 23 and Nehemiah 13. Yet, these references were said to be secretly about Jesus.
Two years later, Pope Martin V, who had convened this disputation, issued a bull (which was destined, however, to remain inoperative) forbidding the Jews to read the Talmud, and ordering the destruction of all copies of it. Far more important were the charges made in the early part of the sixteenth century by the convert Johannes Pfefferkorn, the agent of the Dominicans. The result of these accusations was a struggle in which the emperor and the pope acted as judges, the advocate of the Jews being Johann Reuchlin, who was opposed by the obscurantists; and this controversy, which was carried on for the most part by means of pamphlets, became the precursor of the Reformation[citation needed].
An unexpected result of this affair was the complete printed edition of the Babylonian Talmud issued in 1520 by Daniel Bomberg at Venice, under the protection of a papal privilege. Three years later, in 1523, Bomberg published the first edition of the Jerusalem Talmud. After thirty years the Vatican, which had first permitted the Talmud to appear in print, undertook a campaign of destruction against it. On the New Year (September 9, 1553) the copies of the Talmud which had been confiscated in compliance with a decree of the Inquisition were burned at Rome; and similar burnings took place in other Italian cities, as at Cremona in 1559. The Censorship of the Talmud and other Hebrew works was introduced by a papal bull issued in 1554; five years later the Talmud was included in the first Index Expurgatorius; and Pope Pius IV commanded, in 1565, that the Talmud be deprived of its very name.
The first edition of the expurgated Talmud, on which most subsequent editions were based, appeared at Basel (1578-1581) with the omission of the entire treatise of 'Abodah Zarah and of passages considered inimical to Christianity, together with modifications of certain phrases. A fresh attack on the Talmud was decreed by Pope Gregory XIII (1575-85), and in 1593 Clement VIII renewed the old interdiction against reading or owning it. The increasing study of the Talmud in Poland led to the issue of a complete edition (Kraków, 1602-5), with a restoration of the original text; an edition containing, so far as known, only two treatises had previously been published at Lublin (1559-76). In 1707 some copies of the Talmud were confiscated in the province of Brandenburg, but were restored to their owners by command of Frederick, the first king of Prussia. The last attack on the Talmud took place in Poland (in what is now Ukrainian territory) in 1757, when Bishop
 Dembowski, at the instigation of the Frankists, convened a public disputation at Kamenets-Podolsk, and ordered all copies of the work found in his bishopric to be confiscated and burned by the hangman.
The external history of the Talmud includes also the literary attacks made upon it by Christian theologians after the Reformation, since these onslaughts on Judaism were directed primarily against that work, even though it was made a subject of study by the Christian theologians of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 1830, during a debate in the French Chamber of Peers regarding state recognition of the Jewish faith, Admiral Verhuell declared himself unable to forgive the Jews whom he had met during his travels throughout the world either for their refusal to recognize Jesus as the Messiah or for their possession of the Talmud. In the same year the Abbé Chiarini published at Paris a voluminous work entitled "Théorie du Judaïsme," in which he announced a translation of the Talmud, advocating for the first time a version which should make the work generally accessible, and thus serve for attacks on Judaism. In a like spirit nineteenth century
 anti-Semitic agitators often urged that a translation be made; and this demand was even brought before legislative bodies, as in Vienna. The Talmud and the "Talmud Jew" thus became objects of anti-Semitic attacks, for example in August Rohling's Der Talmudjude, although, on the other hand, they were defended by many Christian students of the Talmud.
Despite the numerous mentions of Edom which may refer to Christendom, the Talmud makes little mention of Jesus directly or the early Christians. There are a number of quotes about one or more individuals designated "Yeshu" that once existed in editions of the Talmud, although details about Yeshu do not match the Christian beliefs about Jesus' trial and death. The Talmud says Yeshu was hanged, not crucified, on the eve of (before) Passover. (This is when Jesus was crucified according to the Gospel of John, but the Synoptic Gospels indicate that the crucifixion occurred on the first day of Passover itself. Scholars have debated the reasons for this apparent discrepancy. ) Yeshu had 5 disciples, whose names are different from the 12 apostles of Jesus, except for Matthias (a very common name). The Talmud primarily discusses the legal requirements of how to conduct a trial, and mentions the trial of Yeshu as an example of how a trial should be conducted. In
 giving those details, a trial that bears no resemblance to the trial of Jesus is described. For example, it claims that Yeshu's execution was preceded by a herald going forth for forty days proclaiming the charges against him, an event of which there is no record in the New Testament and which contradicts the New Testament's assertion that Jesus was arrested by stealth the night before his execution. In another disparaging example Yeshu is identified as a student of Rabbi Joshua the son of Perachia, this was in the times of King Yannai, 5 generations before the destruction of the second temple and the period closest to that of the historical Jesus.
These quotes were self-censored from the main text in order to be able to continue to print the bulk of the Talmud, and were removed due to accusations that they referred to Jesus. Although they were not available for many generations, the removed sections of the Talmud, Rashi, Tosafot, and Maharsha, were preserved through rare printings of lists of errata, known as Chesronos Hashas ("Omissions of the Talmud"). Many of these censored portions were recovered ironically enough from uncensored manuscripts in the Vatican Library. Some modern editions of the Talmud contain some or all of this material, either at the back of the book, in the margin, or in its original location in the text. These passages do not necessarily refer to a single individual and many of the accounts differ significantly from anything written in the New Testament.

[edit] Contemporary accusations
Criticism of the Talmud is widespread, in great part through the Internet.[17]
The Anti-Defamation League's report on this topic states:


By selectively citing various passages from the Talmud and Midrash, polemicists have sought to demonstrate that Judaism espouses hatred for non-Jews (and specifically for Christians), and promotes obscenity, sexual perversion, and other immoral behavior. To make these passages serve their purposes, these polemicists frequently mistranslate them or cite them out of context (wholesale fabrication of passages is not unknown)...
In distorting the normative meanings of rabbinic texts, anti-Talmud writers frequently remove passages from their textual and historical contexts. Even when they present their citations accurately, they judge the passages based on contemporary moral standards, ignoring the fact that the majority of these passages were composed close to two thousand years ago by people living in cultures radically different from our own. They are thus able to ignore Judaism's long history of social progress and paint it instead as a primitive and parochial religion.
Those who attack the Talmud frequently cite ancient rabbinic sources without noting subsequent developments in Jewish thought, and without making a good-faith effort to consult with contemporary Jewish authorities who can explain the role of these sources in normative Jewish thought and practice.
—Anti-Defamation League, The Talmud in Anti-Semitic Polemics
Rabbi Gil Student, a prolific Internet author, writes:


Anti-Talmud accusations have a long history dating back to the 13th century when the associates of the Inquisition attempted to defame Jews and their religion [see Yitzchak Baer, A History of Jews in Christian Spain, vol. I pp. 150-185]. The early material compiled by hateful preachers like Raymond Martini and Nicholas Donin remain the basis of all subsequent accusations against the Talmud. Some are true, most are false and based on quotations taken out of context, and some are total fabrications [see Baer, ch. 4 f. 54, 82 that it has been proven that Raymond Martini forged quotations]. On the Internet today we can find many of these old accusations being rehashed...
—Gil Student, The Real Truth About the Talmud

[edit] Translations

[edit] Translations of Talmud Bavli
There are five contemporary translations of the Talmud into English:

The Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud, Mesorah Publications. In this translation, each English page faces the Aramaic/Hebrew page. The English pages are elucidated and heavily annotated; each Aramaic/Hebrew page of Talmud typically requires three English pages of translation. See also: Mesorah Talmud site.
The Soncino Talmud, Isidore Epstein, Soncino Press. Notes on each page provide additional background material. This translation is published both on its own and in a parallel text edition, in which each English page faces the Aramaic/Hebrew page. It is available online (not sure which edition) as PDF files at http://wilkerson. 110mb.com/ index.htm . It also exists on CD-ROM. See also Soncino Talmud site.
The Talmud of Babylonia. An American Translation, Jacob Neusner, Tzvee Zahavy, others. Atlanta: 1984-1995: Scholars Press for Brown Judaic Studies. Complete.
The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition Adin Steinsaltz, Random House (incomplete) . This work is in fact a translation of Rabbi Steinsaltz' Hebrew language translation of and commentary on the entire Talmud. See also: Steinsaltz Talmud site.
The Babylonian Talmud, translated by Michael L. Rodkinson. (1903, contains all of the tractates in the Orders of Mo'ed/Festivals and Nezikin/Damages, plus some additional material related to these Orders.) This is inaccurate and was wholly superseded by the Soncino translation: it is sometimes linked to from the internet because, for copyright reasons, it was until recently the only translation freely available on the Web (see below, under #Full text resources).

[edit] Translations of Talmud Yerushalmi

Talmud of the Land of Israel: A Preliminary Translation and Explanation Jacob Neusner, Tzvee Zahavy, others. University of Chicago Press. This translation uses a form-analytical presentation which makes the logical units of discourse easier to identify and follow. This work has received many positive reviews. However, some consider Neusner's translation methodology idiosyncratic. One volume was negatively reviewed by Saul Lieberman of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Schottenstein Edition of the Yerushalmi Talmud Mesorah/Artscroll. This translation is the counterpart to Mesorah/Artscroll' s Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud (i.e. Babylonian Talmud). Mesorah/Artscroll' s website for the Schottenstein Edition of the Yerushalmi Talmud

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[edit] Notes


^ See, Strack, Hermann, Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash, Jewish Publication Society, 1945. pp.11-12. "[The Oral Law] was handed down by word of mouth during a long period...The first attempts to write down the traditional matter, there is reason to believe, date from the first half of the second post-Christian century." Strack theorizes that the growth of a Christian canon (the New Testament) was a factor that influenced the Rabbis to record the oral law in writing.
^ The theory that the destruction of the Temple and subsequent upheaval led to the commiting of Oral Law into writing was first explained in the Epistle of Sherira Gaon and often repeated. See, for example, Grayzel, A History of the Jews, Penguin Books, 1984, p. 193.
^ "Palestinian Talmud". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 2008. http://www.britanni ca.com/eb/ article-9058094. Retrieved on 2008-03-28. 
^ "Babylonian Talmud". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 2008. http://www.britanni ca.com/eb/ article-9011623/ Babylonian- Talmud. Retrieved on 2008-03-28. 
^ Steinsaltz, Adin (1976). The Essential Talmud. BasicBooks, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 0465020631. 
^ "Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress: The Talmud". American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. http://www.jewishvi rtuallibrary. org/jsource/ loc/Talmud. html. 
^ Angel Sáenz-Badillos (1993). A History of the Hebrew Language. Tr. John Elwolde. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 
^ For a list see Ephraim Urbach, s.v. "Tosafot," in Encyclopedia of Religion.
^ See, Pilpul, Mordechai Breuer, in Encyclopedia Judaica, Vol. 16, 2nd Ed (2007), Macmillan Reference, USA.
^ Kol Melechet Higgayon, the Hebrew translation of Averroes' epitome of Aristotle's logical works, was widely studied in northern Italy, particularly Padua.
^ On Pilpul, see Pilpul, Mordechai Breuer, Encyclopedia Judaica and H.H. Ben Sasson, A History of the Jewish People, p. 627, 717.
^ As Yonah Fraenkel shows in his book Darko Shel Rashi be-Ferusho la-Talmud ha-Bavli, one of Rashi's major accomplishments was textual emendation. Rabbenu Tam, Rashi's grandson and one of the central figures in the Tosafist academies, polemicizes against textual emendation in his less studied work Sefer ha-Yashar. However, the Tosafists, too, emended the Talmudic text (See e.g. Baba Kamma 83b s.v. af haka'ah ha'amurah or Gittin 32a s.v. mevutelet) as did many other medieval commentators (see e.g. R. Shlomo ben Aderet, Hidushei ha-Rashb"a al ha-Sha"s to Baba Kamma 83b, or Rabbenu Nissim's commentary to Alfasi on Gittin 32a).
^ Etkes, Immanuel (2002). The Gaon of Vilna. University of California Press. p. 16. ISBN 0520223942. 
^ Solomon Schechter, Studies in Judaism p.92.
^ Hyam Maccoby, Judaism on Trial.
^ Hyam Maccoby, op. cit.
^ Jones, Jeremy (June 1999). "Talmudic Terrors". Australia/Israel Review. http://www.aijac. org.au/review/ 1999/246/ talmudic. html. Retrieved on 2008-06-12. "If any reader doubts the maliciousness, virulence and prevalence of such material in cyber-space, it is well worth a visit to the Internet site known as Talmud Expose (www.geocities. com/Athens/ Cyprus/8815), in which Melbourne's David Maddison has performed the Herculean task of responding, one by one, to the hundreds of "anti-Talmud" quotes, lies and themes he has encountered on the Internet." 

[edit] References





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[edit] General

Maimonides Introduction to the Mishneh Torah (English translation)
Maimonides Introduction to the Commentary on the Mishnah (Hebrew Fulltext), transl. Zvi Lampel (Judaica Press, 1998). ISBN 1-880582-28- 7
Adin Steinsaltz The Essential Talmud: Thirtieth Anniversary Edition (Basic Books, 2006). ISBN 0-465-08273- 4. Read more here. See also here.
Adin Steinsaltz The Talmud: A Reference Guide (Random House, 1996). ISBN 0-679-77367- 3
Zvi Hirsch Chajes "Mevo Hatalmud", transl. Jacob Shachter: The Students' Guide Through The Talmud (Yashar Books, 2005). ISBN 1-933143-05- 3
Shmuel Hanagid Introduction to the Talmud, in Aryeh Carmell Aiding Talmud Study (Philipp Feldheim, 1986). ISBN 0-87306-428- 3
Nathan T. Lopes Cardozo The Infinite Chain : Torah, Masorah, and Man (Philipp Feldheim, 1989). ISBN 0-944070-15- 9
D. Landesman A Practical Guide to Torah Learning (Jason Aronson, 1995). ISBN 1-56821-320- 4
Aaron Parry The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Talmud (Alpha Books, 2004). ISBN 1-59257-202- 2
R. Travers Herford Christianity in Talmud and Midrash (Ktav Pub Inc, 1975). ISBN 0-87068-483- 3
Carmell, Aryeh, Aiding Talmud Study: Feldheim, 5th ed. 1986 ISBN-10: 0873064283, ISBN-13: 978-0873064286
Johnathan Rosen The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey Between Worlds (Picador USA, 2000). ISBN 0-312-42017- X

[edit] Talmudic logic and methodology

Samuel ha-Nagid, Mevo ha-Talmud
Samson of Chinon, Sefer ha-Keritut
collective, ed. Abraham ibn Akra, Meharere Nemarim
Isaac Campanton, Darche ha-Talmud
David ben Solomon ibn Abi Zimra, Kelale ha-Gemara
Bezalel Ashkenazi, Kelale ha-Gemara
Yeshu’ah b. Yosef ha-Levi, Halichot Olam

Joseph Caro, Kelale ha-Gemara (commentary on Halichot Olam)
Solomon Algazi, Yavin Shemu’ah (commentary on Halichot Olam)
Serillo, Samuel, Kelale Shemuel
Horowitz, Isaiah, Shene Luchot ha-Berit (section on Torah she-be-al-Pe)
Moses Chaim Luzzatto, Derech Tevunot
de Oliveira, Solomon, Darche Noam
Malachi ha-Cohen, Yad Malachi
Aryeh Leib HaCohen Heller, Shev Shema'tata
Goitein, B., Kesef Nivhar
Moshe Amiel, Ha-Middot le-Heker ha-Halachah

[edit] Modern scholarly works

Y. N. Epstein, Mevo-ot le-Sifrut haTalmudim
Hanoch Albeck, Mavo la-talmudim
Louis Jacobs, "How Much of the Babylonian Talmud is Pseudepigraphic? " Journal of Jewish Studies 28, No. 1 (1977), pp. 46–59
Saul Lieberman, Hellenism in Jewish Palestine (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary, 1950)
Jacob Neusner, Sources and Traditions: Types of Compositions in the Talmud of Babylonia (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992).
David Weiss Halivni, Mekorot u-Mesorot (Jerusalem: Jewish Theological Seminary, 1982 on)
Yaakov Elman, "Order, Sequence, and Selection: The Mishnah’s Anthological Choices,” in David Stern, ed. The Anthology in Jewish Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) 53-80
Strack, Herman L. and Stemberger, Gunter, Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash, tr. Markus Bockmuehl: repr. 1992, hardback ISBN-10: 0567095096, ISBN-13: 978-0567095091, paperback ISBN-10: 0800625242, ISBN-13: 978-0800625245
Moses Mielziner, Introduction to the Talmud: repr. 1997, hardback ISBN-10: 0819701564, ISBN-13: 978-0819701565, paperback ISBN-10: 0819700150, ISBN-13: 978-0819700155

[edit] Historical study

Shalom Carmy (Ed.) Modern Scholarship in the Study of Torah: Contributions and Limitations Jason Aronson, Inc.
Richard Kalmin Sages, Stories, Authors and Editors in Rabbinic Babylonia Brown Judaic Studies
David C. Kraemer, On the Reliability of Attributions in the Babylonian Talmud, Hebrew Union College Annual 60 (1989), pp. 175–90
Lee Levine, Ma'amad ha-Hakhamim be-Erez Yisrael (Jerusalem: Yad Yizhak Ben-Zvi, 1985), (=The Rabbinic Class of Roman Palestine in Late Antiquity)
Saul Lieberman Hellenism in Jewish Palestine (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary, 1950)
John W. McGinley " 'The Written' as the Vocation of Conceiving Jewishly". ISBN 0-595-40488- X
David Bigman, Finding A Home for Critical Talmud Study

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Talmud, jewishencyclopedia. com
Talmud Commentaries, jewishencyclopedia. com
Jewish History: Talmud, aish.com
Talmud/Mishnah/ Gemara, jewishvirtuallibrar y.org
Jewish Law Research Guide, University of Miami Law Library
A survey of rabbinic literature, Ohr Somayach
Introduction To The Talmud For The Novice,Rabbi M. Taub

[edit] Full text resources

Mishnah (Hebrew)
Tosefta (Hebrew)
Talmud Yerushalmi (Hebrew)
Talmud Bavli (Hebrew)
Full searchable Talmud on Snunit (Hebrew)
Rodkinson English translation See above, under #Translations of Talmud Bavli.
Images of each page of the Babylonian Talmud (Hebrew)

[edit] Manuscripts

Treasury of Talmudic Manuscripts, Jewish National and University Library

[edit] Talmudic layout

"A Page from the Babylonian Talmud" image map from Prof. Eliezer Segal
Talmud and its Shape: colour coded daf, upenn.edu
A Tour of the English-language Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud page

[edit] Pertaining to the "Daf Yomi" program

A general resource for Daf Yomi
Point by point summary and discussion by daf
Calendar for this Daf Yomi cycle
Daf-A-Week: A project to study a daf per week
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's Daily Insights on Daf Yomi

[edit] Refutation of allegations concerning the Talmud

The Talmud in Anti-Semitic Polemics, Anti-Defamation League.
The Real Truth about the Talmud
Talmud Exposed
Falsifiers of the Talmud

[edit] Audio

Shiurim on the Talmud, mp3shiur.com
MP3 Talmud Shiurim by Rav Nissan Kaplan of Mir Yeshiva, Jerusalem
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Dari: "kind_evil_06@ yahoo.com" <kind_evil_06@ yahoo.com>
Kepada: Spiritual-Indonesia @yahoogroups. com
Terkirim: Selasa, 12 Mei, 2009 13:48:52
Topik: Re: [Spiritual-Indonesi a] Re: Ayat2 Talmud









Mas Bambang...
 
apa yang di copy paste dalam tulisan bahasa Indonesia, "bukanlah" makna kitab talmud itu sendiri (at least ini katanya ss..he..he.. he.he..). ..jika Mas rujuk kepada ayat di AQ, maka proses talmud yang bisa dinamakan dengan "talmudisme" dilakukan sekitar antara abad 3 - 4 masehi, yaitu 2-3 abad "sebelum" kehadiran manusia bernama Ahmad dan 1 -2 abad "setelah" manusia bernama Isa / Yesus...
 
motivasi utamanya adalah agar perjalanan bangsa yahudi yang tidak nyaman sepanjang perjalanannya menjadi jauh lebih nyaman...jika merujuk kepada literatur yang ada, maka hampir sepanjang 2000 tahun mereka menjadi bangsa yang terombang-ambing. ..dalam bentuk nomaden (suka berpindah tempat)...barulah dengan adanya perjanjian beldford, maka muncul sebuah negara di tahun 1949 (mudah2an tahunnya benar) bernama israel dengan pm pertamanya Sdr Ben Gurion....kenapa ini ada?..sebagai hadiah atas jasanya memenangkan PD ke-2 bagi sekutu...
 
yang menarik peristiwa ini mirip dengan kejadian eranya empirium Heraclitus, di mana bangsa yahudi "dihajar" habis, sehingga pontang panting di era persia...nah, jika Mas amati apa yang diserukan oleh paus benedictus baru2 ini, yang berkaitan dengan seruannya agar negara lain membantu berdirinya negara palestina... coba kita saksikan apa yang bakal terjadi nantinya...he. .he..he.he. he.he...Mas tahu khan makna helenisme?.. nah, kejadian ini akan terkait dengan ini...
 
so, jangan cepat2 menyatakan bahwa yahudi sebagai bangsa yang dilaknat...apalagi "katanya" membunuh para nabi yang datang...karena makna membunuh di sini BUKAN membunuh manusianya.. .namun, REPUTASI para Utusan Tuhannya yang dimatikan... agar apa?..ya agar ada itu yang antara lain nama helenisme dan sarasinisme. .he..he.he. he.he.he. he...kalau soal pembangkangan mah...bukan yahudi juga akan membangkang saat ikuti itu pola strategi yahudi...apa bedanya?...he. .he.he.he. he..
 
 
salam warna,
ss
 

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From: the_most_braveheart <the_most_braveheart @yahoo.com>
Subject: [Spiritual-Indonesi a] Re: Ayat2 Talmud
To: Spiritual-Indonesia @yahoogroups. com
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 1:01 PM




Ini bukan kitab suci, tapi kitab menurut hawa nafsu RAbbi mereka..Inilah yg dipercaya ummat lain bahwasanya ummat yahudi itu ummat pilihan Tuhan...PAdahal sebaliknya.. ..yg paling dilaknat, karena sering membangkang, membunuh dan menolak para nabi yg datang/..

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Re: Ayat2 Talmud

the_most_braveheart
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Ulasan yang bagus..

hehe, jauh2 ngomongin yahudi yg ga dikenal, mending ngomongin diri sendiri n bangsa ini...tul ga?


SAlam
--- In [hidden email], kind_evil_06@... wrote:

>
>
> Mas Bambang...
>  
> apa yang di copy paste dalam tulisan bahasa Indonesia, "bukanlah" makna kitab talmud itu sendiri (at least ini katanya ss..he..he..he.he..)...jika Mas rujuk kepada ayat di AQ, maka proses talmud yang bisa dinamakan dengan "talmudisme" dilakukan sekitar antara abad 3 - 4 masehi, yaitu 2-3 abad "sebelum" kehadiran manusia bernama Ahmad dan 1 -2 abad "setelah" manusia bernama Isa / Yesus...
>  
> motivasi utamanya adalah agar perjalanan bangsa yahudi yang tidak nyaman sepanjang perjalanannya menjadi jauh lebih nyaman...jika merujuk kepada literatur yang ada, maka hampir sepanjang 2000 tahun mereka menjadi bangsa yang terombang-ambing...dalam bentuk nomaden (suka berpindah tempat)...barulah dengan adanya perjanjian beldford, maka muncul sebuah negara di tahun 1949 (mudah2an tahunnya benar) bernama israel dengan pm pertamanya Sdr Ben Gurion....kenapa ini ada?..sebagai hadiah atas jasanya memenangkan PD ke-2 bagi sekutu...
>  
> yang menarik peristiwa ini mirip dengan kejadian eranya empirium Heraclitus, di mana bangsa yahudi "dihajar" habis, sehingga pontang panting di era persia...nah, jika Mas amati apa yang diserukan oleh paus benedictus baru2 ini, yang berkaitan dengan seruannya agar negara lain membantu berdirinya negara palestina...coba kita saksikan apa yang bakal terjadi nantinya...he..he..he.he.he.he...Mas tahu khan makna helenisme?..nah, kejadian ini akan terkait dengan ini...
>  
> so, jangan cepat2 menyatakan bahwa yahudi sebagai bangsa yang dilaknat...apalagi "katanya" membunuh para nabi yang datang...karena makna membunuh di sini BUKAN membunuh manusianya...namun, REPUTASI para Utusan Tuhannya yang dimatikan...agar apa?..ya agar ada itu yang antara lain nama helenisme dan sarasinisme..he..he.he.he.he.he.he...kalau soal pembangkangan mah...bukan yahudi juga akan membangkang saat ikuti itu pola strategi yahudi...apa bedanya?...he..he.he.he.he..
>  
>  
> salam warna,
> ss
>  
>
> --- On Tue, 5/12/09, the_most_braveheart <the_most_braveheart@...> wrote:
>
>
> From: the_most_braveheart <the_most_braveheart@...>
> Subject: [Spiritual-Indonesia] Re: Ayat2 Talmud
> To: [hidden email]
> Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 1:01 PM
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Ini bukan kitab suci, tapi kitab menurut hawa nafsu RAbbi mereka..Inilah yg dipercaya ummat lain bahwasanya ummat yahudi itu ummat pilihan Tuhan...PAdahal sebaliknya.. ..yg paling dilaknat, karena sering membangkang, membunuh dan menolak para nabi yg datang/..
>
> Salam
> .
>


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Re: Re: Ayat2 Talmud

wirajhana eka-2
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Bos,
menurut yahudi,  talmud dan taurat kitab suci..bible dan Qur'an bukan
menurut nasrani taurat, injil dan beberapa surat kitab suci...talmud dan
qur'an bukan
menurut Islam AQ, zabur suci..Talmud, taurat, Alkitab, mazmur tidak suci
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legends_and_the_Qur%27an]

jadi sudut pandangnya menjadi relatif untuk ini..namun ada satu bagian yang
Muslim ngga bisa tolak talmud karena persamaan beberapa ayat talmud dan AQ..



2009/5/12 the_most_braveheart <[hidden email]>

>
>
> Ini bukan kitab suci, tapi kitab menurut hawa nafsu RAbbi mereka..Inilah yg
> dipercaya ummat lain bahwasanya ummat yahudi itu ummat pilihan
> Tuhan...PAdahal sebaliknya....yg paling dilaknat, karena sering membangkang,
> membunuh dan menolak para nabi yg datang/..
>
> Salam
>
> --- In [hidden email]<Spiritual-Indonesia%40yahoogroups.com>,
> Alexiandra <noyra.de@...> wrote:
> >
> > SAYA COPY PASTE dari website haluanpalestine
> >
> > Kitab Talmud: Ayat-ayat Syaitan
> >
> > January 28, 2009
> >
> > Kitab Talmud adalah kitab suci yang terpenting bagi kaum Yahudi, bahkan
> > lebih penting daripada Kitab Taurat. Kitab Talmud bukan saja menjadi
> sumber
> > dalam penetapan hukum agama, tetapi juga menjadi ideologi dan
> > prinsip-prinsip, serta arahan bagi penyusunan kebijakan negara dan
> > pemerintah Yahudi Israel, dan menjadi pandangan hidup orang Yahudi pada
> > umumnya. Itulah sebabnya mengapa negara Yahudi Israel disebut sebagai
> > negara yang rasis, chauvinistik, theokratik, konservatif, dan sangat
> > dogmatik. Untuk memahami isi hati negara Israel yang tampak arogan,
> > keras-kepala, tidak kenaI kompromi, kita perlu memahami isi ajaran Kitab
> > Talmud, yang diyakini oleh orang Yahudi sebagai kitab suci yang
> terpenting
> > di antara kitab-kitab suci mereka.
> >
> > Keimanan orang Yahudi terhadap Kitab Talmud mengatasi keyakinan mereka
> > kepada Kitab Perjanjian Lama, yang juga dikenal dengan nama Taurat. Bukti
> > tentang hal ini dapat ditemukan dalam Talmud `Erubin' 2b (edisi Soncino)
> > yang mengingatkan kepada kaum Yahudi, "Wahai anakku, hendaklah engkau
> lebih
> > mengutamakan fatwa dari para Ahli Kitab (Talmud) daripada ayat-ayat
> Taurat".
> >
> > Para pendeta Talmud mendakwa sebahagian dari isi Kitab Talmud merupakan
> > himpunan dari ajaran yang disampaikan oleh Nabi Musa a.s. secara lisan.
> > Sehingga dengan kedatangan Nabi Isa a.s. Kitab Talmud belum dihimpun
> secara
> > bertulis seperti bentuknya yang sekarang. Nabi Isa a.s. mengutuk tradisi
> > `mishnah' (Talmud awal) termasuk mereka yang mengajarkannya (para pendeta
> > Yahudi dan kaum Farisi), kerana isi Kitab Talmud seluruhnya menyimpang,
> > bahkan bertentangan dengan Kitab Taurat. Kaum Kritstian, kerana
> > ketidakfahamannya, hingga hari ini menyangka Perjanjian Lama merupakan
> kitab
> > tertinggi bagi agama Yahudi. Sangkaan itu keliru.
> >
> > Para pendeta Parisi mengajarkan, doktrin dan fatwa yang berasal dari para
> > rabbi (pendeta), lebih tinggi kedudukannya daripada wahyu yang datang
> dari
> > Tuhan. Talmud mengemukakan hukum-hukumnya berada di atas Taurat, dan
> bahkan
> > tidak mendukung isi Taurat. Seorang peneliti Yahudi, Hyam Maccoby, dalam
> > bukunya `Judaism on Trial' mengutip pemyataan Rabbi Yehiel ben Joseph,
> > bahawa "Tanpa Talmud kita tidak akan mampu memahami ayat-ayat Taurat …
> Tuhan
> > telah melimpahkan sewenangnya kepada mereka yang arif, kerana tradisi
> > merupakan suatu keperluan yang sama seperti kitab-kitab wahyu. Para arif
> itu
> > membuat tafsiran mereka … dan mereka yang tidak pernah mempelajari Talmud
> > tidak akan mungkin mampu memahami Taurat."
> >
> > Memang ada kelompok di kalangan kaum Yahudi yang menolak Talmud, dan
> tetap
> > berpegang teguh kepada kitab Taurat saja (Perjanjian Lama yang sekarang)
> > Mereka ini disebut golongan `Karaiyah', kelompok yang sepanjang
> sejarahnya
> > paling dibenci dan menjadi korban dizalimi oleh para pendeta Yahudi
> > orthodoks.
> >
> > Kepada tradisi `mishnah' itu para pendeta Yahudi menambah sebuah kitab
> lagi
> > yang mereka sebut `Gemarah' (kitab "tafsir" para pendeta). Tradisi
> `mishnah'
> > (yang kemudian dibukukan) bersama dengan "Gemarah', disebut Talmud. Ada
> dua
> > buah versi Kitab Talmud, yaitu `Talmud Jerusalem' dan `Talmud Babilonia'.
> > `Talmud Babilonia' dipandang sebagai kitab yang paling berpengaruh.
> >
> > Beberapa kutipan yang diambil dari Kitab Tamud dalam huraian berikut ini
> > merupakan dokumen asli yang sebenar, dengan harapan dapat memberikan
> > penjelasan kepada segenap ummat manusia, termasuk kaum Yahudi, tentang
> > kesesatan dan rasisme dari ajaran Talmud yang penuh dengan kebencian,
> yang
> > menjadi kitab suci baik bagi kaum Yahudi Orthodoks mahupun Hasidiyah di
> > seluruh dunia.
> >
> > Pelaksanaan ajaran Talmud tentang keunggulan kaum Yahudi yang didasarkan
> > pada ajaran kebencian itu telah menyebabkan penderitaan yang tak terperi
> > terhadap orang lain sepanjang sejarah ummat manusia sehingga dengan saat
> > ini, khususnya di tanah Palestin. Ajaran itu telah dijadikan dalih untuk
> > membenarkan pembantaian secara besar-besaran terjadap penduduk awam
> > Arab-Palestin. Kitab Talmud menetapkan bahawa semua orang yang
> bukan-Yahudi
> > disebut "goyyim", sama dengan binatang, darjat mereka di bawah darjat
> > manusia. Ras Yahudi adalah "ummat pilihan", satu-satunya ras yang
> mengklaim
> > diri sebagai keturunan langsung dari Nabi Adam a.s. Marilah kita periksa
> > beberapa ajaran Talmud.
> >
> > *Beberapa Contoh Isi Ajaran Talmud*
> >
> > Erubin 2b, "Barangsiapa yang tidak taat kepada para rabbi mereka akan
> > dihukum dengan cara dijerang di dalam kotoran manusia yang mendidih di
> > neraka".
> >
> > Moed Kattan 17a, "Bilamana seorang Yahudi tergoda untuk melakukan sesuatu
> > kejahatan, maka hendaklah ia pergi ke suatu kota dimana ia tidak dikenal
> > orang, dan lakukanlah kejahatan itu disana"
> >
> > *Menganiaya seorang Yahudi Sama Dengan Menghina Tuhan*
> >
> > Sanhedrin 58b, "Jika seorang kafir menganiaya seorang Yahudi, maka orang
> > kafir itu harus dibunuh".
> >
> > *Dibenarkan Menipu Orang yang Bukan-Yahudi*
> >
> > Sanhedrin 57a, "Seorang Yahudi tidak wajib membayar upah kepada orang
> kafir
> > yang bekerja baginya".
> >
> > *Orang Yahudi Mempunyai Kedudukan Hukum yang Lebih Tinggi*
> >
> > Baba Kamma 37b, "Jika lembu seorang Yahudi melukai lembu kepunyaan orang
> > Kanaan, tidak perlu ada ganti rugi; tetapi ,jika lembu orang Kanaan
> sampai
> > melukai lembu kepunyaan orang Yahudi maka orang itu harus membayar ganti
> > rugi sepenuh-penuhnya".
> >
> > *Orang Yahudi Boleh Mencuri Barang Milik Bukan-Yahudi*
> >
> > Baba Mezia 24a, "Jika seorang Yahudi menemukan barang hilang milik orang
> > kafir, ia tidak wajib mengembalikan kepada pemiliknya". (Ayat ini
> ditegaskan
> > kembali di dalam Baba Kamma 113b),
> >
> > Sanhedrin 57a, "Tuhan tidak akan mengampuni seorang Yahudi `yang
> mengawinkan
> > anak-perempuannya kepada seorang tua, atau memungut menantu bagi
> > anak-lakinya yang masih bayi, atau mengembalikan barang hilang milik
> orang
> > Cuthea (kafir)' …".
> >
> > *Orang Yahudi Boleh Merampok atau Membunuh Orang Non-Yahudi*
> >
> > Sanhedrin 57a, "Jika seorang Yahudi membunuh seorang Cuthea (kafir),
> tidak
> > ada hukuman mati, Apa yang sudah dicuri oleh seorang Yahudi boleh
> > dimilikinya".
> >
> > Baba Kamma 37b, "Kaum kafir ada di luar perlindungan hukum, dan Tuhan
> > membukakan uang mereka kepada Bani Israel".
> >
> > *Orang Yahudi Boleh Berdusta kepada Orang Non-Yahudi*
> >
> > Baba Kamma 113a, "Orang Yahudi diperbolehkan berdusta untuk menipu orang
> > kafir".
> >
> > *Yang Bukan-Yahudi adalah Hewan di bawah Darjat Manusia*
> >
> > Yebamoth 98a, "Semua anak keturunan orang kafir tergolong sama dengan
> > binatang".
> >
> > Abodah Zarah 36b, "Anak-perempuan orang kafir sama dengan `niddah'
> (najis)
> > sejak lahir".
> >
> > Abodah Zarah 22a - 22b, "Orang kafir lebih senang berhubungan seks dengan
> > lembu".
> >
> > *Ajaran Gila di dalam Talmud*
> >
> > Gittin 69a, "Untuk menyembuhkan tubuh ambil debu yang berada di bawah
> > bayang-bayang tandas, dicampur dengan madu lalu dimakan".
> >
> > Shabbath 41a, "Hukum yang mengatur keperluan bagaimana kencing dengan
> cara
> > yang suci telah ditentukan".
> > Yebamoth 63a, " … Adam telah bersetubuh dengan semua binatang ketika ia
> > berada di Syurga".
> >
> > Yebamoth 63a, "…menjadi petani adalah pekerjaan yang paling hina ".
> >
> > Sanhedrin 55b, "Seorang Yahudi boleh mengahwini anak-perempuan berumur
> tiga
> > tahun (persisnya, tiga tahun satu hari)".
> >
> > Sanhedrin 54b, "Seorang Yahudi diperbolehkan bersetubuh dengan
> > anak-perempuan, asalkan saja anak itu berumur di bawah sembilan tahun".
> >
> > Kethuboth 11b, "Bilamana seorang dewasa bersetubuh dengan seorang anak
> > perempuan, tidak ada dosanya".
> >
> > Yebamoth 59b, "Seorang perempuan yang telah bersetubuh dengan seekor
> > binatang diperbolehkan menikah dengan pendeta Yahudi. Seorang perempuan
> > Yahudi yang telah bersetubuh dengan jin juga diperbolehkan kawin dengan
> > seorang pendeta Yahudi".
> >
> > Abodah Zarah 17a, "Buktikan bilamana ada pelacur seorangpun di muka bumi
> ini
> > yang belum pernah disetubuhi oleh pendeta Talmud Eleazar".
> >
> > Hagigah 27a, "Nyatakan, bahawa tidak akan ada seorang rabbi pun yang akan
> > masuk neraka".
> >
> > Baba Mezia 59b, "Seorang rabbi telah berdebat dengan Tuhan dan
> > mengalahkan-Nya. Tuhan pun mengakui bahawa rabbi itu memenangkan debat
> > tersebut".
> >
> > Gittin 70a, "Para rabbi mengajarkan, `Sekeluarnya seseorang dari tandas,
> > maka ia tidak boleh bersetubuh sampai menunggu waktu yang sama dengan
> > menempuh perjalanan sejauh setengah mil, konon iblis yang ada di tandas
> itu
> > masih menyertainya selama waktu itu, kalau ia melakukannya juga
> > (bersetubuh), maka anak-keturunannya akan terkena penyakit ayan".
> >
> > Gittin 69b, "Untuk menyembuhkan penyakit kelumpuhan campur kotoran seekor
> > anjing berbulu putih dan campur dengan balsem; tetapi bila memungkinkan
> > untuk menghindar dari penyakit itu, tidak perlu memakan kotoran anjing
> itu,
> > kerana hal itu akan membuat anggota tubuh menjadi lemas ".
> >
> > Pesahim 11a, "Sungguh terlarang bagi anjing, perempuan, atau pohon kurma,
> > berdiri di antara dua orang laki-laki. Kerana musibah khusus akan datang
> > jika seorang perempuan sedang haid atau duduk-duduk di perempatan jalan
> ".
> >
> > Menahoth 43b-44a, "Seorang Yahudi diwajibkan membaca doa berikut ini
> setiap
> > hari, `Aku bersyukur, ya Tuhanku, kerana Engkau tidak menjadikan aku
> seorang
> > kafir, seorang perempuan, atau seorang budak belian' ".
> >
> > >>>>>>>>>>>
> >
>
>  
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