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William G. Dauster
5.0 out of 5 starsA New Way To Enter the Sea of Talmud
Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2015
This is the first audio version of a volume of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz)'s fine, accessible English language version of the Talmud. It's thus a welcome addition to the ways to step a foot into the sea of the Talmud. Much of the audio material about the Talmud is conveyed in Yeshivish, a language related to English, but not understandable to the average English speaker. This audio version is a faithful rendering of Rabbi Steinsaltz's plain-English translation and commentary on the Talmud. The Talmud is of course Talmudic, and thus not easy to access in any format. But this new product is among the most straightforward means for English speakers to gain entry into the original text. I highly recommend it. And for those running through the Daf Yomi for the first time, this will be a welcome aid. Here's hoping that further volumes are recorded as well.
My Talmud studies began and ended in middle school with Baba Metziah. I have two fine sets of Talmud given to me by father, alav hashalom they are in proud display at my home but are almost never opened. I happened across this recording and thought that it would be something I could listen to in rotation with my audible books. It is very well done. I find that it is best to listen to one daf at a time. Needless to say it brings back old memories of study. Now that I am mature it is much more interesting and meaningful. It is true that you need some background to get the full meaning. It is in English, not Hebrew, as the description says. Of course there are rabinnic terms sprinkled in liberally and it helps to know a little Hebrew. I would very much like more audible productions of this series.
5.0 out of 5 starsAmazing Translation, Excellent Audiobook Edition!
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2016
The Talmud available as an Audio Book is excellent! The gemara is a conversation, so hearing it read is extremely enjoyable to me, as though I'm simply an eager learner, listening in the corner as the sages discuss. The reading is good and clear, the hebrew words are right on.
I'll be honest, of all the volumes of Talmud that I'd want to enjoy during my commute, Sota isn't exactly high on the list, but regardless, I'm thankful to have it in such an accessible form and I really hope that other volumes of Steinsaltz excellent english translation are made available in audio form.
Inglese semplice ben spiegato ed illustrato ci sono le sezioni che spiegano halacha e brevi biografia dei saggi. Mi piacerebbe avere qualche commento in più. La copertina esterna rimovibile è bella ma fragile.