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The Essential Talmud is a masterful introduction by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz to the great repository of Jewish wisdom, the Talmud. A book of profound scholarship and concise pedagogy, The Essential Talmud succinctly describes the Talmud's history, structure, and methodology. It summarizes the Talmud's main principles, demonstrates its contemporary relevance, and captures the spirit of this unique and paradoxical sacred text as a human expression of divine law.

©2010 Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz (P)2018 Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

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I didn't know what to expect

This book is a scholarly historical explanation of what the Talmud is and how it shaped the Jews through the years.

Shlomo did a great job reading. this was informative but a bit dry at times.

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Excellent Overview of the Talmud

An excellent overview of the Talmud. Including its purpose, history, structure, and a concise summary of the main topics covered in the Talmud.

It is not a substitute for the full Talmud, but presents a framework for those interested in the study of the larger work.

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very informative. reads more like a textbook.

it reads more like a textbook so its a bit dry. But it is packed with amazing material and insights into the talmud.