The World of the Talmud

The World of the Talmud

The World of the Talmud

The World of the Talmud

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The Talmud represents a remarkable achievement, incorporating within itself a rich cultural mosaic which no one who is interested in significant historic, intellectual and social patterns can afford to ignore. Despite the fact that the Talmud speaks in an idiom peculiarly its own and is framed in a context of a specific culture, it is stamped, as all great accomplishments of the human spirit are, with universal significance and relevance. The Talmud thus represents one of the monuments in the culture of mankind.

He Talmud is the creation of a people through its gifted representatives. These spokesmen were rooted deeply in the history and tradition of their group. They were not men of affairs in the conventional sense of the term, though they were far from being withdrawn from the common life; nor were they political leaders or empire builders, legislators or administrators, scientists or philosophers, economic barons or artists. They conformed to none of the hero-patterns upon whom the Western world has usually conferred leadership. They were teachers, -- that was how they regarded themselves, though in the process of serving as teachers of people they also performed functions that were judicial, administrative and political in character. The subject of their instruction was an . . .

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