Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Koren Talmud Bavli, Vol.3: Tractate Shabbat, Part 2 (English and Hebrew Edition) Hardcover by Adin Steinsaltz (Koren Publishers Jerusalem)
Vo. 3 continues with a visually and textually exciting exposition of the Talmud. For me, not a Torah or Talmud scholar, but just a layperson with some time on my hands to study a Daf or two every day or so, I am becoming familiar with the reasons for many traditions followed today. Interesting as well are the insights into how the Sages and their followers lived, as the subjects in this volume bounce around, for example, from how different tradesman performed their work (necessary to know so to delineate between tasks that could and could not be performed on Shabbat), to hygiene, and the freedom some of the Sages felt to opine (often inaccurately) on medicines and cures. Throughout, you can see the Sages grappling and struggling to define what evolved into the ethos and virtue we now associate with the best the Abrahamic culture has to offer. Reading this stuff is sometimes a slog, but all in all, it is rewarding. I hope more do so, so it does not become solely the property of fanatics: it belongs to the Jews and the world.
The Koren Talmud Bavli is a groundbreaking edition of the Talmud that fuses the innovative design of Koren Publishers Jerusalem with the incomparable scholarship of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. The Koren Talmud Bavli Noe Edition is a full-size, full-color edition that presents an enhanced Vilna page, a side-by-side English translation, photographs and illustrations, a brilliant commentary, and a multitude of learning aids to help the beginning and advanced student alike actively participate in the dynamic process of Talmud study.