The Sea of Talmud: A Brief and Personal Introduction

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Scholarly yet readable, The Sea of Talmud combines basic, authoritative information on the Talmud with the author’s unique and personal journey to traditional Judaism. Tracing the history of the Talmud from its origins in ancient Israel and Babylon to Internet-based texts, Dr. Abramson describes the excitement and thrill of studying Talmud from an insider’s perspective. More

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About Henry Abramson

Henry Abramson is a Dean at Touro’s Lander Colleges. A native of northern Ontario, Canada, he received his PhD in History from the University of Toronto in 1995, and has held visiting and post-doctoral appointments at Harvard, Cornell, Oxford and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has received numerous awards for his research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, and his teaching style has been recognized by the National Education Association with an Excellence in the Academy Award. The author of several books on Jewish history and thought, his popular lectures are available at www.henryabramson.com.

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Review by: Jacob Farkas on Aug. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
Dr. Abramson's book is a loving, enthusiastic and well thought out discourse on the Talmud. His deep and encyclopedic knowledge has not blunted his enthusiasm.
He does a masterful job of entwining love of his wife and family, his students and the Jewish people in his love of Halacha. The strengths also cause a weakness. Nowhere does
he question anything said in the Talmud.
Sometimes a small blemish -- like a small mole on the face of a beautiful woman makes it exquisite.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jared Plitt on June 21, 2012 :
This book is a great "big picture" introduction to arguably the most complex literary work ever created. Dr. Abramson writes from an academic, scholarly perspective using language that is understanadabe to all. Through the combination of historical perspective intertwined with personal anecdotes, the author succeeds in inspiring others to familarize themselves with the Talmud as well.
While the book is certainly helpful for anyone new to the Talmud, even those who are more familiar with it are sure to gain something.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jared Plitt on June 21, 2012 :
This book is a great "big picture" introduction to arguably the most complex literary work ever created. Dr. Abramson writes from an academic, scholarly perspective using language that is understanadabe to all. Through the combination of historical perspective intertwined with personal anecdotes, the author succeeds in inspiring others to familarize themselves with the Talmud as well.
While the book is certainly helpful for anyone new to the Talmud, even those who are more familiar with it are sure to gain something.
(review of free book)

Review by: Steven Schwartz on June 17, 2012 :
What a great book - very interesting blend of personal history and history of the Talmud. Fascinating from beginning to end. I strongly recommend this book.
(review of free book)

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