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 specialist in Jewish history and thought, based in Miami Beach, FL. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Toronto (1995), and is the author of A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times (Harvard, 1999), Reading the Talmud: Developing Independence in Gemara Learning (Feldheim, 2006), and many other scholarly and popular works. He has held visiting appointments and post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard, Cornell, Oxford and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research has been recognized by awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He received the Excellence in the Academy Award from the National Education Association. He currently serves as Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Touro College South.

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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 : star star star star star
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 : star star star star star
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 : star star star star star
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.
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