A Beginner's Guide to the Steinsaltz Talmud by Judith Z. Abrams

By Judith Z. Abrams

In A Beginner's consultant to The Steinsaltz Talmud, Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams selects a desirable and provocative part from the Talmud and is helping scholars to harvest the great rewards that may be accomplished while one encounters Rabbi Steinsaltz's ancient, ground-breaking work.

With the book of The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition, it truly is now attainable for the trendy reader to check Judaism's nice compendium of Jewish legislation and legend for the 1st time. The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition is greater than only a translation. Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz turns into our own teacher, guiding us throughout the complicated paths of talmudic good judgment and idea.

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While it is true that the animals do sometimes represent Israel or the nations (the sheep is a particularly frequent metaphor for Israel), they more often represent qualities or “personality traits” that can be associated with any nation, and even with God. At Jeremiah 2:23–4, for example, the restive young camel and wild ass represent the wicked Israel, being castigated by the prophet for her profligate ways. , Dt 28:49, Job 9:26, and Hos 8:1). In contrast, the ox is used in Isaiah 1:3 to represent loyalty to one’s master—a quality that Israel should but does not display.

13:15–22). And her diet was circumscribed by the pure and impure species list of Leviticus-Deuteronomy, by the prohibition of consuming blood, and by the thrice-repeated prohibition concerning the mother and the kid. Of course, we do not know how completely the masses of Jews observed these ordinances.

12 In other words, the sorts of connections proposed by Douglas or Milgrom may well exist. But most of those who perform the practices which are the product of such connections will not recognize them. So we can imagine that in ancient Israel, a small class of priests—at most—consciously understood the meaning of these eating laws. But Israel as a whole, even if she observed the prohibitions articulated in the Torah, could not possibly have expounded the deeper message they implied. 20 Jewish eating and identity In my opinion, it is Eilberg-Schwartz’s explanation, if any, that may capture the most evident meaning of the animal categories lying at the foundation of the Torah’s eating regulations.

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