The Tal­mud…

(Hebrew: תַּלְמוּד talmūd “instruc­tion, learn­ing”, from a root lmd “teach, study”) is a cen­tral text of Rab­binic Judaism, con­sid­ered sec­ond to the Torah. It is also tra­di­tion­ally referred to as Shas (ש״ס), a Hebrew abbre­vi­a­tion of shisha sedarim, the “six orders” of the Oral Law of Judaism. The Tal­mud has two com­po­nents: the Mish­nah (Hebrew: משנה, c. 200 CE), the first writ­ten com­pendium of Judaism’s Oral Law, and the Gemara (c. 500 CE), an elu­ci­da­tion of the Mish­nah and related Tan­naitic writ­ings that often ven­tures onto other sub­jects and expounds broadly on the Hebrew Bible. The terms Tal­mud and Gemaraare often used interchangeably.

The whole Tal­mud con­sists of 63 trac­tates, and in stan­dard print is over 6,200 pages long. It is writ­ten in Tan­naitic Hebrew and Ara­maic. The Tal­mud con­tains the opin­ions of thou­sands of rab­bis on a vari­ety of sub­jects, includ­ing law, ethics, phi­los­o­phy, cus­toms, his­tory, the­ol­ogy, lore and many other top­ics. The Tal­mud is the basis for all codes of rab­binic law and is much quoted in other rab­binic literature.

(From Wikipedia)


Tal­mud­Wiki is a com­plete [even­tu­ally] indexed and cross-referenced edi­tion of the Tal­mud, online. It aids in study and research by allow­ing searches on any key­word, topic, Sage, or scrip­tural ref­er­ence. The global com­mu­nity can com­ment and dis­cuss any pas­sage to con­tribute to each other’s learning.

If you’re new to study­ing Tal­mud, we’d sug­gest you begin with the first Mish­nah… “From When May We Say Shema in the Evenings?”


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