Questions tagged [talmud-bavli]

The Talmud is a commentary on the Mishna (the oral law) written in Babylonia containing discourses of Amoraim spanning the 3th-5th century

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1 vote
2 answers
133 views

English translation of Rashi Talmud Commentary

Are there any Rashi commentaries in English on Moed Katan? If not, does anyone know where I can find an accurate (non-Google translate) rendition of this: אפילו בספר עזרא - ספר תורה של עזרא ואני שמעתי ...
user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
59 views

Question on the connection of the braitot in Sanhedrin 32b

In Bavli Sanhedrin 32b it says: "The Sages taught: The verse states: “Justice, justice, shall you follow.” This teaches that one should follow the best, most prestigious, court of the generation....
user avatar
  • 20.5k
-2 votes
1 answer
148 views

Jewish View on "Runes" [closed]

How does the Torah and Talmud view (viking and non viking) runes? Letters written on swords and such. Stones with a letters. What is the view on them? To clarify: There is a game(s) where it is ...
user avatar
  • 184
2 votes
2 answers
101 views

Jewish Babylonian Aramaic - Flashcards

Does anyone know if vocabulary flashcards are available for students of the Aramaic of the Bavli?
user avatar
  • 407
0 votes
1 answer
147 views

Where did Maimonides learn specific Issurey Biah from?

In the Mishnneh Torah, Issurei Biah 1:13 there is a law that does not punish a man who has had forbidden sexual relations with a girl who is under three years of age: "כָּל אִשָּׁה אֲסוּרָה ...
user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
151 views

טירטוריו"ש in Rashi

In his commentary to Nazir 49b (heading קנטרנין), Rashi gives one word: טירטוריו"ש What does this word mean please?
user avatar
  • 1,496
1 vote
1 answer
150 views

Betrothal without witnesses? [duplicate]

According to rabbis Walter Jacob and Moshe Zemer (1932-211), engagement through sexual intercourse did not require witnesses, it was sufficient a declaration of the will to marry the woman: "...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
94 views

The twelve months not necessarily be observed? [closed]

According to various rabbinic sources, after an engagement twelve months (one year) must follow for effective coexistence (Nisuin): Talmud, mKetubot 5,2; 57b; mNedarin 10.5 but also Mishneh Torah, ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
71 views

Source for a rabbi warning his student/son?

I distinctly remember a passage in the Talmud that went something like this: A Rav advises his student (or son) that he should ensure that he uses the correct Torah scroll or chumash when praying/...
user avatar
  • 514
2 votes
2 answers
163 views

Ark of the Covenant

During the journey a man named Uzza touched the Ark of the Covenant to support it and fell dead on the spot (2 Samuel 6:1-8, 1 Chronicles 13:9-10). Here are two questions: 1. Why does God kill for ...
user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
72 views

Printed/Online List of All Major Sugyas

I would like to see a printed or an online list of major sugyas from the Bavli - obviously, together with references (so that I can look them up for myself), but ideally also with a little bit of ...
user avatar
  • 18.5k
2 votes
1 answer
89 views

Talmid Rabbeinu Yeĥiel of Paris on Moed Katan

Steinsaltz edition of Moed Katan cites a comment on daf 17a from Talmid Rabbeinu Yeĥiel of Paris. This doesn’t appear in Tosafot. Does anyone know where I might find it?
user avatar
  • 1,496
0 votes
1 answer
228 views

What is a Dofen Akuma?

The gemara in Sukka 4 speaks of Dofen Akuma (literally a "bent wall"). How does this halacha look/work?
user avatar
  • 731
3 votes
2 answers
191 views

42 Levite Cities as Cities of Refuge

Bamidbar 35 discusses the cities that are to be given to the Leviem, and says that in addition to the 6 cities of refuge they are to be given 42 cities. Numbers 35:6 וְאֵ֣ת הֶֽעָרִ֗ים אֲשֶׁ֤ר ...
user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
443 views

A place with illustrations of Gemara Sukkah?

The beginning of Sukkah (4a/4b) describes different scenarios where platforms are built alongside the three walls of the Sukkah. I am having a very tough time picturing how they are built and ...
user avatar
  • 517
4 votes
1 answer
146 views

What is authoritative in the Talmud?

Maimonides says: However, all the matters mentioned by the Babylonian Talmud are incumbent on the entire Jewish people to follow. We must compel each and every city and each country to accept all the ...
user avatar
  • 514
3 votes
1 answer
277 views

Is there more than one text of the Mishnah?

I understand there is one Mishnah and two Talmuds (Bavli and Yerushalmi). But is the text of the Mishnah associated with each Talmud exactly the same? Rabbi Gil Student states that the famous quote ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
118 views

Was the Talmud available in written form, partially or fully, before the 7th century?

was the Talmud available in written form partially or fully before the 7th century? or just was transmitted orally?
user avatar
-1 votes
2 answers
130 views

Is Job considered a prophet and an Israelite, according to the majority of the rabbis?

According to Wikipedia: "It is said in Bava Batra that these tannaim necessarily considered Job an Israelite; but R. Chananel ben Chushiel has in his text, "All the Tannaim and Amoraim, with ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
91 views

Were the Talmudic Sages fools according to R. Saadia Gaon?

In Emunot V’Deiot (7:5) R. Saadia Gaon writes the following, with regard to some verses in Chapter Nine of Ecclesiastes: [An example,] again, of the third type [of verses presenting difficulty so far ...
user avatar
  • 48k
3 votes
2 answers
110 views

Ana Nafshi Ketivat Yehavit - G-d in the Torah

In the Talmud (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 105a), Rabbi Yochanan teaches that Anochi is an acronym for: “Ana Nafshi Ketivat Yehavit”. This can be understood as that G-d Himself wrote and gave the Torah ...
user avatar
  • 691
4 votes
2 answers
2k views

Does the Talmud say that Jesus writhes in excrement and Mary was a prostitute?

There is a widespread belief among many Christian denominations that Jesus and Mary are referred to in overly disrespectful, even scatological, language in the Talmud. Examples often given are that ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
94 views

Writing a sefer [closed]

I understand everyone has their own styles and each genre has it's own way. With that said, I'd like to know if there's a traditional way of writing a sefer, perhaps there's a way to do the following: ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
109 views

The Torah Transmission Date Discrepancies?

I'm curious to know the dates of birth and death of the following Torah transmitters, who appear in Pirkei Avot, since I've seen conflicting dates when doing some independent research: Shimon HaTzadik ...
user avatar
  • 740
2 votes
0 answers
41 views

Why isn't burning the limbs considered the melacha of cooking?

In Yevamos 33b, the gemarra is trying to figure out what part of the Temple service would constitute a Shabbos violation if a non-Kohen were to do it. The gemarra suggests throwing the animal limbs on ...
user avatar
  • 18.4k
2 votes
1 answer
84 views

What is the reason for non-linear structure in many mishnayot?

What is the reason that many mishnayot are structured in non-linear fashion, where the first case discusses Topic #1, the middle case discusses Topic #2, and the last case returns to Topic #1? One ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
115 views

Amount of Aggadeta in Talmud Bavli

Was wondering whether anyone has seen a write-up of/knows off-hand the amount of daf of aggadeta in the Talmud Bavli (for argument's sake, let's take the Daf Yomi count of 2711.) Thanks!
user avatar
  • 416
8 votes
1 answer
508 views

Any known translations of the Talmudim et al into classical languages, prior to the 19th century?

Through the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bavli and Yerushalmi were fully or partially translated into English, French, German, Arabic and Italian. Are there any extant translations of the Talmudim and/...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
182 views

Resources that bring out interesting scientific/historic/academic related discussions from the daf?

I have a relative that invests a few hours a day learning daf yomi, yet he recently admitted that he does this solely because he believes it's a good thing thing to do but not because he actually ...
user avatar
  • 68
5 votes
2 answers
180 views

Internet Bavli resource

I am hoping (b'li neder) to start, relatively soon, a regular regimen of study of the Talmud Bavli. My goal is to learn large swaths of the g'mara, gaining broad knowledge, but without taking the ...
user avatar
  • 73.5k
2 votes
0 answers
49 views

Does the law of pi tikrah apply to temporary structures such as a sukkah?

In Eruvin 94b the Sages are debating about the Sinaitic law of partitions, more specifically “pi tikrah” ( פי תקרה יורד וסותם .) Here the topic is about permanent homes. Presently, I am in the process ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
158 views

Finding a Talmudic Passage: Pauper, Adulterer, Rich Man

I am currently reading Rabbi Shimon Huberband's Kiddush Hashem, which is constructed of passages that he authored in the Warsaw Ghetto. In his description of Rosh HaShanah 5700 (1939), he mentions ...
user avatar
  • 18.5k
4 votes
2 answers
207 views

Why is there no tayku in the Jerusalem Talmud?

From one count I have seen there are more than 300 times in the Talmud Bavli where a discussion ends with “תיקו” (let it stand, ie the question remains) yet, to my knowledge there is not a single time ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
71 views

Where did the sages get the idea of tying a crimson cord to the goat sent to Azazel?

Where did the sages of blessed memory get this idea recorded in the Babylonian Talmud Rosh Hashana 31b of tying a red or crimson cord to the goat sent to azazel (last week's Torah reading), in order ...
user avatar
  • 545
6 votes
1 answer
84 views

Understanding Kli Yakor question on Rashi about Betzalal following Moishe's instructions

The Gemara says in Berachos (55a) א״ר שְׁמוּאֵל בַּר נַחְמָנִי א״ר יוֹנָתָן בְּצַלְאֵל עַל שֵׁם חָכְמָתוֹ נִקְרָא בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁאָמַר לוֹ הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא לְמֹשֶׁה לֵךְ אֱמוֹר לוֹ ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
164 views

Information of Kiddushin 41a

Shalom. I have a doubt that assails me. In this text from Talmud (b.Kiddushin 41a) the marriage of a minor is not prohibited but not recommended, in contrast to laws that allow it (b.Sanhedrin 54b, ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
199 views

Why is the Babylonian Talmud authoritative? [duplicate]

As I understand it, the Babylonian Talmud was written in the 3rd to the 5th centuries CE. At that point, Judaism was already a well-established religion. The Babylonian Talmud contains explanations ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
236 views

Takanas Ezra and the 9 Kabin

I would like to begin my question by making everyone aware that I am aware of this thread ( Why don't men go to the mikveh after relations/ejaculation? ) With that being said my question is ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
105 views

What page of the Babylonian Talmud has the most words?

Looking for what page of the traditional Vilna Shas edition of the Babylonian Talmud has the most words?
user avatar
  • 31
13 votes
2 answers
464 views

Source of opinion that Talmud Yerushalmi was corrupted by Karaites

In the entry for Talmud Bavli/Yerushalmi in Chida's Shem Hagedolim Hashalem (c.1800, the older versions do not have this paragraph), he references a theory from maskilim of his time that the Rabbis ...
user avatar
11 votes
3 answers
1k views

I am 15 years old and do not go to a Yeshiva but would like to learn Talmud. A few rabbis near me said they could teach me. How should I start

I am 15 years old and do not go to a Yeshiva but would like to learn Talmud. There are many rabbis near me who said they would be willing to teach me. How should I start knowing that I only speak ...
user avatar
3 votes
0 answers
56 views

Why do many masechtot conclude with a portion of Aggadata?

From what I've seen, many Masechtot in Shas seem to conclude with an aggadata portion that can be found towards the end of that particular Masechta. Is there a documented or stated reason as to why ...
user avatar
  • 11.8k
3 votes
2 answers
539 views

Where is Gehenom located?

Where is Gehenom located? After Korach and his followers got swallowed up by the Earth, they fell right outside the gates of Gehenom, and are (presumably) till this day yelling משה אמת ותורתו אמת (...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
129 views

Which Talmud is supreme [duplicate]

How could there be two different Talmuds (Babylonian and Jerusalem) if they are both stemming from a direct oral tradition from Sinai? Thank you
user avatar
  • 139
2 votes
0 answers
58 views

List of all the times the principle of "svara" is used in Shas

There's a principle of "svara" in Shas, which exists on a d'oraisa level (see this related question). A few examples of svaras: 1) המוציא מחברו עליו הראיה - "the burden of proof rests upon the ...
user avatar
  • 11.8k
4 votes
0 answers
70 views

Are there examples of Sasanian censorship in the Bavli?

The talmud Bavli was compiled and edited in Iraq while Jews were under the rulership of the Sasanian empire. There are (unfortunately) ample examples of the Bavli being censored by Christians I would ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
195 views

Application of the baraita about "Don't profane daughter for Zenut" Leviticus 19:29 reported in Sanhredin 76a?

I'm an Italian Noahide. The topic in question manifests my purely intellectual interest, concerning the Jews and not the Gentiles. We read in Talmud Bavli-Sanhredrin 76a (English translation from “...
user avatar
  • 2,396
4 votes
1 answer
268 views

Source for: Abstaining from sin being considered a mitzvah in Talmud Bavli

I remember seeing a passage in Talmud Bavli saying something along the lines of: "every moment that a person sits and does not engage in sin, he is considered to be doing a mitzvah." I'm not able to ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
250 views

Is there a list of all of the cases in the Talmud where תיקו ("Teiku") is said?

Sometimes in the gemara there are questions that for whatever reason are unable to be answered, and to such a question the gemara simply says "teiku" (usually translated to mean "let it stand"). Does ...
user avatar
  • 11.8k
0 votes
1 answer
105 views

Did Beruriah add to, "Women are light-headed," to say, "...except Beruriah"?

I'm seeing a couple of secondary sources which suggest, without citing a primary source, that Beruriah may have supplemented her husband's teaching "Women are light-headed", either orally or in ...
user avatar
  • 1,496

1
2 3 4 5