Example Sentences

  • "The men in yeshiva study talmudic passages and commentaries all day."

  • "Sorry, Joel's not in, he's either jogging or at the early morning Talmud class." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • תלמוד

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      Babylonian Talmud, Jerusalem Talmud, Palestinian Talmud


  • Orthodox Jews usually use the term 'gemara' in conversation.

    There are two Talmuds: a Palestinian/Jerusalem Talmud and a Babylonian Talmud. The Babylonian Talmud is longer, goes more in-depth, and is often the leading authority of the two.

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