Talmud

Definitions

  • "The body of Jewish law and tradition comprising the Mishnah and the Gemara, compiled from about 30 B.C.E to about 500 C.E." (Steinmetz)

Example Sentences

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

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

תלמוד

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).

Notes

1. Orthodox Jews usually use the term 'gemara' in conversation. 2. There are two Talmuds- a Palestinian/Jerusalem Talmud and a Babylonian Talmud. The Babylonian Talmud is longer and goes more in depth, and is often the leading authority of the two.

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