- "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)
- "The men in yeshiva study talmudic passages and commentaries all day."
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Who Uses This
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
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).
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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