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Torah and Talmud Handouts

Talmud Handouts

The Unpacking Gemara Guide How does one read a Talmudic Text? this might help you figure out how to proceed. If you have figured out, it still might be useful. Using my catchphrase from Ber 62a, you can learn a lot about Talmudic Rabbis you never really wanted to know, but were required to learn.

13 Middot  of Rabbi Ishmael : A simple explanation of the 13 primary logical principles used to derive Rabbinic law from the Torah.

Tanna Rabbis  : A time line of the Authorities quoted in the Mishna   

Amora Rabbis - a time line of the the Yerushalmi and Bavli Amoraim (coming soon)

The Tanna Writings Map: A map of the major writings of the first generations of rabbis, including the Mishnah and Midrash

A really cool interactive Talmud page map from the University of Calgary. Roll over a part and it will tell you what it is. Click on it and you will get further information, including history andm samples of the text in English translation.

Some books

Besides R. Grossfeld's recommendations, These are some other books I use when studying Talmud, because they are very compact and contain many of the commonly used phrases:

Here is the link to Amazon.com's entry for the Hendrickson Publishers version of the Jastrow dictionary

The On-line Jastrow: It's not the best resource in the world but in a crunch it will do. Someone scanned every page of the Jastrow Dictionary, and placed it in Adobe Acrobat Format. As each page is a black and white picture, these are two are huge files to download so they may take a long time. But you can zoom in real close and actually read what the entry says........

Jastrow Volume I (Aleph - Chaf) Jastrow Volume II (Lamed - Tav)

There is also a more segmented version broken up by twenty- page segments. Since this is not by alphabetical segments I find it cumbersome, but if you can't load the larger files above its an option.

Jastrow  Volume I (Aleph - Chaf) Jastrow Volume II (Lamed -Tav)

Most of these documents use the Adobe acrobat reader. If you need to install this free reader, click here to go to the Adobe Acrobat website.

Hebrew Handouts

Numbers and Gematria: A quick guide to using the Hebrew alphabet as a numbering system, and one of its common exegetical purposes, Gematria

Hebrew Calligraphy:  A guide for writing Hebrew letters in the square Ashurite script used for Torah and other documents.

Torah Handouts

Torah portion calendar A Torah calendar for full and triennial cycle II 5767

Navagating the Bible II: a link to the ORT website bar/bat mitzvah tutor with both tikkunim and audio for any portion.

Hebrew Calendar: a link to the Hebcal.com website which lists the Torah portion of the week. from here you can look up the aliyot for any upcoming portion in both full and triennial format.