"To some readers of this book, the Talmud represents little more than a famous Jewish book. But people want to know about a book that, they are told, defines Judaism. Everyman's Talmud is the right place to begin not only to learn about Judaism in general but to meet the substance of the Talmud in particular . . . In time to come, Cohen's book will find its companion-though I do not anticipate it will ever require a successor for what it accomplishes with elegance and intelligence: a systematic theology of the Talmud's Judaism." --From the Foreword by Jacob Neusner Long regarded as the classic introduction to the teachings of the Talmud, this comprehensive and masterly distillation summarizes the wisdom of the rabbinic sages on the dominant themes of Judaism: the doctrine of God; God and the universe; the soul and its destiny; prophesy and revelation; physical life; moral life and social living; law, ethics, and jurisprudence; legends and folk traditions; the Messiah and the world to come.… (more)
To the memory of the late CHIEF RABBI Very Rev. Dr. J. H. Hertz in esteem and gratitude
INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW AMERICAN EDITION By Dr. Boaz Cohen What is this book which has stimulated the mind and the emotions of the Jews, and to a lesser extent has aroused the attention of Christians and Mohammedans throughout the ages?
PREFACE While there is now no lack of books which regale the English reader with selections from the Talmud, tales from the Talmud, and wise saying of the Rabbis, there is no work which attempts a comprehensive survey of the doctrine of this important branch of Jewish literature.