Talmud / Tisha be'Av

Talmud Gittin 55b – 56a: “Kamtza & Bar Kamtza”

The destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans (70 CE) Photo: Temple Institute Jerusalem B”H Tomorrow (Monday) night, the Jewish world is entering Tisha be’Av (9th Av) and this day of mourning is very much connected to the famous Talmudic teaching of “Kamtza and Bar Kamtza”. The Gemara (Rabbinic discussions) in Gittin 55b – … Continue reading

Jewish Concepts / Rambam / Talmud

Talmud Megillah 25a: “Everything is in the hands of Heaven except for …”

B”H The Talmud Tractate Megillah 25a teaches: Rabbi Chanina said “Everything is in the hands of Heaven except for the fear of Heaven.” What exactly does Rabbi Chanina mean with his statement? The Rambam (Maimonides) provides a very good explanation in his Mishna Torah (Hilchot Teshuva, 5:2): There are fools among the Gentiles who claim … Continue reading

Talmud

SEFARIA offering a free English Talmud translation

B”H SEFARIA offers a free English Talmud translation: http://www.sefaria.org/texts/Talmud However, the Talmud text is never enough, as we always need commentaries explaining the different meanings of the text. The Talmud uses a lot of metaphors and hidden symbolic language. Thus, many parts cannot be taken literally. One famous example are NUMBERS / FIGURES. When the … Continue reading

Anti - Jewish / Christian Missionaries / Church / Talmud

Christian Talmud Bashing

B”H We all know the famous Christian Talmud Bashing from the medieval church. Talmud editions were burned in Spain, France and other western European countries. The church was extremely afraid of Gentiles finding out about the true origins of Christianity and that the pope may lose his power.  The Talmud, on the other hand, doesn’t really … Continue reading

Talmud / Teshuva

Talmud Pesachim 54: “G-d created Teshuva (Repentance) before creating the physical World”

B”H The Gemara (rabbinic discussion) in Talmud Pesachim 54a teaches: “Seven things were created in the spiritual world before the physical world was created – and these are: Torah, Repentance (Hebrew: Teshuva), Gan Eden (Paradise), Gehinnom, G-d’s Heavenly Throne of Glory, the Holy Temple and the Name of Meshiach.” In this article I am only … Continue reading