Jews: The Talmud in Paperback

The Talmud is almost as sacred to Jews as Scripture, but by no means does every Jew know what is in it. English editions of the 20-volume compilation of law and learning run to several hundred dollars in price; in general, only synagogues and big libraries can afford to have copies. To make it more accessible, Conservative Judaism's United Synagogue of America this week published the first volume of a new paperback translation of the Talmud, edited by Rabbi Arnost Ehrman of Jerusalem's Hebrew University.

The booklets will be issued at the rate of one a month, and the...

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