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HaMafteach: A User-Friendly Index Of The Talmud: An Interview With Author Daniel Retter

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How do you project the book will impact the way people learn Gemara?

I do not believe it will change the way people learn Gemara. I do think it will encourage more people to learn, because it can make them more comfortable learning Gemara and remove some of the intimidation many people feel, especially beginners. Perhaps this sefer will enable people to begin learning Shas by heart. There are always contests encouraging kids to learn different things by heart, and this sefer offers the opportunity to begin memorizing Shas as well. Perhaps by means of this sefer a new curriculum can be launched that will require students to know where all the sugyos of their masechta are found.

What kind of feedback have you been receiving?

Baruch Hashem we have only received nice letters from people. There have been several comments suggesting that we cross-reference a word, but to my surprise there have only been 4 or 5 “gotcha” letters. I thought there would be more. The marei mekomos are nearly 100 percent accurate. Do we have every entry? Well, if there is one a reader can’t find, please tell us and we will put it in the next edition. This is dynamic work in progress and it is still growing.

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