Title: The Spirits Behind The Law: The Talmudic Scholars

Author: Rabbi Jonathan Duker
Publisher: Urim Publications, 2007

 

 

        As we study the Talmud, we come across the names of our great Sages, usually attached to a particular law or halachic position. Often, however, the names are attached to a story about the individual. That is because the Talmud wants us to see these rabbis as real people with dynamic lives.

 

         In this fine work, Rabbi Jonathan Duke portrays 15 of these scholars based on the stories of their lives that appear in Talmudic and Midrashic sources. By weaving the original accounts together with insightful analysis, he provides a human portrait of these treat teachers while remaining faithful to the poetry of the original narrative. With his work, we are able to understand the personalities behind the sugyot.

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