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  •  Wow, that's very impressive (1+ / 0-)
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    bluebird of happiness

    I was reading the Steinsaltz Talmuds and I was very disappointed they stopped publishing in English.  Have all tractates of the Babylonian Talmud been translated into English?  Has any part of the Jerusalem Talmud been translated?  

    My Hebrew ranks behind Spanish and Chinese, and forget about Aramaic.   Back when I was a little boy, the rabbis who ran the Orthodox Hebrew school my mother sent me to after regular school had this warped method of teaching Hebrew, which was to start reading Genesis 1:1 in the original Hebrew and build up a notebook with a vocabulary list.  I think after a few years we completed  Genesis.  It was a miserable way of teaching a language.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 05:30:49 PM PDT

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    •  There are two complete translations into English (1+ / 0-)
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      One is an old one done in the UK decades ago, and published by Soncino Press. It is actually available online:

      The other was completed about seven years ago by Artscroll. It is much more user-friendly as it has a great commentary in English:

      They are now working on a translation of the Jerusalem Talmud.

      Koren publications is translating the Steinsaltz Hebrew Talmud into English:

      This is a new project, not a restart of the old Random House series. I prefer the Steinsaltz because he is more willing to bring in historical information that can help clarify the discussions, and because he de-censors material that had been censored by Christians in the middle ages.

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