Jewish Wisdom, a Modern Look
7000 Years of Continuous Evolution
by Asher Elkayam
Pub Date 20 Jul 2018
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Jewish Wisdom, a Modern Look is about the survival of the Jewish heritage. While other civilizations vanished through history, the Hebrew culture and heritage persisted through the ages.
Since the giving of the written and oral Torah in Mount Sinai to Moses (estimated time 1313 BCE), the Jewish law has been observed while being debated by the spiritual leaders of the time.
The study and analysis of the Torah of Moses developed and took the name of Talmud. Talmud includes Mishnah and Gemarah. Mishnah means “study of.” and Gemarah means "completion of".
Because the Jews were exiled to Babylonia after the destruction of the first temple in 586 BCE, the Babylonian Talmud flourished in Babylonia while the Jerusalem Talmud developed in the Holy Land. .
This book summarizes the wise ideas and laws found within the Talmud, discussed by hundreds of sages between the second century BCE and 300 CE.
The result of 2,500 years of continuous oral study is the priceless Mishnah, which was finally compiled, redacted, and written in a scroll under Rabbi Yehudah Hanassi (Judah the Prince) at the end of the second century.
Following the second destruction of the Jerusalem temple (70 CE) and the exile of the Jews by the Romans, many Diaspora luminaries emerged in Spain, France, Egypt and North Africa, thus clarifying the Torah and the Talmud. Dozens more luminaries are cited in this project, which culminates in the masterpiece of Pirkey Avot, an ethical guide for everyone.
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