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ages. It is from the Talmud that we learn how the commandments should be observed. It quotes the
Sages by name and their arguments and proofs as well as stories and examples. The style of the
Talmud is very brief and can be compared to the notes of a student at a lecture who makes notes of
what he hears. These may not be comprehensible to others but makes perfect sense to him. As he
reads the notes he remembers the lecture. The Talmud is similar, it is written very concisely and must
be learned and studied with a teacher, until, the student masters the method and the understanding of
its logic and concepts together with the numerous commentaries written by our Sages over the ages
There are two Talmuds. The Talmud Bavli which is the distillation of the Oral Torah in the
great academies of Babylon (present day Iraq) the great seat of learning for some 500 years from the
beginning of the present era was written down in Aramaic, The other is the Jerusalem Talmud written
down in Eretz Yisrael in Hebrew. There are sometimes differences of opinion in these two and
generally speaking, the Talmud Bavli is given preference. This note should not be taken at face value
as the understanding of...
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