In Jewish tradition, the Talmud embodies the laws of Judaism, as well as a way of study and intellectual development. Composed of two works, the Mishnah and the Gemara, the Talmud is believed to provide serious students with one of the most sacred of experiences. It is, in fact, the Torah (the Old Testament) and the Talmud that offer the tenets of the Jewish religion.
Here, in this classic work, which represents nearly 2,000 years of learning, are those pearls of wisdom that have served as a daily guide for countless generations of people throughout the world. Some may be familiar to you; others may be new. Some may provoke a laugh; others, a tear. All, however, offer illuminating insights and direction that can provide a foundation for a compassionate and focused life.
George J. Lankevich received his PhD in American History from Columbia University. He taught for over thirty years in the City University of New York, where he is now a professor emeritus. Dr. Lankevich is the author of over twenty volumes of history, including New York City: A Short History, Postcards from New York, and Postcards from Times Square.