Sunday, January 01, 2012

Palestinian Talmud Enthusiasts Convene

Last Thursday the "Yerushalmi Institute" presented an evening of lectures devoted to the redeeming of captives. I cannot claim to be a Yerushalmi enthusiast, since I think that the only Yerushalmi tractate I ever learned was Sheqalim. However, I am a wannabe.

The evening was quite interesting and I regret that I did not take notes.

The first speaker was Rabbi David Bar Chaim:

Rabbi Bar Chaim's remarks are more or less summarized here and here.

Next up was Professor Eliav Shochatman who mentioned a variety of sources dealing with the subject:
Moshe Feiglin also spoke, saying that we need to look to the written Torah in order to deal with problems related to running a Jewish State:

Rabbi Eliyahu Zini, the Rabbi of the Technion, was fascinating, showing the differences between the Bavli and the Yerushalmi when dealing with the same matters:

Last up was Rabbi Ratzon Arusi, who explained the issues from the eyes of a posek:

For me, this evening of "Torat Eretz Yisrael" was a breath of fresh air in the midst of the ongoing atmosphere of turmoil and incitement.


Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

About ten years ago or so, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities published a concordance to the Yerushalmi. It's supposed to be good but I haven't used. I have delved into the Yerushalmi to a small extent and I find it more straightforward than the Babli.

Cosmic X said...

"I have delved into the Yerushalmi to a small extent and I find it more straightforward than the Babli."

Eliyahu, I have heard others say that as well. I purchased the tractate "Rosh HaShannah", published by the Yerushalmi Institute. It is accompanied by an original commentary that explains the Yerushalmi and compares it to parallel discussions in the Bavli and other sources. Now all I have to do is sit down and learn!

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