What is Talmud Tweets?

What is Talmud Tweets? A short, personal take on a page of Talmud - every day!

For several years now, I have been following the tradition of "Daf Yomi" - reading a set page of Talmud daily. With the start of a new 7 1/2 year cycle, I thought I would share a taste of what the Talmud offers, with a bit of personal commentary included. The idea is not to give a scholarly explanation. Rather, it is for those new to Talmud to give a little taste - a tweet, as it were - of the richness of this text and dialogue it contains. The Talmud is a window into a style of thinking as well as the world as it changed over the centuries of its compilation.

These are not literal "tweets" - I don't limit myself to 140 characters. Rather, these are intended to be short, quick takes - focusing in on one part of a much richer discussion. Hopefully, I will pique your interest. As Hillel says: "Go and study it!" (Shabbat 31a)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Shalom - V'toda

Dear Friends, my study partners:

Yesterday I posted my 365th “Talmud Tweet.” With over 6,000 page views, it seems a good place to bring this blog to an end. It has been my daily practice to rise early, as the Shulchan Aruch suggests, and to spend part of a quiet morning studying and preparing my small post. Every page has held a treasure – in fact the struggle at times has been choosing from among the gems.

I am looking forward to continuing my daily study – perhaps with Talmud, perhaps with other texts, but keeping the process as “Torah L’shma” – study for its own sake rather than for the purpose of preparing a post. I will miss the discipline this writing has forced on me and the joy of occasionally hearing from someone who has read a post.

Throughout this year, less than 1/7th of the total cycle of Daf Yomi, we have explored the Tractates of Berachot, Shabbat, Eruvin and a good portion of Pesachim. Blessings, Sabbath, Limits and Matzah; not a bad list. I hope you have enjoyed the journey as much as I have. I do hope something here has stirred a thought or impression and will encourage you to more study. As it says in Pirke Avot (5,6): Turn the Torah over and over for everything is in it.


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