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Rabbi completes life work translating the Talmud

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Published on 16 Mar 2021 / In Judaism / Talmud

Tekoa, West Bank, Israel - November 18, 2010
1. Wide of student in Jewish seminary
2. Close of the Talmud book
3. Pull from close of the Talmud book - Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's version - to students discussing the Talmud
4. Wide of students at seminary
5. Close of student reading
Jerusalem, Israel - November 18, 2010
6. Exterior of Steinsaltz Center building
7. Pan of writings by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
8. Close pull of writings
Jerusalem, Israel - November 10, 2010
9. SOUNDBITE (English): Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
"Talmud is a book that has no real parallel, there are more important books, other books. Because it's a book, if you were to put it in a certain way, which can only be defined as a series of paradoxes. You may call it an oxymoron. It's holy intellectualism. Usually people won't pair these two words, you are doing sometimes very complex intellectual exercise in the spirit you are doing worship so this in itself is strange. It's a book which has more questions than answers"
Tekoa, West Bank, Israel - November 18, 2010
10. Mid of students reading books
11. Wide of students at Jewish seminary
12. Mid of student reading book
Jerusalem, Israel - November 10, 2010
13. SOUNDBITE: (English): Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
"I have opened the gate, you please enter. I cannot do it for you, and I'm not trying to do it for you."
14. Cutaway of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
15. SOUNDBITE: (English): Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
"The Lord is talking to us and he just waits for somebody at the other end of the universe to say hello. See that's the main point, that's the essence of prayer, to say hello."
Jerusalem, Israel - November 18, 2010
16. Shot of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's version of the Talmud
17. Various panning shots of writing from the Talmud
Jerusalem, Israel - November 10, 2010
18. SOUNDBITE (English): Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
"I am preparing for the next 170 years because I have a lot of work to do. Now if the boss will decide that he wants me elsewhere so I will have to move, but as long as I am here I have lots of things to do."
19. Various of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz reading
LEAD IN:
A Rabbi in Israel has just finished a painstaking 45 year project to translate the 6,000 page ancient Talmud into modern Hebrew.
The Talmud is the central text of mainstream Judaism, but Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's project to make it more accessible has attracted criticism from ultra-Orthodox scholars who believe it should be for rabbinical experts only.
STORYLINE:
Jewish students at this seminary in Tekoa on the West Bank study the Talmud.
They spend hours contemplating its meaning and debating.
At the Steinsaltz Center in Jerusalem one sleep deprived Rabbi hopes to have made their task easier.
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz has spent nearly half a century translating the Talmud from its ancient Aramaic into modern Hebrew, often working for up to 16 hours a day.
His work has been hailed in Jewish scholarly circles as a breakthrough of biblical proportions, the most comprehensive translation and commentary of the Talmud.
The Talmud, comprised of the Mishna and the Gemara, details rabbinical discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, philosophy, customs and history.
The Mishna, originally in the form of oral law, was written down in the third century A.D. after the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple, and the Gemara, a much lengthier work amplifying the Mishna, was compiled in the centuries that followed.
The Gemara is a collection of rabbinical debates over the points raised in the Mishna. The debates range from the angry to the humorous.
However, Steinsaltz adopted the cheeky maxim: "let my people know," a play on Moses' passage from Genesis: "Let my people go.
A notion dismissed by Steinsaltz.

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RobertCoxswain
RobertCoxswain 4 months ago

It would be better to be known as the guy who writes limericks on toilet paper.

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jackellock
jackellock 4 months ago

Was it the goy-rated version or does it have all the good stuff about raping children and such?

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