Daily Reflections on Idolatry: Reading Tractate Avodah Zarah - download pdf or read online

By Joshua A. Fogel

Comprised of rabbinic debates within the aftermath of the destruction of the second one Temple (70 C.E.), the Talmud has supplied the root for Jewish moral and functional norms for hundreds of years. it's also an incredibly lengthy and forbiddingly tough paintings that has accrued numerous commentaries simply as complicated. a contemporary translation with large notes has made the Talmud extra available to English-language readers, however the textual problems stay. This quantity appears at Avodah Zarah, one tractate of the Talmud considering idolatry, web page by means of web page. Idolatry used to be one of many cardinal sins for which an observant Jew was once to just accept demise sooner than transgressing. Daily Reflections on Idolatry deals a contemporary observation with doses of humor and comparative examples to be able to either clarify and humanize the textual content and make it much more obtainable to modern readers.

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