The Torah U-Madda Journal | 05/01/1995
The Talmud has been the central pillar of Jewish life for the past two thousand years. As Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz wrote:
In many ways the Talmud is the most important book in Jewish culture, the backbone of creativity and of national life. No other work has had a comparable influence on the theory and practice of Jewish life, shaping spiritual content and serving as a guide to conduct. The Jewish people have always been keenly aware that their continued survival and development depend on the study of the Talmud and those hostile to Judaism have also been cognizant of this fact. At time Talmudic study has been prohibited because it was abundantly clear that a Jewish society that ceases to study this work had no real hope of survival.
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