Monday, November 11, 2013

Introducing WalkingDaf - See Israel through the lens of the daily study of Talmud (Daf Yomi)

Since August 2012, I have been participating in the worldwide, daily study of the Talmud, known as the Daf Yomi (Daily Page).  Started in the 1920s in Europe by Rabbi Meir Shapiro, it is a program where all around the world, every single day of the year, every participant learns the same page of Talmud.  If followed faithfully, a person can make it through the entire Babylonian Talmud (the most important Jewish literary work after the Bible, with over 2,700 double-sided pages), in a bit under seven-and-a-half years (!).  Needless to say, it takes a tremendous amount of self-discipline.  I hope that I can keep up with it.  I have fallen behind several times, and still need to make up some pages from a few past volumes (known as "tractates"), but I have basically kept up with the program.

Throughout my study, I have kept a color-coded system in my Talmud: red flags for editing mistakes (I am using the new and excellent Koren Publications edition of the Steinsaltz Talmud; publication is ongoing, following the Daf Yomi schedule), yellow, blue, or purple flags (whatever I have lying around) for general, interesting points, and green flags for guiding points.  It is on these guiding points which WalkingDaf posts will be based.  After presenting the Talmud's statement, I will present a collection of pictures, videos, maps, and diagrams to better illustrate what the Talmud is discussing.  In this way, I hope that the Talmud will be exciting and practical for many people.

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