Thursday, August 3, 2017

Buy the Soncino Babylonian Talmud Erubin [Kindle Edition] - and learn what is an Eruv anyhow?

Soncino Babylonian Talmud Erubin (Eruvin) [Kindle Edition]

Book Description

ERUBIN ("mingling") is the second Talmud treatise of Seder Mo'ed, forming an appendix to the treatise Shabbath. It contains regulations concerning three kinds of "'erub": (1) the 'erub par excellence, called also, as in the first paragraph of this treatise, "mabui" (lit. "street"), elliptically for "'erub mabui" (ch. i.-ii.); (2) "'erube tehumin" (ch. iii.-v.); and (3) "'erube hazerot" (ch. vi.-vii. 5). These three sections are followed by miscellaneous laws concerning carrying things a distance of four cubits or more within the public domain, or from the public domain into the private domain, and vice versa (ch. viii. 6 to end cf treatise). Extraneous matters are occasionally introduced; e.g., from four things soldiers in a camp are exempt: (1) they may freely take wood for their use without becoming guilty of robbery; (2) they need not wash their hands before meals; (3) they may partake of demai; and (4) they need not prepare 'erube hazerot. The rules of 'erube tehumin lead to the question whether the two days of New Year should be treated as equally sacred, or as including one sacred and one non-sacred day. Rabbi Dosa b. Harkinas gives expression to the latter view by suggesting two different forms of prayer for the two days.

Wisdom and general rules of conduct in the volume include these. "When the wine's in, the secret's out" (65a); "three things betray a man: his purse, his cup, and his temper" ("kiso, koso, ka'aso"; 65b) "He who lowers himself is raised, by God" (13a). "Wo unto me if I displease my Maker; wo unto me if I displease my inclination" (18a). "Part of man's praises may be said in his presence; the whole in his absence" (ib.). "A rule, apart from enumerated exceptions, does not necessarily apply to all cases contained in the general term" (27a). "It may be assumed for certain that a messenger carries out his mission" (31b). "It may be assumed for certain that a 'haber' does not part with a thing not fully prepared for use" (32a).

In recommending meekness the Gemara points to the Hillelites as examples. For three years they were discussing certain problems with the Shammaites; in the end they prevailed because they were modest, and kindly disposed toward others, having due regard for the opinion of their opponents. An incident in the life of R. Akiba is related as an example of firmness in obedience to religious precepts. Akiba, when in prison, was attended by R. Joshua, who was daily supplied with a certain quantity of water for Akiba. One day the governor of the prison reduced the quantity by one-half. Akiba was then informed that there was not sufficient water to wash his hands before taking his meal. The rabbi insisted on having the water for washing his hands even at the risk of dying of thirst. (From JE, s.v. 'Erubin.)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Kosher Laws of the Talmud - Kindle Edition

Kosher Talmud for your Kindle or Kindle App. Here is the Product Description:

To know what food is kosher, that is, fit to eat according to rabbinic Judaism, you must study the principles set forth in this volume, the Babylonian Talmud Tractate Hullin.

This translation, (approx. 665 pages) adheres closely to the text so that the reader has a sense of the structure and balance of the original. Yet at the same time it conveys the flow of the legal arguments and debates, the dramatic unfolding of events in stories, and the sensitivities to words and language in the exegetical texts.

Its aim is to facilitate a smooth conversation between readers and the text so that, without consulting the original Hebrew and Aramaic version, they can appreciate the substantive meaning and recognize some major aspects of the style of the Talmudic text.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Shoroshim by Reuven Brauner


Shoroshim by Reuven Brauner may be the most comprehensive list of Hebrew Verb roots ever published with close to 3300 entries. The verb roots are presented with definitions, synonyms and derivative meanings in thesaurus form, laid out in a clear, delightful and aesthetic manner.


More than a conventional dictionary or lexicon, Shoroshim links different Hebrew word roots and shows how they derive from a "common" root form, often not obvious at first glance.


Unlike ordinary dictionaries which are cluttered with permutations and combinations of grammatical forms for the same root, Shoroshim efficiently cuts right to the root.

Shoroshim provides easy guidelines to assist in the often complex and frustrating effort to determine a verb root.


Shoroshim covers all periods in the development of the Hebrew language, from the Biblical period through modern Hebrew. Shoroshim includes a large number of obscure and obsolete roots, particularly helpful to the scholar and academic.


Shoroshim is fun and easy to use, an indispensable quick reference source for all students and translators of Hebrew.


Shoroshim is a seminal unique work, available only from Talmudic Books at Please visit to peruse and download the work.

Enjoy and B'Hatzlahah!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Kindle Book: "God's Favorite Prayers" by Tzvee Zahavy free on Sunday March 25

Please "buy" our Kindle book edition of "God's Favorite Prayers" by Tzvee Zahavy. It is free on Sunday March 25 - a pre-Passover or pre-Easter gift for you.

Here is why we offer it for free. In the Kindle Direct Publishing KDP Select program we are permitted to offer our books free for five days out of every three months. Kindle tells us:
KDP Select - a new option to make money and promote your book. When you make your book exclusive to Kindle for at least 90 days, it will be part of the Kindle Owners' Lending Library for the same period and you will earn your share of a monthly fund when readers borrow your books from the library. You will also be able to promote your book as free for up to 5 days during these 90 days.
We believe that the theory is that when we promote our books, and hundreds of people download them, they will be better linked and marketed in the Amazon system, and as a result more people will buy them or borrow them when they are not free. Logical? You decide. Meanwhile, Enjoy!

And please come to hear the author talk about the book on Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 at the Teaneck Public Library. He will be glad to sign your Kindle edition (!) or better yet, your print edition of the book.