To this day, I am grappling with trying to understand the magic attraction that the talmudic text exerted on me during my first encounter as a Protestant seminary student.
The celebration marking the conclusion of studying a talmudic tractate has come to be known as a “siyyum,” a completion. Because this celebrates such deep engagement with our ongoing interpretive tradition, should we widen our conception of which books are appropriate to celebrate through a festive meal?
As the creator, translator, and editor of the Commentators’ Bible series, I try to hide in plain sight. As a translator, I am not merely standing between the Torah and its English-speaking readers; I’m also standing between those readers and the eleven commentators who are trying to be only slightly less transparent.
John C. Weicher
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How might Judaism be different had the Bible ended with Joshua, with Moshe and the Israelites entering the Land? What do we gain, as Jews, from the “profound humility” of talmudic discourse and argumentation? How might it enrich Judaism to think not as a “people of the book” but as a people engaged with a