Men of the Talmud - Jewish Biography Series
Great Men of the Talmud - Their Lives and Times - 6 CD-ROM Series -
By Rabbi Wein
About - Great Men of the Talmud - Jewish Biography Series
The Mishna and the Talmud are the books that are the backbone of
Jewish tradition, faith and history. Though the principles of the
Oral Law were given to Moses on Sinai, the transcription,
development and expansion of it was accomplished over a millennia
beginning with Ezra (c. 400 BCE) and ending in Babylonia with the
advent of the period of the Geonim (c. 585 CE). All of this work was
done by people - great men who built the eternal Jewish world. As
people, they had families, responsibilities, disappointments and
tragedies. This series highlights the lives of some of these great
men and will give the listener an insight into their world and into
the creation of the great works of the Mishna and the Talmud.
Exciting, Compelling and Educational as Told by Rabbi Wein. This is
a 6 CD-ROM Series.
1. On his deathbed, Hillel the Elder blessed Reb Yochanan ben Zakai,
the youngest of his students, to become "av l'dorot" - the father of
the generations. The blessing was indeed fulfilled. Because of his
great foresight in preserving the yeshiva at Kerem b'Yavneh, Rabbi
Yochanan ben Zakai emerges as a Torah giant whose life and work
guaranteed Jewish survival in the exile.
2. From his humble beginnings as an illiterate shepherd to his
development into gadol ha dor and rebbe of 24,000 students, Rabbi
Wein retraces the steps in the life of this most beloved of Jewish
heroes. Even when proven wrong in the Bar Kochba rebellion, his
indomitable spirit remained. Rabbi Akiva will forever symbolize the
greatness that the simplest of Jews can achieve.
3. Rabbi Meir is perhaps the most mysterious of all the rabbis of
the Mishnah. Recounting Rabbi Meir's role as provocateur amongst the
Mishnaic rabbis, his relationship with his former teacher "Acher"
the apostate, and his tragic marriage with Bruria, a scholar in her
own right, Rabbi Wein unravels some of the mystery behind this
brilliant man whose ideas are foundations of the Mishnah and Talmud.
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4. Amongst the leaders in Jewish history, few occupy as weighty a
place as Rabbi Yehudah HaNassi. In the tumultuous times of Roman
rule, he befriended Emperor Antoninus and secured years of peace for
the Jewish people. But rather than letting them become complacent,
he called together a convention of the Torah leaders of the day so
they could write down the Oral Tradition once and for all. Though a
break from tradition, Rabbi Yehudah Ha Nassi's prescience in doing
it not only preserved the Jewish religious tradition but the Jewish
people as well.
5. Like Hillel and Shammai of an earlier generation, this pair of
friends and scholars are polar opposites in temperament and outlook,
yet are mentioned together 250 times in the Talmud. Drawing on
instructive and sometimes funny stories of their lives, listeners
will be astounded at the love and loyalty this pair showed each
6. This monumental Talmudic pair lived at the highpoint of the
Babylonian Jewish community. Abaye became the inward scholar while
Rava was the public leader. Rabbi Wein examines the lives of both
and shows how their discussions recorded throughout the Talmud are
the summation of five hundred years of development of the Oral
This CD-ROM series will increase your general understanding of how
these personalities interacted with each other in the Mishna &
Talmud. This is a MUST HAVE series and is suitable for Beginners of
Mishna & Talmud as well as Scholars.
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