Sunday, October 09, 2016

The Gemara Card

TALMUD WATCH: Livingston Native Dave Sachs Builds ‘The Gemara Card’ Learning Innovation (Tzvi Silver, Jewish Link of New Jersey Israel).
The Gemara Card itself is a three-page, laminated fold-out sheet of paper. The first three pages are a glossary of over 720 terms, built of off Sach’s original handwritten reference sheet from his time in Yeshivat Hamivtar. The back page contains a list of rashei teivot, over 412 abbreviations, as well as a guide to Gemara grammar, loosely based on Rabbi Frank’s well-known grammar wheel and including 52 conjugated verb combinations. There is a list of 107 of the Talmudic sages, organized by chronological order and geographic location, and, at the very end, there is a small conversion table between the metric and imperial systems of measurements and the ancient units mentioned in the Gemara, as well as a small reference table for the archaic curved script typically used for Rashi’s commentary in the Vilna Talmud. All in all, it features nearly every piece of quick reference material needed during routine Gemara study.
This sounds very useful and is very reasonably priced at $4.95. Cross-file under Aramaic Watch.