Friday, August 10, 2018

Taking stock of Kirsch's Daf Yomi column

TALMUD WATCH: Six Years of Farts, Magic, and Misogyny. Celebrating Adam Kirsch’s tour of the Talmud (Jacob Siegel, Tablet Magazine).
What does the Talmud say about commemorating an anniversary? Something in great and elaborate detail, no doubt, perhaps touching on the necessary benedictions, fabrics considered kosher for use as tablecloth, and precautions regarding menstruating women.

Six years ago, Tablet’s Adam Kirsch began his reading of Daf Yomi, the page-a-day cycle of oral law and rabbinic exegesis that covers all 2,711 pages of the Babylonian Talmud. The current cycle is the 12th Daf Yomi. It will be completed in January 2020. The 13th begins the following day. As it never ends, we only pause here, as on the banks of a great river, to take stock.

It's been a good six years. With a little less than a year and a half to go.

Background here, with links going all the way back to the first column.

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