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The Babylonian Talmud in Selection

by Leo Auerbach


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This is a mid-20th century translation of selections from the Babylonian Talmud. Auerbach emphasizes in his introduction that the Talmud contains diverse voices. Indeed, this is one of the strengths of the Talmud; instead of a monolithic text, it allows for various viewpoints and opinions; the role of the reader is active, allowing us to consider each authority. Auerbach takes a longitudinal approach to this condensation of the multi-volume Talmud; he includes at least one tractate from each division of the text. Although this overlaps some of the other public domain Talmud translations at this site, there are also some tractates here that haven't appeared elsewhere at this site, particularly those from Nashim (Women).

Title Page

Tractate Aboth

Fathers of the Mishna

Zeraim (Agriculture)

The Portion of the Poor (Tractate Peah)

Moed (Holy Days)

Sabbath (Tractate Sabbath)
Passover (Tractate Pessahim)
The Day of Atonement (Tractate Yoma)
Days of Fasting (Tractate Taanith)

Nashim (Women)

Childless Widows (Tractate Yebamoth)
The Marriage Contract (Tractate Kethuboth)
Adultery (Tractate Sotah)
Divorces (Tractate Gittin)
Betrothals (Tractate Kiddushin)

Nezikin (Law)

Civil Law (Tractate Baba Kamma)
Law of Procedure (Tractate Sanhedrin)
Flogging (Tractate Macoth)
Oaths (Tractate Shebuoth)