Not Your Father's Talmud

Rabbi Adam Chalom of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago explores the Talmud from a Humanistic perspective, one page a day.

Location: Highland Park, Illinois, United States

Rabbi Adam Chalom is the Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago. He is also the Assistant Dean for the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Reputable On-Line English Talmud – but not for Berakhot

Though not organized by the traditional pagination, I have found a reputable on-line Talmud translation for those who wish to look at the original texts for this Talmud blog but do not have the Aramaic ability to work through the daf.

It is an on-line version of M. L. Rodkinson’s 1918 translation of two major sections of the Talmud, which unfortunately does not include tractate Berakhot (Blessings), the Talmud section currently under study. The website hosting it is a well-regarded internet “sacred texts archive” that makes public domain religious texts available for general understanding and also for sale.

If you are interested in purchasing an English translation of the complete Talmud on CD-ROM, Davka Corporation sells them at - look at either the "Soncino Talmud" or the "Soncino Classics" collections. Both have English + Hebrew texts of the Bible and the Talmud, but the "Soncino Classics" also has English + Hebrew for the Rabbinic Midrash collections and the Zohar (for a higher price, of course). Davka has periodic sales that significantly reduce their prices, so check back periodically. also has occasional CD-ROM sales that might be worth looking through.

The search for an easily-accessible, complete yet reputable on-line English Talmud translation for the general and Jewish audience continues. . .

Rabbi Adam Chalom