Celebrations of Modern-Day Judaism

Among many others, three sample events that have taken or will be taking place in December and January show the versatility and dynamism of contemporary Orthodox Judaism.
The Jerusalem Talmud
Two institutions – the Jerusalem Institute and the Shilo Institute [Machon Shilo] – hosted a symposium last week highlighting the The Jerusalem Talmud, like the more well-known Babylonian Talmud, includes the explanations and teachings of Sages from the third to sixth centuries C.E. on the Six Orders of the Mishna.
The Jerusalem Institute is the publisher of a new edition of the Jerusalem Talmud with its own unique commentary, Or LaYesharim (Light Unto the Righteous), based on a comparative study of the two Talmuds. The commentary has received accolades from many scholars, including former Chief Rabbis Mordechai Eliyahu and Avraham Shapira.
The Jerusalem Talmud scholars seek to bring out the wisdom thereof, in fulfillment of the Medrashic teaching, “There is no Torah like the Torah of the Land of Israel and no wisdom like the wisdom of the Land of Israel.”
Participating in the seminar in Ramat Beit Shemesh were Rabbi Avraham Blass, head of the Jerusalem Institute; Rabbi Moshe Pinchuk, head of the Seeking Zion Institute, and Rabbi David Bar-Hayim, head of the Shilo Institute and Deputy Court Head of the nascent Sanhedrin. “We hope this will be the first of many events that will reacquaint the public with the hidden jewel that is the Jerusalem Talmud,” Rabbi Bar-Hayim said.

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