Talmud

The Talmud is the central text of Rabbinic Judaism and the primary source of Jewish religious law (halakha) and Jewish theology. Until the advent of modernity, in nearly all Jewish communities, the Talmud was the centerpiece of Jewish cultural life and was foundational to ''all Jewish thought and aspirations'', serving also as ''the guide for the daily life'' of Jews.

The term ''Talmud'' normally refers to the collection of writings named specifically the Babylonian Talmud (Talmud Bavli), although there is also an earlier collection known as the Jerusalem Talmud (Talmud Yerushalmi). It may also traditionally be called Shas (ש״ס‎), a Hebrew abbreviation of shisha sedarim, or the ''six orders'' of the Mishnah.

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