The Koren Talmud Bavli is a groundbreaking edition of the Talmud that fuses the innovative design of Koren Publishers Jerusalem with the incomparable scholarship of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. The Koren Talmud Bavli Standard Edition is a full-size, full-color edition that presents an enhanced Vilna page, a side-by-side English translation, photographs and illustrations, a brillThe Koren Talmud Bavli is a groundbreaking edition of the Talmud that fuses the innovative design of Koren Publishers Jerusalem with the incomparable scholarship of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. The Koren Talmud Bavli Standard Edition is a full-size, full-color edition that presents an enhanced Vilna page, a side-by-side English translation, photographs and illustrations, a brilliant commentary, and a multitude of learning aids to help the beginning and advanced student alike actively participate in the dynamic process of Talmud study....
|Title||:||Koren Talmud Bavli - Berakhot|
|Number of Pages||:||568 Pages|
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Koren Talmud Bavli - Berakhot Reviews
Note: my Hebrew/Aramaic is nowhere near good enough to review the quality of the translation. This review is only about the experience of going over the translation.A very easy to use, easy to follow translation. Steinsaltz excels at making the text flow, filling his commentary in as if part of the text so that it elucidates in a flowing way as you read (although there are plentiful useful footnotes as well). However, it's still easy to separate out the direct translation from his commentary since the text is bold and the commentary is not. Steinsaltz is quite good at emphasizing points and repeating the text when it helps with comprehension; it is very rare that I feel the need to go back a paragraph or two to reorient myself in the context and remind myself of minor details.A few minor complaints. I came across several (3 or 4) minor typos, mainly missing articles and the like. Also, it would have been nice if the Vilna Shas pages had been aligned on the opposite page from the English text, rather than in a separate section in the back, a la Artscroll. Finally, he does a good job breaking the text into smaller, manageable paragraphs that he aligns the original Mishnah and Gemara next to in the margin, but it would have been helpful if it was slightly finer grained, as it is occasionally difficult to align the literal translation with the precise matching words in the original Hebrew/Aramaic.I have to say, though, that these are real nitpicks and have had virtually no effect on my experience.To top it off, it's a beautifully rendered and printed translation. The text is sharp, the colors pop, and it just looks and feels fantastic.If you're looking for a good Talmud experience in English, I highly recommend this. I've had relatively little experience with the Artscroll edition, in my brief time with it, I have a strong preference for the Koren edition because of the flow of the text. It's definitely worth checking out both in person, though!
Like Artscroll's Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud, Koren's new English-language translation of the Talmud Bavli with commentary by Adin Steinsaltz provides a great resource for English readers who don't yet have a great command of Hebrew and Aramaic.While Steinsaltz commentary is not as thorough as that provided in the Artscroll edition, it is still more than sufficiently informative, providing helpful cross-references, background information on arguments, concepts, and personalities behind the Talmud Bavli.Unlike the Artscroll edition, Koren's Steinsaltz edition places the classic Vilna pages (with vowel-pointing on the central text and on Rashi's commentary) at one end of the book, and the English translation with parallel Hebrew and Aramaic text at the other end of the book, nearly cutting in half the number of actual pages needed to present both the Vilna text and translation (Artscroll's Tractate Berachot, for example, takes up two volumes each of which is roughly the same size as the single-volume edition by Koren).The English translation, as in the Artscroll edition, provides a literal translation (in bold type) that is expanded and elucidated upon (in normal type). The Koren edition doesn't make as judicious use of typeface to distinguish between texts originating in the Mishnah and Gemara, but all such instances are clearly signalled in the elucidation of the translation.Koren's Steinsaltz edition of the Talmud unquestionably replaces the Artscroll Talmud as the best resource available for the non-Yeshiva-trained individual who wishes to gain some familiarity with this great work.
Since this is my first reading of the Talmud, I can't compare it to other editions; but my Talmud teacher Joel Grishaver says although this new publication with notes by Rabbi Steinsaltz is easier to read and is beautifully illustrated, the Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud has more commentary by post Talmud Rabbis (e.g. Rashi).