Koren Publishers Jerusalem announces publication of thefirst volume of the Koren Talmud Bavli, a groundbreaking new edition of the Talmud that will improve and enrich the way people study, debate, and experience this central Jewish text. The Koren Talmud Bavli offers an innovative design by Koren Publishers Jerusalem, an incomparable translation and commentary by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, color photographs and illustrations—the first in a Talmud since it appeared in print 500 years ago, a variety of unique learning aids, and a state-of-the-art iPad app that will enable people to interact with the Talmud as never before.
The Koren Talmud Bavli is designed to enable students at every level to actively participate in the dynamic process of Talmud study. It is being launched at the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which commemorates the day the Torah was given to the entire Jewish people, and in advance of the new Daf Yomi cycle (beginning in August 2012), when thousands of people around the world will begin the process of studying one page of the Talmud each day for the next seven-and-a-half years. According to Matthew Miller, CEO of Koren Publishers Jerusalem, the Koren Talmud Bavli achieves a balance between tradition and innovation that no other English edition of the Talmud achieves. “The Koren Talmud Bavli preserves the traditional Vilna page, and enables people to engage deeply in the traditional process of Talmud study at the same time that it embraces contemporary scholarship and technology.” Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz says, “The Talmud expresses the deepest Jewish spirit. My hope is that the Koren Talmud Bavli will render the Talmud accessible to millions of Jews, allowing them to study it, approach it, and perhaps even become one with it.”
Individual volumes of the Koren Talmud Bavli are available online and at bookstores everywhere in Standard (color) and Daf Yomi (black and white) editions. Subscriptions to the print editions and the digital PDF edition are available exclusively via www.korenpub.com. The complete set will comprise 42 volumes.
Koren Publishers Jerusalem publishes Jewish texts renowned for their textual precision and pioneering design. In 1962, it published the Koren Tanakh, the most accurate edition of the Jewish Bible. In 2009, it entered the US market with the bestselling Koren Sacks Siddur. Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz is today’s leading Talmud scholar. He has been on a life-long mission to make the Talmud accessible to all. Rabbi Steinsaltz’s landmark editions of the Talmud in Hebrew, French, and Russian have sold more than a million copies.