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If all the seas were ink : a memoir / Ilana Kurshan.

Author/Creator:
Kurshan, Ilana, author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017. , ©2017
Format/Description:
Book
x, 299 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects:
Kurshan, Ilana.
Talmud -- Introductions.
Jews, American -- Israel -- Biography.
Women Jewish scholars -- Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Religious.
HISTORY / Jewish.
RELIGION / Judaism / Talmud.
Local subjects:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Religious.
RELIGION / Judaism / Talmud.
Form/Genre:
Autobiographies.
Summary:
At the age of 27, alone in Jerusalem in the wake of a painful divorce, Ilana Kurshan joined the world s largest book club, learning daf yomi, Hebrew for daily page" of the Talmud, a book of rabbinic teachings spanning about 600 years and the basis for all codes of Jewish law. A runner, a reader and a romantic, Kurshan adapted to its pace, attuned her ear to its poetry, and discovered her passions in its pages. She brought the Talmud with her wherever she went, studying in airplanes, supermarket lines, and over a plate of pasta at home, careful not to drip tomato sauce upon discussions about the sprinkling of blood on the Temple altar. By the time she completed the Talmud after seven and a half years, Kurshan was remarried with three young children. With each pregnancy, her Talmud sat perched atop her growing belly. This memoir is a tale of heartache and humor, of love and loss, of marriage and motherhood, and of learning to put one foot in front of the other by turning page after page. Kurshan takes us on a deeply accessible and personal guided tour of the Talmud, shedding new light on its stories and offering insights into its arguments both for those already familiar with the text and for those who have never encountered it. For people of the book both Jewish and non-Jewish If All the Seas Were Ink is a celebration of learning through literature how to fall in love once again.
Contents:
Introduction: One day wiser
A note on the Talmud
I. The order of festivals
Yoma: Alone in Jerusalem
Sukkah/Beitzah: Temporary homes
Rosh Hashanah: The book of life
Taanit: Two by two
Megillah: Who knows?
Moed Katan: Trapdoor days
Hagigah: Torah from the heavens
II. The order of women
Yevamot: Lentils in my pot
Ketubot: I am a Jewish man
Nedarim/Nazir: Ascetic Aesthetics
Sotah: A still unravished bride
Gittin: Writing divorce
Kidushin: Toward a theory of romantic love
III. The order of damages
Bava Kama/Bava Metzia/Bava Batra: Suspended in a miracle
Sanhedrin: Another lifetime
Makkot/Shevuot: Sarah Ivreinu
Avodah Zarah/Horayot: Frost at midnight
IV. The order of holiness
Zevahim/Menahot/Hullin: Holy eating
Bechorot/Erchin/Temurah/Keritot/Meilah/Tamid/Middot/Kinnim: Poets & gatekeepers
V. the order of purity
Niddah: A folded notebook
VI. The order of seeds
Merachot: Writing about prayer is easier than praying
VII. The order of festivals (again)
Shabbat/Eruvin: A pregnant pause
Pesachim: Take two
Shekalim: Weaving the Talmudic tapestry
Yoma: Encore.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [297]-299).
ISBN:
9781250121264
1250121264
9781250121271 (ebook)
OCLC:
964922893
Publisher Number:
99973627955
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