The Talmudic era spanned the first five hundred years of the Common Era. The first 250 or so years were dedicated to the Mishnah, complied in the Holy Land of Israel by Rebbe, R’ Judah the Prince, and was the first textual documentation of the Oral Torah given at Sinai and relayed from teacher to pupil, mouth to ear, for close to fifteen hundred years. The next 250 years was the era of the Gemara, elaborating on and elucidating the Oral Tradition taught in the Mishnah. There is a Jerusalem Talmud compiled in Israel, but more ubiquitous is the Babylonian Talmud, anthologized by Ravina and Rav Ashi. The sages in these eternal tomes are soulful personalities personified.

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