How the Talmud Can Change Your Life

Liel Leibovitz


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WW Norton & Co
24 November 2023
ISBN: 9781324020820
272 pages

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A witty and wide-ranging exploration of a book that has perplexed and delighted people for centuries: the Talmud

An extraordinary work of Jewish ethics, law and tradition, the Talmud, compels readers to engage with its abundance of ideas on living a good life. Full of folk legends, bawdy tales and rabbinical back-and-forth over centuries, it is inspiring, demanding, confounding and thousands of pages long. And, as Liel Leibovitz enthusiastically explores, the Talmud is humanity’s first self-help book, with sage advice on an unparalleled scope of topics, including dealing with grief, choosing friends and communicating with your partner. Weaving together psychology, philosophy and history with examples from Weight Watchers and the lives of Billie Holiday and Aristotle, Leibovitz makes the Talmud’s insights reverberate for our modern age. Each chapter is focused on a fundamental human experience—the mind-body problem, business, love—to illuminate how the Talmud speaks to daily existence. Explaining the Talmud’s origins and its pertinence today, Leibovitz shows how one of the world’s oldest books can, indeed, change your life.