The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey between Worlds PDF

The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey between Worlds PDF


  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey between Worlds
  • Jonathan Rosen
  • English
  • 15 January 2019
  • 031242017X

10 thoughts on “The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey between Worlds

  1. Sellyndavies Sellyndavies says:

    What I like about Jonathan Rosen is his craftsmanship as a writer Unfortunately, in this book, he seems to brush upon a few different themes, without committing to any one of them The net result is a monologue that meanders without delivering on the promise suggested by the title The book is part memoir about the lives of his grandmothers one of whom lived and died in safety in the United States and the other, who died during the Holocaust He says his father, who lost his entire family a What I like about Jonathan Rosen is his craftsmanship as a writer Unfortunately, in this book, he seems to brush upon a few different themes, without committing to any one of them The net result is a monologue that meanders without delivering on the promise suggested by the title The book is part memoir about the lives of his grandmothers one of whom lived and died in safety in the United States and the other, who died during the Holocaust He says his father, who lost his entire family at the age of 14, thought the world needed to be redeemed, but his mother, who grew up here, thought the world fine as it is Rosen compares the commentaries in the Talmud to following Internet links I m not sure what his point was, although many of his seemingly unrelated observations are interesting


  2. Rona Rona says:

    This is a short book of the thoughts of a young man trying to find meaning in his family history, the history of Jewish and European history as it relates to his family, and the meaning of history as he and his family move into the future It is sprinkled with lovely family stories, nods to great literature, and bits of history If you want to get a taste of a thoughtful, contemporary Jewish American life, Jonathan Rosen is one of the go to authors.It is a short, pleasant read It is tender, tho This is a short book of the thoughts of a young man trying to find meaning in his family history, the history of Jewish and European history as it relates to his family, and the meaning of history as he and his family move into the future It is sprinkled with lovely family stories, nods to great literature, and bits of history If you want to get a taste of a thoughtful, contemporary Jewish American life, Jonathan Rosen is one of the go to authors.It is a short, pleasant read It is tender, thoughtful, but not evenly written It is an early book in his career


  3. Ben Pashkoff Ben Pashkoff says:

    Raises some interestingpoints, but could have been should have been would have been oh well probably to be forgotten in the near future NOT what I would put down as one of myinfluential reads Most interesting point IMMHO was a comparison of the lives and times of Flavius Josephus and R Yhanan Ben Zakkai Again could have hadto it Maybe this is what contemporary liberal American Jewry is idolizing


  4. David David says:

    In this short book Rosen muses on loss, renewal and connections The connections between past and present, between people, between ideas He focuses on the Talmud and the Internet as two mediums for connection He likens a page of the Talmud to a website s home page, both complete with links to other places in time and space.


  5. David David says:

    I was delighted to happen upon this little volume which brings together my interests in two areas Jewish philosophy and modern computer technology This is a somewhat autobiographical memoir of a man who is Jewish, though not a rabbi or scholar He s also a fairly amateurish user of the Internet and the book is now somewhat dated, since it was published in 2000 and so much has happened in technology since then But he meditates effectively on the relationship and similarities between the Tal I was delighted to happen upon this little volume which brings together my interests in two areas Jewish philosophy and modern computer technology This is a somewhat autobiographical memoir of a man who is Jewish, though not a rabbi or scholar He s also a fairly amateurish user of the Internet and the book is now somewhat dated, since it was published in 2000 and so much has happened in technology since then But he meditates effectively on the relationship and similarities between the Talmud, the holy book of Judaism, and a webpage, giving some interesting insights into the applications of modern technology He weaves into his essays many personal insights about his own ancestors including those killed in the Holocaust , along with Jewish teachings and legends the wisdom and martyrdom of Akiba, the mock funeral of Yochanan ben Zakkai, destruction and diaspora, the survival of the Western Wall, the Jew turned Roman historian Josephus, etc For me, this was a very satisfying collection of thought provoking essays But in computer lingo, YMMV


  6. Eli Eli says:

    Through a series of essays, Rosen unpacks the layers of his own relationship to religious and personal ambiguity, to suffering and joy, and to seemingly disparate ancient and modern approaches to knowledge, finding nourishment in the struggle He uses what I would call narrative theology to examine the metaphors we use to define our understandings of home, exile, and knowledge He finds that the structure of the internet mirrors deeper truths of the Talmud and of our own spiritual journeys Through a series of essays, Rosen unpacks the layers of his own relationship to religious and personal ambiguity, to suffering and joy, and to seemingly disparate ancient and modern approaches to knowledge, finding nourishment in the struggle He uses what I would call narrative theology to examine the metaphors we use to define our understandings of home, exile, and knowledge He finds that the structure of the internet mirrors deeper truths of the Talmud and of our own spiritual journeys characteristics that I couldn t do justice here Much like a good story, what is rich about these essays can t be boiled down or summarized they must be experienced.The author and I would no doubt use very different labels for much of what we consider most important to us in outlook and politics But I found a certain kinship with him in his valuing of a multiplicity of truths, and in his ultimate trust in chaos as a path to disjointed harmony The book spoke to me and to recent spiritual struggles of mine in nourishing and strengthening ways


  7. Arthur Gershman Arthur Gershman says:

    A tip of the old hat to Keith Leverberg who expressed my thoughts almost exactly with his title of his Amozon review, although I judge Rosen a little less harshly This book is carelessly constructed, with such screamers as, at page 130, The Talmud that my wife and I study from together belonged to her grandfather, who immigrated to Palestine, thanks to the Balfour Declaration, in 1924, was wounded in the 1948 War of Independence and devoted the rest of his life to the study of Talmud Or some A tip of the old hat to Keith Leverberg who expressed my thoughts almost exactly with his title of his Amozon review, although I judge Rosen a little less harshly This book is carelessly constructed, with such screamers as, at page 130, The Talmud that my wife and I study from together belonged to her grandfather, who immigrated to Palestine, thanks to the Balfour Declaration, in 1924, was wounded in the 1948 War of Independence and devoted the rest of his life to the study of Talmud Or something like that Read it with a grain of salt, and buy it at your peril


  8. Rachael Rachael says:

    A slim book but not necessarily a quick read It s an elegant personal essay interspersed with musings about the chaos of the Internet and the Talmud and such chaos represents the creativity, dynamic growth, and inter relatedness of human nature human society It made me want to adopt several of his Judaic philosophies about the boundless nature of learning, the unfazed mixture of the divine and the mundane, the embrace of messiness, uncertainty, and all the stuff that as a slightly type A, ab A slim book but not necessarily a quick read It s an elegant personal essay interspersed with musings about the chaos of the Internet and the Talmud and such chaos represents the creativity, dynamic growth, and inter relatedness of human nature human society It made me want to adopt several of his Judaic philosophies about the boundless nature of learning, the unfazed mixture of the divine and the mundane, the embrace of messiness, uncertainty, and all the stuff that as a slightly type A, abstract perfectionist , absolutely elude me


  9. Eric Eric says:

    An interesting meditation on the relationship between the internet and the Talmud, filtered through the death of the author s grandmother Very enlightening for those not familiar with the ins and outs of the Talmud beyond the occasional Yom Kippur service It s a short book and that may be its biggest flaw I really wanted it to go deeper in the end, despite the author s effective matter of fact tone.


  10. Peter Peter says:

    This is my second read of this truly amazing essay reflection memoir by Jonathan Rosen, a smart articulate thoughtful writer editor in New York The book is a tool, in itself, for navigating the hard questions about who we are, where we position ourselves and how we understand meaning, the sacred and the profane I read this ten years ago and it was a great book, I read it this year and it was an even better book, I ll read it again in a decade and record my thoughts.


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