why is it considered relevant or necessary for jewish males to learn the talmud?

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Question by James: why is it considered relevant or necessary for jewish males to learn the talmud?
i don't intend this in a negative way but why do jewish males need to know all the small details of jewish law and spend hours debating over small sections of a paragraph

also in yeshiva when studying the talmud in the way they do, do they learn transferable skills that can be applied to other aspects of academic life and life in general

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Answer by Baphomet
Nobody knows.I think it's traditional.

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Comments (3)

  1. rosends

    it isn’T necessary unless the individual has any interest in learning about how his heritage developed and how the laws which govern his behavior were derived. in a talmud class one learns not only the textual facts, but also the approach and thinking skills which make other modes of analysis easier. i went 4 years in college before i found a single course which had me think on the level that my high school talmud class did. and since then, i have been better able to deal with argument, rhetoric and logic better because of a talmudic grounding.

  2. allonyoav

    Is it necessray to study Talmud? actually, no, except for those who need to know how the law is developed to know how to extrapolate out into new situations. For everyday matters you would generally use one of the modern books providing the necessary laws without the deep debate (so for a quick summary of the applications of the halachah on Shabbos, i use Shmiras Shabbos K’Hilchata, for other festivals- Hilchos Shleimah, for Kashrus I have anothe rbook etc). In yeshivahs, talmud is studied in order that thestudents learn how to think and develop the law, as in a Yeshivha the hope is to be trianing the next generation of poskim (rabbinic decisors) who need to know not just how the law s applied, but how to apply it in new situations, for which the underlying detail is needed. Of course, the vast majority of those in Yeshivahs never make it to that level, but for the one that does, it is worth it!

    As for transferable skills- absolutely. It teaches critical thinking, debate, how to do research, how to reference across multiple volumes (and sometimes into different areas all together) in order to fully explore a subject. lets give an example. a student is studying Kiddushin- the laws of marriage. there is a reference to the ketuvah, marriage contract, so he goes across to masechta Kesubos to study the relevant section. He finds a question related to evaluations as a gift was given for the marriage, so he goes to masechta bava Messia. The gift was actualyl a pledge by the groom to give his value- so he goes to masechta Erichin to read the relvant section. Another case arrives where it turns out the gift was actually consecrated material, and now the question is if it can be used for the betrothal- so it off to masechta Sanhedrin (and I think Eduyos). In short- the student learns how to follwo through on subjects- critically examine a situation to find what is relevant, and then go to the right place to learn the relevant detail

  3. !אחדות!-ג'שמאק

    It is important, because the Talmud takes the Mishnah which explains the Mitzvois of the Torah, and explains the Misnah. ALL Jewish law is based on the Talmud. In Yeshivah we study Talmud, for the first 2-3 hours.