FIND IT IN THE TALMUD: An Encyclopedia of Jewish Ethics and Conduct

FIND IT IN THE TALMUD: An Encyclopedia of Jewish Ethics and Conduct
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    FIND IT IN THE TALMUD: An Encyclopedia of Jewish Ethics and Conduct

    by Mordechai Judovits

    Hardcover, 525 pages 
    Urim Publications, 2014
    ISBN: 978-965-524-146-4

    Find It in the Talmud is a reference book and all-encompassing encyclopedia on the Babylonian Talmud. With over 6,000 entries, Find It in the Talmud is a pathfinder for students and a useful tool for scholars searching for subjects discussed in the Talmud.

    While some of the entries are brief, consisting only of the title of the topic and its description, many others relate full stories. The book also contains anecdotes and sayings recorded in the Talmud. Every entry in the book directs the reader to at least one citation in the Talmud where the subject is discussed. The emphasis throughout is on ethics, morality, charity, decency, and proper conduct.

    About the Author:
    Mordechai Judovits is a long-time student of the Talmud, a retired businessman and a Holocaust survivor. He grew up in the town of Dej, in Transylvania, Romania, and studied for several years in the Yeshivas of Dej. He is the grandson of Rabbi Moshe Paneth, the rabbi of Dej, and a greatgrandson of Yechezkel Paneth, the author of Sefer Mareh Yechezkel and former Chief Rabbi of Transylvania. His mother, Nechama Reizel, a Holocaust martyr, was the daughter of the Dejer Rebbe, Moshe Paneth. His father, Shlomo ben Mordechai Judovits, also a Holocaust martyr, was a landowner and businessman.

    In March 1944, German troops marched into Hungary, at which time the Jews from Hungary and Transylvania were deported to Auschwitz and other concentration camps. Mordechai, his parents, his brothers and sister were carried away to Auschwitz. The last time Mordechai saw his parents was when he was separated from the rest of his family in Auschwitz. Liberated in 1945, he returned to Dej to be reunited with his family, soon realizing that he was the only survivor of his family. In 1947, he immigrated to the U.S., where he married his wife Helen and raised a family. Since 1978, upon retiring from business, he has been very active in Jewish organizations, in particular the Boca Raton Synagogue. He served as president of the Boca Raton Synagogue. As chairman of the building committee, he supervised the construction of the Mikvah and the synagogue buildings.

    He is also the author of Sages of the Talmud, published by Urim Publications in 2009.

    Praise for Find it in the Talmud:
    "Find It in the Talmud is a comprehensive, clear, and informative collection of over a thousand entries that give readers, lay and scholar, the views of prominent Talmudic rabbis on many subjects in an enjoyable manner. Mordechai Judovits arranges his short, to-the-point entries of Talmudic subjects, stories, and expressions in alphabetical order. He summarizes what the Talmud says and gives the sources of the statements. He shows his deep love of the Talmud, which he showed previously in his Sages of the Talmud, a love which his writings make delightfully infectious. The book is easy to follow. He identifies subjects dealing with ethics, morality, charity, and justice with a Star of David, and anecdotes with the image of a book. The many other subjects receive no special mark. Judovits includes a separate section containing hundreds of interesting Talmudic expressions, such as "even though a Jew sinned, he is still a Jew." He also includes a brief history of the Talmudic sages. Readers will benefit by learning many details about Judaism as well as obtaining a comprehensive historical overview." 
    Rabbi Dr. Israel Drazin, author of Maimonides: The Exceptional Mind and co-author of the five-volume set Onkelos on the Torah. 

    "The Talmud Bavli is named such not only because it originated in Babylonia, but also because its contents are all mevulbal, mixed up. Mordechai Judovits's Find It in the Talmud is therefore an indispensable part of the library of any student of Talmud. This extraordinary Encyclopedia is well-structured, highly organized, and tremendously comprehensive thereby allowing any student, from the novice to the scholar, to find exactly what they are looking for in Judaism's most authoritative Rabbinic text, the Talmud. The author, R' Mordechai Judovits, is an outstanding personal example of the Talmud's morals, values, and vision, that he so proficiently indexes in his book. For him, the Talmud's teaching and lessons are not esoteric or abstract law, but they represent a code of conduct and a way of life that have defined his incredible personal story. R' Mordechai displayed incredible perseverance and tenacity in surviving the Holocaust, but more than survive, he has thrived in rebuilding his family and becoming a transformational leader in the Jewish community. Thanks to him, whether you are looking for a Rabbinic quote, biographical information, or a timeless teaching, you can easily Find It in the Talmud."
    Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Senior Rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue

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