An Orthodox man working on an iPad.
An Orthodox man working on an iPad. Photo by JusticeForSholom.com / Forward
Text size
Courtesy of Koren Publishers Jerusalem
The Koren Talmud Bavli in English and iPad editions. Photo by Courtesy of Koren Publishers Jerusalem

A Talmud that took Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz 45 years to translate from ancient Hebrew and Aramaic into modern Hebrew is being published in English. The Talmud will also be available as an iPad application.

The first volume of Steinsaltz’s Koren Talmud Bavli is being launched in conjunction with Shavuot, which commemorates the day the Torah was given to the Jewish people. The complete set will comprise 41 volumes.

The Koren Talmud Bavli includes a translation and commentary by Steinsaltz, as well as illustrations and color photographs.

An iPad app will be available in July, according to Koren Publishers Jerusalem, who claims it will be the first and only Talmud app developed simultaneously with a print edition of the Talmud. The app features Vilna pages with vowels and pronunciation, with a text zoom feature that enables users to see the pages up close.

In addition, the iPad app includes social networking features that enable users to share their learning on Facebook and Twitter, as well as via e-mail.

“The Talmud expresses the deepest Jewish spirit,” Steinsaltz said in a news release. “My hope is that the Koren Talmud Bavli will render the Talmud accessible to millions of Jews, allowing them to study it, approach it, and perhaps even become one with it.”

Steinsaltz, who has written some 60 books, also has established a network of schools in Israel and the former Soviet Union. In 1988, Steinsaltz won the Israel Prize, the country’s highest honor, for his work in Jewish education.