The Talmud in English
To the Editor:
Edward Alexander’s article, “A Talmud for Americans” [July], omitted mention of another remarkable publishing event related to the one he discusses.
Some months ago ArtScroll/Mesorah Press initiated a momentous undertaking paralleling that of the Steinsaltz English Talmud—the publication of a new English translation/commentary of the entire Babylonian Talmud. The first volume of this interpretive translation—Tractate Makkos—came out in a printing of 25,000 copies at the beginning of March. To everyone’s surprise it was completely sold out within two weeks of its appearance and a second edition is presently on press. This is unprecedented in American Jewish publishing.
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