Koren Publishers & The Steinsaltz Center release 42 volumes of Talmud Bavli
Koren Publishers, proudly headquartered in the heart of Jerusalem, announces the completion of The Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli. The 42-volume set, known for its innovative design and incomparable translation and commentary by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, takes its place as the newest edition of Talmud in the world.
Publication of the Koren Talmud Bavli began in May 2011 with volumes released according to the international “Daf Yomi” (daily Talmud learning) schedule. The translation and editorial teams were overseen by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb who served as Editor-in-Chief. Rabbi Weinreb is a world-renowned Torah scholar, clinical psychologist, and Executive Vice President, Emeritus of the Orthodox Union.
To mark this historic publication, Finchley Synagogue Kinloss in London, hosted a tribute event in honor of Leo & Sue Noé, which attracted over 350 participants. The key speakers, Rabbi Lord Sacks, Dayan Binstock, and Rebbetzin Lauren Levin, all discussed the impact of Talmud in Jewish life and studied text passages together with the audience. Other notable personalities included Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu, the head of the European Beth Din, Michael Goldstein, President of the United Synagogue, Leo & Sue Noé and their family.
“Sue and I feel an enormous sense of honour and pride to have completed the latest publication of the Shas, the Koren Talmud Bavli, bringing its lessons, teachings, debates and wonders accessible to all,” said Leo Noé.
The enormous scope of the project incorporated a wide range of experts including linguists, Bible botanists, archeologists, historians, Talmud scholars, designers, and typesetters, and used state-of-the-art technology to ensure consistency in its translation and content. Photos of recent archeological excavations throughout Israel and the Near East support examples discussed by the Sages and help bring the text to life for modern readers. Unique amongst all extant editions of the Talmud to date, The Noé Edition features side-by-side translation, color illustrations and maps - many of which were custom designed for this edition - comprehensive explanatory notes by Rabbi Steinsaltz, introductions and summaries to every volume and chapter, newly digitized fonts, and vocalized text for the original Aramaic and the commentaries of Rashi and Tosefot. Together, the Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli opens the doors of the Talmudic pages to people of all ages and backgrounds, unlike any other edition in the world.
Koren Publisher Matthew Miller gave tribute to the Noé’s and the professional teams involved in the project by saying, “The landmark completion of The Noé Edition of the Koren Talmud Bavli is a testament to the tremendous work of both the teams at Koren and The Steinsaltz Center. Thanks to their support and dedication, this Talmud is going to impact many, many people for generations to come. We are so grateful to have reached this milestone for the Jewish people and the world-at-large.”
Koren Publishers Jerusalem is one of the world’s leading publishers of Jewish texts, renowned for their textual precision and pioneering design. It first gained international recognition with the release of the first Koren Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) in 1962, and has since expanded to publish prayer books in multiple languages and works on contemporary Jewish thought under its Maggid Books imprint. It is best known for its partnerships with The Steinsaltz Center, under the leadership of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, and with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of the Koren Sacks Siddur and Mahzor series.
Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz is today’s leading Talmud scholar. The 82-year-old has been on a life-long mission to make the Talmud accessible to all. Rabbi Steinsaltz’s landmark editions of the Talmud in Hebrew, French, and Russian have sold more than a million copies. To date, he has translated and written commentary on every single work in the Jewish canon including the Tanakh, Mishna, Talmud, Rambam, and more.
Yehudit (Jessica) Singer