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- November 16, 2003. Commentator "Foggy Moment" commends the creators of Come and Hear™ for the effort and accomplishment of making the Talmud broadly accessible. He also comments on the Talmud itself:
Under the guise of exploring the meaning of the written Torah,
justifications for the most disgusting of pervsions are also
indulged in in great detail with arguments so self-serving that
no morally astute person would dream of embracing them. The sort
of stuff no Rabbi in their right mind would expose a congregation
to. There are comparable Christian documents. But unlike Christians,
Jews haven't censored out the embarassing parts of their written
traditions. It is a legitimate part of the record of their religious
exploration and one that shares common ground with religous
explorers of every persuation throughout human history. Sometimes
such exploration leads in contrary directions. To pretend otherwise
is dishonest and deprives following generations of valuable clues
as to what to look for and expect in such a pursuit. Besides, the
Talmud was not for 'general consumption'. It was to be studied only
by those who were considered mature and adept enough to deal with
its subject matter. People who would know what parts to skip.