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The Talmud Master
- The Talmud Master is a program written Masterfully by
Rabbi Krupnich. I've seen several programs that search the
Gemora, several that try to teach it. This is the beautify
program I've seen to date that teaches the fundamentals of Gemora
Learning, using full multimedia capability, hyper text, music,
graphics, and patients in teach one how to learn. The most frum
person will be comfortable with this program, as would the
non-religious beginner. It is absolutely unique and breathtaking.
- I have a 486SX33 PC AST with 170meg hard drive, windows 3.1, a CD
ROM, 16 byte sound card and a zip drive. Being that I have such a
small hard drive, I installed this program on my Zip drive which
is considerably slower than a hard drive. The installation went
poorly. Perhaps this was a function of my zip drive. The program
comes on 4 disks. Slip disk 1 into your floppy disk, and then,
while in windows, click on the word "File" on the upper right of
your screen. The pull down window comes down, and then you can
click the browse button. Select drive "A;, which is the floppy
(for some people this is drive "B") and choose install.exe.
- Now what should happen is that a sub program comes into action,
and tell you that - blah blah blah - this is an installation
program and we're going to install Talmud Master and your hard
drive and create a icon and a group. OK?
- If yes "OK" you click "continue" and then it asks you were you
want to install Talmud Master. I selected to put the program on
drive "E" which is my Zip Drive. I walked away from the machine
and let it do it's thing, then I can back and it was prompting me
for disk 2, and 3 and so on.
- When I finished, it gave me a strange message to remember to lable
my disk and my installation disk. Right away, I knew I had a
problem. My machine should not know that my zip drive is a
removable disk. Then I click OK and nothing happened. I clicked
cancel, and the installation program gave me a a thank you
message, and ended. But the installation program didn't create an
Icon. Using the "File" again on the top, I look for an Executable
DOS file, which ends with a "exe" to try to run it. Their was
none. So I tried to reinstall it again, and the program was
caught in some sort of loop. Finally, just before giving up, I
entered into the windows program manager and tried installation
again. This time, it went smooth as silk, it create the icons and
it was smooth sailing!
- For an IBM - this program requires a 386 or higher, windows 3.1 or
higher, a VGA or SVGA monitor, 2 megs of free RAM, and a sound
card is recommended by me.
- For a Macintoch, you need a 13 inch monitor, and 2 megs free ram.
- Starting up the program:
- The installation program creates an icon that looks like a book.
Double click it and the program fires up with some soothing music,
and introductory credits from the Rav, a memorial for his father
and a thank you for is mother, the fact that the program has been
approved by Rav Kamininsky Z'L ect, and then introduces you to the
- Upon starting up the program, the main menu opens and gives you a
choice of things to select from. The selections are as follows:
- Background information
- Maps and Charts
- Pre Game Quiz
- Game Demo
- Game Settings
- Start the Game
- The menu is very professionally laid out, what I've come to expect
from, with a little animation, which I'll
leave you to discover when you purchase the program.
- Background information:
When clicking background information the screen changes and a
Welcome to the Talmud text appears in the background of a book.
This hyper texted discussion goes into details of the Talmud(see above image), the
Oral Law, and the composition of the Gemora. It starts by
discussing the origins of the Oral Law, the language that the
gemora is written in, and the Sugiyos. If you don't know what the
Sugiyos is, fret not, the program will tell you. Since the Gemora
has no punctuation, it works in a framework, so to speak, called
the Sugiyos. Using Hyper text, examples, and clear terminology,
this section does a fantastic job of explaining the breakdown of
the logic of the Gemora. Terms that are explain in Hebrew and
- Rabbi Yehuda Nassi
- Rav Ashi
- Oral Law
- Shialah ooTishoovah
- Kosheeyau ooPaerook
- Heelch'sah and more.....
- Each term is explained in detail with lots of Hyper text. It can
take hours just to master the introduction. Time well spent, to
prepare you for the learning to come!
- Paroos for example is explained by teaching that often when the
Gemora states out it asks the question Ma. Then it gives you an
example of this, and shows you in the text of the Gemora, how this
is used. You can click to see the text itself, and then flip the
page to the next topic. All in all *very well done*.
- When finishing learning this section, one will be able to
recognize the basic structure of the Gemora, and understand the
reasoning why certain things are laid out as they are. You well
then be ready to tackle learning the Gemora itself. and utilizing
the rest of the program. This program takes the time out to do
what few programs, or even instruction booklets do. That is, it
familiarizes the student with the nuts and bolts of the Gemora,
and how to learn from it. Rabbi Krupnick can now be screened and
boxed, to learn with YOU, in your livingroom, the basics of Gemora
learning. This is a very exciting prospect indeed!
- Maps and Charts:
- This is a very helpful section which compellingly brings the
student to understand and appreciate the depth of the history of
The menu is as follows:
- Torah centers in the Mishna and Talmud times
- Time line of the 2nd Beit Hamikdash
- Transmission of the Oral Law (Tanaim) - documents the learning of
- Torah for person to person over the generations.
- Timeline Tanaim
- Transmission of the Oral Law (Amoraim)
- Timeline of the Amoraim
- The six orders of the Mishna
- A page of the Gemora with hyper text.
- This section is really misnamed as it is really a historical
record of the the people and places of Talmudic times that is
set-up in a tineline format. Very nice to read, and extremely
helpful in learning Jewish history of this time period. You will
find yourself coming back to it, regardless of the level that you
achieve in learning.
- The Game
- Now we discuss the heart and soul of the program, which is a game
designed as a learning toll for Gemora Students. Start with the
25 introductory questions. How you answer these questions will
determine at what level the game starts you on. If you study and
learn the introduction, some of the questions will be familiar. I
believe that all levels of Torah scholars will find the game
useful and invigorating.
- The game has nice graphics and starts out with questions asking
you to identify components of the Gemora for beginners, and
reviews of the daf (page) for more advanced learners. It is very
difficult to become bored of the game, and it patiently moves you
to more and more advanced learning. It appraises your progress
and work, and it incites you to further and further study, This
program will put you through your paces. It is not a fun and
games program. It is about serious learning and it makes you
work. Often I am asked if I have a game for teens or young adults
with Jewish content. Normally I'm at a loss, and find it hard to
recommend anything which is superior. This is no longer the case.
This program is professionally done, brightly interfacing with the
student, and fuels to Yiddish flame of any Jewish program. It
will quickly become one of the most used programs in your house,
It is nearly a perfect learning tool. Reviewing this program, it
is hard to put in words the importance that a program such as this
will have on the learning of future generations. The program is
so well conceived, and so well done, that no matter how fast the
machines become, and no matter how fancy the equipment becomes,
it will never be excelled