This week’s podcast features Ilana Kurshan’s memoir If All the Seas Were Ink. Originally written in English, the text translates the study of the Daf Yomi, or “Daily Page,” of the Talmud, into a life story. The Talmud is the main book of rabbinic teachings spanning about 600 years. It is the basis for all codes of Jewish law. The memoir begins in the wake of a painful divorce, when Ilana decides to begin this 7 ½ year long study, one page at a time.
Text: Ilana Kurshan, If All The Seas Were Ink. A memoir. St. Martin’s Press, 2017.
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