The Talmud Yerushalmi is a direct link in the great chain of learning of the Academies of the Land of Israel, unadultered by foreign soil and long journeys (to Babylonia). Its impact on our halakhic tradition has been immeasurable, contributing innumerable laws to codifications of halakha and halakhic discourse all through out our history.
The Talmud Yerushalmi Institute’s primary academic goal is to research the halakha, hashkafa and character of the Talmud Yerushalmi. The institute’s work will bring to light the rich and unique substance of the Talmud Yerushalmi, ultimately giving this Talmud a prominence of its own.
A large part of the difficulty in studying the Talmud Yerushalmi lies in its imperfect redaction. The Sages were disrupted by persecution before they were able to review and redact its contents. Understanding the redactor’s modus operandi is crucial for a correct interpretation of the Talmud Yerushalmi and especially of many of its difficult passages.
The Institute’s second academic goal is to research the Talmud Yerushalmi’s history of composition and its relationship to other rabbinic texts. The Institute’s work will give insight into the development of the teachings of the Land of Israel and solve hitherto unresolved questions on how they came together to form the Talmud Yerushalmi. מטרת המכון בעברית