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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Gemara Written in Aramaic? Think Again

I always thought that the gemara was written in Aramaic. I bet you did too.

However, Google Translate tells us otherwise.

For example, when going to this page in Mesechet Ta'anit, I find out that the language of the gemara is really Indonesian. Actually, many messechtot are apparently written in Indonesian. How Ravina and Rav Ashi learned Indonesian is a mystery, but I bet they must have had a mesora for this for centuries.

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And then I find out that some messechtot like this page in Pesahim are written in Malay. Why the language was switched for Pesahim and how they knew this language is again unknown. It must have been a mesora passed down from Mordechai Hatzaddik.

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I'm surprised no messechtot were written in Elmer Fudd, Klingon, or Pirate.

Happy Purim!


At Thu Feb 25, 11:00:00 AM 2010, Anonymous Aramaic Scholar said...

If this is true, then Jews are even cleverer than everyone thought. They have understood Indonesian all these centuries and not Aramaic, in the Gemara. Maybe the Tanakh is written in Thai and not Hebrew?


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