By Ilana Kurshan
At the age of 27, on my own in Jerusalem within the wake of a painful divorce, Ilana Kurshan joined the world’s biggest e-book membership, studying daf yomi, Hebrew for “daily web page" of the Talmud, a ebook of rabbinic teachings spanning approximately six hundred years and the foundation for all codes of Jewish legislations. A runner, a reader and a romantic, Kurshan tailored to its speed, attuned her ear to its poetry, and stumbled on her passions in its pages. She introduced the Talmud along with her anyplace she went, learning in airplanes, grocery store traces, and over a plate of pasta at domestic, cautious to not drip tomato sauce upon discussions concerning the sprinkling of blood at the Temple altar. by the point she accomplished the Talmud after seven and a part years, Kurshan used to be remarried with 3 little ones. With every one being pregnant, her Talmud sat perched atop her starting to be belly.
This memoir is a story of heartache and humor, of affection and loss, of marriage and motherhood, and of studying to place one foot in entrance of the opposite by means of turning web page after web page. Kurshan takes us on a deeply available and private guided travel of the Talmud, laying off new gentle on its tales and delivering insights into its arguments—both for these already conversant in the textual content and in the event you have by no means encountered it. for individuals of the book—both Jewish and non-Jewish—If the entire Seas have been Ink is a party of learning—through literature—how to fall in love as soon as again.