"Talmudic" is often a euphemism for "impossible to fathom". Rabbi Aaron Parry's guide to the Talmud proves otherwise.
One doesn't need to be an electrician to appreciate and benefit from a light switch nor an auto mechanic to benefit from a car. Neither does one need to be fluent in Aramaic as a prerequisite to benefitting from the wisdom of the Talmud.
It is a misnomer to suggest that Talmudic wisdom is "old" or no longer relevant. Rabbi Parry's guide is replete with contemporary examples and applications that demonstrate that the Talmud is as alive today as ever.
In fact, on March 1, 2005, as many as 120,000 Jews across North America are expected to join together in celebration of the 11th "Siyum HaShas" - the culmination of the study of the entire 2,711 pages of Talmud by the "Daf Yomi" (Daf HaYomi) program.
"Daf Yomi" is a study program in which students of the Talmud study one "daf," or page, of Talmud each day. Completion of the program takes approximately seven and one half years. HaShas is an abbreviation for "Ha SHesh Sidrei", referring to the six books of the Mishnah, upon which the Talmud elucidates.
The celebration will be held simultaneously and students of Talmud united by satellite broadcast at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Toronto and many other cities.
Even if you aren't yet up to the marathon of participating in the 12th cycle of daf yomi, Rabbi Parry's introduction to the Talmud and its wisdom is a good place to start and would be a welcome addition to any library of a new bar or bat mitzvah or anyone curious about the wellspring of Jewish law.