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Physician translates expansive series of Talmud into Dutch

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LEEUWARDEN - A Dutch physician who is translating the Talmud from the Aramaic and Hebrew languages into Dutch, recently presented the first volume of many to the rabbis of Jewish schools in Amsterdam. The Talmud is a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs, and history. Dr. Jacob Nathan de Leeuwe (58) has a second volume ready for publication as well and estimates that he will need another fifty years to complete the series, which could require about hundred volumes. The author devoted about one thousand hours to the first volume and compiled it in honour of his recently deceased father who served as the rabbi in Enschede. The Talmud has never been published in great detail in the Dutch language.