Friday, December 07, 2012

A little-known Talmud parody, Tractate Chanukah

At least I think this is not well-known. The reason why, no doubt, is because it is not a traditional Talmud parody - it is not in Aramaic/Hebrew - but rather described, in English. It goes all the way through a Mishnah, the Gemara, the Rosh and the Rema.

It appears in the pages of Abram Samuel Isaacs' book Under the Sabbath Lamp: Stories of Our Time for Old and Young (Philadelphia 1919) (link).

Here is the description of Perek Trendele (dreidel) in Massekhet Chanukkah:


  1. Beautiful! Better than any Purim gemaros written in yeshiva, especially the mussar part; comparison with the lower virtues of honesty, simplicity, purity.

  2. There's also one in Hebrew, which was published in Areshet in the 1960s or 70s.

  3. Lehavdil, a friend of mine once proposed a Masechet Christmas Tree, and sure enough someone has done it:



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