- What is a good English translation of the Traditions and other Jewish commentary on the Tanakh?
- What other resources are necessary for understanding traditional/ancient Jewish thought? Are there commentaries that are more esteemed and useful than others?
- Do I need to learn ancient Hebrew in order to undertake a serious study of Judaism or are there enough English translations to keep me in reference material?
- If I need to learn Hebrew what are good resources/tools?
- The Jewish year is 5774. I was wondering what resources there are that would help me understand the method reckoning time according to the ancient methods (I get that it is reckoned from creation).
- Somewhat calendar related. I am curious to learn more about the traditional feasts and symbology associated with them.
- Jewish eschatology.
- Circumcision. Why? I think I have figured out an answer to this on my own but since I have a Rabbi available I'd like a more enlightened view.
My thanks in advance.