The Talmud is the repository of millennia of Jewish wisdom. The second part of the Torah (the Old Testament), founded on the principles of tradition and oral transmission, the Talmud is its hidden face. A body of legal, legendary or philosophical texts, it is a mixture of singular logic and deft pragmatism, of history and science, of anecdotes and humour. No other text has ever had a comparable influence, whether theoretical or practical, on Jewish life, moulding its spiritual content and offering a guide for conduct. This film sets out to retrace its history, from its genesis to the latest news concerning it.