The Talmud is a Test that the Jews Put Before Themselves
The Talmud is a test that the Jews put before themselves. It is a very difficult test that comes at us on many levels and engages us on many channels: appearing to be Torah, appealing to authority, threats, needing to be part of a society, wanting to be loyal, enjoying the intellectual challenge of it, telling us that we are special and elect.... Very, very compelling and difficult the Talmud test is.
Those who are ready to come into GodConsciousness feel instinctively that the Talmud is a distortion.
Those who are not ready for GodConsciousness wallow in the mud of Babylon until they've had enough and begin the journey home.