1. Daf Yomi - the daily practice of studying one page a day, takes 7.5 years to complete. The idea and practice only began in 1923 in Lublin Poland.
  2. You can see many Talmudic manuscripts online http://jnul.huji.ac.il/dl/talmud/intro_eng.htm
  3. But to really understand it, you probably need to learn Middle Persian https://kavvanah.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/an-interview-with-dr-shai-secunda-about-the-iranian-talmud/
  4. Ruth Calderon is the Bomb! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S8nNpTf7tNo