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Talmud Survey: Sukkah (TAL211)
Classroom: 78 hours (13 weeks). Distance/Hybrid: Varies.
September 2020 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to dissect and explain classic Gemara structure, define concepts of Tractate Sukkah, identify the nature of a text, e.g., legal or supra-legal, identify primary and supplemental material through analysis of the Talmudic discussion, find the axiological concepts around which the discussion revolves through analysis of its structure, define and apply the concepts of Talmudic research, decipher Talmudic texts and their cryptic dialog, reconstruct the give-and-take that is the backbone of independent Talmud study. In contradistinction to study-in-depth courses, the focus of the Talmudic survey courses is broad, comprehensive study, which enables Talmudic students to access the concepts necessary to be conversant in a variety of areas of Talmudic discipline.
Major topics taught in this course include: Permanent and temporary ohels, a sukkah supported by a bad, meduvlelet, a sukkah with a thick roof, a sukkah atop a wagon, atop a ship, atop an animal, an animal as a sukkah wall, trees as walls, exemption of one who is busy doing a Mitzvah, exemption of travelers and guards, exemption of the sick, temporary eating, temporary sleeping, changing sukkahs during the Moad, giving importance to the sukkah, leaving the sukkah due to rain, returning after having left due to rain, lulav, that the lulav must belong to you, a mitzvah that comes through an aveirah, a stolen sukkah, hadar, the size of the four species, the berries of the hadass, dichui and taaseh v’loh min ha’asui, eged, Number of the four species, aravah, etrog, and chazazit. Topics and sources may vary. The course allows for a cross-section of different texts, giving the student a broad range of topics to which to apply numerous research techniques. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and textual preparations. Prerequisite: Introductory courses in Talmud, fundamental familiarity with the main topics of the tractate.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Talmud, Judaic Studies, Religious Studies or Theology (3/21).