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Intensive Study Courses - Mercaz HaTorah

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

Location:
Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length:
42.5 hours (5 weeks); in addition, 112.5 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates:
August 1993 - Present.
Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, first year students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the Talmudic text; apply analytical skills in Talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation leading to Halachic conclusions and resolutions; utilize the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. In addition to the outcomes stated above, second year students (and beyond) will be able to: analyze abstract legal concepts and formulate abstract legal categories based on the Talmudic text.

Instruction:

Students read and study tractate Kethuboth employing the major standard commentaries. Instruction and peer study involve the laws and observances pertaining to marriage and the marriage ceremony. NOTE: This tractate is studied by all students in a given semester. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation:

First year students: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; Second year students and beyond: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (4/94) (5/99 revalidation) (7/01 revalidation) (8/08 revalidation) (12/19 revalidation).  NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course and the Survey course of the same title.

Location:
Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length:
170 hours (20 weeks); in addition, 350 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates:
August 1993 - Present.
Objectives:

First year students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the Talmudic text; apply analytical skills in Talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation leading to Halachic conclusions and resolutions; utilize the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Second year students and beyond: In addition to the outcomes above, students will be able to analyze abstract legal concepts and formulate abstract legal categories based on the Talmudic text.

Instruction:

Students read and study tractate Kethuboth employing the major standard commentaries. Instruction and peer study involve the procedures for adjudicating court cases involving personal status. NOTE: This tractate is studied by all students in a given semester. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation:

First year students: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 8 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; Second year students and beyond: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 8 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (4/94) (5/99 revalidation) (7/01 revalidation) (8/08 revalidation) (12/19 revalidation). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course and the Survey course of the same title.

Location:
Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length:
42.5 hours (5 weeks); in addition, 112.5 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates:

August 1993 - Present. (See note under credit recommendations).*

Objectives:

First year students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the Talmudic text; apply analytical skills in Talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation leading to Halachic conclusions and resolutions; utilize the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Second year students and beyond: In addition to the outcomes above, students will be able to analyze abstract legal concepts and formulate abstract legal categories based on the Talmudic text.

Instruction:

Students read and study tractate Yevamoth employing the major standard commentaries. Instruction and peer study involve the aspects of judicial and legal principles of levirate marriage. NOTE: This tractate is studied by all students in a given semester. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation:

First year students: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; Second year students and beyond: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (4/94) (5/99 revalidation) (7/01 revalidation) (8/08 revalidation) (12/19 revalidation). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course and the Survey course of the same title. *NOTE: The credit recommendation for this course is extended to individuals who completed study between August 1992 and July 1993 upon the successful completion of a current examination. The official transcript from Mercaz Hatorah will indicate whether an individual qualified under this special arrangement.

Location:
Mercaz Hatorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length:
170 hours (20 weeks); in addition, 350 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates:
August 1993 - Present. *
Objectives:

First year students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the Talmudic text; apply analytical skills in Talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation leading to Halachic conclusions and resolutions; utilize the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Second year students and beyond: In addition to the objectives above, analyze abstract legal concepts and formulate abstract legal categories based on the Talmudic text.

Instruction:

Students read and study Tractate Yevamoth employing the major standard commentaries. Instruction and peer study involve the impact of personal status of different classes of women on the laws of levirate marriage. NOTE: This tractate is studied by all students in a given semester. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation:

First year students: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 8 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; Second year students and beyond: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 8 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (4/94) (5/99 revalidation) (7/01 revalidation) (8/08 revalidation) (12/19 revalidation). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course and the Survey course of the same title. *NOTE: The credit recommendation for this course is extended to individuals who completed study between August 1992 and July 1993 upon the successful completion of a current examination. The official transcript from Mercaz Hatorah will indicate whether an individual qualifies under this special arrangement.

Location:
Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length:
110.5 hours (13 weeks); in addition, 227.5 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates:

August 1993 - Present. (See note under credit recommendations).*

Objectives:

First year students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the Talmudic text; apply analytical skills in Talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation leading to Halachic conclusions and resolutions; utilize the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Second year students and beyond: In addition to the outcomes above, students will be able to analyze abstract legal concepts and formulate abstract legal categories based on the Talmudic text.

Instruction:

Students read and study tractate Gitin employing the major standard commentaries. Instruction and peer study involve the use of an agent to effect divorce, courts adjudicating divorce proceedings, and the authority of courts in general. NOTE: This tractate is studied by all students in a given semester. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation:

First year students: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; Second year students and beyond: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (4/94) (5/99 revalidation) (7/01 revalidation) (8/08 revalidation). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course and the Survey course of the same title. *NOTE: The credit recommendation for this course is extended to individuals who completed study between August 1992 and July 1993 upon the successful completion of a current examination. The official transcript from Mercaz Hatorah will indicate whether an individual qualifies under this special arrangement.

Location:
Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length:
42.5 hours (5 weeks); in addition, 112.5 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates:
August 2002 - Present.
Objectives:

First year students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the Talmudic text; apply analytical skills in Talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation leading to Halachic conclusions and resolutions; utilize the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Second year students and beyond: In addition to the outcomes above, students will be able to analyze abstract legal concepts and formulate abstract legal categories based on the Talmudic text.

Instruction:

Students read and study tractate Kidushin employing the major standard commentaries. Instruction and peer study involve nuances of the betrothal dynamic.  NOTE: This tractate is studied by all students in a given semester. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation:

First year students: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; Second year students and beyond: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (6/03) (8/08 revalidation) (12/19 revalidation). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course and the Survey course of the same title.

Location:
Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length:
170 hours (20 weeks); in addition, 350 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates:
August 2002 - Present.
Objectives:

First year students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the Talmudic text; apply analytical skills in Talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation leading to Halachic conclusions and resolutions; utilize the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Second year students and beyond: In addition to the outcomes above, students will be able to analyze abstract legal concepts and formulate abstract legal categories based on the Talmudic text.

Instruction:

Students read and study tractate Kidushin employing the major standard commentaries. Instruction and peer study involve three alternative modes of the betrothal process and the dynamics of each.  NOTE: This tractate is studied by all students in a given semester. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation:

First year students: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 8 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; Second year students and beyond: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 8 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (6/03) (8/08 revalidation) (12/19 revalidation). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course and the Survey course of the same title.

Location:
Mercaz Hatorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length:

Version 1 and 2: 42.5 hours (5 weeks); in addition, 112.5 hours of supervised peer study.

Dates:

Version 1: August 1996 - December 2007. Version 2: August 2011 - Present. 

Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: First year students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the Talmudic text; apply analytical skills in Talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation leading to Halachic conclusions and resolutions; utilize the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Second year students and beyond: In addition to the objectives above, analyze abstract legal concepts and formulate abstract legal categories based on the Talmudic text.

Instruction:

Version 1 and 2: Students read and study tractate Bava Kama employing the major standard commentaries. Instruction and peer study involve the laws pertaining to torts and damages. NOTE: This tractate is studied by all students in a given semester. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1 and 2: First year students: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; Second year students and beyond: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (1/97) (5/99 revalidation) (7/01 revalidation) (8/16 revalidation). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course and the Survey course of the same title.

Location:
Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length:
170 hours (20 weeks); in addition, 350 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates:

August 1993 - Present. (See note under credit recommendations).*

Objectives:

First year students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the Talmudic text; apply analytical skills in Talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation leading to Halachic conclusions and resolutions; utilize the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Second year students and beyond: In addition to the outcomes above, students will be able to analyze abstract legal concepts and formulate abstract legal categories based on the Talmudic text.

Instruction:

Students read and study tractate Bava Kama employing the major standard commentaries. Instruction and peer study involve the laws pertaining to torts and damages. NOTE: This tractate is studied by all students in a given semester. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation:

First year students: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 8 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; Second year students and beyond: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 8 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (4/94) (5/99 revalidation) (7/01 revalidation) (8/08 revalidation). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course and the Survey course of the same title. *NOTE: The credit recommendation for this course is extended to individuals who completed study between August 1991 and July 1993 upon the successful completion of a current examination. The official transcript from Mercaz Hatorah will indicate whether an individual qualifies under this special arrangement.

Location:
Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length:
97.5 hours (13 weeks); in addition, 240 hours of supervised peer study
Dates:

May 2010 - Present.

Objectives:

Students will be able to: discuss the literary and linguistic elements characteristic of the Talmudic Aramaic, allowing a systematic reading of the talmudic text; the substance of the legal material developed in the talmudic discussion; the dynamics of talmudic argumentation; the variety of interpretive opinion represented in the glosses and codices of Rishonim and Ahronim texts which students will be able to systematically negotiate.

Instruction:

Students read and study tractate Bava Kama employing the major standard commentaries. Instruction and peer study involve the laws pertaining to torts and damages. NOTE: This tractate is studied by all students in a given semester. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation:

First year students: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; Second year students and beyond: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (8/11). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course and the Survey course of the same title.

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