| Evaluated Learning Experience
Talmud Survey: Gittin (TAL214)
78 hours (13 weeks).
September 2020 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to dissect and explain classic Gemara structure, define concepts of Tractate Gittin, 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: The decree regarding annulment of a Get, proper forms of annulment, before who must it be annulled, the decree to write all the names (that the spouses have) in a Get, the decree regarding the oath that a widow must take before claiming her kesubah, different ways to possess her kesubah, a vow that cannot be annulled, details of annulling vows, the decree regarding the signature of the witnesses, The decree of pruzbul, pruzbul is only on land, debts repaid after shmittah, survey of the laws of an eved, Ownership of land in Eretz Yisrael, and whether ownership of the fruit is like ownership of the land. 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).