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Yeshiva Shaarei Torah of Rockland | Evaluated Learning Experience

Talmud: Yevamot Intensive (TI341)

Formerly Talmud: Yevamot Intensive (TI241, T1441)
Location: 
Yeshiva Shaarei Torah of Rockland, 91 West Carlton Road, Suffern, New York.
Length: 

Version 1 and 2: 97 hours (19 weeks); in addition, 361 hours of supervised peer study.

Dates: 
Version 1: September 2000 - August 2006. Version 2: September 2006 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: prepare a textual, linguistic, and legal analysis of the applicable Aramaic Talmudic material; conceptualize and articulate the reasoning behind the various legal citations and opinions, honing and applying analytical skills to Talmudic explication, argumentation, and resolution as the basis for halochot analysis and final decision making; discuss classical Talmudic topical concepts and document a grasp of the technical as well as theoretical aspects of the Talmudic portions studied.

Instruction: 

Version 1: The first chapter of the Tractate Yevamot discusses the laws of levirate marriages, including various cases of exemption from the requirement of the levirate marriage and a fundamental study of the framework of the marriage itself. Students prepare the applicable Talmudic texts as well as the major halachic opinions of the rishonim and acharonim and the opinions of various other commentaries and decisors. The instructor guides students in understanding the issues raised and assists them to deduce and elucidate the crux of these issues. Topics include: the concept of levirate marriages; discussion of the fifteen relatives with whom a levirate marriage is forbidden; exemption of a co-wife in the marriage of a brother to a relative; Biblical sources for the exemptions of relatives; rule of positive commandments pushing aside negative commandments; nature of this rule; Yibum with a Sotah wife. 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 level the student is in. Version 2: Topics are the same as the earlier version. Only one credit recommendation level is now in effect.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: First Level Students (TI241): In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; or Second Level Students and beyond (TI441):In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (8/01). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course, the other Intensive Study course of the same title, and the two Survey courses of the same title. Version 2: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (5/06 revalidation).

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