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Talmud Gittin Advanced Survey I (Talmud 356c)

Formerly: 
Talmud Gittin Advanced Survey I [Talmud 346]
Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
81 hours (26 weeks); in addition 312 hours of supervised study.
Dates: 
August 1999 - June 2005.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the third, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth chapters of Gittin; apply analytical skills in talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of talmudic argumentation leading to halakhic conclusions and resolution, focusing primarily on the commentaries of Rashi and Tosafos, utilize in a complete fashion the full range of major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text.

Instruction: 

Major topics include: the third, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth chapters of Gittin, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to the divorce contract, are addressed. Sudents prepare the applicable talmudic texts as well as the major halakhic opinions of various rishonim and acharonim, including Rashi, Tosafos, and the other commentaries as assigned by the instructor. The instructor guides students in understanding the issues raised, and assists them in deducing and elucidating the crux of these issues. In addition, students are introduced to advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, discussion of the major relevant halakhic topics. Topics include: divorce by a husband who is a mental deficient and agency for a mental deficient; husband's consent to divorce; conditional divorces; relationship of husband and wife after divorce; conditional contracts; manner of delivery of bill of divorce; methods of dating bill of divorce; divorce proceedings interrupted in middle; limited bills of divorce; exact language of bill of divorce; type of witnesses necessary for bill of divorce; confusion between similar bills of divorce; presumption of marriage and presumption of divorce; termination of agency for the receipt of a bill of divorce before the receipt; appointment of agency for a bill of divorce; status of women in the midst of the process of divorce; appointment of agent by a husband who is about to die; various issues involved in agency for delivery and receipt of a bill of divorce; requirement that a bill of divorce be written and signed with proper intent; bereirah; filling out blank forms of divorce; lost bills of divorce; presumption that individuals remain alive until known to die; appointment of agents by agents; and the presumption that all situations remain the same until they are known to have changed.

Credit recommendation: 
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (1/00). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 156b, 256b, 356b, 456b (undergraduate level credit recommendation) or 356c. Credit can be awarded for Talmud 356c and Talmud 456b at the graduate degree level.

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