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Talmud Gittin I (Talmud 156a, 256a, 356a, 456a)

Formerly: 
Talmud Gittin I [Talmud 143, 243, 343, 443]
Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel
Length: 
195 hours (26 weeks); in addition 734 hours of supervised study.
Dates: 

August 1999 - December 2015.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 156a: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the first chapter of Gittin; apply analytical skills in talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of talmudic argumentation leading to halakhic conclusions and resolutions; focusing primarily on the commentaries of Rashi and Tosafos, utilize the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Talmud 256a or 356a: In addition to the above outcomes, students utilize in a more complete fashion, the full range of commentaries in the understanding of the text. Talmud 456a: In addition to the above outcomes, students will analyze the abstract legal concepts implicit in the talmudic text and its commentaries and formulate abstract legal categories based on the talmudic text.

Instruction: 

Talmud 156a: Major topics include: the first chapter of Gittin, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to the divorce contract and its similarities and differences to financial contracts is addressed. Students 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. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, discussion of the major relevant halakhic topics. Talmud 256a or 356a: In addition to the above, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 456a: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: how an agent delivers a bill of divorce in the Diaspora; checking for potentially fraudulent contracts and notes; the exact borders of the Land of Israel; details necessary for the writing and signing of a bill of divorce; types of witnessing necessary for a bill of divorce; limitations on the use of music; details of contracts for the freeing of slaves; bills of divorce originating in non-Jewish courts; acting as an agent where the principle did not appoint said agent; lack of ability to act on one's behalf after his death; maamad shloshtom. NOTE: Students in all four courses study the same course materials. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study and nature of analysis depends upon which course the student is enrolled in.

Credit recommendation: 
Talmud 156a: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 256a or 356a: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 456a: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion or in the graduate category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (1/00) (Administrative Review 7/11). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 156a, 256a, 356a, or 456a at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 156a, 256a, or 356a at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 456a at the graduate degree level.

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