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Talmud Kiddushin I (Talmud 157a, 257a, 357a, 457a)

Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
195 hours (26 weeks); in addition 734 hours of supervised study.
Dates: 
August 2000 - December 2006.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 157a: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the first part of the first chapter of Kiddushin; 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 257a or 357a: In addition to the above outcomes, utilize in a more complete fashion the full range of commentaries in the understanding of the text. Talmud 457a: In addition to the above outcomes, students 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 157a: Major topics include: the first part of the first chapter of Tractate Kiddushin, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to kiddushin, are 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 student in deducing and elucidating the crux of these issues. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, discussion of the major relevant halakhic topics. Talmud 257a or 357a: In addition to the above, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 457a: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: means by which kiddushin is created; exploration of the various forms of kinyanim; elements necessary to bring about kiddushin; situations where a father receives kiddushin for his daughter; proper language and intention required by both parties; contrasting kiddushin with other forms of kinyanei ishus; monetary means which are valid or invalid for kiddushin; roles of the husband and wife in the act of kiddushin; contrasting transactions which affect status vs. ownership; examination of the biblical passages discussing kiddushin; laws regarding securities; and elements of a valid shtar; minimal limits of currency. 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 157a: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 257a or 357a: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 457a: 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 (12/01). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 157a, 257a, 357a, or 457a at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 157a, 257a, or 357a at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 457a at the graduate degree level.

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