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Talmud Kiddushin II (Talmud 157b, 257b, 357b, 457b)

Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
81 hours (26 weeks); in addition 312 hours of supervised study.
Dates: 
August 2000 - December 2006.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 157b: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the end of the first chapter and beginning of the second 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 257b or 357b: 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 457b: 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 157b: Major topics include: the end of the first chapter and beginning of the second chapter of Kiddushin, dealing primarily with parental obligations, time bound mitzvos, agricultural laws, agency and conditional contracts, 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 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 257b or 357b: In addition to the above, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 457b: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: exemption from time bound mitvos for women; parental obligations in education and mitzvos; obligation and allotment of time for Torah study; honoring parents and Torah scholars; agricultural laws of Israel; reward and punishment; utilizing agency for marriage and mitzvos; validity of various agents; marriage performed through ma'amar; transferring loans; and kiddushin made on condition. 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 157b: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 257b or 357b: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 457b: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion or in the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (12/01). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 157b, 257b, 357b, or 457b at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 157b, 257b, or 357b at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 457b at the graduate degree level. Also, credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 157b, 257b, 357b, 457b (undergraduate level credit recommendation), or 357c. Credit can be awarded for Talmud 357c and Talmud 457b at the graduate degree level.

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