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Yeshivas Toras Moshe | Evaluated Learning Experience

Talmud Makos I (Talmud 168d, 268d, 468d)

Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
94 hours (13 weeks); in addition 367 hours of supervised study.
Dates: 

April 2007 - December 2015.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 168d: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the first chapter of Makos; apply analytical skills in talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of talmudic argumentation leading to halakhic conclusions and resolutions; focus primarily on the commentaries of Rashi and Tosafos, utilizing also the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Talmud 268d: In addition to the above outcomes, students are introduced to the full range of commentary in the understanding of the text. In addition, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 468d: In addition to the above outcomes, focus in a more total sense on analysis of the abstract legal concepts implicit in the talmudic text and range of commentaries, and formulate abstract legal categories based on the above talmudic text. Students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries.

Instruction: 

Students are expected to 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 students in deducing and elucidating the crux of these issues. Instruction will include, but not be limited to discussion of the major relevant halakhic topics. Instruction and peer study involving the content of the first chapter of Makos, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to aydim zomanim and some of the basics of testimony: disqualification of witnesses and the right of appeal, capital punishment and aspects of golus, among other topics. NOTE: All students study the same chapters in a given term. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study and nature of analysis depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation: 

Talmud 168d: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 268d: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 468d: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion or in the graduate category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (2/08). NOTE: A student may receive credit for only one of Talmud 168d, 268d or 468d at the undergraduate level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 168d or 268d at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 468d at the graduate degree level.

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