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Talmud Pesachim I (Talmud 155d, 255d, 355d, 455d)

Formerly: 
Talmud Pesachim I [Talmud 121, 221, 321, 421]
Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
94 hours (13 weeks); in addition, 367 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates: 
April 1999 - June 2005.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 155d: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the first section of the first chapter of Pesachim; 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 255d or 355d: 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 455d: 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 155d: Major topics include: the first section of the first chapter of Pesachim, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to the search for chametz and the prohibition against owning chametz, 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 255d or 355d: In addition to the above, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 455d: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: laws pertaining to the search for chametz; laws pertaining to the prohibition of owning chametz; laws pertaining to blessings recited on mitzvos; definition of night and day in halakhah; nature of proper language; and prohibition of melochoh on yom tov. 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 155d: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 255d or 355d: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 455d: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 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 (1/00). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 155d, 255d, 355d, or 455d at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 155d, 255d, or 355d at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 455d at the graduate degree level.

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