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Yeshivas Toras Moshe | Evaluated Learning Experience

Talmud Sanhedrin I (Talmud 161d, 261d, 361d, 461d)

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

April 2003 - December 2015.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 161d: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the eighth chapter of Sanhedrin; 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 261d or 361d: 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. The difference between the two levels is in the focus on conceptual development. As students become more adept at textual mastery, the focus changes more to conceptual development. Talmud 461d: In addition to the above objectives, analyze the abstract legal concepts implicit in the talmudic text and its commentaries; formulate abstract legal categories based on the talmudic text.

Instruction: 

Talmud 161d: Major topics include: the eighth chapter of Sanhedrin, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to minors, redifa, kim ley bidiraboh minay and martyrdom. Students prepares 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 261d or 361d: In addition to the above, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. The difference between the two levels is in the focus on conceptual development. As students become more adept at textual mastery, the focus changes to more conceptual development. Talmud 461d: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: fundamental issues of minors and the wayward son, capital punishment, kim ley bidiraboh minay and rodef, pre-emptive killing and martyrdom. 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 161d: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 261d or 361d: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 461d: 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 (2/04) (2/09 Administrative Review). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 161d, 261d, 361d, or 461d at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 161d, 261d, or 361d at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 461d at the graduate degree level.

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