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Talmud Sukkah I (Talmud 151b, 251b, 351b, 451b)

Formerly Talmud Sukkah I [Talmud 150, 250, 350, 450]
Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
81 hours (26 weeks); in addition, 312 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates: 

August 1995 - December 2015.

Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 151b: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the first two chapters of Sukkah; 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 251b or 351b: In addition to the above outcomes, utilized in a more complete fashion, 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 on the focus on conceptual development. As students become more adept at textual mastery, the focus changes more to conceptual development. Talmud 451b: In addition to the above outcomes, analyze the abstract legal concepts implicit in the talmudic text and its commentaries; formulate abstract legal categories based on the talmudic text.

Instruction: 

Talmud 151b: The first two chapters of Sukkah, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to the construction of the sukkah, 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 251b or 351b: In addition to the above, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 451b: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: criteria for the walls and roof of the sukkah; size of the sukkah; prohibition against using the walls and roof of the sukkah. 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 151b: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 251b or 351b: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 451b: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 5 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 (1/00) (1/07 revalidation) (3/12 revalidation). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 151b, 251b, 351b, or 451b at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 151b, 251b, or 351b at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 451b at the graduate degree level.

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