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Talmud Sukkah II (Talmud 151e, 251e, 351e, 451e)

Formerly: 
Talmud Sukkah II [Talmud 152, 252, 352, 452]
Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
42 hours (13 weeks); in addition, 156 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates: 

April 1996 - December 2015.

Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 151e: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the third chapter 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 251e or 351e: 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 in the focus on conceptual development. As students become more adept at textual mastery the focus changes more to conceptual development. Talmud 451e: 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 151e: The third chapter of Sukkah, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to the ceremony of the taking of the lulav and the various forms of ritual disqualification of the arba minim, including a lengthy analysis of the disqualification of stolen objects for ritual usage, 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 251e or 351e: In addition to the above, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 451e: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: various types of disqualification of the lulav and the other species used on Sukkoth; disqualification of stolen objects for ritual purposes; laws regarding stealing of real estate; acquisition by a thief of stolen objects. 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 151e: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 251e or 351e: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 451e: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 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) (1/07 revalidation) (3/12 revalidation). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 151e, 251e, 351e, or 451e at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 151e, 251e, or 351e at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 451e at the graduate degree level.

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