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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience

Talmud II (TAL202)


Classroom: 78 hours (13 weeks); Distance/Hybrid: Varies. 

Traditional classroom-based offered at Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations. Distance learning and hybrid options available.

September 2020 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Online/distance learning
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: elucidate and describe accurately the give-and-take dynamics of the Talmudic sections (shakla v’tarya); individuate the commentators and recognize how and why each commands the position they do. As a result of increasing proficiency in Talmudic iyun methodology, students will be able to: analyze the content and structure of the subtleties of Talmudic argumentation; dissect and compare various opinions; demonstrate proficiency in independent study in Aramaic; and reconstruct Talmudic legal dialogues and summarize legal opinions.


Major topics include a father’s control over kiddushin, derivation of monetary laws, refusal to perform yibum, status of adult child of Kohen, to whom a daughter’s earning belong, repetition may imply change, based on context aylonis, derivation of laws of kiddushin, difference between kiddushin and yibum,  Connection between divorce and kiddushin,  means of divorce, sources for each manner of kiddushin, transactions performed against one’s will, difference between kal vachomer and tzad hashaveh, difference between money/document/marital relationships and chuppah, woman’s participation in kiddushin, and two parts of kiddushin process. This is a generic, skill-based course and tractate and topics may vary. The above topics serve as an example of topics, which would be covered if the study was centered on the tractate of Kiddushin.  Topics and sources may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and textual preparations. Prerequisite: Formal education: Record of successful completion of four years high school (or its equivalent), ability to read and comprehend Hebrew, ability to read Rashi script, and completion of Talmud I.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Talmud, Judaic Studies, Religious Studies or Theology (3/21).