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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience

Talmud Survey: Kiddushin (TAL215)


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: dissect and explain classic Gemara structure; define concepts of Tractate Kiddushin; identify the nature of a text, e.g., legal or supra-legal, identify primary and supplemental material through analysis of the Talmudic discussion; find the axiological concepts around which the discussion revolves through analysis of its structure; define and apply the concepts of Talmudic research; decipher Talmudic texts and their cryptic dialog; reconstruct the give-and-take that is the backbone of independent Talmud study. In contradistinction to study-in-depth courses, the focus of the Talmudic survey courses is broad, comprehensive study, which enables Talmudic students to access the concepts necessary to be conversant in a variety of areas of Talmudic discipline.


Major topics include sources for the ability to appoint a messenger, preference to do kiddushin directly, law of messengers by kodeshim, messengers by division of an inheritance, messengers by an aveirah, a messenger as a witness, maamar, a father’s ability to marry off his children, a young child’s ability to marry herself off with and without the father’s consent, kiddushin with items that add up to a prutah, kiddushin with a debt, kiddushin where he didn’t give the amount promised, kiddushin when he made false claims about himself, meanings he had in his heart, sivlonot as kiddushin, kiddushin to a woman who is forbidden to him, kiddushin with stolen property, kiddushin with maaser, an animal found outside Jerusalem, an animal purchased outside Jerusalem with money of maaser, kiddushin with items that are forbidden to derive benefit from, and non-kodeshim slaughtered inside the azarah. Topics and sources may vary. The course allows for a cross-section of different texts, giving the student a broad range of topics to which to apply numerous research techniques. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and textual preparations. Prerequisite: Introductory courses in Talmud, fundamental familiarity with the main topics of the tractate.

Credit recommendation: 

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