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Beginners Mishna/Gemara - Brachot Chapter 1


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Rabbi Josh Ross




Beginners Mishna/Gemara - Brachot Chapter 1


Tuesday, Thursday 3:00AM
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Course Description

The Mishna course is concerned with imparting to the students a basic understanding of the nature of Torah shebaal Peh (oral law) and Mishna - the first text of Oral Law in particular. The two focal points of the course are: firstly helping the student to achieve a mastery of the reading of the text and secondly an introduction to conceptual analysis. The units to be studied will be taken from the Masechta that the Yeshiva is learning.

Although preferred, it is not absolutely necessary to have a working mic to take a WebYeshiva class. However with beginner mishna, while anyone and everyone should feel welcome to join, it is strongly recommended that you have a mic available. Because of the nature of beginner learning, it is very important that you be able to participate fully in this class, which will also focus on your ability to read a mishna and discuss it.


About Rabbi Josh Ross
After receiving an advanced double BA in History and Philosophy from Dalhousie University (Canada) Rabbi Joshua Ross spent eight years in Israel. Rabbi Ross learned at Yeshivat Hamivtar where he received smicha from Rabbi Brovender and Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Following his decision to join Rabbi Menachem Schrader's JLIC program, Rabbi Ross returned to the US with his family where he worked at Cornell as the JLIC Rabbi for three years, and then went to work as the JLIC Rabbi at Princeton University for three years. Continuing his affiliation with JLIC, but on an administrative level, he is currently the Associate Director for the Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus.


Class Resources & Information

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May 5, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Introduction to the Mishna

This class was an overview of the mishna throughout time. We examined the concept of what mishna is and where it comes from, as well as how it developed throughout history.

 
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May 7, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Begining the 1st mishna of Berachot

We briefly reviewed the time period of the Tannaim and we started the first perek of Berachot. We discussed why mishnayot shas starts with berachot and why berachot starts with shma. We were introduced to the concept of the earliest time to say shma and the latest time to say shma. We ended in the middle of the first mishna

 
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May 12, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Intoduction to Mishna

We finished the end of the first mishna in Berachot which discusses the earliest and latest one can say the evening Shema and we started the second mishna which introduces us to the earliest time we can say the morning Shema.

 
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May 14, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna

We examined the differences between mishna, braitot and tosefta from a historical and halachic perspecttve. We finished the 2nd mishna and will continue into the 3rd on Monday.

NOTE: I have reposted the source sheets in Word 97, as some people have had trouble accessing them in the previous format. These are NOT new sources and relate to the previous shiurim, so you don't need to pay attention to them if you had success opening the original posts.

 
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May 19, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We read the third mishna in the first perek and discussed. We spent time talking and learning about the how and why of the order of the mishnayos and how they were layed out (i.e. what information did the first mishna in Berachot contain that caused Rebbi to put it first and not third), as well as the nature of subjective vs. objective time.

 
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May 21, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We discussed the time aspects of the first 3 mishnayot further and we finished the fourth mishan. We learned some of the different ways of interperting the fourth mishna and discussed

 
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May 26, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We finished the 1st perek of Berachot! We also had a chance to look through the excellent article on when one should say shma when there is no sunrise/sunset by Rabbi Herber of the Star-K

 
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May 28, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We started the second perech of mishna Berachot. We discussed the first mishna and the ideas of kavanah

 
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June 4, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We continue in the second perek of berachot. We finished the 3rd mishna in the second perek, which discusses situations in which one is or is not yotzei the mitzvah of Shma, depending on how they read it

 
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June 9, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We started on the 4th mishna in the 2nd perek of Berachot and finished the 7th.

 
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June 11, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We finished the second perek and have moved on to the third. Of particular note: We discussed the idea of what "exempt from" means in situations where one is already involved in doing another mitzvah!

 
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June 16, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We will continue in the 3rd perech of Berachot

 
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June 18, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We finished the 3rd perek and continued on into the begining of the fourth

 
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June 23, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We  continued in the 4th perek. We will looked at the 1st mishnah in depth, and  delved into a little gemarrah.

 
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June 30, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We finished the 4th perek of Berachot, although we will review the last mishna next class

 
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July 2, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We reviewed the last mishna in the 4th perek and proceeded to the 5th.

 
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July 7, 2009 5:00AM - 6:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We made it to the 5th mishna in the 5th perek and will review and continue in the next class -- which is back to the normal time

 
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July 9, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

Bezrat HaShem we will finish the 5th mishna in the 5th perek and continue on from there

 
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July 14, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We progressed in the 6th perek making it to the 6th mishna. Hopefully we will review and finish the 6th mishna and carry on from there

 
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July 16, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna Berachot

We finished the 6th perek!

 
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July 23, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna/Gemara
 
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July 28, 2009 3:00AM - 4:00AM
Beginners Mishna/Gemara
 
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