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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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