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Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)

Aggada: Teshuva, Behavior and Death

Yeshivot tend to emphasize the halakhic sections of Talmud more than the non  legal portions of Talmud.  This shiur will focus on this unduly neglected aggadic material a rich treasure trove of ethical and spiritual insight.  We shall utilize traditional commentaries to find profound readings of the stories ethical maxims and psychological advice found in Chazal.  

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Aggada: Topics in Judaism Part 2

Yeshivot tend to emphasize the halachic sections of Talmud more than the non- legal portions of Talmud. This shiur will focus on this unduly neglected aggadic material, a rich treasure trove of ethical and spiritual insight. We shall utilize traditional commentaries to find profound readings of the stories, ethical maxims, and psychological advice found in Chazal.  

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Amud-A-Week – Keddushin Chapter 4

Rabbi Brovender will teach an amud of Gemara each week, from the fourth chapter of Massechet Keddushin, which is rich with agadata. We look forward to this Bekiyut journey through the text.

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An Introduction to the Pages of Torah She B’al Peh

Learn about the history of the Mishna and Gemara, the two main sources of oral law, and the importance of a written, oral tradition.

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An Introduction to the Pages of Torah She B’al Peh: The Mishna

Learn about the history of the Mishna and Gemara, the two main sources of oral law, and the importance of a written, oral tradition.

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Analyzing the Talmud: Baba Metzia

This class will meet three times a week to learn an in-depth analysis of the Gemara. This semester we will learn the section of Tractate Baba Metzia.
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Analyzing the Talmud: Bava Metzia Part 2

This class will meet three times a week to learn an in-depth analysis of the Gemara. This semester we will learn the section of Tractate Bava Metzia. This course is a continuation from a previous semester, though new students are encouraged to join. Previous lessons can be found here.
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Analyzing the Talmud: Bava Metzia Part 3

This class will meet three times a week to learn an in-depth analysis of the Gemara. This semester we will learn the section of Tractate Bava Metzia.

This course is a continuation from a previous semester, though new students are encouraged to join.
Previous lessons can be found here.

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Analyzing the Talmud: Bava Metzia Part 4

This class will meet three times a week to learn an in-depth analysis of the Gemara. This semester we will continue to learn the section of Tractate Bava Metzia. This course is a continuation from a previous semester, though new students are encouraged to join. Previous lessons can be found here.
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Analyzing the Talmud: Brachot

This class will meet three times a week to learn an in-depth analysis of the Gemara. This semester we will learn Tractate Brachot starting with chapter 3 on the topic of communal prayer.
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Analyzing the Talmud: Laws of Bedikat Chametz, March 28 – April 8

We will learn the sources in the Talmud on the laws of searching for Chametz.
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Analyzing the Talmud: Learning Bava Metzia

This class will meet three times a week to learn an in-depth analysis of the Gemara. This semester we will continue learning Tractate Bava Metzia starting with chapter 6 (HaSocher et HaOmanim) from the beginning of Daf 75b.
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Analyzing the Talmud: Purim in a Walled City, March 14-21

In this course we will look at the first Ran in Masechet Megilla, explaining why a walled city celebrates Purim on a different day.
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Analyzing the Talmud: Ta’anit

In this series we will learn an in-depth study  of Gemara Ta'anit and develop our talmudic and analytic skills.   Torah learning on WebYeshiva.org in Spring Semester 2017 is dedicated in the memory of Yehezkel and Sarah Lemel z”l by their loving family.     יחזקאל בן אשר למל ושאשא יוכבד ז”ל ושרה מניה פייגע בת יום טוב וטשארנה רבקה ז”ל Click here to learn about their inspiring stories and passion for Torah education and Israel.      To find out more about dedication opportunities with WebYeshiva.org please contact office@webyeshiva.org.
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Analyzing the Talmud: Teshuva in Yoma

In this series we will learn an in-depth analysis of Gemara Yoma on the topic of Teshuva.
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Aramaic for Gemara (June 26 – July 17)

This course is a practical workshop with the goal of sharpening Aramaic language skills to improve Talmud study. We will survey the principle elements of Aramaic grammar, concentrating on texts from the Babylonian Talmud.   Language of instruction: English. This mini-course presumes that the participants can read elementary Hebrew.   A link to source materials will be provided to all participants. Although the sources will be displayed on screen during class, participants are encouraged to print them on paper to facilitate taking notes during class.   The course is free-of-charge with a suggested donation of $36.
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Beginners Gemara – Bava Kama Chapter 3

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.

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Beginners Gemara – Brachot Chapter 1

This Gemara course is concerned with imparting to the students a basic understanding of the nature of Torah shebaal Peh (oral law) and Gemara - the main 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.

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Beginners Gemara – Brachot Chapter 4

This introductory course in the Gemara 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. This semester we will be learning the Gemara Brachot, the 4th perek - Tefilot Hashachar.

This class is dedicated to a Refuah Shelaima (full recovery) for Stella Frankl, Tzuriya Kochevet Bat Sarah.

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Beginners Gemara – Keddushin Chapter 2

This introductory Gemara 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. This semester we will be studying Tractate Kedushin.

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Beginners Gemara – Sukkah Chapter 1

This introductory Gemara 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. This semester we will be learning Masechet (Tractate) Sukkah.

 

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Beginners Gemara – Sukkah Chapter 3

A basic-level gemara shiur that aims primarily to improve the student's ability to logically parse a gemara sugya. Main focus is on the Gemara text itself, with some use of Rashi, Tosfot, and other Rishonim or commnetaries which help us in our work of engaging the Talmudic back-and-forth. The shiur is appropriate for students with a range of backgrounds who want to improve their skills working with a page of Gemara, and at the same time want to be able to understand "Talmudic thinking" and the way Chazal undertook their great enterprise.

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Beginners Gemara- Sukkah Chapter 3

A basic-level gemara shiur that aims primarily to improve the student's ability to logically parse a gemara sugya. Main focus is on the Gemara text itself, with some use of Rashi, Tosfot, and other Rishonim or commnetaries which help us in our work of engaging the Talmudic back-and-forth. The shiur is appropriate for students with a range of backgrounds who want to improve their skills working with a page of Gemara, and at the same time want to be able to understand "Talmudic thinking" and the way Chazal undertook their great enterprise.

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Beginners Gemara: Makot Chapter 1

The course is concerned with imparting to the students a basic understanding of the nature of Torah shebaal Peh (oral law) and Talmud. 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 first chapter of Tractate Makot.
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Beginners Mishna – Passachim Chapters 1-3

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. PLEASE NOTE: This class requires a minimum of 10 paying students in order to ensure its continuation this zman.
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Beginners Mishna/Gemara – Brachot Chapter 1

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.
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Beginners’ Mishna Study: Tractate Ta’anit

What is the Mishna? How can it help us understand the Talmud? This introductory course is concerned with imparting to the students a basic understanding of the nature of Torah Sheba'al Peh (Oral Law) and Mishna, the first text of the Oral Law. The two focal points of the course are: firstly helping the student to achieve a mastery of reading of the text, and secondly an introduction to conceptual analysis. This semester we will be studying Tractate Ta'anit.
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Focused Track Gemara – Advanced – Bava Kama Chapter 1

This shiur is open to serious students with a solid foundation in gemara learning and a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take place three days a week. In addition, twice a week, Rabbi Brovender will meet with a pre-selected group of three students from the shiur. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Brovender, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Brovender will give the student feedback and comments on their progress.

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Focused Track Gemara – Advanced – Bava Kama Chapter 8

This shiur is open to serious students with a solid foundation in gemara learning and a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take place three days a week. In addition, twice a week, Rabbi Brovender will meet with a pre-selected group of three students from the shiur. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Brovender, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Brovender will give the student feedback and comments on their progress.

Starting from our Winter Semester, we will be giving out Certificates of Completion for those who partake in our Matmidim courses. The certicate will be based on attendance and participation, and a short test to be given at the end of the semester. For more information, please email us at: office@webyeshiva.org.

 

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Focused Track Gemara – Advanced – Brachot Chapter 4

This shiur is open to serious students with a solid foundation in online gemara learning and a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular online-gemara shiur will take place three days a week. In addition, twice a week, Rabbi Brovender will meet with a pre-selected group of three students from the shiur. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Brovender, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Brovender will give the student feedback and comments on their progress. Tuesday's class will focus specifically on reading skills. This semester, we will be learning online Gemara Brachot, the 4th perek - Tefilot Hashachar.

This class is dedicated to a Refuah Shelaima (full recovery) for Stella Frankl, Tzuriya Kochevet Bat Sarah.

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Focused Track Gemara – Advanced – Sukkah Chapter 5

This class is open to serious students with a solid foundation in gemara learning and a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The gemara shiur will take place three days a week. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Brovender, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Brovender will give the student feedback and comments on their progress.This semester we will learn Masechet Sukkah.

This course is dedicated in memory of Dr. Clifford Ames z"’l (Kopel ben Moshe ve-Batya) by his family.

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Focused Track Gemara – Advanced – Yuma Chapter 8

This shiur is open to serious students with a solid foundation in gemara learning and a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take place three days a week. In addition, twice a week, Rabbi Brovender will meet with a pre-selected group of three students from the shiur. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Brovender, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Brovender will give the student feedback and comments on their progress.

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Focused Track Gemara – Beginners – Beitzah Chapter 3

This shiur is open to students with little background in gemara online learning but who have a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara-online shiur will take placethree days a week. In addition, twice a week, Rabbi Meyers will meet with a pre-selected group of three students from the shiur. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Meyers, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Meyers will give the student feedback and comments on their progress.

This class is dedicated to a Refuah Shelaima (full recovery) for Stella Frankl, Tzuriya Kochevet Bat Sarah.

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Focused Track Gemara – Beginners – Brachot, Megilla, Pesachim

This shiur is open to students with little background in gemara learning but who have a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take placethree days a week. In addition, twice a week, Rabbi Meyers will meet with a pre-selected group of three students from the shiur. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Meyers, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Meyers will give the student feedback and comments on their progress.

Starting from our Winter Semester, we will be giving out Certificates of Completion for those who partake in our Matmidim courses. The certicate will be based on attendance and participation, and a short test to be given at the end of the semester. For more information, please email us at: office@webyeshiva.org.

 

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Focused Track Gemara – Beginners – Keddushin Chapter 2

This shiur is open to serious students with little or no background in gemara learning and a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take place twice a week. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Brovender, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Brovender will give the student feedback and comments on their progress. This semester we will be studying Tractate Kedushin.

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Focused Track Gemara – Beginners – Sukkah Chapter 5

This shiur is open to serious students with little or no background in gemara learning and a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take place three days a week. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Brovender, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Brovender will give the student feedback and comments on their progress.

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Focused Track Gemara – Beginners – Yuma Chapter 8

This shiur is open to students with little background in gemara learning but who have a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take placethree days a week. In addition, twice a week, Rabbi Meyers will meet with a pre-selected group of three students from the shiur. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Meyers, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Meyers will give the student feedback and comments on their progress.

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Focused Track Gemara – Keddushin Chapter 2

This shiur is open to serious students with a solid foundation in gemara learning and a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take place three days a week. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Brovender, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Brovender will give the student feedback and comments on their progress. This semester we will be studying Tractate Kedushin, Chapter 2.

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Focused Track Gemara Beginners – Bava Kama Chaper 1

This shiur is open to students with little background in gemara learning but who have a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take placethree days a week. In addition, twice a week, Rabbi Meyers will meet with a pre-selected group of three students from the shiur. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Meyers, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Meyers will give the student feedback and comments on their progress.

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Focused Track Gemara- Sukkah Chapter 3

This shiur is open to serious students with a solid foundation in gemara learning and a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies.  Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. We will use the mishna as a basis for studying the Avoda (Temple service); its order and reationship to the Chumash on the one hand, and to the poetic rendition of Avoda that we say on Yom Kippur on the other. The regular gemara shiur will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. In addition, once a week, on Tuesdays, Rabbi Brovender will meet individually with three  pre-selected students from the shiur. Students will learn one-on-one in a chavruta with Rabbi Brovender, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Brovender will give the student feedback and comments on their progress.

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Gemara B’Shana 5776

THE BRUCE RITHOLTZ TALMUD PROJECT: A new kind of Gemara shiur, dedicated to the memory of Bruce Ritholtz a”h. The class will undertake the ambitious goal of studying and completing an entire tractate of Talmud each year followed by a siyum to mark its completion at the time of Bruce's yahrtzeit, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The class will be focused on a clear understanding of the text of the Gemara, together with in-depth explorations of selected topics followed by interactive dialogue through social media and email. This year we will be studying tractate Ta’anit. This class will be broadcast live from Lincoln Square Synagogue (LSS) in New York. LSS is a diverse and vibrant Modern Orthodox Congregation that provides religious, social, and educational services and outreach to the unique Jewish community of the Upper West Side. The synagogue strives to be a model in the integration of Halachic Judaism and contemporary life to the broader Jewish community. lss new  
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Gemara B’Shana 5777

THE BRUCE RITHOLTZ TALMUD PROJECT: A new kind of Gemara shiur, dedicated to the memory of Bruce Ritholtz a”h. The class will undertake the ambitious goal of studying and completing an entire tractate of Talmud each year followed by a siyum to mark its completion at the time of Bruce's yahrtzeit, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The class will be focused on a clear understanding of the text of the Gemara, together with in-depth explorations of selected topics followed by interactive dialogue through social media and email. This year we will be studying tractate Megilla. This class will be broadcast live from Lincoln Square Synagogue (LSS) in New York. LSS is a diverse and vibrant Modern Orthodox Congregation that provides religious, social, and educational services and outreach to the unique Jewish community of the Upper West Side. The synagogue strives to be a model in the integration of Halachic Judaism and contemporary life to the broader Jewish community. lss new     To view last year's shiurim on tractate Ta'anit please click here.   Torah learning on WebYeshiva.org in Spring Semester 2017 (April 23 - May 29, 2017) is dedicated in the memory of Yehezkel and Sarah Lemel z”l by their loving family.     יחזקאל בן אשר למל ושאשא יוכבד ז”ל ושרה מניה פייגע בת יום טוב וטשארנה רבקה ז”ל Click here to learn about their inspiring stories and passion for Torah education and Israel.      To find out more about dedication opportunities with WebYeshiva.org please contact office@webyeshiva.org.
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Gemara Beginners Level 1 – Bava Kama Chapter 1

For those who have never learned a page of gemara or those who have tried and become discouraged.  Join Rabbi Brovender in exploring the secrets of the page.  Learn the method and becme comfortable with the page of Talmud.

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Gemara Beginners Level 1 – Bava Kama Chapter 8

Students will learn the Gemara through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system. Questions such as, Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on? will be addressed.

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Gemara for Beginners

Never looked at a daf before? Not even totally clear what Gemara is or where it comes from? This course lays the groundwork for a better understanding of what Gemara is, how it has evolved and what it means to learn it. We will break down all the history, all the rabbis and all the commentators and learn who they are. This class will lay foundation for a beginner Gemara shiur and set you up for success as you start to learn. No Gemara skills or Hebrew required. This class is for the beginners beginner and for anyone who is curious.
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Gemara for Beginners: Step 2

This course is a continuation from Winter 5773, but new students are welcome to join. Never looked at a daf before? Not even totally clear what Gemara is or where it comes from? This course lays the groundwork for a better understanding of what Gemara is, how it has evolved and what it means to learn it. We will break down all the history, all the rabbis and all the commentators and learn who they are. This class will lay foundation for a beginner Gemara shiur and set you up for success as you start to learn. No Gemara skills or Hebrew required. This class is for the beginners beginner and for anyone who is curious.
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Gemara I – Yuma Chapter 8

Students will learn the Gemara through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system. Questions such as, Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on? will be addressed.

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Gemara II – Bava Kama Chapter 1

Students will learn the Gemara through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system. Questions such as, “Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on?” will be addressed.

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Gemara II – Bava Kama Chapter 8

Students will learn the Gemara through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system.  Questions such as, “Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on?” will be addressed.

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Gemara II – Brachot Chapter 5

A basic-level gemara shiur that aims primarily to improve the student's ability to logically parse and learn gemara sugya. For the first months of the zman, the emphasis is almost exclusively on reading the gemara text, and using parallel gemara sources for understanding specific concepts. Rashi's commentary is used only sparingly, for informational purposes. Later on in the zman, the shiur will begin to focus more on understanding Rashi's approach as a commentator and mechadesh. Some of the comments and chidushim of Tosafot will also be included as time goes on.

The shiur is appropriate for students with a range of backgrounds who want to improve their skills working with a page to learn gemara, and at the same time want to be able to participate in the gemara's world of midrashic understandings of the written Torah, halachic discussion, and aggadic ideas. Prior general background in Jewish studies is helpful, but not essential.

This class is dedicated to a Refuah Shelaima (full recovery) for Stella Frankl, Tzuriya Kochevet Bat Sarah.

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Gemara II – Keddushin Chapter 2

A basic-level gemara shiur that aims primarily to improve the student's ability to logically parse a gemara sugya. For the first months of the zman, the emphasis is almost exclusively on reading the gemara text, and using parallel gemara sources for understanding specific concepts. Rashi's commentary is used only sparingly, for informational purposes. Later on in the zman, the shiur will begin to focus more on understanding Rashi's approach as a commentator and mechadesh. Some of the comments and chidushim of Tosafot will also be included as time goes on. The shiur is appropriate for students with a range of backgrounds who want to improve their skills working with a page of gemara, and at the same time want to be able to participate in the gemara's world of midrashic understandings of the written Torah, halachic discussion, and aggadic ideas. Prior general background in Jewish studies is helpful, but not essential. This semester we will be studying Tractate Kedushin.

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Gemara II – Sukkah Chapter 1 Part 1

Students will learn the Gemara through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system.  Questions such as, “Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on?” will be addressed. Please note that this class requires a minimum of 7 paying students in order to proceed. If this number is not reached, the class may be discontinued.
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Gemara II – Sukkah Chapter 1 Part 2

Students will learn the Gemara through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system.  Questions such as, “Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on?” will be addressed. PLEASE NOTE: This class requires a minimum of 10 paying students in order to ensure its continuation this zman.
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Gemara II – Sukkah Chapter 2

A basic-level gemara shiur that aims primarily to improve the student's ability to logically parse a gemara sugya. For the first months of the zman, the emphasis is almost exclusively on reading the gemara text, and using parallel gemara sources for understanding specific concepts. Rashi's commentary is used only sparingly, for informational purposes. Later on in the zman, the shiur will begin to focus more on understanding Rashi's approach as a commentator and mechadesh. Some of the comments and chidushim of Tosafot will also be included as time goes on.

The shiur is appropriate for students with a range of backgrounds who want to improve their skills working with a page of gemara, and at the same time want to be able to participate in the gemara's world of midrashic understandings of the written Torah, halachic discussion, and aggadic ideas. Prior general background in Jewish studies is helpful, but not essential.
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Gemara II – Topics on Yom Kippur

Students will learn the Gemara through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system.  Questions such as, Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on? will be addressed.

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Gemara II – Yuma Chapter 8

A basic-level gemara shiur that aims primarily to improve the student's ability to logically parse a gemara sugya. For the first months of the zman, the emphasis is almost exclusively on reading the gemara text, and using parallel gemara sources for understanding specific concepts. Rashi's commentary is used only sparingly, for informational purposes. Later on in the zman, the shiur will begin to focus more on understanding Rashi's approach as a commentator and mechadesh. Some of the comments and chidushim of Tosafot will also be included as time goes on.
The shiur is appropriate for students with a range of backgrounds who want to improve their skills working with a page of gemara, and at the same time want to be able to participate in the gemara's world of midrashic understandings of the written Torah, halachic discussion, and aggadic ideas. Prior general background in Jewish studies is helpful, but not essential.
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Gemara II- Sukkah Chapter 3

This class shiur aims primarily to improve the student's ability to logically parse a gemara sugya. For the first months of the zman, the emphasis is almost exclusively on reading the gemara text, and using parallel gemara sources for understanding specific concepts. Rashi's commentary is used only sparingly, for informational purposes. Later on in the zman, the shiur will begin to focus more on understanding Rashi's approach as a commentator and mechadesh. Some of the comments and chidushim of Tosafot will also be included as time goes on.

The shiur is appropriate for students with a range of backgrounds who want to improve their skills working with a page of gemara, and at the same time want to be able to participate in the gemara's world of midrashic understandings of the written Torah, halachic discussion, and aggadic ideas. Prior general background in Jewish studies is helpful, but not essential.

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Gemara II- Yevamot Chapter 10

Students will learn the Gemara through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system.  Questions such as, “Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on?” will be addressed. PLEASE NOTE: This class requires a minimum of 10 paying students in order to ensure its continuation this zman.
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Gemara III – Bava Kama Chapter 4

This class is for students who are already skilled in analyzing a page of Gemara with Rishonim. In-depth conceptual development will be the focus.
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Gemara III – Bava Metziah Chapter 1 Part 2

This class is for students who are already skilled in analyzing a page of Gemara with Rishonim. In-depth conceptual development will be the focus. PLEASE NOTE: This class requires a minimum of 10 paying students in order to ensure its continuation this zman.
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Gemara III – Brachot Chapter 3

This class is for students who are already skilled in analyzing a page of English Gemara with the original text by the Rishonim. In-depth conceptual development will be the focus.

This class is dedicated to a Refuah Shelaima (full recovery) for Stella Frankl, Tzuriya Kochevet Bat Sarah.

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Gemara III – Keddushin Chapter 2

This class is for students who are already skilled in analyzing a page of Gemara with Rishonim. In-depth conceptual development will be the focus. This semester we will be learning Tractate Kedushin.

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Gemara III – Sukkah Chapter 3

This class is for students who are already skilled in analyzing a page of Gemara with Rishonim. In-depth conceptual development will be the focus. This semester we will learn Masechet Sukkah.

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Gemara III – Yuma Chapter 8

This class is for students who are already skilled in analyzing a page of Gemara with Rishonim. In-depth conceptual development will be the focus.
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Gemara IV – Sukkah Chapter 2

This shiur is for advanced, capable learners with a broad, in-depth knowledge of Torah She-Baal Peh.

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Gemara IV – Yuma Chapter 8

This shiur is for advanced, capable learners with a broad, in-depth knowledge of Torah She-Baal Peh.

This shiur is dedicated by Leslie Ames in loving memory of his father Kopel ben Basya (Bessie) and Moshe

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Gemara IV- Sukkah Chapter 3

This shiur is for advanced, capable learners with a broad, in-depth knowledge of Torah She-Baal Peh. We will concentrate on the last chapter of Yoma and deal with the various afflictions of Yom Kippur

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History and Mechanics of Torah She-Baal Peh Part 1

Using Rambam's introduciton to the Mishna as our guide, we'll explore how the Oral Law came to be from the moment Moshe came down from the mountain, through the Talmud, and beyond. PLEASE NOTE: This class requires a minimum of 10 paying students in order to ensure its continuation this zman.

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Introduction to Gemara – Brachot Chapter 4

This beginner Gemara course is concerned with imparting to the students a basic understanding of the nature of Torah she’bal Peh (oral law) and Gemara . The two focal points of the course are: firstly an in depth look at just what the Gemara is, placing it in historical context - how it evolved and was edited as well as understanding the layout of the page and how mefarshim (commentators) were chosen . Secondly it will help the student to achieve a mastery of the reading of the text and act as an introduction to conceptual analysis.
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Introduction to Talmud Study

The goal of this course is to teach a methodology to approach a page of Gemara. We will work together to acquire the basic skills necessary to read and understand the Talmud. Ideal for first timers, we will begin developing and growing our skills and knowledge with Tractate Megilla. This course is a continuation from a previous semester, though new students are encouraged to join. Recorded classes can be found here.
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Introduction to the Talmud: Megilla

This introductory Gemara 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. This semester we will be studying Tractate Megilla. This course has been dedicated in loving memory of Mrs. and Mr. Judith and Maurice Kandel, by the Kandel Family.
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Introduction to Torah She B’al Peh

Learn about the history of the Mishna and Gemara, the two main sources of oral law, and the importance of a written, oral tradition.

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Judgment & Providence in the Talmud

In these four sessions we will learn sugyot from the Gemara Rosh Hashana and Yoma that develop the concepts of Divine Providence and Divine Judgment and the relationship between them.
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Matmidim Gemara – Advanced – Sukkah Chapter 2

This shiur is open to serious students with a solid foundation in gemara learning and a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take place three days a week. In addition, twice a week, Rabbi Brovender will meet with a pre-selected group of three students from the shiur. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Brovender, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Brovender will give the student feedback and comments on their progress.

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Matmidim Gemara – Beginners – Bava Kama Chapter 1

This shiur is open to students with little background in gemara learning but who have a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take place three days a week. Rabbi Gabe Pransky will act as an assistant teacher and will teach the class on Sundays. In addition, every student will be able to meet with Rabbi Goldstein or Rabbi Pransky one-on-one for one hour every three weeks. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with the Rabbis, they will practice reading together, and the student will receive feedback and comments on their progress. Please speak with the Rabbis to set up such a meeting. PLEASE NOTE: This class requires a minimum of 10 paying students in order to ensure its continuation this zman.

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Matmidim Gemara – Beginners – Keddushin Chapter 2

This shiur is open to students with little background in gemara learning but who have a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take placethree days a week. In addition, twice a week, Rabbi Meyers will meet with a pre-selected group of three students from the shiur. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Meyers, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Meyers will give the student feedback and comments on their progress.

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Matmidim Gemara – Beginners – Sukkah Chapter 2

This shiur is open to students with little background in gemara learning but who have a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take place three days a week. In addition, once a week, Rabbi Pransky will meet with a pre-selected group of three students from the shiur. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Pransky they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Pransky will give the student feedback and comments on their progress. PLEASE NOTE: This class requires a minimum of 10 paying students in order to ensure its continuation this zman.

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Matmidim Gemara – Beginners – Sukkah Chapter 3

This shiur is open to students with little background in gemara learning but who have a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take placethree days a week. In addition, twice a week, Rabbi Meyers will meet with a pre-selected group of three students from the shiur. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Meyers, they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Meyers will give the student feedback and comments on their progress.
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Matmidim Gemara – Beginners – Sukkah Chapter 4

This shiur is open to students with little background in gemara learning but who have a high level of commitment and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular gemara shiur will take place three days a week. In addition, once a week, Rabbi Pransky will meet with a pre-selected group of three students from the shiur. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Rabbi Pransky they will practice reading together, and Rabbi Pransky will give the student feedback and comments on their progress. PLEASE NOTE: This class requires a minimum of 10 paying students in order to ensure its continuation this zman.
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Matmidim Women’s Oral Law – Sukkah Chapter 1

This shiur is open to women who are interested in learning at a high level, and have a serious of commitment to, and motivation in their studies. Students will be expected to prepare materiel for shiurim in advance and to attend classes regularly. The regular shiur will take place three days a week. In addition, Mrs. Berman will meet with a pre-selected group of students from the shiur several times a week for private tutotrials. Students will learn individually in a chavruta with Mrs. Berman, they will practice reading together, and Mrs. Berman will give the student feedback and comments on their progress. Please note that this class requires a minimum of 7 paying students in order to proceed. If this number is not reached, the class may be discontinued.
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Overview of Mishnayot Shabbat

Rabbi Brovender will teach an overview of the Mishnayot of Tractate Shabbat.
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Reading the Rabbinic Mind: Bava Metzia

A basic-level gemara course that aims primarily to improve the student's ability to logically parse a gemara sugya. Later on in the semester, the shiur will begin to focus more on understanding Rashi's approach as a commentator and innovator. Some of the comments and innovations of Tosafot will also be included as time goes on. The shiur is appropriate for students with a range of backgrounds who want to improve their skills working with a page of gemara, and at the same time want to be able to participate in the gemara's world of midrashic understandings of the written Torah, halachic discussion, and aggadic ideas. Prior general background in Jewish studies is helpful, but not essential. This semester we will be learning a portion of Bava Metzia.  
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Reading the Rabbinic Mind: Brachot

We will be learning Masechet Berachot chapter 5. The subject matter is highly relevant to our religious life: it is about tefila - prayer. The gemara in this chapter presents an interesting combination of spiritual ideas and concepts together with halachic content about how we are expected to pray. We will cover the discussions of the gemara itself, as well as the comments of Rashi and Tosafot.
As in the past, we will emphasize a methodological approach to studying gemara, aimed at equipping the student with the tools needed to learn gemara on one's own.
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Reading the Rabbinic Mind: Laws of Searching for Chametz, March 29 – April 7

We will learn parts of the sugya in the first chapter of Masechet Pesachim, about the requirement to search for chametz. Through the discussions of the gemara, and comments of Rashi and Tosefot, we will gain a deeper understanding of the reasons why we need both to search and clear our premises physically of hametz (bedikah), and also to nullify it (bitul). We will also understand better some of the specific halachot of this mitzvah.
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Reading the Rabbinic Mind: Ta’anit

We will be learning Masechet Ta'anit this semester.  We will cover the discussions of the gemara itself, as well as the comments of Rashi and Tosafot.
As in the past, we will emphasize a methodological approach to studying gemara, aimed at equipping the student with the tools needed to learn gemara on one’s own.
 
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Strangers in Strange Lands: Tales of Traveling Rabbis (February 3-24)

Who was the rabbi whose voyage to Babylon ended in cruel humiliation? What happens when an immigrant student outshines the old rosh yeshiva? And how does one journey destroy the reputation of the greatest tzaddik of his time? The Talmud is riddled with travel narratives, stories of rabbis who journey through space – and time – in search of Torah. Leaving their former life behind, these once-revered leaders set out into the unknown, disoriented in unfamiliar territory, disparaged by unfriendly locals. This course looks at four such narratives; subjecting each story to close literary analysis, and reading it in light of related intertexts (from the Jewish and Western canon), we will explore the trials and tribulations of the traveling rabbis, as they struggle to establish themselves in their new home.
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The Chain of Tradition: The Meiri on Avot

Can a chain of tradition truly last thousands of years without breaking? Who are the elders, prophets and Rabbis who passed the Torah from Moshe Rabbeinu through the Middle Ages unto today? From the mind of the 13th century Meiri,  we will study his introduction to Avot, Ethics of the Fathers, and how that chain looked from his eyes.
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