Daf Yomi One Week at a Time: Megillah
Jews around the world study the same page of Talmud each day as part of the 7-year cycle of the Daf Yomi. Join Rabbanit Dr. Tamara Spitz each week as she reviews the key topics of the previous week’s seven pages, gaining an overview of the entire Talmud while also doing a deeper analysis of one of the core issues in that week’s text. We will combine breadth and depth to gain insights into each Tractate being studied, and enjoy the benefits of moving through topics at a quicker pace.
Whatever your background in Talmud, this shiur will allow you to connect to the worldwide phenomenon of Daf Yomi study, whether you learn the daf each day or just want to gain an overview of the entire Gemara. For the previous tractate, masechet Taanit, please visit HERE. For the next masechet please visit Moed Katan.
Daf Yomi One Week at a Time: Megillah: Lesson 1: Daf 2-9
The holiday of Purim is celebrated on the 14th of Adar. Walled cities from the time of Joshua celebrate it on the 15th of Adar. Masechect Megillah starts off teaching about the different dates one can read the Book of Esther (Megillat Esther) based on the size of the city. When we have a leap year, we add an additional month of Adar (like this year). The gemara discusses which is the “real” Adar. When do we observe Purim? We will begin the section of the “Ein Bein”s. This portion of the gemara compares similar concepts and highlights their similarities and differences.
Daf Yomi One Week at a Time: Megillah: Lesson 2: Daf 10-16
This week we will be learning Megilat Ester, the Book of Esther, in depth. The Gemara quotes numerous verses and explains the hidden meaning behind these verses. Who was King Achashverosh? Evil Haman? Righteous Mordechai? Queen Esther? Where did they come from and what motivated them thought the narrative?
Daf Yomi One Week at a Time: Megillah: Lesson 3: Daf 17-23
This week we will learn the entire second chapter of Masechet Megillah. This chapter deals with the laws of reading the Megillah and how one fulfills their obligation. We will also learn about the order of the blessings in the silent Amida and its significance. We will learn who may or may not read the Megillah and when it must be read. The third chapter discusses the number of Torah portions, Aliyot, we read on various days in the Jewish calendar.
Daf Yomi One Week at a Time: Megillah: Lesson 4: Daf 24-32 + Siyum
We will continue to learn about the laws of Torah reading. We will also learn the laws for the Blessings of the Priests. After finishing the third chapter, we will learn the fourth and final chapter of Masechet Megillah. This chapter deals with the sanctity of the Shul, Beit Kneset. We will also learn the special Torah readings for each Festival in the Jewish Calendar. We will finish the Masechet together!
Rabbanit Dr. Tamara Spitz is the Rosh Beit Midrash and Mashgicha Ruchanit of Midreshet Torah v'Avodah. She lectures on various topics in Gemara, including Daf Yomi, Halacha, and Tefilah. Dr. Spitz has held academic and administrative positions at various Midrashot and served as the Jewish Studies Principal of Instituto Yavne, one of the main Jewish day schools of Montevideo, Uruguay. She also runs a Chiropractic practice specializing in Women’s Health in Gush Etzion and is a Hip-Hop dance teacher.