• January 27, 2020
  • 1 5780, Sh'vat
  • פרשת בא

Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א

Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א

Join Rabbi Yitzhak Zuriel and learn the first chapter in Masechet Avodah Zara. We will cover the discussions of the gemara itself, as well as the comments of Rashi and Tosafot. 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. This course is an intermediate Talmud course and students should already have some basic skills learning Gemara. 

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January 28, 2020
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37
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Tue, Thu 4:00 am
November 5, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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Shalom and welcome to all new and returning students!

I am excited to begin learning gemara with you in the new fall semester, with a new masechet: Avoda Zara.

We will begin the fascinating material in this masechet with an introduction, in which we will learn the first chapter of the Rambam in Hilchot Avoda Zara (Avodat Kochavim).  You are welcome to look this chapter over yourselves before the class.

After we learn the Rambam, the plan for the class is to learn the first mishna, on Daf 2a, with Rashi and Tosafot.  Then we will begin the gemara, while we also devote a small part of each shiur to learning the continuing mishnayot of the tractate (much as we did with Masechet Sukkah).

I look forward to learning and exploring this masechet together with you! See you in class!

Yitzhak Zuriel

November 7, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
Class description

In the previous shiur, we began our introduction to Masechet Avoda Zara by learning the first part of Chapter 1 in the Rambam (Hilchot Avodat Kochavim), in which he explains how avoda zara developed and became the religion of nearly all mankind.

In this shiur, we will continue in that chapter of the Rambam to hear his narrative of how monotheism resurfaced in the world, and what is the special role of the people of Israel as a result. Following this, time allowing, we will start with the first mishna, on Daf 2a.

November 12, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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In the previous shiur, we finished the introduction to the subject of the masechet, as we finished reading and discussing the first chapter of the Rambam in Hilchot Avodat Kochavim.

In this shiur, we will begin learning the masechet with the first mishna, and in addition the comments of Rashi and Tosafot on it. Following that, we will begin the gemara on Daf 2a.

November 14, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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In the previous shiur we learned the first mishna and the comments of Rashi. We then read the first comments of Tosafot, and we stopped in the middle of reading the long Tosafot on the page.

In this shiur, we will continue reading the first part of the Tosafot, about the apparent contradiction between the prohibition in the mishna and the commercial practices of Jews in their day. Then we will go on to start the gemara.

November 19, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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In the previous shiur, we finished reading the relevant segment of the long Tosafot on Avodah Zarah 2a, which attempts to explain the apparent violation in Tosafot’s day of the halacha of the first mishna.  (As we said in shiur, we will complete this Tosafot when we see the gemara on which the remainder of it is based.)  We then started reading the gemara on the mishna on Avodah Zarah 2a.  Please review the material; if you have any questions we will discuss them at the beginning of this shiur.

In this shiur, we will continue on the two parallel tracks that we have begun: to learn an additional mishna of the masechet (in this case Mishna Avodah Zarah 1.3) each shiur at the beginning of the shiur, and then continue in the gemara on daf 2a. The content of the gemara first deals with the word used by the first mishna to denote “pagan holiday”, and then goes on to begin the aggadah about the judgement of the nations at the end of days.

November 21, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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In the previous shiur, we discussed the first segment of the gemara on Avodah Zarah 2a, about the two amoraic variations on the term in the mishna used to denote “pagan holiday”, and we also read and discussed the comments of Rashi and Tosafot. Please review and if there are any questions we will discuss them at the beginning of this shiur.

In this shiur, we will begin learning the substantial aggada in the gemara, about the judgement of the nations at the end of days, beginning on Avodah Zarah 2a and continuing onto daf 2b.

As usual, we will learn an additional mishna from the masechet at the beginning of the shiur. This time it will be Mishna Avodah Zarah 1.4 .

 

November 26, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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In the previous shiur, we began going through the aggadah about the judgment of the nations at the end of days.  If there are questions on anything of what we’ve done, please raise them at the beginning of the shuir, or by email.

In this shiur, we will continue further in the aggadah, on Avodah Zarah 2b.  As we did last time, we will study it in increments.  We will also learn another mishna in the masechet: Mishna Avodah Zarah 1.5 .

November 28, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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In the previous shiur, we progressed in the aggadah on daf 2b, specifically the part about the dialog between G-d and the Roman kingdom.  Please review what we have done.

In this shiur, we will continue in the aggada on Avodah Zarah 2b, and read also the explanations of Rashi and Tosafot. We will also continue our study of the mishnayot in the masechet, this time Mishnah Avodah Zarah 1.6 .

December 3, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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In the previous shiur, we read further on in the aggadah on daf 2b, and we have now seen the depiction of the future exchanges of words between G-d and both the Roman kingdom and the Persian kingdom.  Please review this material. Note the similar structure between these two exchanges. Does it help underline some idea behind the aggadah?

In this shiur, we will continue in the aggada on Avodah Zarah 2b, and continue reading also the explanations of Rashi and Tosafot as we go along. We will also continue our study of the mishnayot in the masechet, this time Mishnah Avodah Zarah 1.7 .

December 5, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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In the previous shiur, we read further in the gemara on daf 2b and saw how the gemara tries to understand why the aggadah mentions only the two nations that it does–Rome and Persia. We discussed the unique approach of the Talmud Bavli to aggadah as evidenced in the kinds of questions that the amoraim in the gemara pose here, interrupting the flow of the aggadic narrative to clarify the logic behind the events in the narrative.  As we will go on we will see even bolder statements on the part of the amoraim that essentially play the role of “fixing up” the story.

In this shiur, we will study the continuation of the aggada on Avodah Zarah 2b , in which the nations of the world now fire accusations and take an offensive, rather than just a defensive, posture in the discussion before the heavenly court.  We will also continue our practice of learning an additional mishna from the tractate in the first part of the shiur, this time Mishnah Avodah Zarah 1.8 .

December 10, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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In the previous shiur, we read the aggada almost to the bottom of Daf 2b. Please review the material.

In this shiur, we will first read and study the comments of Rashi and Tosafot on the last segments of the aggada that we have learned in shiur.  Then we will continue in the aggada which takes us onto the next page, Avodah Zarah 3a .   As we have been doing in the previous shiurim, we will learn an additional mishnah in the masechet, this time Mishna Avodah Zarah 1.9 .

January 23, 2020 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א Event
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We are resuming our class after a long winter break, starting with a brief review of the last part of the amoraim’s discussion that we read in the previous shiur back in early December, which interrupts the aggadah. This is found in the last lines of the gemara on Daf 2b and first several lines of the gemara on Daf 3a. We will read the comments of Rashi and Tosafot on this discussion. Then we will continue down the page, Avodah Zarah 3a , with the aggadah and the amoraim comments/discussion of it, again with the two above rishonim on the page.

January 28, 2020 4:00 am - 5:00 am
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January 30, 2020 4:00 am - 5:00 am
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February 4, 2020 4:00 am - 5:00 am
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February 6, 2020 4:00 am - 5:00 am
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February 11, 2020 4:00 am - 5:00 am
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February 13, 2020 4:00 am - 5:00 am
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February 18, 2020 4:00 am - 5:00 am
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February 20, 2020 4:00 am - 5:00 am
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February 25, 2020 4:00 am - 5:00 am
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February 27, 2020 4:00 am - 5:00 am
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Rabbi Yitzhak Zuriel has been enjoying guiding students in how to learn and understand Talmud at WebYeshiva.org since its founding. He began his teaching career as a teacher and educational director at Michlelet Bruria in the 1980s. For over 20 years, he has been working as a software engineer in Jerusalem, and during that time has been an editor and contributor to the company NDS's Torah journal, Chiddushei Torah@NDS, that was published annually from 1996-2014 . He and his wife reside in Ma'ale Adumim and are parents to five children and have many grandchildren.