• November 15, 2019
  • 17 5780, Cheshvan
  • פרשת וירא

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. 

Next Class

November 19, 2019
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35
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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
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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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November 21, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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November 26, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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November 28, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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December 3, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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December 5, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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December 10, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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December 12, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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December 17, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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December 19, 2019 4:00 am - 5:00 am
Gemara Avoda Zara Perek א: Lesson
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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.