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Seder Boker: Sefer HaMitzvot with David Silber
Mondays, 9am-12pm (January 26-May 4)
We know that there are 613 mitzvot, but how do we know what “counts” as a mitzvah? We will read Rambam’s essays on the classification of mitzvot as a springboard for our studies. Advanced facility with rabbinic text required.
Seder Boker: Bava Metzia with Jon Kelsen
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-12pm (January 27-May 7)
In this shiur, we will engage in intensive study of Tractate Bava Metizah chapter 3. The shiur will assume at least some background with decoding and analyzing a page of bavli, and will work to perfect those skills and add more (with an openness to source-critical, literary, and other hermeneutical lenses) to our tool-chest. Participants will be asked to be active partners in creating the course, with havruta study, independent research, and seminar-style presentations integrated into our curriculum.
Seder Boker: The Intersection of Halakhah and Aggadah with Wendy Amsellem and Miriam Gedwiser
Wednesdays, 10am-12:30pm (January 28-May 6)
Traditionally, students of Talmud would often skip or skim aggadic passages when studying practicalhalakhah. But the juxtaposition of halakhah and aggadah can be a key to understanding both the laws and their underlying values. We will study select topics that showcase the complex interaction of legal reasoning with storytelling. In some cases, the Talmud weaves the two into a single text whose full message can only be appreciated by combining both its legal and narrative components. In other cases, later authorities bring an aggadic passage to bear on a halachic problem in a surprising way. We will explore these dynamics through an analysis of select sugyot including ona’ah (monetary and verbal oppression) and end-of-life choices, among others.