Masechet Berachot is the first tractate of the Babylonian Talmud and as its name suggests, it is largely concerned with the blessings that are recited regularly. In this two week gemara shiur (Talmud course), we will first focus on blessings recited before eating and the origins of this halakha. We will then turn to one of the most significant categories of food, bread, which occupies a prominent place in various halakhot and has a unique status in rabbinic law. We will probe what defines bread and how this definition ramifies in various areas of halakha.
This course will involve in depth study of the sugyot (Talmudic texts) along with the commentaries of the Rishonim and Acharonim (medieval and early modern Talmudic commentaries).
Suggested donation $180 per week.