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Talmud In-Depth: Captivity (Gittin Chapter 4)
Day: Monday
Date: May 6 - June 3, 2024
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Cost $200.00

Dedicated to those held hostage

Shevi kasheh mikkulam… “Captivity is the worst of them all.”
Chazal long ago observed the horrors of captivity, and the unparalleled importance of Pidyon Shevuyim, the mitzvah to redeem captives. In this course, we will examine the sources which center on these issues—from the gemara to the Medieval and early-modern Talmudic commentators.
We will start with the fourth chapter of tractate Gittin, Mishnah 6, which discusses the obligation to ransom captives, its rationale, and its parameters. Through our analysis of this topic which unfortunately has become unbearably relevant, we will see how this issue has been discussed and dealt with throughout the generations.

May our learning be a merit to those still held hostage and may they be released and returned home immediately.

Class meets May 6, 13, 20; and June 3 (no class May 27).
Nobody is turned away for inability to pay; contact inquiry@drisha.org to inquire about financial aid.


Dr. Shana Strauch Schick is a lecturer in Rabbinic Literature in the Multidisciplinary Department of Jewish Studies at Bar Ilan University and teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Drisha Institute, NY. She has a PhD in Talmud from Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshiva University and studied in Stern College’s GPATS, from 2002-2007. She’s the author of Intention in Talmudic Law: Between Thought and Deed (Brill, 2021). Her upcoming monograph is entitled Women in Rabbinic Law and Narrative: Vying Currents in Babylonian and Palestinian Texts.