Hilkhot Shabbat: The Chain of Interpretation (Online Class)

Rabbi Daniel Reifman

Thursday, October 31, 2019

9:30 am

This class will focus on studying Talmud a-liba de-hilkheta -- for the purpose of halakhic adjudication. The Talmud may be the central text in halakhic literature, but it is not itself a halakhic code.  In order to understand how halakhic rulings emerge from the Talmud text, one must understand the way commentators have struggled with that text, resolving contradictions and filling in gaps, then applying their conclusions to real-life questions.

We will study several sugyot in Masechet Shabbat, tracing the development of the halakhah from the Talmud, through the medieval commentaries and the Shulkhan Arukh, and ending with contemporary applications. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

Teacher: Rabbi Daniel Reifman is the Rosh Kollel of the Drisha Summer Kollel and has taught Talmud and halakha at Drisha for over 15 years.  He holds a PhD in hermeneutics from Bar Ilan University and received his rabbinic ordination and an MA in Tanakh from Yeshiva University. During the year, he teaches at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and the Institute for Advanced Torah Studies at Bar-Ilan University.
Dates: 
Thursdays 9:30am - 10:30am
October 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28*, December 5, 12, 19
*Classes do not meet on Thanksgiving. Makeup class TBD
Note: This is an online class.  The virtual classroom will be accessible during session times online using video-conferencing software. The course will be conducted as though a typical in-person course with assignments and preparation requirements.

Price: $ 200.00

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