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Introducing "Talmud for Beginners" – a new online course. Delve into the text. Explore the commentaries. Challenge your mind. Discover how Talmudic teachings have practical relevance in your life today.

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Introducing "Talmud for Beginners" – a new online course. Delve into the text. Explore the commentaries. Challenge your mind. Discover how Talmudic teachings have practical relevance in your life today.
Talmud, Tractate Bava Metziah

About this Course

These classes will be studying and analyzing the third chapter of tractate Bava Metzia, which presents the Jewish approach in many matters of civil law, particularly vis-à-vis the different degrees of liability assumed by guardians, renters and borrowers.

This class is designed for people of varying skill-sets, even for those with little or no background in the Talmudic dialectic. It will allow students to learn at their own level whilst providing a thorough understanding of the text material. Knowledge of Hebrew is certainly not a requisite.

In its exploration of the section, the course will introduce and explain Talmudic terminology and style, focusing primarily on conveying the content of the material as we study the original text word for word.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is this course's class schedule?
A: Classes are once a week on Wednesdays at 8 pm EST.

Q: Do I need to register for this course?
A: No, it’s open to the public free of charge.

Q: Do I need to know Hebrew to participate in this course?
A: No, this course does not require any Talmudic (or other) background.

Q: How do I access this course each Wednesday?
A: The class broadcast will be at this very same webpage and link (it may also be accessed at www.chabad.org/live).

Q: What book or text do I need?
A: All texts needed for the classes will be made available as printable PDFs on the class webpage.

Q: What if I miss a class?
A: All classes will be made available immediately afterwards for replay and review at your convenience.

Q: What section of the Talmud will the course cover?
A: The third chapter of tractate Bava Metzia, folio 33b.

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Mikhail Gumin June 16, 2017

One of the best audio classes I heard! Thank you! Reply

N. Rodriguez Glendale Az November 4, 2015

wow this is just awesome. Reply

Tara smith USA October 23, 2013

Thank you! Being that I am new to Judaism this course is great! I look forward to learning more about the Torah, the Talmad, and my Jewish roots. Reply

Meri Sedona, AZ/USA October 21, 2010

Talmud? What's that? I am new at discovering my Judaic heritage. I know about the 5 books of the Torah, learned to read Hebrew (prayerbook), and recently had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony. I am searching for mitzvot to perform in memory of my niece, Maia. Would studying about Talmud be considered a mitzvah? Reply

Anonymous philadelphia, pa August 2, 2010

talmud for beginners Thank you so much. I have always wondered about Talmudic study, but have never had access to it. I have learned so much. Also, the ending summaries and stories were fascinating. I am a teacher and I have to believe that the Rabbi must know teaching techniques in order to know to summarize and finalize. Fascinating material! Reply

Edward Pritzker Peoria, IL May 14, 2010

Talmud Study I am not able to find the sheets Rabbi refers to in his lectures. Where are they? Thanks, the lectures are very good. Reply

Anonymous Okla City, Ok May 13, 2010

Talmud for beginners Excellent trailer Reply

Leonard Barash Phoenix, Az May 1, 2010

Talmud Class What volumes of bava metzia (shottenstein edition) do I need to follow the course? Reply

Anonymous Porterville, Ca/Tulare April 28, 2010

Talmud for Beginners lesson 1 Thank you so much for the first lesson. I look forward to understanding the Talmud writings. I do have to repeat the video sometimes because I really want to understand what you are saying. You are a blessing to me. Thank you.
How do I get the handouts for the class? I want to see what you are looking at. Reply

Esther Fort de France, martinique April 21, 2010

Talmud for beginners Rabbi, Thank you so much. I have been waiting for years to be able to learn talmud and here in my way out island it was impossible.
G-d bless you Reply

Chana D'vora Tempe, AZ April 20, 2010

Clarifying handouts Rabbi, this class was excellent! I am very grateful for the opportunity to learn from you online. If I may make a suggestion: it was difficult to understand the handout on the page of Talmud without you holding it up & pointing to the parts you were describing. It is the only part of the class that is unclear to me. Thanks again. Reply

Rosa Maldonado Slaton, tx April 15, 2010

talmud for beginners thank you for the presentation last night i can't wait to grow more in love with
G-d..bless you Reply

Maria Martinez Monte Vista, Colorado April 15, 2010

Talmud For Beginners Thank you so much for the Talmud class. I have read it and enjoyed it very much. With blessings. Reply

Editor Chabad.org April 14, 2010

Talmud class page Tonight’s class (with the accompanying class material) can be accessed here. Reply

Vivian Fort Lauderdale, FL April 14, 2010

Talmud for Beginners Do I need the Talmud? I'm very excited that I learned about the class.

Thank you for willing to teach a beginner like me without a cost. Reply

susan franks dayton, ohio April 14, 2010

talmad for beginners thank-you very much for this opportunity to learn and listen. shalom to everyone, with many blessings, Reply

Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez April 14, 2010

I can't wait. Reply

Channa cairo, egypt April 14, 2010

Thanks I am really looking forward to this course. Thanks again Reply

Anonymous Cherry Hill, NJ April 14, 2010

Material What time will the course material be downloaded? Reply

Joseph Igbo FCT, buja, Nigeria April 14, 2010

Talmud Class Great offer, great opportunity, thanks for the great things you're doing. Love you all. Reply

These Talmud classes will be studying and analyzing the third chapter of tractate Bava Metzia, which presents the Jewish approach in many matters of civil law, particularly vis-à-vis the different degrees of liability assumed by guardians, renters and borrowers.
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