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Introductory Talmud with Rabbi Eliezer Wolf

Introductory Text-based Talmud Study

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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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 Study - Lesson 1
An Introduction to Talmud
This introductory class to Talmud explores the rich history of the Oral Tradition, explains the structure of the Talmud, introduces some of its famed personalities and presents the layout of the Talmud page.
Talmud Study - Lesson 2
The Four Guardians
This class serves as an introduction to the subject matter discussed in the third chapter of Bava Metzia, namely the laws of the four guardians.
Talmud Study - Lesson 3
Guardianship: A Gamble for Whom?
What are a guardian's responsibilities? When is a guardian rewarded for going beyond his call of duty? Are there any legal differences between the types of item one is safeguarding? And a lesson in time management.
Talmud Study - Lesson 4
The Invisible Acquisition
In this class, we will encounter a compelling challenge to the Mishnah’s ruling, and discover a brilliantly crafted resolution. We will also explore the following questions: Can one acquire an item that doesn’t yet exist? Can past events be retroactively reinterpreted?
Talmud Study - Lesson 5
An Ode to Pledges
In this class, we explore the nature and reliability of pledges, whether an item found on one's property can be presumed to belong to him, and the evolution process of a halachic sales transaction.
Talmud Study - Lesson 6
Why is a Borrower Held to a Stricter Standard?
How many different interpretations can a single word have? When can we apply the same rules of linguistics to the teachings of different sages? What is it that makes the borrower's pledge so unreliable?
Talmud Study - Lesson 7
11 Unresolved Questions - Part 1
In this class, the Sages of the Talmud brainstorm all sorts of rare and complex variations of the basic scenario discussed in the Mishnah. We are then introduced to a ubiquitous Talmudic phenomenon--unresolved questions.
Talmud Study - Lesson 8
11 Unresolved Questions - Part 2
In continuation from the previous lesson, we once again participate in a most creative brainstorming session of our Sages. Building upon the ruling of our Mishnah, the Sages explore several complex variations of the Mishnah's base scenario. In turn, many new and fascinating discussions evolve.
Talmud Study - Lesson 9
Introducing Rav Huna's Oath
We begin this class with exploring possible resolutions for the Talmud's "unresolved" questions, gleaned from the writings of medieval codifiers. Following this, we begin a new segment of the Talmud, which discusses the famous institution known as "Rav Huna's Oath."
Talmud Study - Lesson 10
The Oath Transfer
In this class we conclude studying and clarifying the Mishnah which was introduced in an attempt to challenge "Rav Huna's Oath."
Talmud Study - Lesson 11
Resolving Rav Huna's Oath (Part 1)
Following the strong objection raised against Rav Huna's oath, the Talmud provides several resolutions in defense of Rav Huna.
Talmud Study - Lesson 12
Resolving Rav Huna's Oath (Part 2)
In this second-to-last class of this series, we finally lay to rest all the objections raised against "Rav Huna's Oath."
Talmud Study - Lesson 13
The Mishnah Revisited
In this class, we will revisit our Mishnah. After studying the Talmud's exposition in the past classes, does the Mishnah appear any different now from when we studied it for the first time? Word by word, line by line, we will study the Mishnah again, only this time through the lens of the Talmud.
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