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Retroactive Disqualification

Discovering Talmudic Principles

This Talmud course will be exploring and analyzing the third chapter of tractate Sanhedrin, which focuses on the principles and ramifications of the collusive witnesses (“eidim zomemim”), and the Talmudic debate on retroactive law.

The Collusive Witnesses
Talmudic Principles on Retroactive Disqualification, Lesson 1
Familiarize yourself with the Talmudic principles of Hakchashah and Hazamah—two different classifications of disqualified witnesses.
Ex Post Facto
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Ex Post Facto
Talmudic Principles on Retroactive Disqualification, Lesson 2
Would you disqualify a false witness retroactively? A fascinating analysis of the Talmud’s rulings.
The Architects of Talmudic Dialectical Logic I
Talmudic Principles on Retroactive Disqualification, Lesson 3
In this intellectually stimulating Talmud class we attempt to unlock the underlying logic behind Abaye and Rava’s argument.
The Architects of Talmudic Dialectical Logic II
Talmudic Principles on Retroactive Disqualification, Lesson 4
In Talmud’s unique style, we further analyze the reasoning behind their argument and discover an alternative approach. Learn the practical differences between these two seemingly theoretical abstractions?
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