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Talmud

 

Talmud is the primary course in Jewish law at the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School. Students in the main program meet four to five times a week. Advanced Talmudic study is accomplished through participation in our Beit Midrash Program, within which students take double periods of Talmud. It is in Talmud that the students focus on the source, development, and practical applications of Jewish law today. The study of Talmud enables our students to examine - in both depth and breadth - our sacred traditions, our unique culture, and the special role of our people.

The Talmud curriculum is divided into two areas: textual skills and analytical skills. In terms of textual skills students are instructed in basic Aramaic, the language of the Talmud, as well as vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and structure.

The study of Talmud develops analytical and critical thinking skills. Students learn how to evaluate different perspectives by studying all opinions in Talmudic disputes, even those refuted. Students are encouraged to decipher each statement written in the text and extrapolate from that which is not explicit. Classroom debates and chavruta (peer) learning are maximized in the study of Talmud to promote independent thinking. These independent thinking skills are imperative to the cognitive development of our students and apply to all aspects of life.

The ninth grade is taught, perhaps for the first time, a series of lessons which focus on introducing them to the style and substance of the Talmud. Understanding the historical  background and personalities quoted therein inspires our students to greater appreciation of this seminal and central work in the history and development of the Jewish people, which forms the background and backbone of all Halachic practice.

As our students advance, in succeeding years, increased emphasis is placed on textual skills, as well as more in-depth learning. Many of our classes attain a comprehensive and deep understanding of the material studied. Classroom discussions reach truly advanced levels. Commentaries from the Rishonim, (1038-1475 CE) as well as later authors are often cited to bring an enhanced appreciation of the many levels of wisdom contained within the timeless words of our holy sages.

The goal of the Talmud department is to produce students who are both capable and interested in continuing Talmud study in Yeshivot in Israel as well as in university thereafter, and for the rest of their lives as active members in the Jewish community.

 

 

101/201 9th and 10th Grade Talmud
In the 9th and 10th grades, students focus on mitzvoth bein Adam l’Makom (between Man and God). The theme in the 9th grade is Darchey Noam (daily life and life cycle) and the theme in the 10th grade is Kedoshim Tihiyu (The search for holiness). Tractates: Megilah, Pesachim, Shabbat, Succah, and Yoma.         
 
301/401 11th and 12th Grade Talmud
In the 11th and 12th grades, studies emphasize mitzvoth bein Adam l’Chavero (between Man and Man). In the 11th grade the focus is Shalom Bayit (Personal and Family Relationships) while in the 12th grade it is Am echad v’olam echad (Jewish and World Citizenship). Tractates: Bava Kamah, Gitin, Kiddushin, Makot, and Sanhedrin.        
 
Rabbi Yechezkel Lehrer
Chairman Talmud Department, Dean Class of 2020
 
Rabbi Daniel D. Kahana
Director of Judaic Studies Curriculum Development, Instructor of Judaic Studies
 
Rabbi Shmuel Ismach
Instructor Judaic Studies
sismach@nshahs.org
 
Rabbi Barak Levy
Instructor of Judaic Studies, Coordinator of Religious Guidance
 
Rabbi Elliot Schrier
Instructor of Judaic Studies, Director of Beit Midrash Program
 
Lisa Septimus
Instructor of Judaic Studies, Coordinator of Shiriyah, Director of Special Programs
 
Rabbi Sammy Bergman
Instructor Judaic Studies
sbergman@nshahs.org
 
Rabbi Yehuda Chinskey
Instructor Judaic Studies
 
Rabbi David Weiss
Instructor Judaic Studies
dweiss@nshahs.org