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The study of Jewish texts is, more often than not, a social activity. In particular, the Talmud is typically studied in groups of two or more, a method known as chavruta (“study partner”), in which the group works through the text together and discusses the underlying issues.
This class is modeled as a Talmud workshop with the students doing the reading and interpreting with support from the lecturer. Not all participants can read Hebrew but they are still welcome to take part, joining the class discussions and using English translations (such as Sefaria). The students who can read Hebrew take turns reading the original Talmud text.
To register for this course, you need basic computer skills and knowledge of how to use the digital platform Zoom. The school offers manuals in welcome letters upon acceptance and a training opportunity before the start of the course.
About the teacher
Joseph Shain has studied at yeshiva in Jerusalem in his youth, and then at Bar Ilan University. His interests revolve around oral tradition in early rabbinical Judaism and how it transformed into written form. Joseph works with property law at the technical company Neonode Technologies AB.