Students engage in an in-depth analytical study of a tractate of the Talmud. A different tractate is selected each year, so that over the course of four years, students gain familiarity with selections from four different סדרים. The entire school studies the same text to enhance the interaction between students in different grades. Students are provided with curricular material specific to the selected tractate of study, featuring two components:
- Comprehension of Text Language: Students receive a list of Aramaic terms that are found frequently throughout the Talmud. The terms are translated into Hebrew and English so that the students begin to understand the relationship between the Aramaic and Hebrew languages. This understanding allows students to translate Aramaic terms that they have never been exposed to, based upon their thorough knowledge of the Hebrew language, thanks to our wonderful Hebrew Language Department.
- Analysis of Text: Students are provided with questions on the Talmud and its commentaries in a differentiated format depending on their individual needs. For the lower grades or for students who require additional reinforcement in Talmud study, the questions provide a review of the material covered in class. This is implemented by the Rebbe as either an in-class peer learning exercise or a homework assignment. For the upper grades as well as for the students who require a greater challenge in Talmud study, the questions are utilized as a guide for peer learning. Students work in pairs to prepare a section of the Talmud that they have never been exposed to and answer the questions as they move step-by-step through the analysis of the Talmud and its commentaries.
The Talmud Curriculum
- Ensures the success of our students in preparing new sections of Talmud on their own for a year of study in Israel and beyond.
- Provides students with the high-level skills needed to express an in-depth Talmudic analysis in writing so that they have the ability to write articles on Torah subjects.
- Equips students with the skills to independently research the Talmud and its commentaries for preparation of a Torah lecture.