Learn Talmud with the Conservative Yeshiva

This year Conservative Yeshiva students in Jerusalem will be learning Tractate Berachot. This online course offers both new students and alumni an opportunity to study the same material that we will be studying in Jerusalem. We will learn together selected sugyot dealing with topics like the reading of Shema, the recitation of the Amidah, the structure and recitation of blessings as well as theological problems like the question of why bad things happen to good people.

Introduction To Learn Talmud Course

Welcome to the “Study Along With the Yeshiva” program. This year we are studying a very exciting chapter dealing with the recitation of the Shma and the prayers associated with it. Our studies will give us a better understanding of how our prayers developed and their significance in the minds of the sages. In the […]

Berachot 9b – Learn Talmud

Learn Along with the Yeshiva – Berachot Lesson#1 – Content and Discussion Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Before we start, I want you to have the proper “equipment” available. It would be a good thing to have a traditional siddur available as well as a Tanach (a Jewish Bible) so that when we are […]

Berachot 10a-10b – Learn Talmud

Learn Along With the Yeshiva -– Berachot Lesson #2 -Content and Questions Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Our studies take a new turn this week. The sources we have are almost all aggadic, midrashic, and anecdotal. Our first episode is related to our studies from last week. At the end of last week’s studies, […]

Berachot 10b – Learn Talmud

Learn Along with the Yeshiva – Masechet Berachot Lesson #3 – Berachot 10b Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Our lesson this week consists of two sections, one a midrash on the story of Elisha and the Shulamite woman along with an addenda of a number of halachot and in the other we return to […]

Berachot 10b-11a – Learn Talmud

Learn Along With the Yeshiva – Berachot Chapter One Lesson #4 –Questions and Comments Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Sources View the English text for Berachot 10b-11a View the Hebrew text for Berachot 10b-11a Guide Questions and Issues Mishnah 1.-3. We open with an exciting Mishnah this week – a veritable jousting match between […]

Berachot 11a-11b – Learn Talmud

Learn Along with the Yeshiva Lesson #5 –Berachot 11a-11b Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Our lesson today deals with the structure of the morning and evening berachot which surround the Shma. We will begin with the Mishnah but as you will see the Mishnah is incredibly laconic leaving an enormous amount undefined – ah […]

Berachot 11b-12a – Learn Talmud

Learn Along with the Yeshiva – Berachot Chapter 1 Lesson #6 –Content and Questions Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva This week’s lesson takes us a bit off track from our tractate. It deals with interpreting a Mishnah from the tractate Tamid, which is in seder (order) Kodoshim. This seder deals with the sacrificial order. […]

Berachot 12a-12b – Learn Talmud

Learn Along With the Yeshiva -– Berachot Chapter 1 Lesson #7 – Questions and Comments Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Sources View the English text for Berachot 12a-12b View the Hebrew text for Berachot 12a-12b Guide Questions and Issues Part 1 This first one is a tough one but hang in there and don’t […]

Berachot 12b-13b – Learn Talmud

Learn Together With the Yeshiva – Berachot Chapter 1 Lesson #8 – Content and Questions Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Our studies, this week, are composed of a number of short sugiyot, most of which use as their jumping off point meimrot concerned with prayer and/or one’s personal relationship with God. Sources View the […]