M.A. - Talmud Studies

M.A. - Talmud Studies

DEPARTMENT OF TALMUD

Study tracks

 

Two courses of study are offered:

·    Talmud – for students with a background in Talmud.

·    Oral Law – no background in Talmud is required.

Talmud Track

Track 1 - 12 annual hours (semestrial and/or annual courses): 10 annual hours in courses intended for Master's degree, including a seminar, and 2 annual hours in a departmental seminar. Registration for the department's elective courses that are not intended for Master's degree – only with the special approval of the head of the department. (Until the completion of the research / thesis the student must continue participating in the departmental colloquium, and this will not be at the expense of the obligatory hours).

Students who have studied Talmud as a minor subject in their Bachelor's degree studies or who specialized in another area of research will be required to complete an additional seminar within the framework of the obligatory hours.

Track 2 - 22 annual hours (semestrial and/or annual courses), of which 16 annual hours are in courses intended for Master's degree and 6 annual hours in the department's elective courses, which will be determined in coordination with the department. The students are required to participate in one seminar during the first year of their studies, and in total, they must participate in 3 seminars.

Complementary requirements

·        Applicants that have specialized in Talmud in their Bachelor's degree studies at Bar-Ilan at the level of a minor subject will be required to complete complementary courses in the amount of 6 annual hours.

Applicants who have specialized in a different discipline in their Bachelor's degree studies at Bar-Ilan at the level of a minor subject will be required to complete complementary courses in the amount of 10 annual hours, including one seminar.

Graduates of other institutions will be required to complete additional complementary courses determined on an individual basis, in accordance with their prior studies. Broad background in Torah/religious studies will be taken into consideration.

·        Students who have successfully completed the complementary studies required of them with a grade average of at least 76% will submit a request to cancel this stipulation to the Master's Degree Committee.

·        Students must demonstrate proficiency, through written exams, in the following material:

Ÿ          20 chapters from the Tosefta.

Ÿ          100 folio pages from the Babylonian Talmud, 25 of which include mastery of the commentary of the Tosafot. The exam will be taken on 4 tractates that were not included in the students' Bachelor's degree studies. Students who present a certificate that they have been tested on 100 pages of Talmud within a different framework may request an exemption from this obligation, based on the exam. Students with a rabbinical ordination ("smicha") from the Chief Rabbinate may also request an exemption.

Ÿ          Students who have not studied Talmud as part of their Bachelor's degree studies will be required to take two exams in scholarly research literature.

Oral Law Track of Study

Track 1 - 12 annual hours (semestrial and/or annual courses): 10 annual hours in courses intended for Master's degree, including a seminar, and 2 annual hours in a departmental seminar.

Registration for the department's elective courses that are not intended for Master's degree – only with the special approval of the head of the department. (Until the completion of the research/thesis the student must continue participating in the departmental colloquium, but not at the expense of the obligatory hours).

Track 2 - 22 annual hours (semestrial and/or annual courses), of which 16 annual hours are in courses intended for Master's degree and 6 annual hours in the department's elective courses, which will be determined in coordination with the department. The students are required to participate in one seminar during the first year of their studies, and they must participate in a total of 3 seminars.

Students who have studied Talmud / Oral Law as a minor subject in their Bachelor's degree studies or who have specialized in another discipline will be required to complete an additional seminar within the framework of the obligatory hours.

Complementary requirements

·        Applicants who have specialized in Talmud / Oral Law in their Bachelor's degree studies at Bar-Ilan on the level of a minor subject will be required to complete 6 annual hours of additional complementary courses.

Applicants who have specialized in a different area in their Bachelor's degree studies at Bar-Ilan at the level of a minor subject will be required to complete 10 annual hours of additional complementary courses, including one seminar.

·        Graduates of other institutions will be required to complete additional complementary courses determined on an individual basis, in accordance with their prior studies. Broad background in Torah/religious studies will be taken into consideration.

·        Students who have successfully completed the additional complementary studies required of them with an average grade of at least 76% may submit a request to cancel this stipulation to the Master's Degree Committee.

Program for teachers - Only applicants who already have a teaching certificate will be accepted to the teachers' track. Students who have specialized in Jewish Studies within the framework of their Bachelor's degree studies at Bar-Ilan at the scope of a major subject will be required to study 22 annual hours (11 annual courses), 16 annual hours of which will be in courses intended for Master's degree. Students studying in this track may study 4 annual hours in other departments, in courses that are associated with Oral Law – subject to coordination with the department.

Students are required to participate in at least two seminars, in which they will write 2 seminar papers.

Complementary studies

·        Applicants who have specialized in Jewish studies in their Bachelor's degree studies on a level of a minor subject will be required to complete 6 annual hours of additional complementary courses, and applicants who have specialized in a different area will be required to complete 10 annual hours of additional complementary courses.

·        Students participating in the teachers' program who have a broad education in Torah and religion will study courses given in the Department of Talmud.

·        Students must demonstrate proficiency, through written exams, in the following material:

Ÿ          20 chapters from the Tosefta. Students participating in the teachers' program are exempt from this requirement.

Ÿ          20 pages from the Babylonian Talmud.

Ÿ          Students who have not studied Talmud / Oral Law as part of their Bachelor's degree studies will be required to take two exams in the scholarly research literature. Details concerning the material for the exams is available in the department's office.

 

For more information, refer to the Department of Talmud website.

 

 

Last modified: 14/09/2017