Although Talmud is largely about law, it should not be confused with either codes of law or with a commentary on the Torah . Due to its spare style, the Talmud is studied, not read. The difficulty of the intergenerational text has necessitated the development of yeshivot throughout the world. In this lesson, we will explore how the Talmud came to be written, and the impact its compilation has had on Jewish life to this day. Thought provoking discussion triggers and creative learning activities such as an opportunity to learn and analyze an actual excerpt from the Talmud are featured in this resource.
The learners will:
understand why the Talmud was written as a series of conversations, rather than a list of laws and as well as the importance of asking questions within the Jewish tradition.
know the events that led to the writing of Talmud.
be able to create a poster encouraging the study of Daf Yomi
Unpacked for Educators materials include:
An educator’s guide that contains many rich components. These are organized under the following titles:
review (questions that relate to the video)
A video designed to spark interest in the topic.
A lesson plan (link in the attachment above) that incorporates additional building blocks for the construction of an engaging and interactive lesson.
Computer, Projector, Colored pens, Pencils, Poster paper
The website link includes a “further learning” section in the educator’s guide.