The Fifth Chapter of Ketubot: An Intermediate Talmud Course
The Fifth Chapter of Ketubot: An Intermediate Talmud Course

Intermediate Talmud Course with Dr. Rachel Rosenthal

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00-2:15 PM Eastern
June 28-July 21

Registration fee: $54




In this course, we will use the fifth chapter of Massekhet Ketubot as a base from which to sharpen our skills in appreciating Talmudic argumentation and terminology. This chapter focuses on rabbinic guidelines for the responsibilities expected of partners within the marriage framework that a ketubah provides. Among the questions raised by the text: is there a maximum or minimum value of a ketubah, what responsibilities does the ketubah recipient have to the giver, and what is the ideal length of time of a betrothal?

Details: In addition to focusing on the topic, this course will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and academic perspective. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and prior experience learning Jewish text in the original language is recommended.

Each week of the course will be divided into two slots:

  • The Monday slot will be reserved for preparing materials and working through texts on your own or in Havruta with the educator present for an introduction and to answer questions.
  • The Wednesday slot will be dedicated to charting out the sugya, discussing major themes, and reviewing key terminology, concepts, and ideas.

In order to maintain an active and participatory learning environment, students will be expected to learn with cameras on. Class size will be capped at 25 participants.

We suggest you register for this course with a havruta (study partner) or with the intention of learning on your own. If you would like us to try to pair you with a havruta, please reach out to us at [email protected] and we will try to help.

About Dr. Rachel Rosenthal

Dr. Rachel Rosenthal is an adjunct assistant professor of Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She received her PhD in Rabbinic Literature from JTS, where her dissertation focused on how rabbinic analysis of the case of the stubborn and rebellious son provides models for moral education and development. In addition to her work at JTS and Hartman, Rachel teaches at Central Synagogue, Lincoln Square Synagogue, and in a variety of other settings around the world. She has also served on the faculty of the Maimonides Scholars Program, Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study, and Drisha, where she was a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle. She received a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.