Course Developed by: Rabbi Tzvi Klugerman
This course will serve as an introduction to rabbinic literature, and specifically, the teachings of our ancient sages as found in the Mishna, the first major written compilation of the Jewish oral traditions, and the first major work of Rabbinic Judaism. Through this course, students will begin to understand "Talmudic thinking" and the way such thinking began the process of developing rabbinic Judaism which has continued for two millennia. Through linguistic and historical analysis, students will study the different personalities and layers of Mishna which will lay the foundation for a solid understanding of Talmudic discourse. More advanced students will have the opportunity for independent enrichment with additional source material from the Mishna, other Tannaitic works, the Talmud, and the legal codes of Maimonides.
Rabbi Klugerman has been an educator for over 25 years. In addition to teaching Torah, Talmud, Physics, Rocketry, Math, and his passion, Medieval Jewish History, Rabbi Klugerman has over 10 years of experience as an administrator in schools in Rockville, MD and Southfield, MI. He is known by many of his students and peers as 'Rabbi Rescue', from training lifeguards to mentoring rabbinical students. Rabbi Klugerman is a doctoral candidate at Gratz College, holds an MAED from George Washington University, and received his BA and rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University.