As you get ready to learn SVARA-style, we’ll hook you up with the materials you’ll need. When you sign up for a season of learning, we’ll send you a goodie box of materials that you can learn from, including the Talmud text itself. If you’re joining us for Mishnah Collective or another drop-in learning space, these materials are optional. For all other learning spaces, you should have the following things on-hand. If you’re having trouble finding these learning materials, be in touch with us and we will help connect you with loaner copies, discounted books, and whatever else you might need!
There are two dictionaries necessary for doing the work of this bet midrash:
A “Jastrow”—Dictionary of the Targumim, Talmud Bavli, Talmud Yerushalmi and Midrashic Literature, by Marcus Jastrow.
Some notes on Jastrow and visual accessibility:
Jastrow dictionary is available online and we have found 2 great options:
Only you know what you need in order to learn best! We’ve found that having printed materials and a hard copy of the Jastrow dictionary is supportive for many folks, especially as a contrast to our learning online, and we encourage you to try this if it’s accessible to you.
A “Frank”—Practical Talmud Dictionary, by Yitzhak Frank.
A note about the “Frank”: It has come to our attention that this dictionary is currently not in print and finding a copy of a Frank might be difficult. We will ensure that any entries that are relevant to your learning will be scanned and placed on the portal for you to use during this class.
If purchasing dictionaries or a magnifying glass is beyond your means, please be in touch with Olivia.
To participate in shiur most fully, you will need a computer with high-speed internet access capable of supporting video conferencing. Shiur will be hosted on Zoom—we recommend downloading Zoom’s free software (Zoom Client for Meetings) for the smoothest experience. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, check out Zoom tips!
The other learning materials you will need for your SVARA course, including the Hint Sheet, Supplemental Texts, and reference works will become available through this portal and will be mailed to you in paper copy.
We can’t wait to welcome you to mitzvah-land!