Fall Zman

November 3 – December 15

2:00-4:00 PM ET | 1:00-3:00 PM CT | 11:00 AM-1:00 PM PT | Zoom Link

Weekly shiur is our regular touchpoint as a community. Each zman, we’ll learn a text in SVARA’s method, and then explore key pedagogical themes together. 


Weekly assignments will consist of the following elements:

  • Assigned text to prep in chevruta ahead of shiur
  • Secondary readings, essays, book chapters to read on your own ahead of shiur
  • Personal reflection activities during and ahead of shiur

Preparing in Chevruta:

The chevruta relationship is an essential component of the Jewish sacred practice of text study. Chevruta learning is required prior to each shiur. The expectation is that approximately 1.5 – 2 hours of chevruta time will be required to complete each assignment (along with any additional adventures y’all want to take, like exploring comments from Rashi, diving into parallel texts, chasing down codes, etc.!). Each chevruta in the pair is responsible for their own learning and their partner’s learning. Recitation and articulation of material by one chevruta while the other listens and checks is an important part of the chevruta process. Good chevrutas do not move on until their partners “get it” and each chevruta is responsible for making sure that their partner does, in fact, “get it”—to the point of mastery and ownership.

Folks are expected to come to shiur having a) reviewed and mastered the material from all previous sessions (chazarah), and b) prepared the assignment for the current class to the best of their ability—all b’chevruta. 

Weekly Breakdown/Assignments:

November 3 

Kick-Off & Welcome

  • No assigned text.

November 10

Talmud Stories + Rubric Reflection

  • No assigned text.

November 17

Kiddushin Pt. 1

Please learn the following text from Kiddushin 32a. (You should have a text packet for this, but feel free to learn from your own masechet if you have one.)

אמר רב יצחק בר שילא אמר רב מתנה אמר רב חסדא האב שמחל על כבודו כבודו מחול הרב שמחל על כבודו אין כבודו מחול ורב יוסף אמר אפילו הרב שמחל על כבודו כבודו מחול שנאמר וה’ הלך לפניהם יומם

November 24

No Shiur

December 1

Kiddushin Pt. 2

אמר רבא הכי השתא התם הקדוש ברוך הוא עלמא דיליה הוא ותורה דיליה היא מחיל ליה ליקריה הכא תורה דיליה היא

+ Rashi’s comment:

הכא תורה דיליה היא

December 8

Kiddushin Pt. 3

הדר אמר רבא אין תורה דיליה היא דכתיב ובתורתו יהגה יומם ולילה

+ Rashi’s comment:

ובתורתו יהגה

December 15

Intro to COMP + Orientations