Talmudic Methodology
Teacher Title Abstract
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Prohibition of Amira Le-Nochri Instructing a Gentile to Perform Prohibited Melakhot A number of sources in the gemara refer to the prohibition of amira le-nochri, instructing a gentile to perform a melakha on Shabbat. Is this concept an extension of the idea of shelichut (agency), or is it rooted in a different principle?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Prohibition of Eiver Min Ha-Chai In this shiur, we will discuss the nature of the prohibition of eating a limb from a live animal, eiver min ha-chai. We will see that according to some authorities, this prohibition is a precursor to the prohibition of neveila, eating an animal that has not undergone proper shechita. Viewing the prohibition in this light is helpful in explaining a number of halakhot that pertain to situations of eiver min ha-chai.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Shevua for Those Who “Hurry” Their Confessions (Ma’arim) In this shiur, we will study the case of a nitva who "hurries" his confession in order to avoid a situation of modeh be-miktzat, and thereby avoid a shevu''a. In this case, the gemara mandates that the nitva take an oath. What is the basis for this shevu'a. Does the hurried confession raise our suspicions, or does it somehow create a situation of modeh be-miktzat?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Keluta Ke-mi She-huncha - Rabbi Akiva's Theory Regarding Airborne Objects
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Shiur #10: Purim Seuda When Purim Falls on Shabba
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Shechita by a Gentile
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Shemitta Oil For Lighting Chanukah Candles The mishna in the beginning of the eighth perek of Shvi'it lists the permissible uses for shemitta produce: eating, drinking, smearing lotions, lighting candles for light, and dyeing.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Shevua on a Mitzva The gemara in Nedarim cites Rav Gidal's famous halakha that one is allowed/encouraged to take an oath to fulfill a mitzva.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Tefillat Ha-Derekh The gemara in Berakhot (29b) discusses the prayer recited when beginning a journey - known as tefillat ha-derekh.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Tzerorot as a New Paradigm
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Whose Mitzva is it To Perform Mila - Revisited
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Eidut She-atah Yachol Le-Hazima: Testimony is Only Valid if it can be Rendered Hazama
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Position of Sumchus: Mammon Ha-Mutal Be-Safek Cholkim Sumchus holds the minority opinion that disputed monies should be divided between litigated parties and not automatically awarded to the possessor. In this shiur, we will analyze a number of approaches taken to explain this enigmatic position.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Apotropus Halakha legislates the concept of apotropus – a court-appointed agent acting on behalf of orphans who cannot oversee their financial holdings.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Prohibition of Bal Yeiraӥh and Bal Yimatzei (Part 3 of 3)
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Bari ve-Shema - Part II Having addressed Rav Huna's position – that bari ve-shema is sufficient and independent grounds to override the chezkat mammon (physical possession) and facilitate collection, we might turn our attention to the dissenting opinion of Rav Nachman and Rav Yochanan.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Forming a Beit Din with an Even Number of Judges
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Object of the Berakha Recited Upon Fruit
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Geneivat Da'at One is not permitted to promote false impressions - literally, to steal the knowledge of another.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Hatafat Dam Berit
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Shiur #11: Heseiba and Cherut (Part Two)
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Status of Megillat Esther in Relation to Other Sefarim of Tanakh The central mitzva of Purim is certainly the reading of the megilla.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Lifnei Iver In Parashat Kedoshim, amidst the extensive list of commandments governing interpersonal behaviour, the Torah prohibits placing an obstacle before a blind man (lifnei iver).
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Shiur #11: The Relationship Between the Mitzva of Matza and the Meal of the Holiday
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Defining the Melakha of Tzeida The melakha of tzeida appears to be different from other melakhot in that capturing an animal does not appear to cause any transformation in the object of the melakaha. In this shiur, we will discuss the possibility that the transformation lies in the newfound human access to the animal. We will note a number of nafka minot of viewing the melakha in this fashion.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin How Does Chazaka Operate? One of the most prevalent and universal solutions to cases of halakhic uncertainty is the apparatus of chazaka. When faced with an unknown status, Halakha applies and extends the last known status. In this shiur, we will consider the underlying mechanism of chazaka. Does it extend the previously established facts, or simply their halakhic status? We will examine various ramifications of this debate.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Shenayim Ochazin Be-Tallit: Splitting a Disputed Tallit In this shiur, we will study the famous ruling in the first mishna of Bava Metzia, "yachaloku." Given the general principle of ha-motzi mei-chaveiro alav ha-re'aya, why do the parties split the item in this case. We will see that there are many ramifications to the question of how we view possession of this disputed item.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Method of Eating Marror
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Mukaf Gvil
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Eating the Korban Pesach Many Rishonim who wrote sefarim detailing the 613 mitzvot allot two separate mitzvot for the korban Pesach.

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