Talmudic Aggadot
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שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #01: The Aggada Concerning Herod and Its Meaning In the framework of this series of shiurim we will, God willing, occupy ourselves with aggadot found in the Talmud, primarily the Babylonian Talmud.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #02: The Aggada of R. Yannai This article analyzes a story about R. Yannai, and demonstrates how analysis of its literary structure and comparison to parallel sources highlight R. Yannai’s nuanced judicial sensitivity.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #03: The Aggada about R. Bana’a (Part I) This article discusses the story of R. Bana’a visiting Ma’arat Hamachpela, analyzing the connection between the different parts of the story and the story’s overall messages about apprehending beauty and the Divine.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #04: The Aggada of R. Bana’a (Part II) This shiur is a continuation of the previous shiur, and analyzes the story of R. Bana’a against the backdrop of similar stories surrounding it.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur 5: The aggada of the son of Yosef b. Yo'ezer This shiur analyzes a story about Yosef B. Yoezer and his son, and assesses the concept of disinheriting unworthy children.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur 6: The aggada about R. Assi and his mother This shiur analyzes a story about R. Assi and his mother, analyzing the literary makeup of the story and expounding upon the story’s message about the difficulty of communication in parent-child relationships.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #07: The Aggada of R. Adda b. Abba This article analyzes the first part of a series of stories about R. Adda b. Abba, discussing the nature of the Sage’s insulting remarks.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #08: The Aggada about R. Adda B. Abba – part II This article continues analyzing of the story of R. Adda, revealing additional messages that the story conveys.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #09: The aggada concerning R. Adda B. Abba – part III This shiur is a continuation of the previous two shiurim. It continues to analyze the story of R. Adda in light of its context, this time considering the relationship between the story and the educational debate that precedes it.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #10: The Aggada of the Chashmonaim and the Aggada of the Kohen Gadol and Shemaya and Avtalyon This article analyzes two stories about the end of the Chashmonai dynasty, demonstrating Chazal’s criticism of kohanim during this period.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #11: The aggada of the poor man, the rich man, and the wicked man – part I This article begins an analysis of a lengthy aggada about overcoming obstacles in order to learn Torah.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #12: The aggada of the poor man, the rich man, and the wicked man – part II This shiur is a continuation of the previous shiur, analyzing the story of “the poor, the rich, and the wicked” within its halakhic context.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #13: The aggada of the praying chassid, the Roman legionary, and other aggadot – part I This article begins an analysis of a story in the Bavli about a pious man and prayer, comparing it to similar stories in the Yerushalmi, and addressing the relationship between personal safety and devotion to prayer.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #14: The aggada of the praying chassid and the Roman legionary, and other aggadot – part II This article is a continuation of the previous article, analyzing parallels to the story of the chassid in the midst of prayer, and exploring two alternative models of pietism.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #15: The Story of Mar Zutra Chassida and the Stolen Goblet This article analyzes a short story about Mar Zutra, who keenly identifies the thief of stolen object.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #16: The Aggada of R. Pinchas Ben Yair This article analyzes a lengthy story about R. Pinchas b. Yair, discussing his righteousness and the price that comes with his standards of perfection.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #17: Disguise and Disaster – The Story of R. Chiya b. Ashi and his Wife This article discusses the story of R. Chiya b. Ashi and his wife, analyzing it within its talmudic context and in comparison to the biblical story of Tamar and Yehuda.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #18: The Story of Rabbi Shila - A Purim Story From Massekhet Berakhot, Part I – This article analyzes the structure and meaning of a story about R. Shila, demonstrating its parallels to the story of Megillat Esther.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #19: The Story of Rabbi Shila - A Purim Story From Massekhet Berakhot, Part II – This article continues discussion of the story of R. Shila, analyzing it against the backdrop of its context of the ninth chapter of Berakhot.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #20: The Story of the Death of R. Eliezer – part I This article begins a literary analysis of the story of R. Eliezer’s death as presented in the Yerushalmi.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur 21: The Story of the Death R. Eliezer – part II This article continues analysis of the story of R. Eliezer’s death, analyzing the story’s presentation in the Bavli.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #22: The Story of Chizkiya and His Illness – Part I This article analyzes the midrashic account of Chizkiyahu’s illness, comparing the Bavli’s account with the biblical account. Through literary analysis, the article highlights the unique themes and message of the story in the Bavli.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #23: The Story of Chizkiya and His Illness – Part II This article continues the previous article’s analysis of the story of Chizkiyahu’s prayer, analyzing the Bavli story’s context and parallel sources.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #24: Amon and Moav and the Story of the Roman Officers Part I This article opens an analysis of several sources that discuss the nations of Amon and Moav and attitudes toward non-Jews generally.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #25: Amon and Moav and the Story of the Roman Officers Part II This article is a continuation of the previous article, furthering analysis of the Bavli’s and Yerushalmi’s toward non-Jews as evident from selected sugyot.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #26: R. Yossi and the Ruin This article addresses a story about an encounter between R. Yossi and Eliyahu outside of a ruin, analyzing the story’s message about worship of God in a post-Temple world.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #27: The Story of Choni Ha-me’agel in the Mishna and in Parallel Sources
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #28: The Stories of R. Tarfon and the Figs This article addresses two parallel versions of a story about R. Tarfon eating from a field, analyzing the nature of halakhic license an/d decision-making.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #29: Aggadot Concerning the Commandment of Pilgrimage to the Temple, Chagiga 4b - 5b Part I This article analyzes a series of stories in Chagiga that depict different Amoraim crying over a range of theological and practical problems in the world.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Shiur #30: Aggadot on the Commandment of Pilgrimage to the Temple, Chagiga 4b - 5b Part II This article continues to analyze the aggadic sugyot surrounding the commandment of Pilgrimage to the Beit Hamikdash.

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