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Comments on Ayecha -- Where Are You?: Spring Break Break from Daf Yomi





Updated: 2014-05-07T01:00:21.436-05:00

 



"Where's the program for the Jewish laywoman if Da...

2007-03-20T23:37:00.000-05:00

"Where's the program for the Jewish laywoman if Daf Yomi isn't it? "

There is a woman who regularly attends the morning Daf Yomi shiur at my shul. And anyone can buy the Artscroll editions or download audio shiurim from the internet. Good luck!



So what's the way in? I'm in my thirties. I'm a mo...

2007-03-20T23:10:00.000-05:00

So what's the way in? I'm in my thirties. I'm a mother. I have a part time job and 3 full-time children. Is Talmud not accessible to me without commiting to a Yeshiva-based program?

Where's the program for the Jewish laywoman if Daf Yomi isn't it?



Coincidentally, I'm learning Masechet Megillah too...

2007-03-20T20:24:00.000-05:00

Coincidentally, I'm learning Masechet Megillah too, from the Artscroll. I've learned some Gemara before, and lots of Mishna, but my Hebrew is only middling, and my Aramaic atrocious. The layout of the Artscroll helps, though I like the Steinsaltz commentary better.

I started this masechta just after Sukkot and hoped to finish it by Purim. This would have worked out to something like 2 dapim per week. Even this was hard at the beginning and I went off it for a while (obviously didn't finish in time for Purim). I've now settled into a routine of about one or two Artscroll pages per day, more on Shabbat, which works out to something like one daf per week. This seems like a good pace -- I get a good daily dose of Gemara -- and I am now on 15a, just under half-way through the tractate.

Starting around daf 12-13 there are a lot of interesting midrashim on verses from Esther about women and prophecy, etc.

Don't give up hope! I think one daf per day is way too fast for anyone who doesn't know a lot of the material already. Find a good, reasonable pace and stick with it -- doesn't matter if it's slow.



"Although Jews have always studied the Talmud, Rab...

2007-03-20T18:40:00.000-05:00

"Although Jews have always studied the Talmud, Rabbi Shapiro's goal was to unite Jews all over the world by having them study the same page of Talmud each day, and to enable the Jewish layman to accomplish the great achievement of completing the entire Talmud which..."
I think your missing the most basic relevant fact. Noone intended for one not yet versed in studying gemarah to delve into the Daf Yomi. That would be like having a freshman in high school who just started learning algebra doing complex Thermodynamic equations. The daf was intended for those who had already been taught the study of talmud, then having spent the number of YEARS neccessary to master the intracacies of its study, to be able to all relate to the same page.



> 4. The almost complete absence of women. Obvious...

2007-03-20T15:38:00.000-05:00

> 4. The almost complete absence of women. Obviously none of the sages quoted in the Talmud were women, but women’s concerns and stories seemed to be missing as well.

Have you read Judith Hauptman's book Rereading the Rabbis: A Woman's Voice? I think you'll enjoy it immensely.