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Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, student should be able to:

  • Da'at (Theoria): demonstrate knowledge of the imprimatur for and scope of Rabbinic Authority.
  • Binah (Praxis): understand the significance of Dinei Torah.
  • Chokhma (Poiesis): apply such understanding to the poskening of halakha, with concern to daily life, especially in the realm of marriage.

Required Textbooks

  • Warburg, A Yehuda. Rabbinic Authority Volume 2. Jerusalem: Urim Publications, 2017. ISBN (PDF): 978-965-524-284-3; ISBN (hardcover): 978-965-524-213-3.
  • Warburg, A Yehuda. Rabbinic Authority Volume 3. Jerusalem: Urim Publications, 2018. ISBN (PDF): 978-965-524-312-3; ISBN (hardcover): 978-965-524-251-5.
  • Warburg, A Yehuda. Rabbinic Authority Volume 4. Jerusalem: Urim Publications, 2019. ISBN (PDF): 978-965-524-331-4; ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-60280-306-0.

Downloadable Tool

Though these items are introduced in Talmudic Studies I, they are supplied here as well, since they serve just as aptly in the application of Talmud as in the introduction of the material.

Common Abbreviations used in Rabbinical Literature.pdf


The tools used in MJR's courses were selected because they hold particular value in communicating the concepts being studied in a given course. Some may not be specifically targeted to a Messianic audience, but may still contain information that would be advantageous to the Messianic talmid/ah. Others may reflect in places terminology that has fallen into disuse, but does not diminish the value of the information conveyed. As with everything that is not the Bible itself, read them with discernment.

We do not expect students to agree with everything presented in any course, whether via lecture, assigned reading, or video presentation. As participants in higher education, students enrolled in MJR's courses and/or programs should be practicing critical thinking and discernment every step of the journey. To that end, your faculty recites this blessing along with each of you:

.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יהוה אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך–הָעולָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָנוּ בְּמִצְותָיווְצִוָּנוּ לַעֲסק בְּדִבְרֵי-תורָה

Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu la’asok b’divrei Torah.

Blessed are You, O L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to study the words of Torah.

NOTA BENE: While it is the general practice and preference of MJR to use circumlocutions in place of the Covenant Name of our G-d (Hashem, Adonai, Elohim, Elokim, Adoshem, etc.), some course materials (e.g. textbooks, linked websites, journal articles, etc.) may not always do this.

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