Rice: A Case of Mistaken Identity
Rav and Shmuel's statements are put to the test in this classic sugyah from Masechet Berachot
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with Rabbi Meyers
About this Course:
"Rice: A Case of Mistaken Identity?" is one of five inaugural courses offered by Talmid-Chaver as part of the launch of our new website; you can enroll in this course alone or choose to bundle it with the four other inaugural courses. The course covers the Gemara's critique of statements of Rav and Shmuel on the topic of the blessing recited before consuming rice and millet in the Gemara; the relevant pages are Masechet Berachot 36b-37b.
This course consists of seven videos, averaging 10 minutes in length each, with multiple choice and vocabulary quizzes after most shiurim.
- students enrolled in the course are invited to pose course-related questions to Rabbi Meyers at [email protected], who will make a sincere effort to offer a prompt response
- students who complete the course are encouraged to email us for the long-answer test offered once a student completes the course work.
StartThe צריכותא of Rav and Shmuel (16:41)
StartAre Rice and Millet Considered a Ma'aseh Kedeira? (13:13)
StartThe Emergence of R. Yochanan Ben Nuri (11:21)
StartTowards a Refutation of Rav and Shmuel (13:46)
StartRethinking the Bracha Achrona on Rice Pt 1 (6:23)
StartRethinking Rice Pt. 2 (11:05)
PreviewRethinking Rice Pt. 3 (7:59)
Frequently Asked Questions
Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers grew up in a traditional home in Winnipeg, Canada; although he had a solid day school education, his exposure to Gemara began only at the age of 22. Along the way, he encountered seasoned Talmidei-Chachamim whose impressive minds and shiurim often raced ahead of their less experienced students; he understood that there's much to be said for encouraging talmidim to "stretch themselves."
That said, Rav Ron-Ami also benefited from master educators who appreciated the need to make explicit the language, logical structures, and assumptions that Torah scholars have operated with for generations.
Rabbi Meyers has Semicha from Rav Yitzchak Kolitz ZTz"L, Dayan Avraham Kopschitz ZTz"l, and Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Poupko ZTz"L