Thursday, October 26, 2006

Tosafot in 9th Grade

I recently began tutoring a 9th grader in Talmud. Why do Jewish day schools and high schools insist on teaching Tosafot before the students have any mastery over the language of the gemara? Shouldn't they have vocabulary lists (as they do in English Language classes), and be fluent in 'making a layning' before they tackle Rishonic commentators?