This course will give students an opportunity to improve their skills in reading Talmudic texts in the original Aramaic and Hebrew. It will include study of some of the most essential sugyot of the Talmud and integrate a Renewal, feminist and crititcal perspective into the reading of these texts. By the end of this course students will need to be able to read rabbinic literature at a reasonable level. This course will serve as the main “breaking the sefer barrier” course. As such students may need extra work with tutors or they may need to take additional course work in rabbinic literature in order to pass this course with the requisite level of competency.