This work is directed to the most basic level of Gemora - understanding and appreciating the actual words of the Tannaim and Amoraim. By virtue of being the most basic level, it is also the most critical. If a person wishes to interpret part of a map, he must first grasp the layout of the entire map.
After arriving in America, Rav Ya'akov Kaminetzky zt"l first post was at the Torah VoDass Yeshiva, Brooklyn, New York. People attending his shiurim were disappointed by their apparent low level. They seemed to comprise little more than discussion of basic peshot. "Is this the famous Rabbi Kaminetsky whose fame reached us even when he was still in Europe?" people asked.
One day, Rav Kaminetzky delivered an amazing shiur in which he culled chidushim from all over Shass and Poskim.
"Ah!" people thought, "This is what we have been waiting for!" After the Shiur, Rav Kaminetzky apologised to his talmidim. "I am sorry that I could not give my usual shiur, but last night I went to a chassunah and I did not get home until late and I was not able to prepare for the it. Tomorrow I hope that I will be able to give shiur as usual." (Story confirmed by his son, Rav Nosson Kaminetsky shlita)
Newcomers to Rav Nochum Perzovitz zt"l's world-famous shiur in the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem were often surprised by their apparent simplicity.
I once asked Rav Zvi Kushalevsky shlita (Rosh Yeshiva, Haichal HaTorah, Jerusalem) if he had any particular derech in his teaching. He replied that he insisted that his talmidim should know the basic pshot of the Gemora and main Commentaries absolutely clearly.
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