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Yeshiva Shaarei Torah of Rockland | Evaluated Learning Experience

Talmud: Baba Mezia Survey (TS111, TS311)

Formerly Talmud: Baba Mezia Survey (T211)
Location: 
Yeshiva Shaarei Torah of Rockland, 91 West Carlton Road, Suffern, New York.
Length: 
65 hours (13 weeks); in addition, 162.5 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates: 
September 1998 - July 2003.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 
Prepare a textual, linguistic, and legal analysis of the applicable Talmudic material; discuss the underlying principles to derive halachic conclusions; follow the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation leading to halachic resolutions; develop a comparative study of the various opinions raised.
Instruction: 

The sixth chapter of Tractate Baba Mezia discusses laws regarding hiring of workers and the renting of domestic animals and the various rights and responsibilities of a worker vis-a-vis his employer. Students prepare the applicable Talmudic texts as well as the major halachic opinions of the rishonim and acharonim, and the opinions of various other commentaries and decisors. The instructor guides students in understanding the issues raised and assists them to deduce the crux of these issues. Topics include: responsibilities and rights of workers; meeting job commitments; breech of trust between employer and employee and amongst employees; parameters of laborers versus contractors; workers abandoning a job; compensation for canceled jobs; compliance in rental stipulations; watchmen and their responsibilities; when borrower's responsibility becomes effective; using a borrowed object together with the owner; guarding a watched object. NOTE: This tractate is studied by all students in a given trimester. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study depends upon what level the student is in.

Credit recommendation: 

First Level Students (TS111): In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; or Second Level Students and beyond (TS311): In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (6/99). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course, the two other Survey courses of the same title, and the three Intensive Study courses of the same title.

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