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Talmud Bava Basra I (Talmud 154a, 254a, 354a, 454a)

Formerly: 
Talmud Bava Basra I [Talmud 119, 219, 319, 419]
Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
195 hours (26 weeks); in addition 734 hours of supervised study.
Dates: 

August 1998 - December 2015.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 154a: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the first two chapters of Bava Basra; apply analytical skills in talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of talmudic argumentation leading to halakhic conclusions and resolutions; focusing primarily on the commentaries of Rashi and Tosafos, utilize the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Talmud 254a or 354a: In addition to the above outcomes, students will be able to utilize in a more complete fashion the full range of commentaries in the understanding of the text. Talmud 454a: In addition to the above outcomes, analyze the abstract legal concepts implicit in the talmudic text and its commentaries; formulate abstract legal categories based on the talmudic text.

Instruction: 

Talmud 154a: The first two chapters of Tractate Bava Basra, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to rights and obligations of owners of neighboring property, are addressed. Students prepare the applicable talmudic texts as well as the major halakhic opinions of various rishonim and acharonim, including Rashi, Tosafos, and the other commentaries as assigned by the instructor. The instructor guides students in understanding the issues raised, and assists the student to deduce and elucidate the crux of these issues. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, discussion of the major relevant halakhic topics. Talmud 254a or 354a: In addition to the above, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 454a: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: details of the laws of damage consequent to invasion of privacy; rights and obligations of owners of neighboring property; limitation of each neighbor on his rights to normal usage of his property where such usage causes either direct or indirect damage to his neighbor's property; rights of each neighbor to use the other's property where such usage does not damage the other's property; laws of non-physical damage; dissolution of partnerships in a chatzer or other areas which are not properly divisible; paying for benefit received; details of laws regarding repayment of short term loans; collection of note of heirs; mutual obligations of those who live together; laws of charity; various stages in the development of the educational system; unfair competition; firing without prior warning. NOTE: Students in all four courses study the same course materials. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study and nature of analysis depends upon which course the student is enrolled in.

Credit recommendation: 

Talmud 154a: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 254a or 354a: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 454a: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion or in the graduate category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (1/00). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 154a, 254a, 354a, or 454a at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 154a, 254a, or 354a at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 454a at the graduate degree level.

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