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Yeshivas Toras Moshe | Evaluated Learning Experience
Talmud Bava Kama V (Talmud 158a, 258a, 358a, 458a)
195 hours (26 weeks); in addition, 734 hours of supervised peer study.
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
August 2001 - December 2011.
Instructional delivery format:
Traditional classroom model
Talmud 158a: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the seventh chapter of Bava Kama; 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 258a or 358a: In addition to the above outcomes, utilized in a more complete fashion, students are introduced to the full range of commentary in the understanding of the text. In addition, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. The difference between the two levels is in the focus on conceptual development. As students become more adept at textual mastery the focus changes more to conceptual development. Talmud 458a: 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.
Talmud 158a: Major topics include: the seventh chapter of Bava Kama is addressed, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to theft, the financial obligations and liabilities involved, and their effect on ownership and how these changes come about. 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 them in deducing and elucidating the crux of these issues. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, discussion of the major relevant halakhic topics. Talmud 258a or 358a: In addition to the above, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 458a: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: the fundamental legal issues of theft; the transfer of ownership involved; the obligation to pay for damaged or unreturned stolen goods; fines and returning of stolen goods; kafel, daled v'heh and keren; chiuv hashava; elements of reshus; ownership and its transference; and various forms of kinyanei geneiva. 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.
Talmud 158a: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 258a or 358a: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 458a: 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 (12/02). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 158a, 258a, 358a, or 458a at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 158a, 258a, or 358a at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 458a at the graduate degree level.