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Yeshivas Toras Moshe | Evaluated Learning Experience

Talmud Bava Metzia IX (Talmud 470d)

Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
94 hours (13 weeks); in addition, 367 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates: 

April 2009 - December 2015.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the third chapter of Bava Metzia; apply analytical skills in talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of talmudic argumentation leading to halakhic conclusions and resolutions; focus on the commentaries of Rashi and Tosafos, utilizing also the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. In addition to the above outcomes, students will be able to discuss a 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 focus is on conceptual development. As students become more adept at textual mastery, the focus changes more to conceptual development.Talmud 470d: In addition to the above outcomes, focus in a more total sense on analysis of the abstract legal concepts implicit in the talmudic text and range of commentaries, and formulate abstract legal categories based on the above talmudic text. Students areexpected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries.

Instruction: 

Students are expected to 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 in understanding the issues raised, and assists them in deducing and elucidating the crux of these issues. Instruction includes, but is not be limited to discussion of the major relevant halakhic topics. Instruction and peer study involving the content of the second chapter of Bava Metzia. NOTE: All students study the same chapters in a given term. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study and nature of analysis depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion or in the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (9/09 Administrative Review).

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