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Yeshivas Toras Moshe | Evaluated Learning Experience

Talmud Bava Metzia V (Talmud 160a, 260a, 360a, 460a)

Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
195 hours (26 weeks); in addition, 734 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates: 

August 2002 - December 2015.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 160a: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the first chapter of Bava Metzia; 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 260a or 360a: In addition to the above outcomes, 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 460a: In addition to the above objectives, analyze the abstract legal concepts implicit in the talmudic text and its commentaries and formulate abstract legal categories based on the talmudic text.

Instruction: 

Talmud 160a: Major topics include: the first chapter of Bava Metzia, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to acquisition, ownership, and properties under dispute, is 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 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 260a or 360a: In addition to the above, 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 to more conceptual development. Talmud 460a: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: analysis of legal concepts with regard to acquisition and ownership, possessions and manners of acquisition, elements of muchzakos, oaths, and validity of documents, and property under dispute. 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 160a: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 260a or 360a:In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 460a: 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 (2/04) (2/09 Administrative Review). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 160a, 260a, 360a, or 460a at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 160a, 260a, or 360a at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 460a at the graduate degree level.

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