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Talmud 34 - Survey Bava Metziah III (T34)

65 hours (13 weeks); in addition, 130 hours of supervised peer study.
Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.

May 2006 - May 2022.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the literary and linguistic elements characteristic of the Talmudic Aramaic, allowing a systematic reading of the Talmudic text; discuss the essential substance of the legal/ceremonial material addressed in the Talmudic discussion; and discuss the running Talmudic commentary offered in the Rashi gloss.


Students read and study tractate Bava Metziah employing the commentary of Rashi. Instruction and peer study involve the laws pertaining to the local custom of workers, responsibilities of the owner and the worker, grounds for deducting from the rental fee, must a purchase befit its description; and conditions for taking a security. Topics covered include: following the local custom of workers; responsibilities of the owner and the worker; grounds for deducting from the rental fee; must a purchase be fit its description; rulings based on the wording people use; a sharecropper that deviated; how iska works; laws of tumah related to weak things; loads that must be put down; the amount of produce worth farming; region-wide afflictions; how long the renter must persevere; paying chakhirus when the field was stricken; planting differently than agreed; trees on the border; blessings and curses; land by the waterfront; laws relating to rivers; a neighbor's right to buy land; precedence of buyers; compensation for what a developer leaves behind; when a sharecropper leaves; changes of contract; ambiguous documents; when wages must be paid; when one transgresses "bal talin" for withholding wages; oshek and gezel;, why the worker swears; taking a security; leaving vessels for the borrower; for whom are we mesader?; conditions of returning a security; when one may enter the borrower's house to take a security; the reason not to take a security from a widow; taking as security an item that is used with food.

Credit recommendation: 
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (10/06).