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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Yeshiva Shaarei Torah of Rockland | Evaluated Learning Experience

Talmud: Baba Mezia Intensive (TI211, TI411)

Formerly Talmud: Baba Mezia Intensive (T221, T231)
65 hours (13 weeks); in addition, 247 hours of supervised peer study.
Yeshiva Shaarei Torah of Rockland, 91 West Carlton Road, Suffern, New York.
September 1998 - July 2003.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 
Prepare a textual, linguistic, and legal analysis of the applicable Aramaic Talmudic material; conceptualize and articulate the reasoning behind the various legal citations and opinions, honing and applying analytical skills to Talmudic explication, argumentation, and resolution as the basis for halochot analysis and final decision making; discuss classical Talmudic topical concepts and document a grasp of the technical as well as theoretical aspects of the Talmudic portions studied.

The first chapter of the Tractate Baba Mezia discusses the laws of civil matters concerning disputes in ownership and the laws of legal documents. Students prepare the applicable Talmudic texts as well as the major halachic opinions of the rishonim and acharonim and the opinions of various other commentaries and decisors. The instructor guides students in understanding the issues raised and assists them to deduce and elucidate the crux of these issues. Topics include: dispute regarding ownership; possession in determining ownership; court mandated methods of settling disputes in ownership; acquisition of objects through seeing them; swearing falsely; placing the burden of proof of a dispute upon the claimant; admission to part of a claim; enacting rabbinic ordinances of rabbinic law; grabbing objects in view of the court; consecration of objects of questionable ownership; giving tithes of animals; returning lost loan documents; returning lost ketubah documents; acquiring an object for another person. NOTE: This tractate is studied by all students in a given trimester. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study depends upon what level the student is in.

Credit recommendation: 

First Level Students (TI211): In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; or Second Level Students and beyond (TI411): In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (6/99). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course, the two other Intensive Study courses of the same title, and the three Survey courses of the same title.