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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 (TI212, TI412)

Formerly Talmud: Baba Mezia Intensive (T222, T232)
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 second chapter of the Tractate Baba Mezia deals with the obligation to return a lost object to its owner, establishing when one may keep it or must announce the found object and locate the owner. 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: categories of lost objects and their return; giving up hope of return of lost objects; eventual knowledge and factual knowledge; exemptions to obligations to return lost objects; rules of susceptibility of objects to impurity; reconciling elements of scriptural sources; reclaiming of lost objects; methods of proof of ownership; intentional abandonment of property; claiming of lost objects through recognition; classes of lost objects which must be returned; finding an object in a package; minimum value of a lost object requiring its return. 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 (TI212): 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 (TI412): 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.