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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Yeshiva Shaarei Torah of Rockland | Evaluated Learning Experience

Talmud: Baba Mezia Survey (TS112, TS312)

Formerly Talmud: Baba Mezia Survey (T212)
65 hours (13 weeks); in addition, 162.5 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 Talmudic material; discuss the underlying principles to derive halachic conclusions; follow the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation leading to halachic resolutions; develop a comparative study of the various opinions raised.

The seventh chapter of Tractate Baba Mezia discusses laws regarding hiring of workers and the various rights and responsibilities of a worker vis-a-vis his employer, including the requirement of the employer to feed his workers. 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 the crux of these issues. Topics include: precedents regarding workers rights; starting and ending times for workers; aggadic literature regarding R' Eliezer b' R' Shimon; the beauty of Jerusalem; acceptance of the yoke of Torah; aspects of halachic decisions; showing mercy for all living things; Elijah the Prophet, the person; adhering to heavenly rulings; practices regarding feeding workers; history of illnesses; Biblical and Rabbinic sources and requirements of feeding one's laborers; ramifications of prohibition without any physical actions; eating bread kneaded with milk; study of Rabbinic ordinances. 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 (TS112): In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; or Second Level Students and beyond (TS312): In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (6/99). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course, the two other Survey courses of the same title, and the three Intensive Study courses of the same title.