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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Yeshivas Toras Moshe | Evaluated Learning Experience

Talmud Bava Kama VIII (Talmud 358e)

42 hours (13 weeks); in addition, 156 hours of supervised peer study.
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
April 2002 - December 2007.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the second section of the tenth chapter of Bava Kama; 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; and utilize the full range of commentaries in the understanding of the text.


The second section of the tenth chapter of Bava Kama is addressed, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to theft by a bailee and other forms of theft by means of an oath. 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. Students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include theft by a bailee and  all forms of theft by means of oath in court.

Credit recommendation: 
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (12/02).