Mock Beit Din

By: Rabbi Ira Kosowsky
from Berman Hebrew Academy

Real-World Learning

Subject(s) of entry:
Gemara, Halacha, Mishnah

UBD - understanding by design

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
11, 12, High school

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
9, 10, 11, 12, High school

The mock Beit Din serves as a final exam, capping off a year of studying numerous cases surrounding the same theme -- in my case, the concept of mamon ha-mutal b’safek -- financial disputes between litigants. While the year begins with one mishnah providing one din, it ends with many variations on that theme. The mock Beit Din serves to demonstrate to the students the practical applications of the cases and laws studied, making the material actual and relevant to their lives - rather than dry and impractical.

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