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Bava Kamma 17: Can Chickens Break a Bucket?

Wrapping up the first chapter – with some aggadata doing some analysis of biblical verses that seems to connect to the halakhic topics at hand in both the first chapter and the upcoming second one. Also, the opening mishnah of Chapter 2: investigating “regel,” the damage an animal does in the course of its walking. With an additional focus, which comes out in the Gemara too, on tzrurot – pebbles, and the degree to which the animal and its owner is responsible for the attenuated causation that’s leading to damage. Plus, opening the question of when two parties are both essential to the breakage of an item, but neither did it alone – is the first contributor or the second considered liable (spoiler: it’s a machloket).

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Anne and Yardaena

Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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