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Bava Kamma 30: Everyone Has a Portion in the Land of Israel

2 mishnayot! The first one addresses damage caused by something put in the public domain – specifically, one who hides something damaging or makes a fence out of something damaging (like with thorns), when others are damaged, the owner needs to pay full damages. The Gemara narrows the application of the mishnah’s more general case quite a lot – how can water do damage on the ground in the public domain? The second mishnah addresses the carting of fertilizer that benefits from the trampling of pedestrians to the public domain. And the concept that the first one to claim an ownerless item becomes the owner. Plus, another mention of Chanukah candles and the liability of a shopkeeper for damage caused by them, depending on their placement.

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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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