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Bava Kamma 32: The Ban on Animals’ Suffering

If one finds an animal’s in a barn… when is one obligated to return it to the owner of the barn. Plus, a kohen doesn’t have to become impure for returning a lost object. Plus, nobody needs to listen to parents who are instructing their children not to follow through on a Torah commandment. Also, take the burden off the overloaded animal. Also, “tza’ar ba’alei chayim” – the prohibition against causing harm to animals. But if the animal’s well-being is the issue, what happens when there’s also monetary loss? That is, once the values are competing, which takes priority? What about the biblical vs. rabbinic level of concern?

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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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