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Bava Kamma 38: Fulfilling Your Role on Earth

Some aggadata… Addressing the verse that teaches the Jew vs. non-Jew’s goring ox and the obligation to pay. Which explains why a Canaanite’s ox would incur full damages. Plus, a discussion of the obligation to keep commandments that they didn’t want to keep – and the lack of reward for them. And the principle that those who are commanded get greater reward for fulfilling those commandments. Also, the death of a daughter of a sage who comes from a family of converts, and how Ulla first refuses to go to comfort him, and then does, with some difficult language, including why God didn’t have the Israelites go to war with Moav, in the wilderness of the Book of Numbers.

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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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