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Bava Kamma 44: The Intent of Animals

Mishnayot! If an ox goes to do one thing, including intending to kill another who is not the one who was killed, the ox is “exempt.” Plus, when subsequent damage (or death) to something the ox is accustomed to doing… It’s not really considered the ox’s intent to damage/kill. Also, the verse that establishes how a person is held accountable for premeditation. Plus, a mishnah on the different categories of owners of a killing ox, and which owners (according to whom) are still fully liable.

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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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