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Bava Kamma 59: How Mourning the Temple Is Relevant to Damages

More on R. Nachman’s assessment of damages for the chopped-down tree, and his arrival at one-sixtieth of the value. Plus, the story of wearing black shoes like a mourner in the home of the exilarch, and how it can be a sign or piety or arrogance. With a test case to determine the difference going back to this kind of 1/60th. Also, 2 mishnayot about damage to one’s produce in another person’s yard, or as brought to the threshing floor, plus fire in the hands of those who can’t be responsible enough for preventing damage by fire.

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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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