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Bava Kamma 63: Thievery vs. A Claim of Thievery

What happens when a person comes to collect the item that another US safeguarding, and the guardian says – it was lost (or stolen). The guardian can be asked to swear to the veracity of his claim. But then other means (witnesses) attest to the fact that that claim was a lie. What kind of compensation does he have to pay the owner? Also, an investigation into baraitot that teach the handling of a thief – if he’s found or not. And running through the text, the ongoing dispute whether the case is a thief or a claim of theft. And how do the biblical verses teach the details of the false claim?

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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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