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Bava Kamma 68: The Timeline of Despair

Selling a stolen animal and the penalty incurred during the time when the owner is or is no longer hoping to get the animal back – subject to a machloket on whether the despair of the owner getting the animal back. The extra 4 and 5 payment only kicks in once the theft is “forever.” After despair, the thief takes full possession, and the original owner is compensated. There is an important discussion here regarding whether the animal is sold or slaughtered. Plus, note R. Sheshet’s view and R. Nachman’s view. Also, a clearly articulated dispute between R. Yochanan and Resh Lakish – until the reasons for their dispute are put through the wringer, and nothing is clear anymore. Including why a thief (and also an owner) would consecrate a stolen animal.

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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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