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Bava Kamma 69: Discreet Efforts against Thievery

More on R. Yochanan’s position… and attempts to determine whether he really held the position ascribed to him. With a counter from chases in another mishnah: kerem revai, orlah, graves – all of which were demarcated spaces so that people wouldn’t fall into violations of impurity on the one hand, but theft on the other (which leads back to R. Yochanan). Also, more on those pious, righteous, discreet people who would act to deconcretize to protect the ignorant from stealing… in this case, taking it further, to the poor and making sure that they aren’t stealing. But what if the items are being held by a thief? Also, more on the implications of the various cases in the shemitah year.

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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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