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Bava Kamma 98: Indirect Damages: Who Is Liable?


If one throws another’s coin into the Mediterranean Sea, when is that exempt from paying back and when must you? Also, what if one burns a promissory note? Doesn’t that cancel the debt, because there’s no proof of the loan. Also, the indirect causation of damages – when is one liable for it, and when not (dina de-garmi). Also, the case of bread (chametz) that is stolen and returned after Pesach, so the item no longer has value – what is the thief obligated to pay, if at all? Plus, how this case leads into a discussion of shor ha-niskal, the ox that is to be judged for death because it killed a person – and is also prohibited from benefit. Plus, a new mishnah about when a craftsperson damaged the item one left for repair.

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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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