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Bava Metzia 10: Falling On What You Want to Acquire

One who does a formal act of acquisition to acquire something for someone else – the Gemara now says that won’t work, in contrast to the previous Gemara. The comparison to a debtor and creditor explains why. Plus, a rider asking for the reins of the animal he’s riding – where the language used makes the difference. Also, a new mishnah: one finds an item and another party seizes it – who has acquired it? Plus, proximity isn’t enough to acquire an object. The illustration case is pe’ah, acquiring the produce from the corners of a field – where the acquisition might be accomplished by proximity, but it’s private property, so that won’t work. Plus, how the 4 amot (proximity) acquisition takes effect.

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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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