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Bava Metzia 119: Roots and Leaves

A last mishnah! On divided properties, including gardens, when one is above the other – who owns the produce? Unusually, the mishnah explains the rationale of the disputants’ different views here, and the garden’s nourishment from above. Also: one who can reach out one’s hand to take produce is allowed to take the produce, but what if he can only reach the roots or only the leaves? Plus, the Persian king Shapur, who likes R. Shimon’s approach (he seems to have liked Jewish law… might he have been Shmuel?).

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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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