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Bava Metzia 3: Oaths vs. Testimony

When two people claim ownership of an object, the “solution” is for both parties to swear an oath that each has nothing of the other’s. Complicated by possible witnesses, and also the logic of a kal va-chomer. How much can testimony bring about – with regard to punishment and/or offerings on the part of the subject of the testimony.

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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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