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Bava Metzia 5: Why We Don’t Trust Shepherds

More on Rabbi Hiya and the kal va-chomer of agreeing to part of a claim – with an actual case! (including a partial agreement to a claim as established by testimony, which would require him to swear… unless he’s a thief, and therefore exempt from swearing). Plus, “shevuat heseit.” Also, the potential of shepherds to steal, tacitly, while the flocks graze elsewhere (but that’s a private shepherd, not a public shepherd). Also, the fact that one who is suspected of thievery is trusted to take an oath (or maybe not).

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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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